OUR PHILOSOPHY & HISTORY
Our philosophy is students should have a good time, feel good about themselves, and feel good about their art.
The Art Studio opened in June of 2000 by Jody Wiker and has had its doors open to students ever since. Both of Jody's daughters grew up with The Art Studio and are excited to be joining the team.
At The Art Studio you will be able to create with a variety of mediums from pencil drawings to sculptures. Each lesson is designed to give you direction, but you, as the artist, are in the drivers seat.
After 20 years, The Art Studio will be expanding to offer more classes, more creative opportunities, and more art to our current and future students.
In the mean time, we are still working on training Buddy to hold a paint brush!
MEET OUR TEAM
OWNER & TEACHER
"Miss Jody" has taught over 1,200 students, many of whom have attended for several years, through her after school art classes and summer camps. It still puts a smile on Miss Jody's face when a former student tells her that he still has his sketch book from when he was a student years ago.
Jody Balderson Wiker received her BFA in Printmaking and a minor in art history from The Pennsylvania State University and her Masters of Education in Art from Tyler School of Art, at Temple University. As an artist Jody showed her work in numerous local and national shows, winning several awards. She taught in public and parochial schools, art centers, and summer camp programs before opening The Art Studio. With her teaching experience and love of art, Jody provides a comprehensive art program to students of all levels.
Art runs in her family; her father is a professional artist and architect, she married an architect, and both of her daughters majored in art in college.
MADDEY WIKER FIELDS
OWNER & TEACHER
Miss Maddey is Miss Jody’s oldest daughter and has taught at The Art Studio on and off since 2011. Miss Maddey’s passion for art and teaching has come from watching her mom, Miss Jody teach.
Following in her mom’s footsteps, Miss Maddey received her Bachelor in Fine Arts in Sculpture from Penn State. While there, Maddey practiced 3 dimensional art (wood working, welding, flexible molds, and fine arts), printmaking, painting, and completed independent studies.
After graduating, Maddey interned with the Education department at The Philadelphia Museum of Art before moving to El Paso, Texas. While there, she received her Art K-12 teaching certification from University of Texas El Paso. While in El Paso, Maddey worked for Young Rembrandts and as a high school Sculpture teacher in a public school. She still is a practicing freelance artist.
Miss Maddey is excited to be able to teach the amazing students of The Art Studio again!
TEACHER & BRANDING
Miss Abbey is Miss Jody’s younger daughter and has assisted with The Art Studio since 2018. Miss Abbey spends most of her time working on the branding and business side of The Art Studio and teaches design classes.
Miss Abbey completed her BFA in Theatre Set Design from The Pennsylvania State University in August of 2018. After graduation, Miss Abbey worked on regional theatre productions Washington D.C., New York, and St. Louis, and she assisted Broadway designer David Korins. For the past two years she has worked in branding, marketing, website design, and as a process architectural designer.
Having worked on 26 Penn State Centre Stage productions in design, building, properties, and painting departments, her proudest accomplishments were designing main stage productions American Idiot and Argonautika. Miss Abbey spent her last year of college studying in the graduate design studio and took internships at The Muny as scenic design intern, David Korins Designs as scenic design intern, and at the Moorestown Theatre Company as costume assistant and milliner throughout college.