Art Program

The Visual Arts program at Villa Maria Academy provides opportunities for students to work in a variety of media including drawing, painting, graphic design, and 3-dimensional work. Art is an integral part of life at Villa. Student artists display their work at school and in the community, at local restaurants and art centers.

There is a charity art show on campus during the winter months, and a Fine Arts Festival at the end of each school year. All students have an opportunity to publish their work in Festival, the art and literary magazine.

Many students receive scholarships for University of the Arts pre-college programs, and have taken part in summer institutes around the country. Graduates have majored in creative fields at a variety of colleges and universities including RISD, Parsons, Pratt, SCAD, the University of the Arts, Drexel University, the Pennsylvania State University, York College, and MICA.


  • AP Studio Art Drawing/AP Studio Art 2D Design
  • AP Art History
  • Honors Advanced Art Major
  • Honors Art Major
  • Studio 2
  • Studio 1
  • Art 9
  • Watercolor
  • Collage/Mixed Media
  • Ceramics 1
  • Ceramics 2
  • Ceramics Independent Study
  • Introduction to Sculpture
  • Graphic Design


Kathleen Brown

Mrs. Brown is an artist and art educator. She has a B.S. in Art Education from Kutztown University, and an M.A. in Art Education from The University of the Arts. The 2017-2018 school year marks Mrs. Brown’s 24th year at Villa Maria Academy, and her 18th year as an instructor at The University of the Arts as a senior faculty member, teaching in their Pre-College Programs and Summer Institute. She was invited to teach in the Professional Institute for Educators in 2018, and is looking forward to her new endeavor.

Mrs. Brown was voted High School and Non-Public Teacher of the year in Chester County, earning Citadel’s Heart of Learning Award in 2011. She was also chosen, via a national search, to be a teacher advisor to Scholastic Art Magazine in 2013-2014. She enjoys working with a variety of media and subject matter, has shown her work in a variety of public settings, and most recently studied monoprinting.

Sarah Bacastow

Mrs. Bacastow joined Villa Maria Academy in 2012. She holds a BFA with a concentration in ceramics and sculpture, and a minor in Art History from West Chester University, where she was awarded the West Chester University Foundation Award for Best of Show. She later earned a Pennsylvania Art K-12 Education Certification from Rosemont College. As a teacher with over 15 years experience, Mrs. Bacastow has previously taught classes at the Chester County Art Association, apprenticed at several artist workshops, performed demonstrations at local schools and community events, and was a private art instructor. Her work has been exhibited in many local venues.

Diane Mallon

Mrs. Mallon is currently an art teacher at Villa Maria Academy teaching both Art History and Graphic Design. She holds an associate’s degree in visual communications from the Art Institute of Philadelphia and a BFA in fine arts from West Chester University. Mrs. Mallon also teaches at Longwood Gardens for their summer art program.

Mrs. Mallon enjoys creating her own artwork, as well as critiquing and appreciating other fellow artists’ creations.  She enjoys sharing her knowledge about art history and relating that process to her students.

In her free time, Mrs. Mallon likes spending time with her family, listening to Christian music, journaling, sketching and painting, playing soccer and attending various sporting events.