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In 2000, Jody Balderson Wiker started The Art Studio and has had its doors open to students ever since.
Both of Jody's daughters, Maddey and Abbey, grew up with The Art Studio taking classes, washing brushes, and pouring punch at the Annual Student Art Exhibition. They are excited to be stepping out from the refreshment table to teach the wonderful students of The Art Studio.
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 driver's seat. Our philosophy is embodied in each lesson and we love seeing our students dive in to their ideas head first.
After 20 years, The Art Studio is expanding to offer more classes, more creative opportunities, and more art to our current and future students. Through our new space, The Gallery, sitting next door to The Studio, we are excited to be expanding our adult and design classes, while adding a fine art gallery for the community to enjoy.
In the meantime, we are still working on training Buddy to hold a paint brush!
meet our team
Meet our team! We are all Medford Lakes locals who have a deep passion for art and love getting to teach in the community we love. As a female owned and operated company, we are excited to continue to build our personal and collective art legacy together with you.
"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 former students tell her that they still have their sketch book from years ago when they were a student.
Jody Balderson Wiker received her Bachelor of Fine Arts 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 work in the arts industry.
Miss Maddey is Miss Jody’s older 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 of Fine Arts in sculpture from The Pennsylvania State University. While there, Maddey practiced three-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!
Miss Karlee started teaching at The Art Studio during the Summer of 2021. She is a Graphic Designer with experience in freelance design and design in the Fashion Industry.
Miss Karlee completed her BFA in Graphic Design from Monmouth University in May of 2015. Here she found her love of art and design while being a part of the Lacrosse team. After graduation, Miss Karlee continued her education at Rowan College of Burlington County and received her Associates in Fashion Design. While here, she completed a year internship as a Fashion Forecaster in NYC working with the Fashion Marketing Department at Cotton Incorporated.
For the past 3 years Miss Karlee taught Fashion Technology and recently Photoshop Techniques for Fashion at Rowan College of Burlington County. Miss Karlee currently works as a Graphic Designer at Jetty Ink and is freelance designer for Anthropologie. She creates branded logos, signage, packaging, and graphic shirts for companies all over this area.
Miss Karlee is so excited to meet you all and start teaching!
Miss Abbey is Miss Jody’s younger daughter and has assisted with The Art Studio since 2018. Miss Abbey grew up not considering herself an "artist" but found a love for design and is proud to be introducing design classes to The Art Studio.
Miss Abbey completed her Bachelor of Fine Arts in theatre set design from The Pennsylvania State University in August of 2018. After graduation, Miss Abbey worked on theatre productions in Washington D.C., New York City, and St. Louis. She assisted David Korins on Beetlejuice the Musical on Broadway, The Hamilton Exhibition, and other design projects. For the past two years she has worked in a variety of design jobs including interior design, branding design, website design, and process architecture.
Having worked on 26 Penn State Centre Stage productions, her proudest accomplishments were designing the main stage productions American Idiot and Argonautika. Miss Abbey spent her last year of college studying in the graduate design studio and worked as an intern at David Korins Design, The Muny, and at the Moorestown Theatre Company.
COVID-19 & mask policy
The Art Studio strives to be a safe and welcoming environment for all. In order to maintain continuity for students, we reflect the same mask policy as our local school districts. With that in mind, mass are optional for all students.
In addition, we have an air purifier in each space to help reduce potential airborne contaminants that will be on and running for the duration of each class.
We ask that if you do not feel well, please stay home from class to protect your fellow students. Additionally, if you were exposed or believe you were exposed, if you are allowed to attend work or school, you are allowed to come to class. If you are asked to remain home and quarantine, a make up class will be offered.
While our global situation continues to change so will our policies, we will be sure to continuously update you here. Thank you for your understanding and we look forward to continuing to create in a safe and welcoming space for all!