Lisa Hicks, director and founder
Lisa Hicks is a dancer and choreographer. Lisa has been a guest artist in many elementary, middle and high schools throughout Maine as well as an adjunct lecturer at USM, Bates and Bowdoin Colleges. Lisa enjoys teaching dance to dancers of all ages, exploring creative movement, dance improvisation, storytelling and modern dance techniques. Along with directing Art Camp each summer, she serves as the director of the Arts Academy Dance Program at Portland Arts and Technology High School, a professional high school dance program and part of Portland Public Schools.
Antonio Macomber, Music Director
Antonio Macomber is a Boston based bassist and recent graduate of Berkee College of Music. Originally from Portland, Antonio started teaching at Art Camp immediately after graduating from Casco Bay High School and this year will be his 7th at the camp. When not performing in one of several bands he is a part of, Antonio can be found playing in pit bands for musicals, teaching kids' bands, or running around Stop and Shop trying to find the exact type of cheese a customer has requested. At Art Camp, he writes songs for each year's musical, is a one man pit band for the musicals, and directs the camper house band. He is also known to organize complicated Olympic events that only he fully understands.
Bruce Tracy, Hip Hop Instructor
bio coming soon...
Erinn Conn, Instructor
Erinn holds a BA in Studio Fine Arts from Montclair State University as well as a K-12 Art Teaching Certification. She currently teaches elementary art at Fiddlehead School of Arts and Sciences. With a passion for graphic design, painting and getting messy, Erinn focuses on the creative process and strives to unleash the unique artist within each student. Residing in Portland, her passions include; hiking the Maine coast, practicing yoga, cuddling goats, gardening and making lots of art.
Andrew M. Cook, Instructor
Andrew M. Cook is a local artist/entrepreneur, born and raised in Southern Maine. In 2005, he earned his B.F.A. in Graphic Design and recently his Master of Arts in Teaching, both from the Maine College of Art in downtown Portland. Within weeks of graduating he was chosen to become the new middle school art teacher at North Yarmouth Academy, a dream position so close to home. Andrew lives in Cumberland with his wife and two children, Owen and Alida as well as Artie and Teddy, their two goofball dogs. When he is not in his home studio creating a variety of original works, you may find him traveling the coast of Maine at art shows and local gift shops selling his “Lobstering Is An Art” line of quirky lobster designs and illustrations. You may also have seen his work all over Southern Maine via clients he has worked with and charities he has given to over the past 25 years. Andrew’s Art Camp will be welcoming, safe, and respectful, where an abundance of creative freedom will allow campers to thrive openly, explore organically and play naturally.
Reg Kennie, Instructor
Reg Kennie will be going into his tenth summer with Art Camp. Reg earned his Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Maine College of Art in 1984 and did one year of extended studies with the University of Southern Maine. He is currently the site coordinator for the Learning Works program at East End Elementary School. He is also a para-educator for the Portland Public School system, where he has worked for 32 years. Reg loves teaching art to young students and explores many different mediums including paper-mâché, painting, drawing, printmaking, and clay. Reg is known for his creative theme projects where he has done Aliens, Wizards, and Alice in Wonderland to guide his student's creations. Reg believes that art supports individualism in his students and is inspired daily by his student’s dedication to the projects.
Martha Thompson, Instructor
Martha Thompson has been an Art Camp instructor for three years, typically working with the youngest campers. She is currently employed during the school year by PATHS as an Ed Tech in the Carpentry program, having spent the previous five years at PATHS in the Preschool/Early Childhood Occupations program. Outside of work, she enjoys music and the creative process in all its forms!
Anne Townsend, Instructor
Anne Townsend has been teaching at Art Camp for the last two summers. Anne earned her B.F.A. in Illustration from Maine College of Art and her B.F.A. in Art Education from University of Southern Maine. She has taught community arts in Portland for A Company of Girls, Oak Street Studios, and Side x Side. Currently, during the school year she teaches Visual Arts and Drama classes at Oxford Hills Comprehensive High School. Anne loves to read and likes to teach projects inspired by children’s books to encourage art making and literacy. When not making art with children, she loves to spend time with her husband and daughter, Bonnie, and be physically active outdoors, as well as care for her garden and cook! Anne is always excited to get to know the students and share her knowledge of art making.
Julie Irving, Counselor
Julie Irving has been working at Art Camp for 5 years, typically working with the youngest group but helping out anywhere needed. She will be a sophomore at Colby-Sawyer College where she is majoring in Business Administration. She works as a babysitter and previously worked at CenterPoint Martial Arts in the activity room. At school, she participates in knitting club, PPGA, and Campus Activities Board. In her free-time, she enjoys hanging out with friends, listening to music, and spending time with family. Julie looks forward to her summers at Art Camp.
Rosa Lesperance, Counselor
Rosa Lesperance is a dancer and sophomore college student at Southern Maine Community College majoring in Social Work and Dance Therapy. She previously worked at Center Day Camp for four years. Rosa has been a camp counselor for two years now at Art Camp. In her free time, she likes to listen to music, dance, go on hikes, and spend time at the beach. She is very excited for this summer, and to get to know the campers!
Deborah Klotz, Counselor
bio coming soon...