Colin McGuire


How does the APH teaching philosophy look in your classroom?

My goal as the visual arts instructor at APH is to create an inspiring space for students to explore self-expression. By introducing new materials and creative challenges, I aim to help students discover new ways of communicating their ideas, build confidence, and think critically. I pair our studio lessons with real world applications so that students might see the potential of creativity in their future.

What excites you about The Academy at Penguin Hall?

What excites me about the Academy at Penguin Hall is the progressive programming. We have such an interesting and experienced faculty here and everyone brings something special to the table. Our classrooms feel connected to the world at large rather than a closed door with a pre-set agenda. We offer classes here that students might not otherwise see before college.

Share something interesting about yourself.

Outside of teaching at APH, I am a practicing professional artist. I run McGuire Gallery with locations in Provincetown and Marblehead, MA alongside my father Michael McGuire who is also an artist. I was fortunate enough to be encouraged to explore the rich potential of creativity as a career and I aim to bring that to my classroom every day.

Colin McGuire received his MFA from Lesley University College of Art and Design, and BFA from Montserrat College of Art. Alongside teaching, Colin is a professional oil painter and gallery owner with artwork in collections across the globe.  As a Pre-College Instructor, Colin discovered his passion for working with high school students. The joy in his work is helping students discover their creative talents, fostering those skills, and preparing students for the next chapter of their creative journey.