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Our Instructors

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Staci Adman

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.

Mari Atkinson

Mari Atkinson is a National Board-Certified Teacher in EAYA Art and teaches visual art for Snohomish SD at Valley View Middle School. She has a Master of Language Arts degree from Seattle Pacific University and an Art Education BA from Carroll University. Mari is part of the Schack Art Center Education Committee. She is a past Co-President for the Washington Art Education Association (WAEA) and serves with the OSPI Arts Leadership Cadre. Mari has presented nationally on authentic assessment; was awarded the Art Advocate of the Year in 2016, the WAEA Middle Level Art Educator 2017, and the 2018 WAEA State Visual Art Educator of the Year. 

Bonnie AuBuchon

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.

Peter Barth

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!

Anita Black

Anita's art career began as a graphic designer in the printing industry, then she found her creative passion - art glass.

Her journey with stained glass began as a hobbyist in 1986 and she has been a professional glass artist since 1997.

Her love of nature is reflected in the original designs that she enjoys creating for clients and students.

Enjoy the beauty of art glass for a lifetime!

Dana Butler

After spending 40 years in a professional/technical career, instructor Dana Butler embarked on a new right-brained career path. She became a full-time art student for several years, attending well over 200 classes, studying more than a dozen disciplines. She now sells her jewelry and artwork in gallery shops and art shows, as well as teaching classes and workshops.

Tina Carpenter

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.

Manuel Castro

Manuel Castro's first introduction to glassblowing was in 1997 at Pratt Fine Arts Center in Seattle, where a contemporary glass renaissance had been developing since the 70's. From 2000-2002 he worked as part of the Manifesto glass team, one of the premiere glass studios in Seattle. It was at Manifesto that Manuel was able to hone his skills and comprehension of glass necessary to materialize the designs he imagined. "I knew that the daily process of perfecting the craft would create the muscle memory and vision to bring my ideas into form."
In 2001 he was chosen to be part of the Lino Tagliapietra Seattle glass blowing team. The Italian maestro, Lino Tagliapietra is arguably one of the greatest living glassblowers in the world. The opportunity for Manuel to work with Lino has provided him with a vast pool of knowledge surrounding Venetian methods. Castro says, "The Venetian techniques in glass have always been a focus of interest for me. The combination of these age old secrets combined with modern concepts intrigues me and is the basis of much of my work. "

In 2002 Manuel Castro moved to Indonesia for two years, there he collaborated with visual artists and modern theater artists. With help from the Visual Arts Department of the Bandung Institute of Technology (ITB) in Indonesia, Castro helped to open the first hot shop in West Java. "The time spent in Indonesia opened my eyes to new perspectives of what beauty and art could be. The artists there had few resources to work with, yet found ways to create and live for the art form they had chosen."

Manuel continues to work on the Lino Tagliapietra team and the Manifesto glass team. Castro moved to the Tashiro Kaplan artist lofts in 2005 where he presently designs and creates his own glass works. Castro is also a founding member of The Memory War Theater Project where he serves as writer and video designer.
Castro's work has been exhibited at Pratt Fine Arts Center, Corridor Gallery, Senso Unico, Vision Gallery, Fabrik Galleri, and Art By Fire in Seattle, Portland, Chicago and San Francisco.

Mariah Cavanagh

I'm Mariah Cavanagh and I am a 26 year old lampworker, who started a career in glass as a production pipe maker. This way of art is a growing industry in today's world and I would like to share my knowledge with those interested in getting into functional glass.

Rebecca Chernow

Rebecca Chernow holds a degree in glass sculpture from the Alfred University School of Art and Design and a masters of fine arts from the University of Washington. She has taught at Pratt Fine Art Center, Pilchuck Glass School, Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, and been a visiting artist at the Tacoma Museum of Glass, The Australian National University in Canberra, Australia, and Northlands Creative Glass Centre in Lybster, Scotland. She currently lives and works in the Pacific Northwest and enjoys gardening and camping in her free time.

Shelly Chess

Shelly has been teaching visual arts since 2002 at various schools and art institutions. She offers watercolor,acrylic, and charcoal and pencil sketching classes along with collage classes that incorporate many different art mediums.

Her childhood experiences have highlighted how important it is to expose children and young adults to the visual arts. Students become engaged and explore many art skills, allowing their confidence to grow as they explore their creativity. This gives the students pride in their work and puts smiles on their faces, which Shelly says is the most satisfying part of her job!

Rich Langley & Chris Schulke

Richard Langley began blowing glass as an apprentice to Michelle Kaptur in Bend, Oregon in 1997. In 2001 Rich moved to Florence, Montana and opened Cloud Cap Glass studios. In Florence he started a production line and taught classes on glass blowing. After a few years blowing glass in Montana Rich decided to further his education and career by moving to Seattle, where in the past 15 years he has worked for various artists and production glass houses. Rich has also built another glass shop in Seattle where he has continued to make his own line of blown glass. Rich also enjoys Rock climbing, mushroom hunting and enjoying the outdoors.

Jackie Cort

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.

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. 

Karen Klee-Atlin

Karen Klee-Atlin was born in Toronto, Where she studied at the Ontario College of Art.  She did graduate work in painting and printmaking and received her MFA from the University of Calgary.

Karen has enjoyed working in relief printmaking for many years. Originally a painter, she finds the puzzling over what needs to be cut to create the image, the action of cutting and working with the press to be an inviting entry into the process of making art. In addition to teaching Karen pursues her own work in her studio, Blue House & Yellow Dog Studio, in Ballard.

Richard Langley

Richard Langley began blowing glass as an apprentice to Michelle Kaptur in Bend, Oregon in 1997. In 2001 Rich moved to Florence, Montana and opened Cloud Cap Glass studios. In Florence he started a production line and taught classes on glass blowing. After a few years blowing glass in Montana Rich decided to further his education and career by moving to Seattle, where in the past 15 years he has worked for various artists and production glass houses. Rich has also built another glass shop in Seattle where he has continued to make his own line of blown glass. Rich also enjoys Rock climbing, mushroom hunting and enjoying the outdoors.

Angie Louthan

Angie Louthan is a Life Coach who uses art as a tool for introspection, mindfulness, and learning through play. Angie is the founder of The Kind Fest and provides a platform for bringing people together to be inspired, educated, and empowered to create a kinder world. She is a mom to 2 artistic daughters, 9 and 11 years old.

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

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

Bill Ray

Bill is an award-winning photographer and instructor whose photos have won in juried NW art shows like Kenmore and Schack, and in the international NOIR Best of B&W. His images capture beauty in the natural world for its own sake, to keep us in touch with the planet in our increasingly urbanized world. As an instructor he enjoys demystifying technical material for non-technical people, without dumbing things down.

Bill is a lifelong photographer, starting with the Ansel Adams Zone System as a teenager. An early Photoshop user from scanned film, he switched to full digital in 2006, delighted to find his arts avocation had converged with his computer engineering profession. He is an active member of ArtistsConnect Edmonds, Puget Sound Camera Club and Seattle Photographic Society.

Samantha Slater

Originally from South Africa, Samantha's life in Seattle has drawn her toward the concepts and process of jewelry making. It is through creating; annealing metal, heating, cooling, softening, hardening, fusing and texturing, that she tries with a quiet complex process to make sense of life's hard and soft parts. Samantha taught classes at Fusion Beads for over 10 years, she has also guest lectured at Pratt Fine Arts and is currently teaching at NW Rockhounds and privately at her studio in Seattle . It is her desire to not only create beautiful art and jewelry but share her knowledge so others can do the same.

Carly VanderHyde

Hello! My name is Carly and am honored to be the new Lapidary teacher for the Schack Art Center. Stonework and Silversmithing have been a passion of mine for my whole life but I have really made it a profession the last 4 years.

I have been officially teaching stone cutting for about a year now at NW Rockhounds in Seattle, an amazing shop where I also received my Lapidary education. My whole life is art and creating beautiful things so I very much look forward to sharing the passion with students and getting people excited about creating artwork with gemstones.