Meet Our Instructors
Instructor: Carol Adelman
Classes: Drawing, Painter, Printmaking
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.
Instructor: Mary Anderson
Classes: Printmaking, Watercolors
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.
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.
Whitney is a contemporary mixed media artist in the Pacific Northwest with roots in dance, teaching and a life-long love of design. For me, art means constantly growing, learning, exploring. The two words that best describe what drives me artistically have always been “What if? ”
Primarily an abstract artist, my work is encaustic and mixed media with an emphasis on Indigo dye. My work is influenced by my background in dance and a fascination with the sensuous beauty found within color, texture, movement and form.
Sue is a printmaker and an illustrator. She spent many years working in publishing and raising a family, and came back to artwork full time about 20 years ago. She loves the art of printmaking! She mainly works in block printing (also known as relief or linocut printing), but have also used intaglio, monotype and silkscreen printing in my artwork. Her printmaking is always changing, as she likes to explore new techniques and incorporate them into her artwork. I have currently been working on a technique called Reduction Printing. She illustrated of two children’s books, I’m Going to be a Big Sister, and I’m Going to be a Big Brother, both the recipients of the 2006 iParent Media Awards.
Victoria Foster Harrison, of the Curly Girl Art Studio, is a working artist and workshop instructor, located in Port Townsend, WA. Victoria specializes in Encaustic Printmaking (creating original one-of-a-kind prints with beeswax and paper). She is on a consistent quest to explore mark making, abstract calligraphy and asemic writin. Victoria is focused on how to incorporate these art methods into her artworks. Victoria’s recent shows include “Impressions”, a group exhibition in March at the Bainbridge Arts & Crafts Gallery, and “Heel, Toe and Away We Go” in April at the Fogue Gallery in Seattle, sponsored by the NW Collage Society.
Sharon is an abstract painter drawn to the fundamental aspects of creating art. No matter whether the medium is hot beeswax, ink, watercolor, oil, acrylic, combined with asemic writing or mark making, my curiosity constantly challenges her to push the boundaries of my limitations.
Exploration and experimentation are major elements of her artistic journey of discovery. She often works with found objects, using cardboard, paper bags, dyed silk, rusted paper, encaustic monoprinting, watercolor, oil, and pastels. She is fascinated with the creative process and the constant wonder that surprises her every day.
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.”
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.
Brenno Kenji has taught figure drawing for over 12 years. He has studied under Steve Huston, Karl Gnass, Glenn Vilppu, Kevin Chen, and the late Glen Orbik, among others, in Los Angeles, California, where he also taught Life Drawing and Narrative Drawing at the Loyola Marymount University. He’s also an avid painter, having studied under Sunny Apinchapong-Yang, Sean Cheetham, Mian Situ, and Steve Assael, and having taught alla prima painting at private studios in the Los Angeles area.
Instructor: Bob Park
Instructor: Marcia Meckelson Miller
Classes: Mixed Media, Collage
Approaching retirement in 2008, Marcia returned to her love of painting. Working primarily in pastel she studied with many prominent pastel teachers, painting mostly landscapes until in 2012 when monoprinting for pastel underpainting became a medium on its own.
Upon retirement in 2014, she finally had the time to produce more works. Abstraction became her a new focus. Collage combined with the monoprinting process developed into a love of Collage. Collage led to mosaic work produced with broken dishes. The cut pieces are reassembled to create mosaic garden décor.
Marcia now spends several days each week working on and expanding her artistic journey into many mediums of art, such as mosaic, pastel, collage and gardening.
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.