Our Mission Statement
Joyful Arts Studio strives to provide art education, to encourage exploration of individual creativity, and to inspire wellness through art by creating a gathering place for like-minded people to share joy and laughter while celebrating unique expression. Our studio provides a nurturing and safe environment where uniqueness is applauded and therapeutic value is added to the lives of our students through art.
Susan Shaffer is the owner of Joyful Arts Studio. She firmly believes art transformed her life -- allowing her to reveal herself to the world. She wants others to have this same opportunity to explore their own creativity and to find which art form they most enjoy. Susan believes we have all been created in God’s image; therefore, creativity is within each of us. Some of us just have to learn how to find it and use it. It is Susan’s goal to use Joyful Arts Studio as an instrument for sharing this joy of art discovery with others.
Susan is a nationally exhibited and decorated artist who has participated in shows in Ohio, Virginia, and Pennsylvania. Currently, she serves on the Board of Directors for the Greencastle Area Arts Council, on the committee for First Friday of Greencastle, and is an active participant in the promotional activities of the Greencastle Shopkeepers.
In addition to having nearly 20 years of experience as an art instructor, Susan is a former health care informatics professional, she holds a bachelor’s degree in Fine Art/Studio Art, with a concentration in Watercolor, a bachelor’s in Business Management with a concentration in Information Systems and a minor in Small Business Management and Entrepreneurship from Wilson College. She earned her art degree after trading in a successful nursing informatics career to feed her passion for art and teaching art. Because she never lost the joy she finds in helping others, however, Susan continues to work part-time in a local pediatrician’s office as a triage nurse.