The Maurice River School


Meet The Instructors

The instructors for the Maurice River School Master Class sessions are all highly regarded professionals who will offer participants group and one-on-one instruction during the week-long course.

Nancy Witt Mulick

Workshop Director/ The Barn Studio Director of Special Programs

Divides her time between New Jersey and Columbus, Ohio. Former Chair of the Wellington School Art Department. She taught hand paper making at Rhode Island School of Design and is a practicing artist working in handmade paper and mixed media. She teaches everything from Drawing to 3-D Design.

Matthew Daniels

Assistant Director of the Maurice River School Workshop. Matthew Daniels teaches art at the Millville Senior High School. Matt holds a BFA from Tyler School of Art, Temple University. He spent time working with the renowned Philadelphia Mural Arts Project. Matthew took classes at the Barn as a child and was inspired by Pat and her innate connection with her students through fine arts. Matt teaches the Friday night teenage class at The Barn Studio of Art. 

Stan Sperlak

Studied painting and drawing at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in Philadelphia, and with Pat Witt at the Barn Studio of Art. He maintains a studio where a marsh, farm and forest meet on the Crow Creek in Goshen, NJ. Stan is a signature member of the Pastel Society of America, the Maryland Pastel Society, The Mid Atlantic Plein Air Painters and the Cape May County Art League.

Al Gury

Al Gury is Chairman of the Painting Department at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts.An artist, educator, and author, Al received his BA in fine arts and humanities from Saint Louis University, a four-year Certificate in Painting from the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA), and an MFA from the University of Delaware. 

He is a recipient of the Cresson Traveling Fellowship and numerous grants and awards for painting and arts education, and was designated a master teacher by both The University of the Arts in Philadelphia as well as American Artist Magazine.

Larry Francis

Is a graduate of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and currently teaches painting at PAFA. His work is represented by the Gross McCleaf Gallery of Philadelphia. He is the recipient of numerous prizes for painting and his work is in numerous collections including the Noyes museum Collection. His primary painting medium is gouache.

Jill A. Rupinski

Is an Assistant Professor at the Academy, teaching drawing, painting and color. She has a Certificate from the Academy and a BFA from the Philadelphia College of Art. Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts 1977. B.F.A. Philadelphia College of Art 1981. Spanish Exchange Program for one month travel in Spain from the Creative Artists Network Philadelphia 1989. Landscapes Oils and Pastels Philadelphia Art Alliance 1996. Lecture: Color-Earth and Prismatic Reading Public Museum 1998. Collections: Colgate University Hamilton NY; Villanova University.

Pat Witt

Pat Witt is the founding painter of the Maurice River School, her vibrant paintings of the marsh lands are legendary in the area. Her work captures the light and color phenomena of the South Jersey atmosphere. She works in a prismatic palette made up of the primary colors and has exhibited throughout the United States and in Paris. She has been the subject of several documentary films on NJNetwork and PBS/NJ.

Bill Ternay

Has had a long and varied career as an illustrator, painter, and teacher in the Greater Delaware Valley. He has taught at University of the Arts, The Mainline Center for the Arts, and was chairman of the Illustration Department at Moore College of Art and Design. Bill is past president of the Philadelphia Watercolor Society and has been a guest instructor at The Barn Studio of Art for many years.

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