About Us

Our Artist Studio aims to provide art enrichment to enjoy as a creative community and advocates art making as a healthy creative outlet. Our art members are encouraged to explore various fine arts mediums in our group lessons, as they learn various perspectives of making art.

For audition  and portfolio prep, please consult Mrs. Ma for private  lessons.


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Bio of Teaching Artist: Kimmy Wu Ma

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Lead Art Educator, Master of Art, School of Education, NYU  (1996)

Successfully completed her graduate studies & art professional training 

With international exhibitions in NYC & Italy

Mrs. Ma was also selected to attend Instituto Universtario di Architectuttura  di Venezia at NYU's Master's Studio Arts program in Venice, Italy, after competitive auditions. With her concentration in painting & art  theories, her  thesis aims to conceptualize minimal forms in  duality. Her work is often inspired by her origin, using ancient Asian  literature Tao Te Ching as her basis, experiment dichotomy in abstraction with  environmental elements by  layering sand, clay, fiber, wood, metal, glass, mesh grains for textural  painting application along with acrylics and ink.  

As a lead curriculum designer, and  a dedicated teaching artist, the artist studio is founded nearly a decade ago with commitment in mentorship, art education & advocacy in our communities. Mrs. Ma engages actively in public arts projects as Queens  Library guest lecturer in various branches, and facilitates art education parent  workshops for various public schools. While in  college, her art participated in Clara E Gli Americani Travel Exhibitions in  Italy (1995-97). In NYC, exhibitions included Casa Italian  Zerilli-Marimo  for her series of "12/81 Chapters  Interpretation"(1995-97); 80 Washington Square East  Gallery of "36/81 Chapters of  Interpretation" series & thesis group exhibition in Peggy  Guggenheim  Collection Venice,  Italy (1995-96); ; W. Wickiser Gallery (1994-95)with "Dreamscape" series. Solo/group exhibitions in  photography, woodcut  & print  making collections at Klapper Hall, QC  Galleries (1991-93). While attending graduate school, she  collaborated several national ad campaigns in spearheading creative briefs (1994-97)  for  Mercedez Benz, (LVMH) Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton for Hennessy  brand, E*TRADE, Citibank & Amercian Express.  Her  window designs & schematics were commisioned by top cosmetic company for its summer & spring  collections (1992-1994). Always enjoy her involvement in art education events and  creating  theme-based original designs for public school foyers  &  performance stages in our  community. Prior  to ARTStudio, in addition to teaching, she had served as Director of Queens  campus (1997-99) for Audrey Cohen College, and VP of  Account Services (1999-2003) at Admerasia Advertising Inc. Her works have  been privately collected by NYC adverstising agencies, NY law offices/legal services & local business centers. She  continues to share her  passion in art and always aims to  work toward the annual art exhibitions with  her students at the Art Studio.

Mrs. Ma's 2017 Collection
Mrs. Ma 2017 Collection

Bio of Co-Teachers

All co-teachers are with art professional degree in the US.

Ms. Christine Pandolfi received BFA from Hunter  College, majored in painting, and has been an active member of National Art  League with various exhibitions. She is passionate about art making and enjoys  working with younger learners; she is trained under Mrs. Ma in Studio's  curriculum format. 

Ms. Christina Coutavas graduated from Queens College, a well-rounded artist with a strong portfolio in  illustration, cartooning and ceramics. she is trained under Mrs. Ma in Studio's  curriculum formats and assists with Studio's administrative functions. Ms.  Christina joins our creative team of instructors with exceptional references,  and works wonderfully with our studio's learners. 


 Mr. Chris Gomez (BFA) is a  professional cartoonist, School of Visual  Arts in NYC. With ample training in our art studio, and with his work  in Manhattan Youth Organization, he has been providing art instructions to  students in many middle schools in NYC including: the Clinton School of Writers & Artists, the Riverdale Country School and Brooklyn School of Arts and Science.  Students' Art with Ms. Christine & Mr. Christopher, view our  Studio's FB https://www.facebook.com/kimmyartstudio   

Ms.  Emily Ho graduated from Parsons School of Design, 2013, her work focuses primarily  in children book illustration and narratives. She enjoys working with children  and joins our creative team of instructors for Young Illustrator & Cartoon  Workshops, in our school break programs.  

Mr.  Jesse Sanchez was awarded full-scholarships to both The Cooper Union and The School of  Visual Arts after graduating from New Rochelle High School in 1981, and  graduated with BFA from Cooper Union in 1985. Mr. Jesse is an award winning  designer and an experienced teacher, joins our creative team of instructors for  Family Painting workshops on 3/18 Sunday. 

Co-Teachers & Workshop Teachers (BA & BFA)

Our collaborative team of artists & instructors have received art professional degree and  training in the U.S. 

Art with Ms. Christine's & Mr. Christopher's Student Art Album  


Download: 2018 Program Guide

Spring-16wk Session (pdf)


Summer T/W/TH 1-3:30 with Mrs. Ma (pdf)


Summer (7/10-8/23 T/W/TH) 4-6pm (pdf)


Spring 16-wk Calendar (pdf)


Birthday Party (pdf)


3/18 family painting (pdf)


Contact Us


Studio visits or trial by appointment. We are open 7 days a week during the school year with selective studio recess and major holidays. No Walk-In during instructions.


190-19 Union Tpke, Queens, New York, New York 11366, United States

(646) 209-9352

Email Kimmy Ma