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Christina Powell

Carrie Chapman
Carrie Chapman is a sculpture, pottery, fibers, and art elective teacher. She has been teaching for 10 years here at Savannah Arts Academy as well as summer camps around town. She has a Masters degree from Armstrong Atlantic State University. Creativity in the arts is her passion and three-dimensional art is her specialty.

Courses Taught:  Pottery & Fibers

Christine Shawl

Trellis Payne Department Chair
Trellis Payne, a Savannah-based artist and teacher at Savannah Arts Academy, was born and raised in Dublin, Georgia.  She received her B.F.A. degree in Art at Valdosta State University where she emphasized in painting.  Upon receiving her Art Education Certification from Georgia Southern University she went on to complete her M. Ed. in Foundations of Education from Troy State University.

In 2002 Trellis began her career as a high school art teacher and has since taught a variety of media to students of all age levels.  A current faculty member of Savannah Arts Academy, a visual and performing arts high school, she has taught courses in Art Foundations, Drawing, Painting, Fashion Design, Sculpture, and Advanced Placement Studio Art.  She is also the director of SAA’s Annual Junk 2 Funk Fashion Show, which has become one of Savannah’s signature events.  In addition, she has taught at various programs such as Art Smarts, a summer camp hosted by the Savannah College of Art & Design/Savannah Arts Academy, and the Georgia Art Education Association’s Fall Professional Learning Conference.  She is also an active member of the National Art Education Association, and she recently received national recognition for her teaching from the Alliance of Young Artists & Writers for the 2012 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards.

Trellis has won numerous awards for her artwork, working in a range of media and subject matter and has been working as a professional artist since college.  She has completed a wide array of commission works in both fine and decorative arts, and her work can be seen around the state of Georgia and South Carolina.  She is proficient in and works with various media such as oils, acrylics, watercolors, charcoals, pastels, colored pencils, and mixed media. Paintings of all sorts, hand-painted furniture and accessories, mixed media collages and photography also add to her repertoire of artistic talents and eclectic eye for design.

Courses Taught: Comp I, Sculpture, AP Studio Art: 3-D Design & Applied Design (Fashion Design)

Steve Schetski
Steve Schetski has taught high school art for 22 years, including 14 years as a veteran teacher at Savannah Arts Academy. His service includes seven years as Chair for the Visual Arts Department and currently serves as the school’s gallery director for the Gallery on Washington. Steve is also in charge of the art competition schedule and chief sponsor of the National Art Honor Society Schedule. He teaches advanced courses in drawing and Advanced Placement Studio Art. Steve received a BFA in Illustration from the Savannah College of Art & Design in 1985 and a Master of Science from Troy University in 2006.

Steve has won numerous awards for his artwork, working in a range of media and subject matter. He has received national awards and recognition for his teaching from the Alliance of Young Artists & Writers for the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards in 2006, 2007, 2008, 2011 and 2012. He was the first recipient of the Georgia Scholastic Art Teacher Award for 2010-2011 and selected for the 2012 Georgia Art Education Association Secondary Art Teacher Award. At the local level, Steve received an award for Star Teacher in 2007, and was the runner-up for SCCPSS District Teacher of the Year in 2007. Under Steve’s guidance and instruction, his students have consistently won top awards and recognition for their artwork in competitions at the local, state, national and international level.

Courses Taught: Draw I, Draw II, AP Studio Art: Drawing & AP Studio Art: 2-D Design

Meghan Scoggins

Meghan Scoggins is new to the Savannah Arts Academy’s Visual Arts Department, teaching in the areas of Art Foundations and Fashion. She graduated from Savannah College of Art and Design in 2006 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Fashion, with a minor in Creative Writing. During her undergraduate studies, she traveled to Lacoste, France to further her experience in Fashion Design. She had the opportunity to visit the Yves Saint Laurent Couture House in Paris and participated in design workshops at the NIKE Headquarters in Amsterdam. A day after graduation, she moved to New York City to intern as a stylist for Seventeen Magazine. She learned the ropes of the fashion world, assisted on numerous photo shoots and was able to work with such celebrities as Rihanna and Fergie.

In 2008, Meghan returned to the Savannah College of Art and Design to begin her pursuit in becoming an art educator and earned her Master of Arts in Teaching in 2009. During her M.A.T. program, she teamed up with SAA Visual Arts Teacher, Trellis Payne, where they co-founded the Junk 2 Funk Fashion Show. She has returned as a judge annually and was the lead juror on the 2012 Junk Jury.  Residing the last three years in Charleston, South Carolina, Meghan taught advanced visual arts at the middle school level. Meghan is excited to be back in Savannah to join the esteemed faculty at Savannah Arts Academy. When she is not working, you can find her hanging out with her husband, riding her bike, cooking for friends, blogging, and messing around on her sewing machine.

Kinte Taylor
Originally from South Jersey, Kinte Taylor moved to Savannah in 1996 to attend the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD). He received his Bachelor of Fine Arts with a concentration in 3D Animation as well as his Master of Fine Arts with a concentration in Motion Graphics. After graduating from SCAD, Kinte worked professionally as a post production manager, web-master, web-designer, graphic designer, videographer, editor and production artist. He has taught in all levels of education. Kinte began his teaching career at Thunderbolt Elementary, and has since taught middle school students at the SCAD Art Smarts summer camp and is also an adjunct professor at the University of Phoenix Savannah Campus. He is currently working within two departments at Savannah Arts, Visual Arts where he teaches Photography I and II and Communication arts where he teaches Intro to Graphic Design, Graphic Design and Production and Advanced Graphic Design. He has had students win awards and recognition for their work at the local, state and national level. Kinte and his students are also the main force behind the majority of Savannah Arts Academy's photographic and graphic design promotional materials.

Courses Taught: Photo I, Photo II & Introduction to Graphic Design, Graphic Design and Production, Advanced Graphic Design

Napoleon Wilkerson
Napoleon Wilkerson has been an art teacher in the Savannah Chatham County School System for 15 years. He started teaching in the elementary schools for five years at Hodge Elementary and Bartow Elementary. He is in his 10th year at the Savannah Arts Academy teaching Paint 1, Comp 2, and Art History. Napoleon is the Sponsor for the National Art Honor Society Schedule which has 44 members. He is a practicing artist who works in watercolors and acrylic. and is a member of the Georgia Watercolor Society andhas won numerous awards for his art .

Courses Taught: Art History, Comp II & Paint I