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    Our school prides itself on providing a truly international education which will prepare your child for their future

  • A love of learning

    Our curriculum is designed to give children the tools to learn, and the curiosity to go further

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  • Building their future

    Our students are confident, creative and compassionate, and ready to pursue a world of opportunities

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  • A lifetime of learning

    Our skilled and experienced teachers are dedicated to helping your child achieve more than they thought poissible

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    At the heart of our school, there's a safe and welcoming community built by students, parents and teachers.

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    Your child is poised to make their mark on the world. Come and visit to us so we can show you how we will support them

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Meet the Artists

  • Joe Vena

    Sculptor, Illustrator and Educator

    Joe Vena

    Sculptor, illustrator and educator, Joe Vena was born and raised in the suburbs of Southern New Jersey. He holds a BFA in theatre from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia. For the past decade he worked at the Children's Museum of Arts, where he developed and directed the Media Lab department. There, he built a following as an arts educatator behind the Clay Bar, his original concept and a popular destination at CMA. As a stop motion animation teacher and enthusiast, Joe has worked closely with numerous NYC schools, both public and private, as well as New York International Children's Film Festival and Brooklyn Autism Center. 

    In 2013 he traveled to Sri Lanka in partnership with the Cartwheel Initiative, where he used stop motion animation to foster collaboration between teenagers from disparate parts of the country. Films from his classes have been featured in the Tribeca Film Festival, Jackson Heights Film Festival, and Arlington International Film Festival. As an artist in residence and art teacher at Nord Anglia International School in the East Village, Joe has developed the Art Bar, a creative resource for the school and community. He lives in Brooklyn with his lovely wife, their adorable son, and their polydactyl cat. 

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  • Camilo Cárdenas

    Sculptor, Filmmaker and Educator

    Camilo Cárdenas

    Camilo Cárdenas is a Sculptor, Filmmaker and Educator from Colombia. He works across several mediums such as clay, wax and bronze casting. Recently his filmmaking has shifted heavily towards stop motion animation, a field that serves as bridge between the three dimensional world and the moving image.Camilo is a graduate of the Massachusetts College of Art and Design and has been teaching in Boston and New York for the past four years. He currently lives in New York City and works at Children's Museum of the Arts.

    Camilo works alongside Joe Vena and both are thrilled about their studio at WCLA as it provides, among other things, an excellent space for Creature Case, their joint venture, a versatile, animal-inspired sculpture service of sorts. Check it out at!

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  • Burcu Avsar


    Burcu Avsar

    Originally from Turkey, New York City-based artist Burcu Avsar (also known as Buj), creates arresting still life photography with a narrative twist. She graduated from Film and Media Studies in Istanbul and began her career as an advertising art producer. Buj fell in love with the creative side of the industry and decided to make the leap to study photography at the International Center of Photography in New York. From Chase Bank to Martha Stewart magazine, she has created surprising stories around disparate objects. She was nominated at PDN's 30 New and Emerging photographers in 2007 for her talent. Her art work has been featured in Photo District News and her images from her on going series “Color Studies” was chosen for the Foto Week DC “Come Together” a Beatles-Themed Exhibition.

    Buj shares the space with her partner, photographer Zach DeSart. The duo live in Brooklyn with their five year old son and are excited to be a part of  WCLA. Their work can be seen on their website at &    

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  • Zach DeSart


    Zach DeSart

    Zach has a BFA from the Savannah College of Art and Design. After school he returned to his birth state of New York to hone his craft by working under various photographers. Since then he has photographed a wide variety of subjects ranging from travel and lifestyle shoots in Istanbul to food and fun shoots across the States for clients such as Delta Airlines, Bon Appetit, and Departures. Besides his commercial work; Zach had his first solo show with his “Walkaway” series in 2004 at Splashlight Gallery and was awarded by the MTA to show his haunting travel images at their Bowling Green station. The photographs were 4 foot by 6 foot transparencies that ran the entire length of the station and was up for a year. He has worked with many high schools in New York to teach photography to troubled teens.

    Zach shares the space with his partner, photographer Burcu Avsar. The duo live in Brooklyn with their five year old son and are excited to be a part of WCLA. Their work can be seen on their website at &

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  • Risa Tochigi aka Riiisaboogie and TC Weaver aka Rez

    Illustrator, Photographer, Graphic Designer

    Risa Tochigi aka Riiisaboogie and TC Weaver aka Rez

    WE ARE BoogieREZ!!! A Dynamic duo that TRULY lives life to the fullest, and we CAN'T STOP, WON'T STOP CREATING! HEAVILY inspired by the culture of HIP HOP and all the incredible people that cross our path on a daily basis. Our Studio is a blend of music, photography, illustration, painting, graphic design, dance, fashion design, silk screening, and whatever else we can get our hands on. We like to get down & dirty with the business, and our brains are always brewing with ideas. Our mission is to share our love of creativity and ill visuals with the WORLD.

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  • Melissa Riker

    Artistic Director & Choreographer of Kinesis Project Dance The...

    Melissa Riker

    Melissa Riker is Artistic Director and Choreographer of Kinesis Project dance theatre, celebrating it’s 10th Season in 2015. Riker’s dances and aesthetic layer her training as a classical dancer, martial artist, theatre choreographer and aerial performer. She creates dances on site - and in context. She invents large-scale out-door performances and spontaneous moments of dance. Audiences and critics have called Riker’s work “a Marx Brothers’ routine with soul,” “A movable feast.” And from The NY Times, her choreography is: "comically acrobatic, gracefully classical, visually arresting." Her work has been seen and supported nationally, in numerous residencies and NYC seasons. Melissa teaches dance and performance at University level and in NYC schools such as Dalton and Sacred Heart.

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  • Frank Bosco

    Music Therapist

    Frank Bosco

    Frank Bosco, MA, MT-BC, LCAT, LMT, RPP, SEP, has maintained a full-time private practice since 1980 as a Certified Music Therapist and a Licensed Massage Therapist since 1978. Over the years he has integrated a wide range of somatic and psycho-therapy practices including shiatsu, NMT, Polarity, NLP, hypnosis and Gestalt. Using the energy principles (primarily from Ayurveda) of Polarity Therapy as a basis, his work combines bodywork and psychotherapy with theoretical and technical understandings from the field of music therapy. This has resulted in the creation of an approach he calls "Elemental Music Alignment" for which he offers sessions and training. He is the founder/director of Sound Health Studio, a center in New York City which opened its door in 1990 offering studies and services including a variety of music therapy approaches, psychotherapy, bodywork and acupuncture.

    Professional affiliations include: New York University, the Foundation for Human Enrichment, the American Music Therapy Association, and full membership status in the New York Institute for Gestalt Therapy.

    Since 1981 Frank has taught many classes relating to Polarity, bodywork and music healing, including a course called "Energy Concepts in Music Therapy" for music therapy graduate students. Currently, he is an adjunct faculty member at NYU where he has been leading music therapy group process classes for over 20 years now. In addition to working with his above mentioned approach to music therapy he also practices “Somatic Experiencing” (an approach for “renegotiating” traumatic experiences) and theory based Gestalt therapy. He is actively exploring, writing, and professionally presenting on the subject of integrating the above fields of interest.

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  • Katie Down

    Music Therapist

    Katie Down

    Katie Down MM, MMT, MT-BC, LCAT is a licensed music psychotherapist, composer, performer and sound designer for theatre, film, and dance. She travels extensively creating workshops in improvisation, collaboration and performance techniques throughout Eastern Europe, the Balkans, and South Africa focusing on the idea that children have the key to divine play! Her therapeutic work incorporates mindfulness meditation, talk therapy, sound healing, and music improvisation with adults, children, and families dealing with challenges of depression, anxiety, loss, trauma, and neurological challenges such as stroke and traumatic brain injury. Through compassionate support, body-mind awareness, and a non-judgmental approach, Katie helps her clients develop their personal strengths and insights, while gaining tools for understanding, accepting, and letting go in order to open the channels to optimal wellness and joy. When we open our creative channels through deep listening practices and music improvisation, we can access emotions quickly so that energy trapped in our bodies by trauma and anxiety can be effectively released; and along with talk therapy, the journey into the music can be a guide to recovery.

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