Rachel is the owner of RLB Art Studio, a certified art instructor, and fine artist. She currently resides in Erie, PA. Rachel was born and raised in Jamestown, NY area where she began to develop her love for Art. Spending as much time as possible outdoors, Rachel observed her natural surroundings and that art is all around us. Colors, Textures, Patterns, Shapes, & Lines all make up what we see. Art connects us all. " Making ART is pART of who I am! When I'm not involved in some sort of project a part of me feels void. It's my therapy and we all need that. I love creating art and helping others do the same. Creating is a treasure, and it feeds our souls in a way that nothing else can."
Educational Background 2000-Academic Diploma/Jamestown High School, NY. 2002- Associates Degree in Humanities/Jamestown Community College, NY. 2005-Bachelor of Science in Art Education/Edinboro University ,PA. 2012- Master's Degree in Art Education/Edinboro University,PA. Work Experience Pa Cyber School, Teaching Artist. 3 years. Art Teacher, Wattsburg Area School District, 8+ years. Substitute Teacher, Surrounding School Districts, 3+ years. Displays and Art Shows Glass Growers Gallery. Erie, PA Mercyhurst University Cummings Gallery. Erie, PA 1201 Restaurant. Erie, PA Presque Isle Gallery Coffee House. Erie,PA Stone Church Gallery. Erie, PA World of Music. Erie, PA Pointe Four Vintage Boutique. Erie, PA The Tipsy Bean. Erie, PA Attic Rehab. Erie, PA Kellar Williams Realestate. Erie, PA Vintage & Soul. Erie, PA Artlore, Erie, PA CIty Gallery. Erie, PA The 1020 Collective. Erie, PA Mural Work Daves Diner, Erie, PA ServErie, Erie, PA Rachel is an avid believer in using her talent to impact others in a positive way! She wants ART to be a part of your life!
Meet the Instructors
Miss Madelyn Simmons
My name is Madelyn Simmons and I am excited to be joining RLB Studio! For the past 20 years, I was a special education teacher and recently retired to become an art therapist and social-emotional consultant. I’m a local portrait and landscape artist who favors watercolor but truly loves any medium. Additionally, I teach a course on using art for wellness at PennWest University. I love inspiring others to create and celebrate their artwork and I hope you’ll join me! Madelyn will be teaching a few Kids Group Art Classes each month. Ms. Rachel is so excited to have her joining the Art Studio Staff and getting to work with Madelyn again. We used to be teachers together when we worked at Wattsburg Elementary School.
Mrs. Candace Leslie
Mrs. Leslie has been teaching art in public schools for 30+ years. She currently teaches K-6th Grade Art at Iroquois Elementary School and holds a Masters Degree in Art Education. Mrs. Leslie was Ms. Rachel's co-operating teaching when Ms. Rachel was attending Edinboro University during her undergrad. Mrs. Leslie & Ms. Rachel have been friends and co-workers putting on Big Art Events and Art Camps for 20+ years. Mrs. Leslie joins RLB Art Studio every summer helping put on our ever popular ALL DAY ART DAYS. Get excited for SUMMER 2023 we are already planning for our "Art Around the World" theme.