Art Center of Ambler



Our faculty includes some of the finest artists in the country. Several are signature members of accredited Arts organizations, their work has been accepted to many respected juried exhibitions, has won numerous awards, is represented in many collections, and has been published in books.

Other instructors have had many years’ experience teaching in public and private schools, as well as other arts organizations. Here are some details:

Pauline Braun

Pauline Braun

Pauline earned an AFA from Montgomery County Community College. Her work has been exhibited locally and she has won awards. Pauline taught painting at Manayunk Art Center from 2006-2010.

Pauline Braun's Website

Ann Brennan

Ann Brennan

Award-winning artist Ann L. Brennan studied at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts and has been teaching art for over 20 years. Ann exhibits her work regionally, including at Yellow Springs, and her works are held in many private collections. Ann’s commission work includes the etched glass panels at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Blue Bell and the illustration for a book cover.

Ann Brennan’s Website

Stephen Early

Award-winning artist Stephen Early is a classically trained figure and portrait painter who studied with Nelson Shanks at the Art Students League in NY. Stephen has been a principal instructor at Shanks’s Studio Incamminati in Philadelphia, since its inception in 2003, and has also taught figure painting at the Art Students League, Armory Arts Center in West Palm Beach, FL; the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts , New York Academy of Fine Arts, and significant locations across the country.
American Artist magazine invited him to teach during the “Weekend with the Masters Intensive: New York City” and San Diego, CA. Stephen also participated in George Lucas’s “Star Wars: Visions” project, was one of the "12 Artists to Watch in 2012" in American Artist magazine, and is a featured artist in the Spring 2011 issue of American Painter Video magazine.
Early has exhibited his work at galleries in Denver, Santa Fe, New York, and Philadelphia, among others. His work is also included many private collections.

Stephen Early’s Website

Betz Green

Betz Green

Betz attended Tyler School of Art. Her work has been featured in gallery and museum shows, and has earned many awards. Her work is held in numerous private collections.

Betz Green's Website


Jim Green

Jim Green

Jim graduated from Temple University’s Tyler School of Art. He is a member of the Philadelphia Sketch Club and has exhibited in many juried shows including the Allied Artists of America and Audubon Artists Inc., Phillips Mill in New Hope and Historic Yellow Springs in Chester County.

Jim Green's Website

Gabrielle Sivitz

Gabrielle Sivitz

Originally trained in scientific illustration, Gabrielle Sivitz has traveled extensively throughout North America observing, photographing, and sketching nature, particularly birds.
Gabrielle studied painting and printmaking at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, as well as taking classes and workshops with artists such as Terry Cooke Hall, Whitney M. Hall, and John and Suzie Seerey-Lester. As the recipient of a 2017 professional development grant through the Idaho Commission on the Arts with the National Endowment for the Arts, Gabrielle attended a Master Class in Avian Drawing with Patricia Traub at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in Philadelphia.

Gabrielle Sivitz's Website

Jill Tarabar

Jill Tarabar

A self-taught stained glass artist and native of Bucks County, Jill Tarabar’s fascination with the art of stained glass creation began in the early 1980’s. She continued honing her skills as she participated in regional juried art fairs and developed wholesale connections along the east coast.
Jill often pushes the boundaries & ignores the “rules,” mixing a variety of clear texture glass with clear bevels and found objects, she’s inspired by nature, spirituality and Judaica. Much of her work consists of functional gift items such as jewelry boxes, menorahs & mezuzahs. Also an avid knitter, she discovered the art of knitting with wire and is exploring the medium as a way to combine knitting with stained glass.
A juried and board member of the Bucks County Guild of Craftsmen and award winning artist, Jill presented a one woman display of stained glass Chanukah Menorahs at Visit Bucks County during the 2019 holiday season.

Jill Tarabar's Website

Steve Zazenski

Steve Zazenski

A full-time artist since 1978, Steve is known for his exciting and colorful landscapes ranging from coastal New England to Europe and the Caribbean. Steve's work, in both transparent watercolor and gouache, combines natural and manmade objects to form interesting combinations of intense light and mass. Steve is a signature member of the American Watercolor Society and the New Jersey Watercolor Society. His work has won numerous awards, and is in many private collections.

Steve Zazenski's Website

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#SUPB - One-day Watercolor Workshop with Pauline Braun

One-day Watercolor Workshop

$35 (Supplies included)

Beginners and experienced painters will enjoy working from this painting.

#SUKW - Fabric Collage with Karoline Wallace

Fabric Collage Workshop

Saturday, July 11, 10:00 am-12:00 pm
$40 members | $55 nonmembers + $10 (optional) for fabric kit payable to instructor

These gorgeous fabric collages look stunning as wall hangings or framed. Make one for yourself or as a handmade gift. They are made from beautiful 100% cotton batiks. In 2 hours you can leave the class with a fun, fully framed 8″ x 10″ work of art. Students must bring good scissors and inspiration. DETAILED DESCRIPTION

#SUCC - Introduction to Abstract Painting with Chris Canan

Intro to Abstract Painting

Saturday, August 1, 10:00 am-1:00 pm
$50 member | $65 nonmember (Supplies Included)

Take a dive into the style of abstract painting. We'll discuss the difference between “non-representational” and “abstraction” paintings. Imagine Mark Rothko vs Richard Diebenkorn. For the remainder of the workshop students will work on their own piece of abstraction. Supplies provided. Please bring a photograph to work from.

More Workshops Are Coming. Stay tuned!