Meet Our Instructors

Instructor: Carol Adelman
Classes: Drawing, Painter, Printmaking
Contact: cmadelman@gmail.com

Carol Adelman is a painter, printmaker and experienced educator living and working in the Seattle area.  Her foremost priority as a teacher is to help students develop a personal relationship to materials.  In addition to teaching skills, her goal is to help each student access the concerns that motivate them to explore the visual world.

She has taught at Louisiana State University, Kutztown University, Dickinson College and the University of Washington among other learning institutions. Among other venues, her work has been shown in Seattle at the Bellevue Art Museum and Davidson Gallery as well as the Bowery Gallery in New York.

Carol’s work is developed with a sensual, aggressive approach to materials that borders on abstraction and engages with the concept of a fragmented self and the construction of gender.

To view her work go to caroladelman.blogspot.com  Work by her students can be seen at caroladelmanteaching.blogspot.com

Instructor: Mary Anderson
Classes: Printmaking, Watercolors
Contact: mshradera@gmail.com

Mary Anderson earned her degree in art from the University of Washington and has been painting in watercolor for over 25 years. She brings a wealth of knowledge in this as well as the art of drawing to her students. Mary drew inspiration through the watercolors of artists such as John Singer Sargent and Winslow Homer.

Luxuriating in the interplay of color, light and atmosphere, Mary paints the natural world around us – rural scenes, still life, flowers, water and boats. Mary is a member of Women Painters of Washington.

Instructor: Meredith Arnold
Classes: Jewelry, Metal, Clay, Mixed Media, Bookbinding
Website: mereditharnold.com
Contact: meredith@mereditharnold.com
Meredith Arnold, known as the Comedian Artist, is the Director of ArtWorks, and has developed a career as a professional teaching artist at colleges, universities and events around the U.S. and in Europe. She offers video based classes online with Bluprint.com and Craftcast.com.

She began as a painter and photographer and continues to incorporate paint and photographic imagery into her work whether it is jewelry, collage, or books. Her work has been featured in many books and magazines and exhibited internationally. Two of her handmade books are part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts collection in Suzallo Library at the University of Washington. Current work may be seen at the Gallery at Towne Center, in Lake Forest Park, WA and Tacoma Metal Arts Center, Tacoma, WA.

Instructor: Whitney Buckingham-Beechie
Classes: Encaustic
Website: WhitneyBuckinghasmBeechie.com
Contact: whereiswhitney@yahoo.com

As a contemporary mixed media artist, my work is influenced by my background in dance and a fascination with the sensuous beauty found within color, texture, movement and form. Primarily abstract, my work is encaustic with an emphasis on Indigo dye and resin. For me, art means constantly growing, learning, exploring and encouraging others.

Instructor: Bea Grob
Classes: Mixed Media
Website: www.beagrob.com
Contact: info@beagrob.com

As a mixed media artist, YouTube video producer and teacher living in Switzerland, Bea offers programs that bring together a variety of materials and media. She is a Swiss certified educator with a background that includes being a Master class Weaver as well as working for a variety of Design Teams around the world.

Bea says: “Making is art gives me the opportunity to reinvent myself on a daily basis. Each work is like a chance of a lifetime and I challenge myself to contemplate and experiment again and again. If I can put a smile on the face of the viewer then I have achieved one of my goals.”

Instructor: Brigitte Hefferan
Classes: Calligraphy
Contact: brigittehefferan@msn.com

Brigitte Hefferan teaches calligraphy classes locally as well as traveling to calligraphy guilds to teach workshops. A member of Write on Calligraphers, she teaches at Letters of Joy, their regional letter arts annual conference.

As a free-lance artist, she accepts commissions and explores ways to combine her passion for lettering with her watercolors and oils. Her work has been exhibited at the WA State Convention Center in Seattle, Mountlake Terrace’s “Arts of the Terrace” show, in the ArtsNow Gallery at the Edmonds Conference Center and the Two Vaults Gallery in Tacoma.

Instructor: Bob Park
Classes: Drawing
Contact: parkitbob@gmail.com

Bob was classically trained in drawing while attending the Art Students League of NY. He has a BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design and an MFA from Mass Art in sculpture/glass. Professionally he has worked as a glassblower at the Chihuly studios and Bennett Glass Inc.

Instructor: Bill Ray
Classes: Photography
Website: Billrayimages.zenfolio.com
Contact: billray@apian.com
Bill is an award winning photographer and instructor whose photos have been in juried art shows like the Edmonds Arts Festival and Shack Art Center Everett.  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.

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 and Seattle Photographic Society.

Instructor: Nan Robkin
Classes: Mixed Media
Website: auntnanseclecticinkandblabula.blogspot.com
Contact: alhrobkin@aol.com

As a published artist with many talents (including a PHD), Nan is known for her extensive knowledge on the properties of different mediums. She is a Certified Master Porcelain Artist, and creates works in watercolors, digital collage, paper arts, polymer clay, mixed water media and more.

Her artist books are part of the permanent collection in the Rare Books and Manuscripts Book Arts section of the Suzallo Library at University of Washington. Nan’s extensive teaching past includes faculty positions at Seattle Pacific University and Discover U as well as events such as ‘Letters of Joy’, the annual regional calligraphy conference.

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