Like a bee drawn to a flower, Carrie has always been interested in new ways of teaching art. Just after earning her BFA from James Madison University, she migrated to Asheville, NC to be near the site of Black Mountain College. She then flew off to paint at the Vermont Studio Center and the New York Studio School before making a bee-line to the University of Pennsylvania where she received an MFA in painting. Everything she learned about the power of art and teaching she learned from artists who were also excellent teachers.
She started teaching at The College of William and Mary where she spent four busy years, and finally landed at St. Mary’s College of Maryland, where as a Professor she teaches drawing, painting, color, and Art for Educators and Community Activists. Since 2008 she has supervised a swarm of graduate students studying to be art teachers.
Carrie Patterson is an artist, art educator and one busy bee. She is the founder of Yellow Door Art Studios and lives in Leonardtown, Maryland with her husband Doug, and her two children. Her own little busy bees, Xander and Giorgia, and the freedom that art embraces, inspired her to step into the Yellow Door.
Visit Carrie's website here.
Doug Toti (Dr. Doug)
Like a spider spinning a intricate web, Doug Toti has combined biology, science education and technology throughout his professional career. After receiving his B.S. in Biology from James Madison University, he explored the Great Smoky Mountains and Western Carolina University to earn his M.S. in Biology with a specialization in arachnology. He then spun his way through the University of Pennsylvania for a PhD (ABD) in Biology before earning his PhD in Science Education from the University of Virginia. Since that time he has been employed by SMCM and several government contractors in developing curriculum specific to the needs of each company. He is co-founder of Yellow Door and serves part-time as Business Manager, Teacher, and Web Developer and Fix-it Guy for Yellow Door.