the hive: Instructors

Our instructors embody deCordova's interdisciplinary spirit.

And they come from varying backgrounds such as biology, landscape design, and engineering, as well as visual, performance, and sound art. Instructors at the hive share a curiosity about the world around them and experience in inspiring young people to explore and create.

Summer 2016 Instructors

Violeta Vicario Andrade is a musician and educator from Spain. For the last 10 years, she’s been exploring how music and movement cultivates curiosity, empathy, critical thinking and sense of justice. As a flutist and dancer, she is enchanted with the world of fantasy, joy and discovery that abound in children’s free play. Fascinated with the immense possibilities of natural materials, she co-creates installations where one can interact with the sounds and silences of a particular place.  At the hive, you can find Violeta dancing or observing nature closely, and co-creating environments born from the campers’ rich tales and playful adventures.

Anna Cohen has been part of the hive Instructor team for three summers. With an interest in sculpture, natural materials, and ephemeral art, Anna encourages all children to appreciate the process as much as the product of their own work, and to explore, ask questions, and find beauty in the world around them.  At the hive, you may find Anna and campers building landscape sculptures with found objects, morphing a piece of "trash" into a moving machine, or dancing around in the studio as we create a collaborative upside-down mural. 

Kim Hodgkinson is a 6th grade Science teacher in southern New Hampshire, who has always been fascinated with the world around and within us. Kim believes in experiencing as much as possible, and has taught waterskiing and wakeboarding at a sleepaway camp, played musical instruments including the French horn and guitar, trained to be an EMT, and gotten her black belt in Kenpo karate. Kim believes that the best way for kids to learn is to explore and make meaning of the world for themselves. She loves asking questions, especially with kids around, because they have the best, most interesting answers!

Margaret Hoffman is a preschool teacher, environmentalist, and improv comedian living in Boston. Margaret has developed interactive and play-based children’s programming at artistic institutions such as deCordova, the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and The Rose Art Museum. Her favorite moments include: installing a group sculpture that fit between two trees, creating a movement piece inspired by a contemporary gallery, and using recycled materials to build fantastical towers. Margaret is eager to make messes and tell stories in collaboration with the campers at the hive. 

John O’Donnell is a multi-disciplinary studio artist who strives to locate visual resolution among every day objects.  He is also an Assistant Professor of printmaking at the University of Connecticut.  John believes (knows) everyone is an artist and each individual has a unique array of abilities to express important ideas within an art context.  John’s work deals with multimedia representations of construction, illusion, and popular culture.  At the hive you may see and hear John discussing the importance of the shape of a twig or engaging in a conversation about the life cycle of everything from insects to ideas. 

Emily Shepard is a visual arts teacher with a background in interdisciplinary, project-based learning. She is trained in sculpture. At night, you may catch her "planting" her handmade wire creations in the dirt around her neighborhood. At the hive, you may find Emily and campers building miniature worlds from found objects, sewing fuzzy woodland creatures, or sculpting an underground network of animal burrows.

Past Instructors

Amber Vistein is a sound artist/composer with a strong interest in the intersection of science and art. She has produced musical compositions from earthquake data, used a wind tunnel as an instrument, and collaborated on installations about starling murmuration. At the hive, you may find Amber and participants listening to the ground with a stethoscope, using a microscope to explore the minute details of plants, or creating an installation of tin-can telephones that speak to the trees.

Anna Greene-Smith is an artist and educator who has taught in schools and camps around the world, from Romania to the West Indies. A painter by training, Anna delights in exploring a variety of mediums and techniques in order to help campers discover and question the world around them. At the hive, you may find Anna building miniature houses in the woods, creating large-scale murals of the landscape, and tracing shadows in chalk.

Maira Molteni is an artist, educator, and beekeeper who has crocheted colorful nets for basketball hoops, created a giant inflatable beehive, and created process-based performances. Maria is interested in natural and social systems and explores these in her art and educational programs through storytelling, movement, and collaborative artwork. At the hive, you may find Maria making and flying kites, crocheting a giant spider web, and crafting inflatable speech bubbles that speak for insects.

Mit Wanzer is a science teacher and woodworker who believes people learn best by doing, talking, testing, and building. He has engineered hydroelectric dams, designed and built kinetic sculptures, and has a strong interest in astronomy and ecosystems. At the hive, you may find Mit and participants exploring vernal wetlands, outcroppings of bedrock, and woodland trials to produce layered 3D maps, engineering sculptures that move with the wind, or weaving carrots into edible art.