Our Teaching Artists

Our Teaching Artists


Claire Bowen

Claire BowenAfter graduating from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts with a BFA, Claire worked commercially for several years as an illustrator and assistant to restaurant and graphic designers. Later moving to Little Compton to raise a family, she freelanced and began painting again. For the last 15 years she has been exhibiting, selling, winning awards, and doing commissioned work throughout New England. These accomplishments have inspired her to share her creative talent and knowledge and “coach” or guide others in their desire to create. This has been accomplished through demonstrations, workshops, and as a substitute art teacher. She has held after-school enrichment classes for grade school children and  “coached” weekly art classes for adults. She has run summer-long programs for children consisting of basic two dimensional design, drawing, painting, printmaking, and sculpture. “I find teaching others inspires my own work. My reward is catching a glimpse of the student’s face, adult or child when the “light bulb” has been lit or when I’ve been given an acknowledging smile.”

Sue Kent

Sue KentSue Kent is a Freelance Illustrator, Product Designer, & Art Instructor based in Tiverton, RI. She hold a BA in Graphic Design with a concentration in Painting. Her professional experience includes Staff Artist positions at Paramount Greeting Cards, Hasbro Toys, School House Candy, and Fetco Home Decor. She has been teaching art to kids privately, as well as in after-school programs in Tiverton, Little Compton, & Westport, for the past 15 years – always encouraging creativity within the child! Sue is an avid runner and in her spare time you will find her running all over the town!

Janet Nimiroski

I am a Designer and Illustrator settled in beautiful Tiverton, RI. Being surrounded by nature inspires my many floral designs that are cheerful and colorful creations.  I work mostly in watercolors, the earthy pigments glow and reflect the natural subjects that inspire me most. I also enjoy the flexibility that digital design offers. Photoshop helps me to create patterns that repeat with precision and care. I love to create fun and colorful designs for my Spoonflower shop under the designer name of BeeBumble. I began my career as a textile designer/stylist at a local fabric company, designing fabrics for Quilting and crafts. Most recently I can be found home with my three children, building my freelance work and happily creating in my studio.

Elaine Carreiro

Is an animator and interactive media specialist that graduated from Montserrat College of Art, currently living in Tiverton. Background includes working to create assets, storyboards, concept art and animation using Adobe Illustrator and Adobe After Effects for major pharmacy training video. Worked in Cake Mix Studios with the head of the animation department to create storyboards and small animations to produce commercials for Hasbro various brand products such as Littlest Pet Shop. Her classes focus on drawing, imagination, and creative expression.

Lawre Goodnow

Lawre began teaching art lessons in Little Compton as a college art major in the early 1980’s. Goodnow went on to receive a Masters of Arts in Teaching -Art Education K-12 from RISD. After several years of art education at summer art camps and at a private High School, she changed direction and worked in Early Childhood Education. Lawre’s aim has been to support personal expression with many different materials and create an educational space that promotes imagination and wonder with an aesthetic of everyday objects and the beauty of nature. Works with fabric creating hand and machine stitched pieces and has recently started felting, creating useful hand made objects such as bowls, baskets and pillows.


Elizabeth Woodhouse

Founded and serves as the Artistic Director of the Newport County Youth Chorus (RI). She has worked with community children’s and youth choirs for more than 13 years in Denver, Colorado, Columbus, OH, New Haven, CT and most recently in Brooklyn, NY with the Brooklyn Youth Chorus. During her career, she has conducted ensembles of varying ages (5-70+) and abilities. Elizabeth has prepared ensembles for performances at Carnegie Hall and Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) as well as for a national PBS Kids Commercial.


John Irwin

Has been teaching for the art department of East Providence High School for a number of years and is also a teaching artist at the Heartspot in East Providence, RI. John has taught Expressive Painting classes for CORE and is pursuing his Bachelors degree at Providence College.




Meredith Brower

Is a versatile team player with extensive experience in the commercial printing, photography and design industry. Extensive knowledge of Photoshop, Lightroom, In-design, Illustrator, Acrobat, Distiller as well as digital retouching, MS word, and scanning software.