Instructor Bios

Instructor Bios


Adria Baker

I have been teaching visual art in Wake County since 1995 at both the high school and elementary levels. I also taught art camps for a number of summers at the Apex Community Center as well as through the Raleigh Parks and Recreation summer arts program. I enjoy exposing students to a wide variety of materials in the creation of their art, and helping them think differently as they try to solve visual problems. Summer arts camps are a great way to give students an opportunity to work with different artists and learn new techniques, be exposed to new materials, and new ways of thinking through the process of creating art. 

Classes: Wild Things Session 5, Expressive Faces Session 6

Ivana Milojevic Beck

Ivana Milojevic Beck graduated in May of 2016 from UNCG with a master of fine arts in studio art. Beck was awarded the International Sculpture Center’s Outstanding Student Achievement in Contemporary Sculpture Award for 2016. Her work is featured in the October issue of Sculp-ture magazine. Being from Serbia and living in America, her work addresses how her cultural, social, and psychological foundations have shifted since she left her home, family, and friends in Serbia. 

Classes: 2D Design Intensive Session 5, 3D Design Session 6

Jeny Brill

Growing up on Cape Cod I was surrounded by artists who took me under their wing and encouraged me. As a Montessori lower elementary teacher, I have used art throughout the academic curriculum as a teaching tool for 25 years. My own art is a collaboration of mixed media. Using materials out of context, I create 3D collages in a window box environment. I also paint with acrylics on wood to create colorful landscapes. More recently I have begun to make books using a variety of mixed media techniques as well.

Classes: The Art of Bookmaking Session 4, Painting with Pastels Session 7, Storytelling with Collage Session 8

Laura Bernstein

Laura Bernstein is an artist and educator from Raleigh, NC. Her personal work focuses on memory and identity through painting, drawing, and fiber arts. Her educational background extends from small group lessons, museum workshops, and teaching in public schools for over 10 years. Bernstein earned an MAT in Art Education and Post-secondary Painting from UNC Pembroke. She also earned a BFA in Design and Photography from UNC-Greensboro. She has a passion for teaching creative practices, building techniques and skills, and harnessing an appreciation for art to children of all ages. 

Classes: Urban Sketching Session 6, Sketchbook Essentials Session 8

April Clark

April Clark, founder and creator of Miss April Fashion Girl, a youth brand that teaches girls fashion entrepreneurship, sustainability and style through classes, camps, and DIY projects. April is a fashion entrepreneur with 12 years of fashion and beauty business experience as a fashion editor and published fashion stylist. 

Classes: Project Fashion Session 8

Gab Corter

Gab Corter grew up in Canada and has lived in Raleigh since 2003. She completed her BFA at the Ontario College of Art and Design in Toronto, Canada. She participates in exhibitions around the country and her art can be found at Rebus Works, The Visual Art Exchange in Raleigh, and at the Shop at Green Hill in Greensboro, NC. She’s excited to be back teaching at Artspace this summer!

Classes: The Art of Science Session 5

Sonya Drum

Sonya Leigh Drum is an arts educator, artist, and theatrical designer. She has been teaching visual arts in the NC Publish School System for the past 21 years and designs both scenery and costumes for professional and university theater companies throughout the triangle. Sonya currently teaches visual art electives at Washington GT Magnet Elementary School in Wake County and was selected as the 2017 Magnet Schools of America region IV finalist for National Magnet Teacher of the Year. Sonya has worked as a teaching artist for Artspace’s Summer Art Camps for the last 18 years. 

Classes: Fantasy Map Making Session 3, Mini Place Mini Space Session 3, Masquerade Session 4, Creative Cacti Session 4

Alia El-Bermani

Alia El-Bermani received her BFA from Laguna College of Art and Design in Laguna Beach, CA.  This talented traditional painter has had six solo exhibitions as well as had her work featured in numerous group exhibitions across the country.  Her figurative and still life paintings and drawings have been showcased in museums such as the Palm Springs Desert Museum in California, the Anchorage Museum of History and Art in Alaska, the West Valley Art Museum in Arizona, the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art in Toronto and most recently at the Greenville Museum of Art in North Carolina. She is a seasoned teacher who has taught at both the college and workshop level.  She has been a guest lecturer locally at ECU, Meredith College and at Ravenscroft School. El-Bermani is a member of the Portrait Society of America as well as a co-founder of the important blog, Women Painting Women. Her work has been featured in such periodicals as American Art Collector, ArtSee, Art Week, The Independent and LA Weekly. She currently lives and works in Apex, NC.

Classes: Intro to Figure Drawing Session 5, Portrait Drawing Session 5, Intro to Figure Drawing Session 7, Portrait Drawing Session 8, Painting Intensive: Portrait Painting with Oils Session 8

Maria Frati

Maria Frati has an MA in Art Education from the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA). She taught both elementary and high school art for six years in public schools in New York City and Florida. Maria currently works as an instructor for Artspace and The Crafts Center at NC State. 

Classes: Wood Carving and Painting Session 7

Andie Freeman

Andie Freeman earned her BFA from the College of Charleston in painting/life drawing and continued her education at Miami Ad School @ Portfolio Center, where she studied graphic design. She is a studio member of Artspace where she creates her contemporary oil paintings. Freeman has taught art at a K-5 school and with the Artspace Summer Art Camps. She’s become an experienced oil painting instructor through teaching workshops for teens and adults. 

Classes: 5 Days 5 Ways Session 7

Janice French

Jan French is a fiber artist and weaving educator/advocate with experience demonstrating, collaborating and teaching in local schools, arts councils, festivals, and museums. She is a member of the Triangle Weavers Guild Education Committee and strives to share the history and joy of the craft of weaving with as many people as possible. She has instructed hundreds of folks of all ages to build and weave delightful and useful items on a simple handmade loom from which she has created many projects. Her larger fiber works contain natural and salvaged materials.

Classes: Weave it Wild Animal Kingdom Session 1, Weave it Wild Reptiles Session 1

Ana Teresa Galizes

Ana Teresa Galizes is a portrait photographer as well as a visual art and design instructor. She is originally from Lisbon, Portugal, but has called North Carolina home for the last twenty years. She graduated from William Peace University and North Carolina State University with degrees in communication and has spent the last ten years concentrating on freelance photography, fine art, and design. 

Classes:Image Transfers Session 4, Intro to Watercolor Session 5

Eric Gibbons

Gibbons has 30 years of art teaching experience, and was awarded New Jersey’s Best High School Art teacher in 2015. He has taught in Japan, Egypt, and the US with a program followed by 15,000 art educators. Author of over 30 Art Education books from Fire House Publishers, his choice-based program allows for individualization of all art explorations without cookie-cutter projects. 

Classes: Mythological Creatures Session 1

Caroline Haw

Caroline Haw is an artist from Cary and is currently studying Art Education at Meredith College. Her favorite mediums of art are drawing and mixed media collage, but she is always ready to try something new. Her new loves are painting, weaving, and batiking. Her art explores themes of nostalgia, activism, and feminism. After her recent study abroad trip to Italy, Caroline has become inspired to keep a travel sketch journal and explore themes of travel in her work. She enjoys being a part of collaborative artworks and teaching other young artists about their artistic voices and capabilities! 

Classes: Living Journal Session 8

Emily Howard

Emily Howard is an Assistant Professor of Art and Art Education Program Coordinator at Meredith College. She started her career at Artspace as a teaching artist over 15 years ago. Howard majored in Art Education and Studio Art at Meredith College and then went on to receive her M.F.A. in Textile Design from East Carolina University. Her own artwork is a blend of traditional textile techniques, materials and mixed-media. She lives in Raleigh with her husband and two sons, and they enjoy hiking, gardening, and making art a family. 

Classes:Weaving from 2D to 3D Session 3, Masters of Collage Session 5

Lakeshia Jefferson

Keisha Jefferson, owner and operator of Art to Go LLC., obtained her B.A. in Fine Arts at Greensboro College and Education Licensure at East Carolina University. As a full-time art teacher, Keisha enjoys teaching and creating with her students. She incorporates that professionalism and passion into every service she provides. 

Classes: Super Heros Session 1

Lori Jones

Lori Jones graduated with a B.S. in Art Education with a concentration in painting from UNC and a B.A. in Studio Arts with a concentration in photography from Meredith College. She has been teaching for many years and currently teaches K-5 art classes as well as middle school electives such as Art History and Sculpture at Rolesville Charter Academy. She has also taught workshops at the NC Museum of Art and classes and camps at venues such as the City Parks and Rec, Durham Arts Council, and Carrboro Arts Center. Through art, Lori Jones helps students make interdisciplinary and global connections to gain a better understanding of the world around them. 

Classes:Hands-On Clay Session 5, Digital Photography Session 6

Lucy Kagan

Lucy Kagan is a local artist who works in illustration and surface design, making everything from textiles to comics to zines. After working at Martha Stewart as a bedding designer for four years, she now focuses her work on stories of nature and our connection to the world around us. She often uses whimsical and magical elements to convey a sense of wonder at life on Earth. 

Classes: Zines! Session 1, Intro to Comics Session 3, Intro to Comics Session 6

Tara Kernan

Tara Kernan holds a B.S. in Art Education from Plymouth State University in New Hampshire. She has taught Visual Arts for grades K-12 in New Jersey and North Carolina schools for many years and is currently the visual art teacher at Hunter GT/AIG Magnet Elementary School in Raleigh. Mrs. Kernan uses the links between visual art, cultural anthropology, and art history to help her students make real-world connections through art and interdisciplinary study. 

Classes: Outer Space Adventure Session 2, Make Your own Masterpiece Session 3, Central and South American Art Session 5, Music Makers Session 6, Walk Like an Egyptian Session 7, East Asian Art Session 7

Laura Little

Laura Little is an artist from Chattanooga, Tennessee and currently lives in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. She received her BFA at the University of TN at Chattanooga (2014) and her MFA from the University of Chapel Hill in NC (2019). Working within the realms of sculpture, installation and painting, Little is above all a collector. Relying on accumulation and damage, her artistic practice is a playful and rigorous material exploration that interrogates our cultural desire for myth and faith. Little has exhibited and curated group and solo shows across the Southeastern United States. Presently, Little is an arts instructor in the Research Triangle and a co-curator at BASEMENT Art Space in Chapel Hill, NC. 

Classes: Assemblage Session 1

Natalia Lopes

Natalia a graduate of the Master of Art and Design program at North Carolina State University. She earned her B.A. in Studio Art from Meredith College, where she began pursuing digital art and animation professionally. Her specialities include character design, storyboarding, digital illustration, drawing and 2D animation. Currently, she is a freelance visual development artist and animator for films and games.

Classes: Visual Storytelling for Animation Session 2, Digital Anime Art Session 6

Virginia Maier

Virginia Maier has a passion for teaching and using art as a way to enhance people’s lives through inspiration, creativity, and self-expression. She graduated with a B.A. in Art Education from the University of Arizona in 2008. She has experience working with diverse populations and age ranges, from infants to the elderly. Virginia produces her own artwork and has exhibited in several local galleries and craft markets as well as participating in community art projects. She coordinates the annual community art event in Garner, NC – the Picket Fence Project – which received the Arts and Humanities Award from the N.C. Recreation and Park Association for 2017. 

Classes: Nature Craft Session 6, Kaleidoscopic Collages Session 6, Art in Motion Session 7

Peter Marin

Peter Marin was born and raised in Mexico City. He has lived in San Francisco, Oakland, Madrid, New York City, and Raleigh, NC. He received a BA from UC Berkeley and an MFA from Hunter College. Marin has been painting for 26 years, and exhibits both nationally and internationally in Mexico, Spain, California, New York City, and North Carolina. His work is part of public and private collections and foundations including The City of Raleigh and SAS. Marin was named Latino Artist of the Year 2019 by Diamante, Inc., and recently finished the installation of a colossal ofrenda for the Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera, and Mexican Modernism exhibition at the North Carolina Museum of Art. 

Classes: Drawing Intensive Session 2

Jennifer Markowitz

Jennifer Markowitz is a textile artist whose work has been shown at VAE Raleigh, The National Humanities Center, and Weems Art Gallery. She is a recipient of the United Arts Career Development Grant and was a Brightwork Fellow at Anchorlight where her first solo exhibition, “Fleshmap: My Bipolar Embroidered Geographies”, showed in November 2019. Markowitz is currently one of Artspace’s Regional Emerging Artist residents. 

Classes: Intro to Embroidery Session 7

Michael McCue

My name is Michael McCue and being an elementary art teacher is all I have ever wanted to do. I have been teaching in Wake County Public Schools for five years and at Artspace for three summers now. My mission is to have students enjoy creating art as much as I enjoy teaching it. My aim is to be a mentor and help students uncover hidden talents and use their artistic eye to see the world differently. I have a BS and an MA in Visual Arts Education K-12 from Molloy College and Hofstra University in New York. I am an avid painter and arts advocate and display my own work around the Triangle.  

Classes: Seeing the Seasons Session 7, Masks Around the World Session 7, Creature Cutouts Session 8, Painting without a Brush Session 8

Taylor McGee

Taylor McGee works at Artspace as the Education Administrative Assistant. She earned a BA of Arts Education with a minor in Studio Art from Meredith College where she discovered her love for fiber arts and weaving. She received scholarships to further her studies at Penland School of Craft and spent summers making art in the mountains. She has taught art in many settings from abroad in Italy to locally in public schools and arts centers in the Triangle. McGee is currently developing her body of work on her floor loom and combining traditional fiber techniques with sculpture and mixed media. She and her husband share their home studio space and enjoy exploring new places both within and outside of Raleigh! 

Classes: Indigo Dyeing Session 7, Once Upon a Loom Session 8

Keith Norval

Keith Norval is a local painter, printmaker, and arts instructor. He received his BFA from the Savannah College of Art and Design, GA. Drawing on his African upbringing and his local environment, Keith creates whimsical paintings, primarily in oil paint, in his Artspace studio. He has exhibited his work throughout NC, as well as in NY, CO, FL, and MI, and his work is collected internationally. He has completed murals at the Albany Medical Center in NY and locally at York Elementary School in Raleigh. Keith has taught in the Artspace Summer Arts Program for several years, continually designing new, exciting classes.

Classes: Artbots Session 2

Kwaku Osei

I’m a Ghanian American artist who earned my BA degree at Temple University and my MFA from the Maryland Institute College of the Arts. I’m a mixed media artist who tackles the politics of identity through material symbolism, satire, and paradoxical imagery. I’ve been a professional artist for 10 years and I currently live in Durham, North Carolina. I’m married to my lovely wife, Afua Osei, and teach full-time Middle/Upper School art and IB art at the Montessori School of Raleigh. 

Classes: Mixed Media Intensive Session 3

Gretchen Phillips

Gretchen Phillips is a community arts educator with 16 years of experience teaching art in the schools and the greater Raleigh area. She works with a wide variety of age groups and dabbles in many different media. Gretchen has a BA in Studio Art from Eastern Illinois University, and is one of the many Midwest transplants who happily enjoys the weather and scenery in NC. 

Classes: Gelli Art Session 2, Sticky and Slimy Session 4, Visual Journaling Session 4, Mosaic Magic Session 6, Quest for Camelot Session 6

Hunter Rion

Hunter Rion is a Raleigh native who received her BA in Graphic Design from Meredith College and her Master’s in Art Education from the University of Florida. She has been a visual arts instructor for the public school system for the past 10 years. She currently enjoys creating work through the waterless lithography process and is exploring using mixed media to develop her works. 

Classes: Experimental Printmaking Session 1

Megan Shawkey

My name is Megan Shawkey, and I am a ceramic artist and art teacher right here in the Triangle. In 2017, I earned my BFA from Appalachian State in Art Education with a concentration in ceramics. I began teaching and developing my ceramic skills in Asheville for two years before moving to Cary this fall where I began teaching art at Green Hope High School. I strive to encourage students to think creatively and freely, developing their problem solving and critical thinking skills through clay. 

Classes: Handmade Mugs Session 3, Decorative Tiles Session 7

Kathryn Jenkins Smith

Kahthryn has loved creating and instructing art for as long as she can remember. Through high school and college she spent summers as a counselor at Camp Oak Hill. She currently works as a lateral entry Elementary Art Teacher in Stokes County while working on an Art Education Degree at UNC Greensboro. She also teaches at SECCA’s Summer Children’s Art Program and at the YMCA of the Triangle. Kathryn has experience teaching students of all ages and abilities – from preschool to middle school, children with special needs, and nursing home students. She enjoys combining her love and background in theatre with her art class instruction by incorporating music, creative movement, story telling, and puppet making. 

Classes: Quirky Birds Session 5

Susan Soper

Susan graduated from the State University College at Buffalo, with a BS degree in Graphic Design and a minor in Art Therapy. Susan has been a studio artist in Printmaking since 1988. She furthered her studies by attending the Tamarind Institute of Lithography’s Summer Workshop in New Mexico, Frogman’s Print and Paper Workshops at the University of South Dakota, and Penland School of Crafts. Currently, she is completing her Masters in Art from Art Of Education University. She is a teaching artist in the Raleigh area. Her working printmaking studio is located in Clayton, North Carolina. 

Classes:Opposites Attract Session 1, Artist Trading Cards Session 2, Under the Sea Session 8, Intro to Printmaking Session 8

Michele Yellin

Michele Yellin is a local artist who creates vibrant, engaging paintings. Michele’s creative spirit was influenced early in life by living in France and traveling throughout Europe. She earned her BFA in Studio Art from UNC – Chapel Hill and has been exhibiting and selling her artwork since then. Michele has taught life drawing to adults and has been an Artspace Summer Art Camps Instructor for several years. Michele loves sharing her knowledge of art making with anyone who will listen. 

Classes: Abstract Painting Session 3, Abstract Painting Session 5

Emilie Young

Emilie Young is an art educator currently working with elementary school students in Wake County Schools. Prior to teaching visual art in Wake County, Emilie taught visual art for five years in Guilford County Schools, serving as the lead art educator at the Newcomers School, a transitional school for recently arrived immigrants and refugee youth. Apart from her work in the school system, Emilie has worked as a program coordinator for the family arts area with the National Folk Festival of Greensboro, NC. She received her Bachelor of Science degree from Appalachian State University in 2014. 

Classes: Animated Art Session 8