Nicole Brandes is the founding director of The Children's Art Studio. Nicole holds a Master of Fine Arts from the University of California and has the DCPS teaching credential. She has taught drawing and painting in New York City at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Henry Street Art Settlement and the New York City Public School system. In Washington, she has taught at Fillmore Arts Center, the Maryland College of Art, the Lab School and at Bancroft Elementary School, where she was the lead instructor for over five hundred children. Nicole is a practicing visual artist and is represented by the Pierogi Gallery in Brooklyn, New York and has received the Puffin Award, Art Matters Award and Russell Award for Artistic Excellence. Her work has been shown by Apex Art and Printed Matter in New York City, Gasworks in London, School 33 in Baltimore and Berea College in Kentucky, where she was a visiting Artist in Residence.