About Creatively WILD Art Studio

dumbo black and whiteCreatively Wild Art Studio’s gentle, warm, inspirational and uplifting teaching approach to art and self-expression enables creative encouragement to empower each student in her or his own creative journey.

Our classroom is a nurturing home for this creative process to develop. There is no judgment on the pathway to creative freedom and self-confidence, as each student flourishes through a newfound or awakened sense of play and joy while reveling in her or his own self-expression.

Our artistic director DM’s creative team inspire students with unique assignments, and one-one one attention and support that opens minds to clear communication. Creatively Wild Art Studio shows students how to learn from their own resources so they can take advantage of the tools around them, from traditional medium to found objects.

Creatively Wild Art Studio is focused on transformation, by encouraging each student to think about, shape, develop and experience their own creative techniques and push their own boundaries to find their own true path to self-expression. We provide unconditional love, support and growth in our creative family at the studio.

At Creatively Wild Art Studio we truly believe that artistic expression is a vital ingredient to a healthy mind, body and spirit. We encourage everyone to take part in some creative venture. We invite you to begin your journey with us today. We will provide the time and place away from the chaos of home, work and school where you can fully relax, rejuvenate and nourish yourself though the healing power of art. Let’s GO Creatively Wild!


DM Wilding (CEO & Founder)

DM Wilding (CEO & Founder)

Donna-Maree Wilding is the founder and CEO of Creatively Wild Art Studio. Better known as “DM,” she hails from New Zealand and has worked all over the world. DM has been teaching private and group art classes for more than 20 years. Her warm, inspirational, uplifting teaching approach to art and self-expression brings creative encouragement to all the toddlers, kids, teens and adults that she works with.

DM has developed and taught programs for “LeAP,” funded by The Bloomberg Project, which was formed to transform schools in the South Bronx. Her accomplishments include founder of the children’s program at The Art Studio NY, creator of adult mixed-media classes at Harlem Village Academies, as well as playing a key role in the “Find Your Passion” initiative, which has been lauded by President Obama and Mayor Bloomberg. Her unique teaching method combines artistic technique with authentic self-expression to encourage a positive, open, joyful and empowering artistic experience for anyone. Her students find every aspect of their own lives expanding through creative expression as their artwork matures rapidly on the canvas. DM shares her passion for creativity, self-empowerment and authentic artistic self-expression as a pathway to freedom, inner peace, celebration and deep joy. She feels most excited about celebrating the full potential of every individual student.

Her method is to create that magical, sacred, creative space for each student, regardless of age or ability.


Sally Novak
Studio Manager & Visual Arts Instructor

Sally Novak

Sally Novak received her BFA from Pratt Institute, Brooklyn New York campus. She graduated cum laude as a painting major. She works in oils, acrylics, mixed media, sculpture and printmaking. She’s an award-winning artist with numerous art sales, solo and group shows. She’s an experienced Art Administrator, having co-curated a group show at Westbeth Gallery in Manhattan. She has been represented by galleries in San Diego, Palm Springs and New York, and her work is collected in both the United States and Europe. Sally is both Studio Manager and Teaching Artist at Creatively Wild Art Studio. She instructs toddlers, children, teens and adults. Her emphasis involves not only art instruction, but providing her students creative freedom. Color theory, art history, and art critiques round out her curriculum. She encourages students to think critically and independently, widening their creative vocabulary. She is currently working on a year-long project by creating a painting a day, which can be seen on her Instagram account. For more information and samples of Sally’s diverse body of work, please refer to her website.

Leigha Pettett (Teaching Artist)

Leigha Pettett (Teaching Artist)

Leigha Pettett, a teaching Artist, Columbia University graduate with a BFA in Visual Art & Art History, is included in numerous private collections—from Lenny Kravitz White Box’s founder, Martin Liu, financier Steve Cohen, and Artinfo.com CEO, to the permanent collection of the Paduka Arts Center Museum, KY. She is a recipient of the New York Foundation for the Arts Award Grant, and the National Arts Club Presidential Award. Solo shows include 116 Houston Gallery; Dumbo Arts Center; Galapagos Arts Space; Brooklyn Arts Project, and her curatorial projects selected for inclusion in the 54th Venice Biennale. Her work appears in the private and public collections of financial and entertainment based organizations including MTV, showcased on the hit reality series “The Real Housewives of New York” and “The City.” 

Brooke Davidson - Visual Arts Instructor

CWI_Instructor_Headshot_VA_BrookeDavidsonBrooke graduated from the University of Georgia with a degree in Textile Design and a second degree in Art Education. Her passion for people and creating has lead her down a unique life path of creative opportunities. Her paintings and patterns highlight her unique color choices and modern, abstract designs. She has had the pleasure of working, collaborating, and interning with some amazing mover-shakers in the art world. Brooke celebrates the present with her artist mantra, “just b”. To view Brooke’s personal work, please visit her website.

Nic Gordon - Dance Director

CWI_Instructor_Headshot_DA_NicGord Nic Gordon is a Columbus, Ohio native turned Brooklynite.  She grew up training in tap, jazz, ballet, hip hop, and modern.  She started teaching dance at the age of 16 and continued through college. She attended The Ohio State University where she received her BFA in dance with a focus on choreography, performance, and dance education.  While there, she choreographed a flash mob of over 300 people for the Susan G. Komen’s Race for the Cure and was able to train under world renowned choreographers, Bebe Miller and Susan Hadley.  She enjoys every element of dance and is thrilled to be starting the dance department at Creatively Wild.

Sydney Spellacy - Dance Director

CWI_Instructor_Headshot_DA_SydneySpellacySydney Spellacy currently lives in Brooklyn, but is from central Ohio where her love of dance began. She grew up training and competing in ballet, tap and jazz. She is a graduate from Ohio Dominican University where she received her Bachelor of Science degree in Early Childhood Education. While a student there, she choreographed the university’s musicals. Though her passion lies in teaching, Sydney has loved performing in multiple musical theatre productions including Hairspray, The Producers, and West Side Story! She has taught children’s dance for 10 years and cannot wait to be a part of Creatively Wild’s new extension. Sydney absolutely loves watching her students learn and grow through dance and is excited to have the opportunity to watch her new students do the same at Creatively Wild!

Blake Spellacy - Dance Instructor

CWI_Instructor_Headshot_DA_BlakeSpellacyBlake Spellacy grew up in Ohio where he began his dance training. He studied in all areas but soon realized that tap was his specialty. He continued his training at The American Musical and Dramatic Academy in NYC. He is a member of Actors Equity and has worked regionally in many productions. He is excited to help his students with a style that he loves.

Jennifer Beck - Theater Instructor

CWI_Instructor_Headshot_TH_JenniferBeckJennifer Beck is an actor and playwright based in NYC. Originally from Cleveland Ohio, Jennifer earned her BA in cinema with major concentrations in theater and early education at Denison University. There, she was a select member of the final main stage production in which students created, wrote, and performed under the advisory of The Available Light Company; theater company in residence. In the spring of 2014, she trained at the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center’s National Theater Institute. Since moving to the city, she has performed in various productions. She appeared in the 2015 Strawberry One Acts at the Harlem Repertory Theater.  Currently, she studies acting at The Barrow Group. Most recently, Jennifer was taken on as Creatively Wild’s Director of Drama.

Madison Eberhardt - Theater Instructor

CWI_Instructor_Headshot_TH_MadisonEberhardtMadison Eberhardt has been passionate about theater for over ten years. She just finished studying and training at Wofford College, the top liberal arts school in South Carolina, where she earned degrees in both Theatre and English. She’s worked on many different plays and musicals, ranging from Bertolt Brecht’s The Good Woman of Setzuan to the classic, rock operaHair. Her senior year started with her studying at the acclaimed Moscow Art Theatre School in Moscow, Russia for a semester, and she returned in the Spring to star as “Wendla Bergman” in her college’s Main Stage production of the musicalSpring Awakening. While in New York, she is training with HB Studios and a personal voice coach. She’s trained in both voice and dance, which allows her to focus on technique when teaching as well as the story and meaning behind the musicals chooses to teach. She hopes to allow young people to experience how movement and voice can impact a show in more ways than just being an added spectacle.

Cornelius Davidson - Theater Instructor

CWAS_Instructor_Theater_CorneliusDavidson Cornelius Davidson is an actor and teaching artist here in New York City. Originally from California, he received is BA from Western Michigan University in theater performance, as well as his MFA in acting at the Yale School of Drama. Cornelius loves language and heighten text and also trained at BADA in Oxford England. Cornelius teaches through CUNY’s Creative Arts Team. Cornelius is building and working on literacy through drama in East New York with a variety of talented children in public high schools. As well as coaching young actors specifically who have a interest in unlocking Shakespeare. Cornelius is very excited to be joining the Creatively Wild team, and to work with young people. You. Me. WE. Are the future. To Be!