Teacher Spotlight: Hannah Pipkin
Philly Art Center is staffed with an incredibly awesome team of educators and artists. This week, meet Teacher Hannah.
Tell us a bit about yourself.
I grew up in good olde Lancaster County, where I drew on every surface I could, played tennis on every single court, and ate all the local desserts. I have been playing tennis ever since I could hold a racket and started teaching tennis at age 16. I received my Bachelor’s of Fine Arts degree from Kutztown University with a concentration in painting and a minor in art history. I spent the next four years growing as a person, as well as an athlete, and I eventually evolved into an Artist
When did you know you wanted to be an artist / art teacher?
Art has always been the biggest a part of me. I have been drawing and creating for as long as I can remember. I had a teacher in high school who really focused in on my love for art and helped me to find my passion for painting, so when it came time for college, all I knew was that I needed to study painting and play tennis.
What’s your favorite thing about working at Philly Art Center?
Their philosophy, “process over product”. As an artist, my work is about little moments, as well as just the action of making and responding to each mark. Nothing is planned, everything is in the process, so it is really the perfect fit for me.
Describe a typical day at Philly Art Center in three words:
Impeccable! Wonderful. Unique.
What’s one thing YOU get to learn from teaching?
The young artists that I am surrounded by each day push me to limits I did not know I had, but more importantly, they drive me artistically, because I am still growing as an artist just like them.