Ms. Marla DiCicco

Middle School West

I am a passionate art educator with twenty-one years of teaching experience. My interest in teaching began during my senior year at Methacton High School when I embarked on the Advanced Placement Art course, under the guidance of Mrs. Marcinko.

Fueled by my love for artistic expression, I enrolled at Kutztown University for my undergraduate studies. Fresh out of college, I began my teaching journey at Perkiomen Valley, where I’ve continued to make a difference ever since.

In my classroom, I bring structure to foster an understanding of the discipline, planning, and decision-making integral to mastering the art form. I have guided students outside of the classroom in making five beautiful mosaic murals in the building as well as formed personal connections with students in my Art Club over the years. 

Beyond the confines of education, my interests extend to interior design and architecture. Growing up with a carpenter father, I collaborated on renovating numerous homes, providing me with a canvas to experiment with various building mediums and restoration techniques. My artistic endeavors take the form of restoring, refinishing, and sometimes upcycling old furniture. I find joy in the tactile process, breathing new life into forgotten pieces. My preferred painting mediums are watercolor and acrylic, each stroke a reflection of my mood and surroundings. As a younger artist, I gravitated towards realism. As I frequently find solace in the timeless beauty of still-life compositions, I find myself going back to realism. As a seasoned artist, I find joy in typography as well. 

Having explored commissioned pieces, my current focus centers on nurturing my artistic creations. Beyond traditional art, I’ve carved a niche in interior clean-outs, organization techniques, and space redesign. This side hustle seamlessly integrates with my passion for refinishing furniture, often incorporating these transformed pieces into my design projects. You can find many examples of my artistic expression and passion in my Extended Gallery on my website. 

Ms. DiCicco