Instructor Bios

Instructor Bios

David Anyanwu

David Anyanwu is a freelance illustrator in the Japanese cartoon style known as anime. He co-owns the company Boomslank with his brothers where he designs and illustrates original anime t-shirts and art posters. He has frequently taught the popular anime arts classes during the Artspace summer arts program.

Classes: Anime Art Session 1; Anime Art Session 2; Advanced Anime Art Session 5; Advanced Anime Art Session 7

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: Painting with Pastels Session 4

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: Myths + Legends from Around the World Session 1; 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, Creative Cacti Session 4

Jan 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 6, Weave it Wild Reptiles Session 6

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: Intro to Watercolor Session 5

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: 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: 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

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

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: Kaleidoscopic Collages Session 6

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: Ceramics Handmade Mugs Session 3; Once Upon a Loom Session 7; Ceramics Decorative Tiles Session 7

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

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: Printmaking Without a Press Session 2, Visual Journaling Session 4; Quest for Camelot Session 6; Visual Journaling Session 7

Anna Podris

Anna Podris is a painter working in North Carolina. Inspired by the foliage and fresh air of wilderness areas as well as the vibrancy of diverse urban areas. She shows her work locally in her studio space at Artspace in downtown Raleigh. Anna also shows her work regionally and nationally. Recently some of her paintings were included in a group show in Boston, and she is represented in NY by Gitana Rosa gallery.

Classes: Woodland Creatures Session 2

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