Marquis Studios is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization providing arts-in‐education services to 170 New York City public schools annually. We strive to develop a strong partnership between artists and teachers by providing arts programs to supplement traditional classroom teaching techniques. Each residency or workshop focuses on a specific visual or performing arts discipline selected by school staff and administration.
Marquis Studios employs 90 professional teaching artists whom specialize in a variety of disciplines. If you are interested in becoming a Teaching Artist visit our careers page.
Frances Perrone, Frances holds a BS in Fine Art from SUNY New Paltz with a concentration in ceramics and art education. Throughout her 20 year career in the arts, she has focused on creating and implementing arts programs, events and collaborations, working with organizations including the Museum of Arts and Design, Urban Glass, Federation Employment and Guidance Service (FEGS), The Creative Center for People with Cancer, Elder Craftsmen and Independence Care System (ICS). Frances currently teaches a variety of art classes to disabled adults at Independence Care System (ICS).
Janice Patrignani is a design professional, visual artist, and art educator. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Cincinnati’s School of Design, Architecture, and Art. She received her K-12 New York State Art Teaching Certification in 1994 from the Bank Street College of Education/Parsons School of Design. Since 1995 she has been developing and teaching workshops that she customizes to fit with school curriculum needs in any one of her many areas of media expertise which include: watercolor, acrylic, and silk painting; fiber arts; bookmaking; paper transformations, and ceramic sculpture. Her goal as an arts educator is to encourage self-esteem in her students by giving them a means of expression for their unique way of seeing the world. Trained in Dr. Howard Gardner’s Multiple Intelligence’s Theory her workshops provide an environment that celebrates each child’s individual strengths, a place where children are inspired to explore, discover, and learn. Janice has received several grants for both her arts in education programs and for her mixed media and ceramic sculpture, which has been exhibited throughout the Tri-state area. She has been a Marquis Studios teaching artist since 2012.
Michael is an actor and director with a degree from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. He has taught professional acting technique as a faculty member at the Atlantic Acting School and an adjunct professor at the College of Mount Saint Vincent. He is also proud teaching artist, teaching theater and improvisation in all five boroughs through a number of organizations since 2004. He is passionate about bringing the arts to students with all abilities. As an actor and director he has worked with Woodshed Collective, the Atlantic, as well as regionally in Washington DC.