Our Staff

All of our art teachers are experienced visual artists with a passion for education. Their years of experience help to inspire your child to create things they never knew they could. Our teachers help children focus on the process of creating art, not the product. 
"It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression & knowledge." -Albert Einstein

Marisa & Brian Corry


Marisa is currently the PK-5 General Music Teacher and Choral Director at Richard L. Rice Elementary School in Marlton. She has been teaching for 10 years and performs as a pianist and vocalist. She is also an art enthusiast and loves to paint, draw, and craft. Brian is a professional musician and performer. He writes original music and can be seen performing in the area with his bands, Mums The Word and The Pitch Pines. Together, Brian and Marisa bring a passion for all things creative. It is our goal to provide a unique and magical space in our community for children and adults to express their inner creativity. We hope that the ARTery will continue to be an inspiring place for people to come together and create!


Shiya Stone

Head of Curriculum and Instruction

Shiya Stone has been studying and practicing the Creative Arts for over 35 years. She began studying in Philadelphia at the age of eight, graduated from the High School for Creative and Performing Arts and continued her fine arts training at The Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts. Shiya has been working with and teaching children for close to 30 years. Shiya pursued a Montessori Pre-School Teacher Certification in 1992. As a Montessori teacher, Shiya naturally combined her love for art, children and teaching to develop and implement creative curriculum, founded with Montessori Principles, in the classroom, enrichment programs, summer camps, and before/after school programs. These same principles were carried forward and utilized in creative curriculum development for non-Montessori environments as well, as Shiya worked within camps, private businesses, learning centers and art centers. Shiya was integral in forming and developing The ARTery Studio along with Dr. Karen Walker in 2017. She continues to create inspiring programing for our ARTery families to enjoy.

Alex Burkholder

Art Teacher

Alex graduated from Rensselaer Polytechnic with a Bachelor’s in Game Design and Electronic Arts, but not before taking years of traditional art classes throughout school. Alex is an experienced illustrator and character designer having worked professionally to create concept art and models for video games and comics.  He has been illustrating professionally for 8+ years and has experience drawing in a variety of styles from realism to anime, humans to monsters.  He grew up drawing traditionally with pencil and paper, but in recent years has begun creating digitally, and has a wealth of knowledge in both methods of creating. When working in traditional mediums, he focuses on using chalk, pastel, and colored pencil- but otherwise uses a digital pen and tablet. He enjoys passing on his experiences and knowledge to the future generation of artists!

Sky Amburg

Art Teacher

Sky graduated Salem community College in 2017 receiving her duel degree with a major in Glassblowing and minor in Fine Arts. Shortly after graduating, she found The Artery family, and discovered her new path that she wanted to take in life, due all the students she has worked with at her time at the studio. Sky is now studying at Arcadia University to get her BA in Art Therapy to help children and teen/adults women/men that have gone through domestic violence relationships. As a Mixed Media Artist, Sky considers herself a "Jack-of-all-trades" due to her love of using all types of materials to create her own work of art as well as projects at the studio. 

Rebecca Tronco

Art Teacher

Cherry Hill based artist-teacher, Becky Tronco has worked at the Artery since it's inception!  Her themed classes have been huge hits such as Wizarding 101 where she uses her love of Harry Potter to create a unique experience for kids of all ages.  She graduated Rowan University with a Bachelor's in Art Education and minor in Art History in 2013. Becky continues to be a life-long learner by participating in yearly workshops and conferences as she strives to create new and interesting takes on various processes and styles!  

In addition, she currently works as the art teacher at Springville Elementary School in Mount Laurel.

Heather Rubin

Art Teacher

Heather Rubin received her BFA from University of the Arts where she studied illustration and graphic design and studied oil painting at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts. She will introduce programs that lie at the intersection of art and engineering, as well as the principles of art and design . Heather has been a freelance graphic designer for 20 years, but found she most enjoyed teaching art to others after becoming a parent. She also served as the marketing and communications coach for the Cherokee and Lenape High school’s robotics teams. 

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