Elena Cipolla, a Jenkintown artist, has created custom artwork since 1992. As a portrait artist, she is known for her pastel renderings of houses, children, and adults. A member of Immaculate Conception parish in Jenkintown, Cipolla has created artwork for the parish and the school. Most memorable is a series of Christmas ornaments featuring various images from the Church: the church bell tower (2005), the statue of Mary (2006), the image of the nativity (2007), an altar angel (2008), and the new altar in St. Mary’s Chapel (2009). Lately, she has been developing her oil painting skills, creating a variety of paintings for different clients.
Mrs. Cipolla, an experienced art educator, taught her own self-developed art program, Art Workshop for over twenty-four years. Her group of art students, in fourth grade and up, worked weekly at perfecting their skills in drawing, painting, and other mediums. Students learned to critique their own work and develop their skills. After each semester, the artists’ works were displayed in an evening show and reception.
From 2017-2019, Cipolla joined the staff of Martin Saints Classical High school in Oreland. As the studio art teacher, she designed their freshman and sophomore art program. From 2018 to 2021, she was a member of the faculty of St. Basil Academy in Jenkintown as an art teacher for students in grades 10-12. She designed and taught five different semester courses during that time period.
In the fall of 2021, she will be teaching a pastel class at the Great Norristown Art League (GNAL@800West) in East Norriton on Friday mornings from 10-12:30.
Mrs. Cipolla strongly believes that the role of the art teacher is to motivate and encourage personal expression, while exposing the students to all types of art.
“The best part of being an art teacher is watching what happens in the classroom when the students grab onto an idea. The students keep me exploring new ideas.”
Contact Mrs. Cipolla at firstname.lastname@example.org.