Dot and Line Art Studio's name originates from our thinking about a well known quote by the artist Paul Klee: "A line is a dot that went for a walk." It encompasses our teaching philosophy of learning through play, experimentation, reflection, and engagement. Kate and Branden started Dot and Line Art Studio in Summer of 2021 with a belief that everyone of all ages, abilities, and backgrounds can share in the journey of learning and exploration through the visual arts. They live in Mt. Lebanon, Pittsburgh, PA with their 8-year old son, who loves to design, build, and make big messes.
Photo credit: Bill Gugliotta
Kate, a native Pittsburgher, returned to the city after 14 years living and teaching art in New York City. Prior to moving back to Pittsburgh, Kate designed the art curriculum for the Gillen Brewer School and was their head art teacher for 11 years. Kate also worked in the education departments at the Whitney Museum, Museum of Modern Art, and the Noguchi Museum. Currently, she is the Lower School Visual Arts teacher and Chair of the Visual Arts Department at The Winchester Thurston School and teaches in the graduate art education department at Moore College of Art and Design. Kate’s research in education has been featured in several publications and has presented at many conferences and led professional development workshops, both in the United States and internationally. She is a graduate of Teachers College, Columbia University and holds a MA in Art Education.
Branden, born in Cleveland, Ohio, lived and worked in New York City for 14 years prior to moving to Pittsburgh. A practicing artist, Branden has shown his work nationally in several group and solo exhibitions, with features in many in-print and online publications. As an art educator, Branden has worked with students from a variety of backgrounds and abilities. He has taught locally at The Mattress Factory, The Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh, The Winchester Thurston School, and works with several private students. Most recently Branden has served as Part-Time Lecturer at The Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, New Jersey, and as Mentor for MFA candidates at Lesley University Art + Design, Cambridge, Massachusetts. He is a graduate of the Cleveland Institute of Art and The Milton Avery School of the Arts at Bard College, both with concentrations in Painting, and currently serves as Adjunct Professor in the Art and Design Department at Chatham University, Pittsburgh, PA.