My name is Meryl Cittadino and I am the owner of the Art Studio. I grew up on Long Island and studied fine arts at Queens College and the New School. For many years I worked in my families retail business, but my true passion was always art. Before opening the studio, while working and raising my two children, I always found time to paint. My mother encouraged me to follow my dreams, so on a wing and a prayer and with the support of my husband and family, The Art Studio opened its doors in 1999. Although it hasn’t always been easy, I can honestly say that The Art Studio is one of my greatest accomplishments. I would like to thank everyone who helped make my dream happen and to all my students and parents for their encouragement and support over the years.


Laura was a student at The Art Studio starting at 12 years old. She created her college portfolio at the studio and was accepted to some of the top art schools including: Rhode Island School of Design, The New School, SVA and decided upon studying and graduating from Pratt Institute with a BFA in Communication Design with a focus in Illustration. Laura is a working freelance artist, her artwork has been displayed in numerous establishments all over New York as well features in magazines and books. She has been teaching and learning in our studio now for over fifteen years.


Meghan has been working with us for almost five years now. Her knowledge of sewing, fabrics and textile is a wonderful, fresh addition to our staff. She has amazing technical skills, and a great sense for color. Her artwork has been displayed in shows and craft fairs all over long island.