Former G-A art educator continues to teach

Andrea Rose
Former Greencastle-Antrim art teacher Carolyn Baker shares samples of classes she teaches at her studio at Wildflower Marketplace in Waynesboro.

From Carolyn Baker's vantage point, the world is a beautiful place.

She prefers to surround herself with color, from the pastel prints in her clothing, to the bright green vehicle she drives, to the workspace she transformed out of a drab garage.

"I like lively colors," she said, as she pointed to the lavender, yellow, blue and green floors and walls of Baker's Made by You Studio LLC at the Wildflower Marketplace in Waynesboro.

In fact, her view of her surroundings includes sights most people don't even notice.

"The whole thing about being an artist is seeing. It's looking at the details of things," she said.

Baker knows a thing or two about being an artist. She taught art for 28 years at Greencastle-Antrim High School and wrote most of the art curriculum there.

"I love teaching," she said. "Everyone thinks they can't draw or paint. I can teach anyone to paint, draw or be an artist."

Her Made By You Studio is the place where those who think they have no talent discover that they really can make beautiful works of art.

Here she offers instruction in using Prisma colored pencils, drawing classes, paint nights and privates classes for 13-year-olds who want to learn more about art, as well as art birthday parties, bridal showers and group nights out.

But the talent that she will share doesn't stop there.

She also offers pottery classes at the Mont Alto Pottery Studio in conjunction with the Nicodemus Center for Ceramic Studies.

"I'm not a one-trick pony," Baker said with a chuckle. "I teach every kind of art."

Baker began her second art career teaching paint nights at Howard's Art Supplies & Frames in Hagerstown in December before opening her studio at Wildflower Marketplace in May.

She found she missed teaching and missed her students. "I love being around people and inspiring people. They inspire me," she explained.

When she's not working with her hands in her studio, Baker can be found working with her hands in nature. She helps out milking cows in Waynecastle.

"I grew up on a farm and I still milk cows there," she admitted.

Baker said she enjoys keeping busy, but knows the value of down time, too. She hosts an open studio when aspiring artists can come and work on projects under her guidance as they need it.

"I'm hoping to get other artists or people who are interested in the arts and looking for new avenues to express themselves," she said. "I hope people will come, enjoy and get a feel for the arts."