About Us

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 9-year old son, who loves to design, build, and make big messes.

Photo credit: Bill Gugliotta

Kate Gugliotta

Portraits of the artist-educators Kate Gugliotta and Branden Koch

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 a private school in Shadyside 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 Koch 

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 and reviews 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.  Branden currently teaches Design in The Fine Art and Design Department at Chatham University, has recently 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.  Branden is attending Interlude Artist Residency in June, 2022, and will have a solo exhibition of his work at Bunker Projects, Pittsburgh, PA in September, 2022.

Meet our Summer 2022 Studio Team! 

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We are so happy to welcome Carolyn Myron to our studio!  She will be The Lead Instructor for our Art for Tots classes, Art & Nature classes, and assisting in the studio. Carolyn has been teaching and working with young children for more than 10 years in various in-school and out-of-school learning environments. She received her M.A. in Art History from Syracuse University and her M.S. in Applied Developmental Psychology from the University of Pittsburgh School of Education. She has worked and taught locally at the Children's Museum of Pittsburgh, after school programs at the Shadyside Boys and Girls Club, Winchester Thurston, La Scuola d'Italia Galileo Galilei, and Primrose School of Peters Township. Carolyn also spent 5 years as a therapeutic art instructor for individuals with physical, intellectual, and developmental disabilities. She has led professional development sessions related to early childhood education and experiential art at The Andy Warhol Museum and the Frick Pittsburgh, and has led educator workshops for Trying Together, Maker Ed, and PBS Kids.


Carolyn's educational approach is inclusive, adaptive, and responsive, aiming to engage children as much as possible with multisensory, process-based learning. Her practice strongly focuses on social emotional development and is child-centered, exploratory, and, of course, playful! Currently, Carolyn works in special education for a cyber school and offers educational consulting and programming in art, nature ed, and yoga & mindfulness through her own business, Rooting to Rise, LLC. For more information about Rooting to Rise, visit https://carolynmyron.wixsite.com/rootingtorise or @rootingtorisepgh!

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We are so happy to welcome Ella Slagle as a Studio Assistant on our Dot and Line Art Studio Team!  Ella is a senior in the 2022 class at Mt. Lebanon High School, who loves painting and drawing and typically works in a realistic style.  Most of Ella's artwork is inspired by her love for plants and the outdoors.  Next year, Ella will be attending Colorado School of Mines where they plan to study environmental engineering.  

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We are so happy to welcome Grace Magyar as a Studio Assistant on our Dot and Line Art Studio Team! Grace recently graduated from Chatham University with a Master's Degree in Teaching Art Education K-12. Grace strongly believes that everyone can be an artist, and loves to share the possibilities of visual thinking and making with others. Her goal as an art educator is to help students grow their own artistic voice and confidence through making art.

 

Grace is a practicing artist with a focus in mixed media art. Her creative practice interweaves the traditional with the contemporary, through combining different mediums such as painting, sculpture, photography, textiles, and found objects. She currently has work on display at Small Mall Art Gallery in Lawrenceville.   Check out Grace's artwork on her website,  https://www.gracemagyar.com