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 Founder/ 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.

Nancy Mulick founded the Maurice River Workshop in 2009. The objective was to bring landscape artists to South Jersey, especially to enjoy the beautiful vistas of The Maurice River Valley and the grounds of The Barn Studio of Art. Additionally, Nancy wanted to provide the highest caliber of teaching from regional artists.

Matthew Daniels

Director of the Maurice River School Workshop

Matthew Daniels is the advanced placement art teacher at Millville High School. Matthew holds a BFA from Tyler School of Art, Temple University. He spent time working with the renowned Philadelphia Mural Arts Project in the early 2000s. Matthew took classes at the Barn as a child and was inspired by Pat and her innate connection with her students through fine arts. Over the last 10 years Matthew has been the Friday Night Teen Class instructor here at the Barn Studio. Placing many of our past students into prestigious fine arts programs around the Country, including many at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. 

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.

Betsy Tasker

Betsy Tasker graduated from The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts as a painting major in 1980 and the University of Pennsylvania in 1981 with a BFA. Studies continued at Rowan University, graduating with a MAE in 1995. Born and raised in Southern New Jersey, art studies began at The Barn Studio of Art in the 1970’s. Studying at the Barn created a love and appreciation for art and nature that would influence her for her entire career. After teaching art in the New Jersey public schools for 35 years, Betsy has returned to the Barn to teach.

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