Seeds Teaching Artists

Maurice Buckley

African- American

Maurice Buckley is an illustrator and educator. He received his BFA at Alfred University in 2013.  Since then, he has taught art throughout New York City, with organizations such as The Art Students League of New York and Doing Art Together. In addition to teaching, Maurice works as a freelance artist. His next major projects are 1994 (a Maurice Buckley Sketchbook) and the Monkey and Moon comic series. Maurice’s art is in the Library of Congress. 

John Bunge


Jon Bunge is an experienced arts educator who loves to share the joy of creation with children and adults. He is passionate about helping people express their imagination and vision through art-making.  Jon holds an MFA from City College of New York and a Master of Divinity from Union Theological Seminary. His artwork consists of drawings, paintings, collages, sculptures and installations. Jon’s work has been exhibited in numerous galleries and can be viewed on Instagram @jonbunge and at

Max Cohen

Max Cohen is an artist and educator based in Brooklyn, NY. His work includes a multi-year community mural project at the Thomas O’Brien Academy of Science and Technology in Albany, NY, teaching in the Art Students League’s Seeds program, and an award-winning animated film The Tale of the Goat (2004). Max is currently completing a 10-part video series on improvisational filmmaking and music for the organization ArtsEverywhere of Ontario, Canada. See more @nehocrxam on Instagram.

Amy Digi

Amy DiGi studied at the Art Students league of New York, received her BFA from Pratt Institute and MFA from Lehman College and the University of Alaska Fairbanks. She is an Arts in Embassies artist and United States Coast Guard artist. Amy’s paintings have been exhibited both nationally and internationally. As a Seeds of the League teacher, Amy received teaching excellence awards from NYC Parks and Lincoln Square Neighborhood Center.

Kenneth Fitzpatrick

Irish- African- American

Kenneth Fitzpatrick was born and raised in New York City. While a student at the High School of Art & Design, he received the Seeds of the League Jack Kamen Scholarship. The combination of his HSAD instruction and the Kamen Scholarship contributed to his P.S. Art award, a citywide competition for Pre-K to 12, culminating in an exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Currently, he is completing a degree in game development. Ken’s work focuses on compositional storytelling using the mediums oil, graphite, watercolor, tattoo, and digital art.

Amberrose Venus-Gordon

Afro Caribbean – American

Amberrose Venus-Gordon resides in Brooklyn, New York. She has a BFA in painting with a double minor in art history, and museum and gallery practices from Pratt Institute. Amberrose’s interest in working with children and her sensitivity to them, is apparent in how she captures their innocence in her carefully felt works. She focuses heavily on iconic symbols that are indicative of one’s childhood. Amberrose currently works as a teaching artist at the Renaissance Charter Schools 1 and 2 and teaches Saturday virtual art classes at The Broadway Performing Arts Center. 

Clayton Andrew Griffith


Clayton was born and raised in New York. He is twenty-eight years old, and uses pronouns he/him/they/them.  Clayton is currently enrolled at LaGuardia Community College and has studied figure drawing at the League for four years. He generally works in sketchbooks but occasionally works digitally using Procreate. Outside of art, their interests lie in environmentalism and movements focusing on a less industrialized and mass producing society.

Sonomi Kobayashi


Born and raised in Japan, Sonomi Kobayashi is a New York-based artist, art educator, and independent curator. Her work has been exhibited in the United States, Japan, and Europe. Since 2013, Sonomi has been teaching artmaking to children enrolled in NYC Parks Learning Labs and adults in Arts, Culture and Fun workshops throughout Manhattan. In 2019, the Mayoral Service Recognition Program awarded her a Certificate of Appreciation for her outstanding efforts.

John Vargas

Mexican – American

John Vargas is a Brooklyn based animator and Illustrator. He earned his BFA in studio art with a concentration in Digital Design from the City College of New York. John works in both digital and traditional mediums, such as pen and ink. He reads books to continue learning innovative approaches to drawing and animating to share with students. When John is not working, he is honing his drawing skills outdoors or at the Art Students League.