Meet the Teachers

At Picassos we know that we are only as good as the instruction we provide, and so we are proud to share the talented folks you will learn from at Picassos.


Michela Madison

Michela comes to Picassos to teach KinderArten after years of teaching in a refugee camp (in Malaysia), public schools (Boston and Atlanta), and in a private school which specialized in teaching all subjects by incorporating art and music.
Additionally, Michela has traveled to nineteen countries (most of them developing nations) and is adept at immersing herself in various cultures. When she is not teaching or traveling, she enjoys photography, reading, music, museums, and gardening. She has seven adult children living on two continents. Michela is very excited to be part of Picassos and your children’s learning.


Kelli Canady

Kelli Canady is a mixed media artist from Columbus Ohio. She works with acrylic paint on paper, canvas, and wood, adding marks in a variety of materials including colored pencil, inks, and oil pastels. Deeply interested in how colors interact and effect mood, her current work is focused on play and exploration of color. She draws inspiration from shapes and forms of the natural world, allowing them to evoke feelings without representational images. Kelli Canady graduated from The Ohio State University in 2006 with a Bachelor of Arts focused on painting and drawing.

As Picassos, Kelli teaches adult classes including Color Theory.


Hakim Callwood

Hakim Callwood, 24, is an independent artist illustrator/designer from Columbus, Ohio, specializing in illustration, design, painting, animation and teaching. He is a graduate of Columbus Alternative High School, ranked as one of the top high schools in the country. He also studied digital art and graphic design at Columbus State Community College. His inspiration in art began with Marvel Comic hand-me-downs from his older brother.

Hakim teaches Animation classes at Picassos.


Megan Carpenter

Megan Carpenter is a mixed media artist and illustrator from the west side of Columbus, Ohio. She enjoys working with acrylics, watercolor, and ink the most. Megan has been creating her whole life and has recently discovered mixing her passion for art and working with children.

Megan has worked with teens to toddlers over the last 10 years. She has taught classes independently along with being a youth art instructor for the YMCA in Gahanna. Most recently she has worked as a childcare provider, having worked with toddlers and as lead kindergarten teacher for a center in UA. Megan is currently a part time "art nanny" working with families in UA and is working on establishing her creative business Makerbug.

Megan is very excited to be a part of the Picassos teaching team, focusing on toddler and preschool classes!