Studio Arts Classes

Meet our instructors

Andargé Asfaw


Andargé Asfaw is an award-winning photographer, educator, and author. His powerful portraits and luminous landscapes have been exhibited in several national and international exhibitions, and are held in private collections worldwide. His book, Ethiopia from the Heart, was released in June 2007.

Charles Bergen


Charles Bergen is a Washington, DC-based sculptor, craftsman, and educator with numerous local public art projects to his credit. His website is

Lee Ann Clark


Lee Ann has been a calligrapher and graphic designer for over 30 years. Her clients have included Alpine Creative Group in New York City, the National Gallery, Real Card Studio, The Seattle Opera, and Vulcan, Inc.

Eliot Cohen

Photography, Digital Methods

Eliot Cohen has been teaching photography since 1975 and digital methods since 1994. He is one of the area’s best known digital educators, renowned for his ability to explain digital procedures in a clear and logical manner.

David Daniels

Watercolor, Painting

David Daniels earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Central Michigan University in Mt. Pleasant in 1970. From a young ago he loved nature, and looked to it for what he still considers an “inexhaustible supply of ideas.”

Delna Dastur

Drawing, Painting

Delna Dastur received a B.A. in English and French from the University of Bombay, India. She was awarded a full student scholarship to Wellesley College, where she studied art history, and went on to receive another scholarship to The American University, where she completed her Masters of Fine Arts in oil painting.

Penelope Diamanti


Penelope Diamanti began collecting beads when she lived in West Africa in 1972 and began designing jewelry at that time. In 1989, she opened Beadazzled in Washington, DC, followed by Beadazzled stores in Baltimore and northern Virginia. Penny has taught a variety of beading techniques and has lectured on her travels throughout Africa, Asia, and South America in search of beads.

Aiko Shimura Erickson

Sumie, Calligraphy, Painting

Born in Tokyo, Japan, Aiko Shimura Erickson studied shodo and ikebana (Japanese calligraphy and flower arrangement) as a youth. After graduating from California State University at Long Beach she went back to Japan to intensify her studies of calligraphy and sumie.

Peggy Feerick


Peggy Feerick has taught photography for over 30 years. She recently retired from George Mason University, where she served as both coordinator and associate professor of photography in their School of Art. She received her MA and MFA in Photography from the University of New Mexico and her BFA in Photography from Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, NY.

Bonnie Fitzgerald


Bonnie is an artist, teacher and author. Her passion is designing and creating one-of-a-kind artwork and guiding art enthusiasts, young and old alike, on the journey to discover and develop their own personal artistic voice through the art of mosaics. Bonnie is the founder of Maverick Mosaics, a company specializing in art education and unique learning experiences, including international travel adventures and workshops led by mosaic artists from around the world.

Paul Glenshaw


Paul Glenshaw's lifelong passions over several disciplines all fuel the same goal: storytelling. His career covers classical drawing, aviation history, documentary filmmaking, STEM and STEAM education, exhibit design, and photography. A graduate of Washington University in St. Louis, he is currently a drawing instructor for both the Smithsonian's Associate program and the McLean Project for the Arts.

Sandra Gobar

Painting, Drawing, Mixed Media

Sandra received her BS from Norfolk State University and completed the Teaching Lifelong Learning Strategies; Executive Function in the Classroom from Harvard Graduate School of Education, Harvard University in 2006.

Josh Highter

Painting, Drawing

Josh is a painter and MFA graduate of Indiana University, Bloomington and is currently living in Washington, DC. He is an artist whose work focuses on the intersection between observation and memory, utilizing the processes of drawing, painting, and printmaking.

Savita Jain

Henna Artist

Savita Jain is a Henna artist, Bollywood dance teacher, and Hindi language teacher who has been teaching dance and doing henna art for more than 8 years.

Marty Kaplan


Marty Kaplan was teaching music in a small town in upstate New York and became friendly with the school photographer. He knew of Marty’s interest in photography and asked him to photograph a wedding. Marty purchased a Hasselblad Camera and after some training, photographed his first wedding.

Peter Karp

Collage, Assemblage

Peter Karp is a German artist who has lived and worked in Washington DC since 1982, where he studied drawing, painting and collage at the Corcoran College of Art.  His work blends figurative and abstract elements, in two- and three-dimensional form, often combined with found objects.

Chester Kasnowski

Oil Pastels, Acrylic Painting, Watercolor

Chester Kasnowski earned a combined BFA from Dayton Art Institute and the University of Dayton and MFA from Tulane University. He has taught art for more than 30 years and was a curator of education at the New Orleans Museum of Art and gallery director of the Southern Vermont Arts Center.

Lauren Kingsland

Quilting, Fiber Arts

Lauren Kingsland has been making quilts professionally since 1988. She is dedicated to quiltmaking as a medium for storytelling, for building community, and for healing and wellness. She is an artist-in-residence and has a professional quilt-making studio at the Sandy Spring Museum in Sandy Spring, Maryland.

Kim Kirkpatrick


Kim Kirkpatrick has been a landscape photographer in the Washington–Baltimore area for many years. He has extensive experience in publication and teaching and has exhibited widely.

Craig Kraft

Sculptor, Light Artist

Craig Kraft has created sculptural artwork for the past 35 years and public artwork for the past 19 years. Since 1983, the common thread of his work has been neon light. His website is

Elizabeth Lay

Needlepoint, Quilting, Fiber Arts

Elizabeth Lay is a textile curator with a MA in the History of Decorative Arts. Formerly, she was the owner of Orlean Fine Tapestry and held a license from the V&A for needlepoint designs. She has taught extensively and has been an avid stitcher for more than 45 years.

Marta Legeckis


Marta Legeckis has been practicing the art of calligraphy for over 30 years. She received a Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Fine Arts from the City College of New York. A resident of the Washington, D.C. area, Marta’s clients have included the White House, the State Department, the Vice-President’s office, Foundation for the Preservation of Art in Embassies (FAPE), the National Gallery, and various embassies.

Raye Leith

Artistic Anatomy, Figure Painting & Drawing, Ceramics, Blacksmithing, Sculpture

Since receiving an MFA in painting in 1982, Raye Leith has taught every age group at every venue, from elementary schoolers to the aged, and from homeless shelters to universities.

Renate Maile-Moskowitz

Felting, Fiber Arts

Renate Maile-Moskowitz combines her love of fabrics and textiles with her equal passions for folklore, teaching, research, theater, storytelling, and dance. She holds an MFA from the University of Maryland and has created costumes for the Washington National Opera.

Kathleen P. Manning


Kathleen Manning, an artist, arts educator, and owner of Bedazzled, has taught a wide range of classes for children and adults in public and private settings, especially museums. Her clients include the African Art Museum, the Corcoran Gallery of Art, the Bead Museum DC, and the Folklife Festival, among others.

Paul Matthai


Paul Matthai has been a photographer since 1975. His work has ranged from photojournalistic travelogues to contemporary fine art photography. Paul has photographed in exotic locations abroad such as Turkey, the Persian Gulf, Europe and Africa.

Karen Norman

Watercolor, Painting

Karen Norman received her MFA at the University of Maryland in College Park in color lithography. A member of the Washington Watercolor Association, her award-winning paintings have earned her signature membership in the Baltimore Watercolor Society and Potomac Valley Watercolorists.

Jamie Platt

Painting, Drawing

Jamie has taught courses in painting, drawing, color, and design theory at the Herron School of Art and Design in Indianapolis, IN and she has steadily exhibited her work in many states since 2003. In 2010, she authored and illustrated Drawing for Dummies Revised Edition.

Alfredo Ratinoff

Mosaics, Pottery

Alfredo Ratinoff began his training in ceramics at 11 in his native Argentina. His work is in private and public collections around the nation, including AT&T headquarters in Oakton, Virginia, the Strathmore Hall Arts Center in Bethesda, and the Embassy of Argentina, where he is chief curator.

Jane Redmon

Sogetsu Ikebana

Jane Redmon began her study of Ikebana of the Sogetsu School in 1975 in a class sponsored by the Resident Associates of the Smithsonian Institution. She has studied continuously since that time, being certified as a teacher by the Sogetsu School in Tokyo, Japan, in 1978. From 1977-2006, she studied with Mary Sugiyama, Executive Director of the Sogetsu School in the United States.

Ann Richards

Knitting, Fiber Art

Ann Richards, M.A., is a Certified Knitting Instructor through the Craft Yarn Council of America, and has taught knitting at the Smithsonian Institution since 2001. Her articles have appeared in Knitty magazine, and she was the editor of The Conscientious Knitter newsletter 2005-2009.

Gary Shankman

Painting, Sculpture, Oil Painting

At the age of nine, Gary Shankman began his studies of art at the Corcoran School of Art in Washington D.C. He earned his Bachelor of Fine Arts in Painting degree from Boston University and his Masters of Fine Arts in Painting degree from American University.

Shahin Shikhaliyev

Oil Painting, Black & White Drawings, Etching

Shahin Shikhaliyev works include oil painting, black and white drawings, and etching. His greatest influence was his father, the late artist Talat Shikhaliyev. Shahin has been exhibiting his work since 1989 and participating in numerous group and solo shows throughout Europe, Middle East and United States.

Barbara Southworth

Landscape Photography, Prints (Color, Black & White, Dye Transfer), Environmental Photography, Digital Methods

Barbara Southworth is a printmaking photographer known for landscapes celebrating color, wildness and native diversity. Bridging traditional sensibilities and contemporary aesthetics, her panoramic vision is rooted in the Eastern Seaboard’s maritime and woodland habitats.

Lori VanKirk Schue

Painting, Ceramics, Basketry, Printing, Weaving, Glass

Lori VanKirk Schue has spent more than 35 years learning about and creating art using various techniques, styles, and mediums. A professional illustrator and award-winning fine and graphic artist, she is also the author of over twenty books on art education and specialized story-enhanced art lessons published by Evan-Moor and Scholastic.

Mïa Vollkommer

Beading, Jewelry Making

Mïa has taught classes in jewelry and beading techniques for almost 10 years, both in Washington, D.C. and in her current hometown of Salt Lake City, UT. She never tires of the excitement a student feels when they complete a project and realizes "I did that!"

Katie Wagner


Katie Wagner is a rare book conservator for the Smithsonian Libraries. She has a B.A. in History from Mount Holyoke College, South Hadely, MA and a Master of Library Science (MLS) from the University of Maryland, College Park, MD. She has been teaching bookbinding with the Associates since 2011.

Max-Karl Winkler

Drawing, Printmaking

Max-Karl Winkler received his Bachelor of Fine Arts in Studio Art and Master of Fine Arts in Drawing and Printmaking from The University of Texas at Austin. He first started teaching studio art courses in 1968 at the College of the Mainland Texas City, Texas, where he helped design the art curriculum.

Marcie Wolf-Hubbard


Marcie Wolf-Hubbard received her B.A. from the University of Maryland in Studio Art and studied Fine Art and Illustration at the Maryland Institute, College of Art. Her paintings have been exhibited widely on the East Coast. She has illustrated for magazines and books and worked as a courtroom artist.

Adrienne Wyman


Adrienne is an accomplished oil painter, teacher, and exhibiting artist best known for: lifelike portraits, intimate mother and child paintings, and vibrant African market scenes. Her website is

Joe Yablonsky

Photography, Film and Digital

Joe Yablonsky specializes in gelatin silver photographs of public sculpture. His photographs can be seen at