Michelle Motley Giddens


Michelle is the Owner and Creative Director of The Art Studio. Prior to opening The Art Studio, Michelle worked as an artist while staying at home with her children. She taught elementary and middle school art at Fellowship Christian School in Roswell, GA. She developed the art curriculum and established a school wide Art Club. Michelle holds a BFA in Art Education from Georgia State University and her Alabama Teaching License with an endorsement in Art. She has a BA in Communication from Auburn University. Michelle has expertise in drawing, painting, printmaking, ceramics, sculpture, and art history. She studied art in Cortona, Italy and traveled to Rome, Florence, Naples and Venice. Michelle lives on a farm outside of Auburn with her husband, James, and 2 children, Thomas and Andrew.

Sharon Noordermeer


Sharon is the Art Camp Director and Teacher for The Art Studio. Sharon studied Studio Art at Auburn University with a concentration of Sculpture. She was the winner of 2018 Juried Show Creative Excellence Award for Sculpture. Sharon is a local freelance artist and previous art teacher for Spirited Art in Opelika. Her favorite mediums are wood and clay, mix media, charcoal and acrylic paint. Artists who inspire her are Dave McKean, Lane Smith, and Naum Gabo.


Kimberly Hammond


Kim is our Studio Coordinator and Saturday Studio Kids Teacher. She spent this summer as the camp intern. Kim is originally from New Jersey and is currently a senior at Auburn University double majoring in Elementary Education and Studio Art. Her favorite mediums are oil and watercolor paint. Stylistically, she enjoys playing with a mixture of realism and abstraction and believes art is a valuable and necessary resource for self-expression and growth. Some of her biggest inspirations are Peter Max, Alyssa Monks, and Nick Runge.


Caroline Crowdus


Caroline is the Studio Assistant for The Art Studio. She grew up in an artistic household and has always enjoyed learning about art from her mother and doing her own projects in her free time. Caroline is currently a sophomore at Auburn University studying Biotechnology. Some of her favorite mediums are embroidery, watercolor, and mixed media.

Trina Crowdus


Trina is a Teacher for The Art Studio. She is the Art Teacher at Cary Woods Elementary School. She has been teaching art in private and public schools since 2011. Trina received her Bachelors of Fine Art degree from Auburn University with a concentration in painting and her Masters degree in Art Education from Auburn University at Montgomery.   Her favorite mediums to work in are painting and printmaking. Trina loves to travel and visits art museums wherever she goes. She enjoys visiting thrift stores, estate sales and antique shops in search of treasures for her home and for art projects.


Andrea Newman


Andrea is a Teacher for The Art Studio. She is the K-2 Art teacher at Dean Road Elementary School in Auburn. Andrea has a degree in Interior Design from Auburn University and began her career as an interior designer in Atlanta, Georgia where she was the owner of Andrea Newman Interior Design. After earning a Master’s degree in Elementary Education from Oglethorpe University, she taught first grade at St. Martin’s Episcopal School in Atlanta; fifth grade science & social studies in Thomaston, GA at U-L North; and first and second grades at Dean Road before becoming the art teacher there in 2013. Andrea enjoys painting, working with various types of clay, fiber and textile art, and drawing. 

Rebecca Wall


Rebecca is a Teacher for The Art Studio. Rebecca has been the Art Teacher at Richland Elementary School for the past six years where she was named Teacher of the Year. She was recently named Art Teacher of the Year by the Alabama Art Education Association. Rebecca has worked in the art field for over twelve years, in design firms, museums, and public schools. Along with art, she has also taught first and second grade as a regular classroom teacher. She received her bachelor’s degree from Columbus State University and her Master’s at the University of Florida in Art Education. Rebecca is from a small town in Georgia but loves living in Auburn with her husband, Steve, and their cocker spaniel, Biscuit.