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.
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
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.
Classes: Jewelry, Metal, Clay, Mixed Media, Bookbinding
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
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
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.
Instructor: Brenno Kenji
Classes: Drawing and Painting
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: 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.
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: Nan Robkin
Classes: Mixed Media
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.