We are passionate about supporting children's growth through the visual arts.
Jocelyne Adkins is the Program Director and Lead Educator for By Discovery. Jocelyne founded By Discovery at Beye School in 2011 to offer children creative, project-based learning in art and nature-based science. She loves working with youth and is inspired by their enthusiasm, creativity and endless knowledge. As a child, Jocelyne was fascinated by the process of making and enjoyed bringing something into the world that didn't exist before. Her family's resourcefulness and creativity provided a foundation for her to build upon and she strives to provide the same for her students. Jocelyne holds a Master of Arts in Art Education degree from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Saint Mary's College in Indiana. She has 22 years of teaching experience, including preschool through college levels. She loves spending time with her family and their dog Luna, exploring nature and creative endeavors. She looks forward to facilitating spectacular creative projects with By Discovery students!
Kal is an interdisciplinary artist from Korea. They have been living in Chicago for 4 years and recently received their BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. In their practice, they translate visual and textual elements into personal language and focus on building a narrative. Their inspiration comes from domestic and everyday imagery, symbols, and their own interpersonal relationships. Kal’s passion lies in printmaking, but they also work with various sculptural processes to make their work. They love making and exploring different ways of approach for problem solving. Art has been a huge part of Kal’s childhood, and they are excited to share their passion for art!
Sally Cho is a Korean artist who lives and works in Chicago, IL. She holds a BFA degree in Painting and Drawing from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Sally’s practice involves painting and drawing and more recently writing and screen printing. In the past, she has worked as a teaching assistant for Korean Language Program at Clarksburg Elementary School. She has also worked as a teaching assistant for the Early College Program at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Sally loves working closely with students of all ages, especially children. She is inspired by the infinite creativity and curiosity of children. She is passionate about exploring the ways art making can be used to encourage their positive growth. She loves coffee, cooking, and reading books!
Justin Lee is a multimedia artist and DIY enthusiast, based in Chicago, Illinois. Lee has received a Bachelors in Fine Art from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Their recent works focus on painting and drawing practices but past projects include fashion and accessories, fibers and material work, and sculptures. Lee makes artwork that is auto-biographical and pulls inspirations from their own life and experiences. They are influenced by internet and meme culture and their own Asian-American identity working from imagery that they can relate to. While honesty is a big part of Lee’s studio process, they also appreciate working from a place of humor. Justin started their artistic journey in art classrooms and after school programs very similar to By Discovery. They are very happy to have the opportunity to teach and guide creativity in the next generation of artists. They also value teaching as a way of learning and look forward to learning all that they can from By Discovery students. When not in the classroom or studio, Justin enjoys going on walks, thrifting and upcycling, playing volleyball, and trying out new types of places to eat.
Lexi Harris is an interdisciplinary artist from Oak Park. She currently works as a carpenter with a focus in wood restoration. She believes in the power of art to inspire, connect, and transform and this lead to the opening of a home based art studio during the summer of 2023. She offered free classes for the kids in her neighborhood with a focus on utilizing recycled and non-traditional materials with the goal of inspiring the next generation of artists to create a more sustainable future. As the mother of a Beye student Lexi is passionate about inspiring and cultivating the love of learning and creative expression in young students! When she has free time, Lexi loves reading (usually with one or both of her two cats in her lap), cooking and researching cooking technique and food science, making pottery and other functional ceramic art, gardening and preserving her harvest, and thrifting! She is absolutely thrilled to join the By Discovery team as a co-teacher and hopes to create a positive and inclusive classroom environment and to provide individualized instruction and support for students with diverse learning styles and needs.
Emma Baker-Terhaar is an interdisciplinary artist based out of Buffalo, New York. She now lives and works in Chicago, IL. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, with a focus on painting and drawing. Emma is a classically trained oil painter whose current body of work investigates themes of feminine representation while referencing societal performances in relation to idenity, childhood, and nature. Emma is also a muralist, who has worked on various public art projects in child play areas, as well as parks and event spaces. She is inspired by nature, childhood memories, expressionism and her moms. Emma is very excited to help kids learn about the art world and help guide them into discovering their individual passions and explorations of creative expression and art making. When Emma is not in the classroom, she is usually in her studio painting, reading or spending time with her cats!
With seven years of experience as a STEAM educator, Heath has a desire to inspire children to love learning. Committed to stoking curiosity and creativity, Heath has experience teaching in after school programs at Holmes, Longfellow, and Lincoln schools. He worked at Code Play Learn for 5 years as teacher and assistant manager. Heath has also worked with the Oak Park Arts District Summer Camp and has worked individually with children as a math & science tutor.
When he isn’t teaching children, Heath loves reading and studying a diverse range of topics, including history, philosophy and science. He also enjoys listening to podcasts on current events, politics and history.
Heath joined By Discovery in 2021 and this year, in addition to pursuing his educational goals, he will join us as a Teaching Assistant.
Pamela Penney is a textile and mixed media artist who has enjoyed teaching children and adults for the past 25 years. Through the Oak Park Education Foundation, she has taught in the Art Start program for D97 schools and OPEF's Summer BASE Camp. Pam also sits on the Board for the Oak Park Art League and currently teaches adult and children's programs there. Prior to this, Pam had a studio gallery in the Oak Park Arts District and was the Director of the Arts District Kids Camp for many years. In addition, she taught after school art programs through the O.P. Park District. Pam raised two children who are now adults. She continues to enjoy the company of working creatively with kids, including substitute teaching for By Discovery, when she's not spinning and weaving in her studio or out walking her two dogs!