Learn more about each of our instructors below.
Staci Adman was born in Seattle and received her BFA in Painting from the University of Washington, where she focused on painting in egg tempera. After college she worked at a small jewelry studio in Seattle making jewelry from hand-blown glass tubing. She now works in glass, metals and fiber, and paints in a variety of media. Staci finds constant inspiration in the natural world and is a strong believer in the STEAM movement - an initiative to help inspire future innovation and keep art in our education system by adding Art and Design into the current focus on STEM subjects.
For nearly 20 years Staci has taught art lessons and organized special art projects in local schools. Some of those projects may still be seen where they are permanently installed on the playground at St. Edward State Park and at Kenmore Junior High. Her own work has been included in shows and hung in galleries around the region. She now enjoys a daily commute of a few steps out to her studio from her front door in Kenmore.
Jo has a BFA with an emphasis in glass from the Ohio State University. She has had the privilege of attending Pilchuck Glass School as staff, a student, and a poleturner. Jo has also received scholarships to the Pittsburgh Glass Center, where she studied under Nadege Desgenetez and Granite Calimpong with Jesse Nelson as TA. Jo has experience in production, make-it-nows, and teaching. She now lives and works in Seattle, WA.
John Arbuckle is a retired elementary teacher who taught for 36 years and who has recently begun teaching collage/mixed media to adults in his home, at senior centers, the WAEA conference and at the Schack. He loves to create mail art to send to his artist friends and he is extensively into art journaling. Several of his collages will be published this fall in a book of mixed media artists works.
Mari Atkinson is an art instructor at Olympic View Middle School in Mukilteo, WA.
Art has always been an integral part of my life and memory. It was what I truly aspired to and enjoyed from childhood until now. I attended the University of Washington with the intention of being an art educator but became enamored with metal while taking a jewelry making and hollowware class. I received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Metal design in 1974 and have been designing jewelry, sculpture and enamels ever since.
Although jewelry design is my primary medium I continue to practice in other media striving toward competency. Printmaking has been a three year progression toward this goal. It has been an intensive weekly education that always brings surprises with an exciting evolution. Printmaking allows a journey into color and abstract forms that I have always enjoyed.
Working in the schools my sons had attended connected me with many opportunities to teach art in the community. Since 1990 I have taught art to children and adults through the Edmonds School District, Edmonds Community College, Lynnwood Arts and Recreation and many other institutions in the Puget Sound region.
I fell in love with glass, in all its many forms, when I was a teenager. Over the years I built a nice collection of art glass. I also started working with glass as an art media. About seven years ago I discovered glass beads and have never looked back. My beading has evolved from basic stringing to creating complex seed bead jewelry. I have won a couple of awards for my designs, and had my work included in a national magazine. I regularly teach intermediate to advanced classes for the Northwest Bead Society members.
Due to my husband's job transfer, we moved to Snohomish three years ago. I have fallen in love with the area, the people, and the amazing art community. I am excited about getting to share my work with people in this region.
Pete Barth is a Painter and graduate from Florida State University in Studio Art and Biology. He excels in the teaching of art concepts such as color, value, materials, and composition. His paintings and classes delve into the exploration of nature in art, as well as the representation of animals in action- running, jumping, flying, migrating, burrowing, and swimming! Lively, outgoing, and patient, he is enthusiastic about teaching art concepts in an informative, in-depth manner, while bringing fun and creativity to the art process! When you attend his classes, you are sure to have a wonderful, creative time, and leave with a beautiful, fascinating work of art!
My work is both an autobiography and exploration of the forms and phenomena that interest me.
I am fascinated by common diseases and the forms they take when they interact with soft tissue. As it happens, these bacteria, viruses, and fungi exist on almost every surface in every environment. This realization caused me to wonder how non-living structures would be affected by the pathogens that cover them and us. To explore this line of thought, within the context of the home or a residential space, I am mutating common construction materials to give the impression of infection both contagious and spreading. These concerns and the forms I am using to address them have wider implications for the house or home as a body, a living space.
In addition to pestilence I am also experimenting with pests. I have chosen fleas and mice to represent how closely we live with these carriers. In large part this decision is due to my experience with household infestations both during my childhood and to a lesser extent my adulthood. My investigations into mice use the form of the baby mouse, or pinky, as a symptom of infestation. There are between six and eight individuals per pile of pinkies and one pile per nest. One is overwhelmed by the sheer number of individuals and the detail given to each individual glass pinky. The pinkies when born, aside from their size, look like many other types of infant mammal. They are naked of fur, vulnerable, fragile, and completely dependent. Most humans can identify with any one of these conditions and after overcoming their initial aversion the viewers are encouraged to identify with these sculptures on an intimate level, and to empathize with their state of being.
Kimberlie Brayman followed an artistic and teaching gift from the time she majored in art and took an internship at an elementary school when she was in high school. After earning a degree in the nationally recognized Bachelor of Science program in Art Education at the State University College of New York, Kim has taught at all grade levels in two states. Her teaching experience also extends to being a docent in two schools and a museum.
As an artist and teacher Kim has studied and practiced every medium she could get her hands on. This enables her to synthesize various materials, techniques and aesthetics when she is creating. Presently Kim is painting with acrylic paints and mediums using papers and other found objects in the compositions. She loves to share her excitement about techniques with others and encourage thinking creatively and aesthetically at all age levels.
Kim participates in many art shows and juried events throughout the Edmonds and Seattle area and has a painting that is part of the City of Shoreline's permanent collection. A number of her paintings are part of private collections across the Puget Sound area.
Elizabeth is a full time studio artist. She makes silkscreen images, paintings, and ceramics, inspired by nature. She works with all ages and enjoys sharing the joy of art. She is a member of American Print Arts, Print Arts Northwest, and Seattle Print Arts, and regularly shows work, including at her Kirkland garden studio by appointment.
Tiina has 24 years of experience as an clay artist in residence for Edmonds, Brier, Shoreline and Seattle School districts. She loves creating pieces with adults, kids and families that they can enjoy for years. She works with each participant to offer ideas to guarantee success.
Art Cass is retired navy and an Everett resident for last 13 years. He was instructed in lapidary by Master Lapidarist Rocky McCall in 2002. He has been teaching privately for 4 years. Art has created several hundred cabochons for sale and trade as well as cabochon creation for customers. He has been a Lapidary demonstrator at the Everett Rock and Gem Show since 2006 and a participant in Everett Art Walk for 3 years. He was a participant in the City of Everett "Artist Studio" program for one year. Art is a four time volunteer of the Schack's Fresh Paint and is a member of the Schack Art Center.
Bethany Chapman was born in Alaska and Raised in Washington. Bethany graduated from Central Washington University in 2010 in Visual Art Teaching. Since, Bethany has traveled from Seattle to Miami showing and selling her art.12 pieces are currently on Display at the University of Miami. Currently, Bethany teaches High School art in Lake Stevens. Bethany travels around Washington teaching workshops about Art, Imagination, and Empowerment. visit her website for more workshops and classes at www.bethanychapman.com
Jess Coleman has taught studio classes, everything from basic drawing to more advanced design for many years. When he's not showing a beginning artist how to properly hold a brush or suggesting a drawing student use bolder strokes with charcoal, Coleman practices his own craft, something he's been doing for most of his life.
"As far back as I can remember, I was drawing and trying to copy stuff," he said.
Though his artistic interests would initially lead him to graphic design - something he did for the Houston Chronicle for 10 years - he eventually came back around to drawing and painting, with a particular interest in the human form.
Artist Jackie Cort , also known as the "Wax Slayer." Cort has been a painter and maker of all things creative as long as she can remember. A self taught artist, who has painted most anything that can be painted on, including people!
She is currently a full time artist and teacher at her Studio in Snohomish, and the NW area.
Jackie works primarily in Encaustic. This is the art of painting with molten beeswax and a blowtorch. It gives her great satisfaction to play with the flow of such a natural medium combined with bold and vivid pigments. Cort's subject matter is spontaneous and in the moment. She loves teaching encaustic workshops and meeting new creatives.
Judi Cowper is a retired teacher. She taught in the Snohomish School District for 30 years. She has a Master's Degree from the University of Washington in education. She has been associated with the Schack Art Center for many years where she currently volunteers on the Education Committee as well as enlightens students as a docent through the annual Art Education in Action exhibit.
Barbara De Pirro
Barbara De Pirro is a painter, sculptor, installation artist and educator, sponsored by Golden Artist Colors, Inc. She works both two and three dimensionally, translating and cross pollinating her concepts from one media to the other. Her expansive knowledge of acrylic, combined equally with her broad understanding of a full range of media opens the door to endless possibilities. All of this, she generously shares with other artists in her workshops and lectures.
De Pirro's artwork has been commissioned and exhibited both nationally and internationally. She has completed numerous public art installations both interior and exterior. Honored as Resident Artist at the Museum of Glass in Tacoma three years running plus traveled throughout parts of Europe, Asia, South and North America via art and education residencies. Additionally, De Pirro's artwork and techniques have been published in multiple articles, publications and books.
I am a stained glass and fused glass artist, showing locally. I enjoy all aspects of glass work and try to create one of a kind art for people to enjoy
Nikki Gardner (Wheeler)
Nikki Gardner is a working professional artist. She studied art at both State University of New York at Stony Brook and Western Washington University, acquiring a degree in Fine Art from WWU in 1995. She went on to complete a graphic design program from the Art Institute of Seattle in 1998.
Nikki has taught in various art camps, after school art programs, and is a volunteer art teacher in her own children's classrooms.
When not spending time with her family or painting in her studio, Nikki enjoys getting others excited about art~ especially kids!
Kate Gavigan is passionate about The Artist's Way having seen the positive changes occurring in her Artist's Way students' lives and having personally experienced the benefits of the materials. Kate credits her mid-life career change (now working at her dream jobs as an Artist's Way Instructor and Speaker, Creativity Coach, Home Organizer and an Actor) to having worked through The Artist's Way materials.
Mindy Hardwick is a published author and educator who often writes about artistic characters. Her children's books include: a digital picture book, FINDERS KEEPERS, a middle grade novel, STAINED GLASS SUMMER and a young adult contemporary romance novel, WEAVING MAGIC. She can also be found writing sweet, contemporary romance as well as articles for children. Mindy facilitated a poetry workshop with teens at Denney Youth Juvenile Justice Center for seven years. She teaches classes about writing for children to educators through Seattle Pacific University SPIRAL program. Mindy is included on the Washington State Arts Commission Teaching Artist Roster. Please visit Mindy at: www.mindyhardwick.com
As a child, Alicia Harvey was an artist in a writing family. After spending her adult years in all things writing (fiction, non-fiction, journalism, and technical), she returned to her artistic passion when she moved to the Seattle area in the late 1990s. She currently schools her son at home and understands the importance of nurturing the natural artistic play in children.
As an emerging acrylic artist, Alicia plays with all things acrylic and whatever else she can color or stick into acrylic. She strives to depict the feelings of a moment in her artwork.
Lisa JonesMoore graduated from Colorado State University, with a BFA, concentrating in Graphic Design. After working as a designer and illustrator in Denver, San Francisco and Seattle areas, she pursued her passion for pastel landscapes, encaustic painting (molten beeswax, pigment), mixed media, art assemblage and printmaking. Her love of Latino folk art and Mexican culture, as well as the beauty of all things worn and aged, permeates her work. Nature, in all her beauty and mystery, shows up as a consistent theme.
Lisa's works are part of private collections in the Northwest, Midwest and East coast of the United States. Her works have been exhibited in both the United States and Canada, and have been published in The Pulse of Mixed Media: 100 Artists Revealed (North Light Books), Cloth•Paper•Scissors, Somerset Studio, Somerset's Life Images, Somerset Workshop and IndieArts DVD magazines. She currently teaches encaustic art and mixed media workshops in the greater Seattle and Puget Sound areas. Please visit her website: www.JonesMooreStudioArt.com
Deborah earned her Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of Delaware, and her Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of North Texas. She also studied with printmaker Paula Roland, at Ghost Ranch in Abiqui, New Mexico. Her work is featured in the forthcoming e-book, Contemporary Paper and Encaustic by Catherine Nash, and the Gallery of Artists section of the new book, Wax and Paper Workshop: Techniques for Combining Encaustic Paint and Handmade Paper by Michelle Belto. Working with encaustic since 2002, Deborah Kapoor exhibits her work throughout the United States. She is represented by Conrad Wilde Gallery in Tucson, Arizona and ArtXchange Gallery in the Pioneer Square Arts District of Seattle, Washington.
Juliette Ricci Lagman
Juliette Ricci Lagman wants to live in a world where everyone can experience expression in creativity. In 2001, Juliette Graduated from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago with a Bachelor of Fine Art. As an artist her work has been shown at the Tacoma Art Museum at the 10th Northwest Biennial in 2012. In 2013 she was nominated for The Greater Tacoma Community Foundation Art Award. When she’s not painting or teaching you can find her doing yoga, and spending time with her family. Her Art Journaling Classes and Mixed Media Classes are now being offered in Everett, Washington. Explore how to let go of your inner critic and express your inner creative at one of her transformational Art Journaling Classes.
Janet Lehwalder paints on silk using fiber reactive dyes. Her work includes framed silk paintings done in a watercolor style, and quilted silk comforters. "I love watching the colors as they flow and blend so naturally. And since silk reflects light, it gives the paintings a special luminosity."
She also teaches a variety of silk classes for adults and kids all around the Pacific Northwest, including classes in shops, junior colleges, private groups, and through the Bellingham Allied Arts Education Project. Home is five acres east of Bellingham, WA.
Professional jewelry artist, Julia Lowther, was raised in Monteverde, Costa Rica, and has been teaching jewelry making nationally and internationally for 15 years. An active member of the vibrant Pacific Northwest metals community, she has studied and worked with many internationally recognized jewelry artists, including Mary Hu, Komelia Okim, Doug Harling, and Megan Corwin. Lowther's jewelry is comfortable, chic and stunning. Her work has been published most recently in the books 500 Gemstone Jewels; Chain Mail Jewelry; Wrap, Stitch, Fold & Rivet; and Art Jewelry Today 3. She lives and works in Seattle, WA.
I first discovered the invaluable experience of hosting Monster-Making workshops in St. Louis, MO. I was happily surprised to see students discovering their inner artist. They beamed with pride at successfully acquiring a new skill while creating something uniquely their own.
Students who had otherwise been known as "trouble-makers" forgot about their reputations and became my most invested art assistants.
This workshop is unique because the skills they learn in sewing, design and story-telling are skills that will support them as life-long learners. This workshop has changed the way that I think about art because within one project-based session, I have seen individuals grow to become confident artists, empowered learners who are motivated to keep creating!
Jennifer J MacLean's work is often influenced by contemporary science, particularly the discoveries of modern physics, duality, and the geometry within the natural world.
Her artistic pursuits include painting, jewelry design, and teaching.
Jennifer has a Bachelors of Fine Arts in Painting and Drawing from Oregon College of Art and Craft.
Anna Mastronardi Novak
Anna's work in oil, wax color pencil, and mixed media has exhibited nationally in galleries and museums for over 25 years. Her work is featured in corporate collections, and she is an integral part of the arts community. She is regularly featured in auctions for PONCHO and Museum of Northwest Art.
The innovative technique she employs for her wax color pencil work is unrivaled for its tactile and liquid surface, and has received recognition for its extraordinary quality. Her oil on canvas work is a bold and unconventional style that utilizes both oils and oil sticks to increase the textural qualities of surface and magnify chromatic strength.
She attributes her intensely intricate approach to the influence of her early years in native Italy, and now resides on Whidbey Island where she has had her woodland studio for the past 14 years.
Suz O'Dell has been a crafts person for over 25 years. Inspired by her German and Mexican heritage, she found herself drawn into the arts at an early age. Suz spent five years living in Heidelberg, Germany, studying photography, and traveling to other countries with her camera. In the early 80s she began working as a professional photographer in California's film and commercial industries and spent over 12 years as a freelance photographer, production manager and producer. Prior to photography, Suz owned and operated Captain Cook Glassworks, an art glass studio in Kona, Hawaii.
In the early 90s, Suz continued her pursuit of the arts by studying Lapidary (the art of gem cutting) at Galileo Gem Guild, as well as Metalsmithing at the Sharon Arts Studio in San Francisco, California.
In the late 90's a new medium called Precious Metal Clay became available to artists and it was love at first sight. Suz completed an intensive course designed for teachers and was urged by her metals teacher to share her knowledge and start teaching. A few years later, Bronze was introduced to the art world and it was affordable. Suz started working in Bronze from day one since she could now experiment without the consideration of how much she might be wasting.
Suz has taught classes for over 12 years. A list of the venues includes: Mendocino Art Center, Sharon Arts Center, Sonoma Art Center, Danaca Design, South Seattle City College, and North Seattle City College
Seth Riley is the recent recipient of an MFA in Creative Writing from Seattle Pacific University. His work has appeared in the Wetlands Review, and he is currently working on his first novel. Seth lives in Everett with his wife and children.
Nat's relationship with the camera started in college and has grown into a passion for capturing each subject's unique perspectives.
An MIT-trained space propulsion engineer with 20 years experience, Nat has the ability to view subjects from both artistic and technical perspectives - from light warmth, balance and image design to sharpness, depth-of-field, aperture and motion blur.
Nat has taken portraits as well as photographs for industrial clients, restaurants, bed and breakfasts, museums and rock bands.
Nat lives on the Eastside where he is still getting used to Seattle winters.
Polly Adams Sutton is a full time studio artist and teacher of basketmaking. Living in Seattle, Polly gathers her own materials - cedar bark from logged forests and sweetgrass from the tidal flats of Washington. The flexibility in these materials gives her the opportunity to work on asymmetrical shapes. She exhibits her work in galleries, nationwide and her sculptural basket was chosen for the cover illustration of "500 Baskets".
Siwen Tao is a paper artist with rich experiences in visual design and teaching. She finds inspirations from a variety of art forms and mediums, like oil painting, traditional Chinese painting, calligraphy, and printmaking. She believes paper art is an art of reductions. She is very skillful at creating rich and compelling visual effects by using bold compositions, refined lines and very few colors. She founded her own art studio with her husband in 2014, Qin & Qin Paper Art.
As an artist, as a gardener, my work of some 30 years has been about exploring a fiber arts garden, honoring traditions, and developing a contemporary connection to these interwoven passions.
A celebrated nursery and field study basketry school has emerged from the fibers.
Large living installations, garden sculptures and custom designs tell the story of those pathways, while my gallery pieces are primarily about exploring the layers and moods of materials introspectively. I like to peel and unwrap and extract their character.
As I pull the essence into play and push the boundaries beyond traditional forms-the results become movement-gestures of reflection , a silent commentary, a dance of the hands and heart.