Skip to main content
 

Instructors

Dave Barry

Dave Barry
Dave is a Colorado native, living the past 17 years in Lakewood. After attending Metro State College and a stint in the Army he started his company Barry Productions. Dave has been involved in almost every aspect of still photography. He has taught at Front Range Community College, and currently at Colorado Photographic Arts Center. He is a life member and past Colorado chapter president of the American Society of Media Photographers, on the Board of Directors of the HCA Alliance in Lakewood, a member of the Lakewood Public Art Committee, an Apple certified expert in color and a graduate of the D-65 workshop.

Pamela Bliss

Pamela Bliss
Pamela has been weaving for about 19 years and teaching locally for nine years. As a teacher, she is known for her sense of humor and warmth. One student said, “Pamela takes the fear out of learning something new.” In addition to teaching, she makes and sells shawls, scarves, runners, placements, rugs, throws, bags, purses and anything else she can figure out how to make on a loom. She continues to take classes to increase her own knowledge and shares that knowledge generously with her students.

Loay Boggess

Loay Boggess
Loay is a lifetime art student/artist and is conversant in multiple mediums including clay, weaving, bookbinding, printmaking, and photography. She received a BFA from CU Denver in 2003. In 2007 Loay found her passion in mud and fire. Her ceramic work is hand-built wood fired stoneware, and she instructs the monthly wood firings at Washington Heights Art Center. 

Michael Bowe

Michael Bowe
Michael is a student of both functional and decorative ceramic work and has a special interest in low fire methods and techniques. Michael is a performing artist and writer who happily discovered a love for ceramic art in the not- too- distant past. He is a graduate of Regis University and lives in Lakewood.

Rita Broderick

Rita Broderick

Rita has been teaching for more than 12 years. She is currently a teaching artist for the Denver Center Academy and Art Reach, where she focuses on elementary school curriculums through improv, creative drama and Shakespeare. Rita has been involved in the acting community for 20 years and is an actress, director and playwright. She has created programs for at-risk youth and has been the theater co-coordinator in Denver for a local residential treatment center. She has extensive experience studying all over the U.S. and in Dublin, Ireland.

Teresa Carson

Teresa Carson
Teresa has always had a natural affinity to the creation of all things art.  At a very early age, she decided that she would be an art teacher. Teresa holds both bachelors and masters of Arts in education from the University of New Mexico. While her main emphasis is a specialization in ceramics, her minor is fine arts drawing.

Holly Causey

Holly Causey

Holly Causey has been learning and teaching art, fiber arts, cooking, sewing, crafts and quilting classes for many years. She has a lot of fun to working with children because they love to explore their world and are so open to creativity.

Judie Dickinson

Judie Dickinson
Judie has been weaving since the early 1980s (unless you count a potholder loom when she was 10). A teacher of high school Spanish, she was part of a team teaching Southwest studies that included arts and crafts. Judie took an adult education class in weaving on a floor loom and has been caught in its “web” ever since. A workshop given by RM Weaving Guild started her on kumihimo.

Gail Firmin

Gail Firmin
Gail mentors for the Developmental Disability Resource Center’s Art & Soul program, teaching art classes to disabled adults for the past ten years, teaches drawing and watercolor classes for the City of Lakewood and is active with the Lakewood Arts Council and a member of its co-op gallery, exhibiting her work in graphite, watercolor, pastels and mixed media. Gail won her first award for a drawing in middle school and has continued to create art ever since. Primarily self-taught, she continues to further her education with classes and has been active in the Ken Caryl Ranch community teaching art and volunteering with the Ken Caryl Art Guild, and recently joined the Littleton Fine Art Guild.

Kristee Graham

Kristee Graham

Kristee Graham is an internationally collected fine art painter, sculptor and jewelry designer. She has completed a body of work consisting of hundreds of commissioned works, original paintings, drawings, jewelry design, art photos and commercial graphics. Her work has been shown at various fairs and festivals throughout Colorado and in many wholesale and retail venues in the U.S. She is now focusing her craft on inspiring young people to follow their creative dreams.

 

 

Joy Jensen

Joy Jensen
After teaching at Jefferson County Open School for many years, Joy retired and took up weaving. Currently she teaches weaving, helping her students take their projects from idea to completion. Joy is also a natural dyer and sewist. She enjoys teaching both children and adults.

Gary Jugert

Gary Jugert
Gary is a lifelong Lakewood resident who plays piano, guitar, and way too much ukulele. He’s composed a number of musicals, is finishing his first symphony, wrote a couple of novels, founded the Rocky Mountain Ukulele Orchestra, likes cats, and works at Starbucks to pay bills.

Dianne Losasso

Dianne Losasso thumbnail
Latin Ballroom, Argentine Tango, Swing & Salsa
Dianne is a talented instructor, international performer and choreographer.  She is the owner and manager of Dance Fusion International.  She was a performing member of the renowned AVAZ International Dance Theater in Los Angeles and has appeared on TV and in instructional dance DVDs. Her 5 years of instructor training at Karen Lee Dance Studio, studying with internationally acclaimed dance performers, evolved into a 15 year career as a professional ballroom Latin and swing instructor www.DanceFusionStudio.com.  Her background as a middle eastern dancer is even more extensive. She is a nationally known belly dance performer and instructor of 30 years. She is best known by her stage name, Dahlia  www.BellyDanceWithDahlia.com.

Ismael Lozano

Ismael Lozano
Ismael “Izzy” is a Colorado native and has worked in the Denver Public School system for over 17 years at every grade level as well as the collegiate level at Metropolitan State University. He has taught for the Art Students League of Denver and has taught classes at the Smithsonian Latino Center in Washington, D.C.  He has worked as an oil painter for over 22 years. His work currently hangs in collections as far east as Philadelphia, and he has shown as far west as Diablo Valley College, in California.

Judy McCann

Judy McCann
Judy’s work is a culmination of years of studying pottery and jewelry art forms. Her love of pottery lead to her interest in Metalsmithing. Judy is the founding member of “Painted with Fire Art Guild” at Washington Heights and is involved in many summer markets.

James McLellan

James McLellan
James has been working in ceramics for more than 12 years. After receiving his BFA in ceramics from Metropolitan State College of Denver, where he studied under Rodger Lang, he has taught at several local community centers and shown work in both group and solo exhibitions in Denver and out of state. James works in both sculptural and functional ceramic art and has experience in many firing techniques including pit firing and raku.

Susan Michalakes

I have been an avid crafter most of my life and enjoy dabbling in a variety of different crafts.  My passions include Zentangle inspired art and knitting/spinning.  I was fortunate to be able to travel to Providence, RI in April 2017 to obtain my certification as a Zentangle teacher.  This was a great experience!  Professionally, I have worked in the field of developmental disabilities for over 30 years and truly enjoy the wide variety of people I’ve been able to meet over the years.

Rita Moore

Rita Moore
Rita has been an artist for over 40 years. She began as an artist/graphics illustrator for the Boeing Company in Seattle. She is a private instructor and freelance artist as well as an instructor at Washington Heights teaching the art pf painting on porcelain. She has a compassion for wildlife, animals and humans which influences her art.

Norbert Nagel

Norbert Nagel
Norbert currently serves as co-president of the Pastel Society of Colorado. Most of his work is done plein-air, working to capture the feeling of a landscape more than copying it.

Cali Nass

Cali Nass
Cali has been involved with dance since the age of three and has a passion for teaching. She has studied many styles of dance and attended multiple studios academy and Annita's Dance Studio.

Christine O'Dea

Christine O'Dea
Christine has an education degree from the University of Maine and a fine arts degree from Metropolitan State College of Denver. She shows her ceramic/mixed media installations in local galleries. She teaches in a variety of educational environments, both K-12 and adults.

Maria Cecilia Olano Sardi

Maria Olano
María’s first contact with dance is owed to Brazilian Jazz where she acquired her first technical style and performed interpretation stage dancing both in theater and in television drama. She studied at the Martha Graham School where she worked with renowned choreographers and teachers, including Martha Graham herself.  She got her B.F.A in Dance at SUNY Purchase New York University.  Maria was awarded her doctoral dissertation from Catholic University in Valencia, Spain, in January 2016.

Breanne Parets

Breanne Parets
Breanne started dancing 15 years ago when she was three years old and has been involved with dancing ever since. She was a member of the company at Mary Constantine Nelson Dance Centre and The Studio for several years and has performed in countless recitals, musicals and more. She has experience in ballet, tap, jazz, modern and hip-hop although her absolute favorite is dancing en pointe.

Laurey Patten

Laurey Patten
Laurey is a potter and ceramic artist who loves to teach, especially beginning and intermediate pottery students. Her fascination with ceramics developed in the early 1970s while she was working in England as an archaeologist and site illustrator on medieval castle sites. She has earned degrees in history education and anthropology and has been a potter for more than 30 years. Her work has been shown in Washington D.C., Virginia and Colorado. Her other pursuits include fiction writing, making jewelry, painting, herbalism, editing archeology books and just plain having fun.

Alina Deac Pelegrin

Alina Deac Pelegrin
Alina has been an illustrator, painter and sculpted various expressions over the last couple of decades. She turned her attention to mosaic fine arts with explorations in color and andamento, followed by advanced studies in application and cutting techniques. Her mosaics and illustrations have been exhibited in several shows on the West Coast and Colorado. Alina is a member of the Colorado Mosaic Artists Organization and the Society of American Mosaics Artists.

Slawa Radziszewska

Slawa Radziszewska
Slawa is an established portrait artist and member of the American Society of Portrait Artists, the Portrait Society of America and the Mountainside Art Guild.  She has participated in numerous art shows and has produced more than 100 commissioned works in the past seven years.  Slawa’s background includes an advanced degree in physics and a successful career teaching both science and art.  Her portfolio can be viewed at www.slawna.com.

Jessica Riggs

Jessica Riggs

Jessica graduated from Colorado State University with a B.A. in Dance and a B.S. in Dietetics. During college she had the opportunity to work with many well-known choreographers and teachers. Her own choreography was selected on multiple occasions for showcase in the CSU Fall and Spring Dance Concerts as well as for adjudication in the 2007 American Dance Festival.

Jacki Roberts

My first encounter with clay was during my senior year at Golden High School where my art teacher, Millie Morgan, convinced me I should get my hands dirty. While I enjoy many mediums, from sketching, painting, metalsmithing, etc., somehow my passions for art seem to reemerge in clay.  I enjoy throwing, hand building, sculpture, and monoprinting. My favorite undertakings are those which tell a story of times gone by.

Scott Ronzio

Scott Ronizo
Scott has taught watercolor painting for more than thirteen years at Washington Heights Art Center, and continues to enjoy learning about art through interactions with students. His classroom lessons are structured to focus on developing the skills needed for painting successful artwork.

Judith Scott

Judith Scott

Judith has been teaching for over 30 years. She taught for 27 years at The Art Institute of Colorado in painting, design, color and Human Anatomy. Her work is included in several art books and has won many awards.

Joseph Sikora

Joseph Sikora
Joseph was trained in traditional wood carving in Bavaria, Germany. He worked for 10 years as a freelance carver while in Bavaria and returned to the United States in 1991. He displays and sells his pieces at Sikora Woodcarving in Louisville. Joseph’s work includes traditional European style carving, religious and Celtic art, Southwestern art, and architectural and custom furniture carving. He is a member of several art associations and has won numerous awards

Bob Smith

Bob Smith
A renowned artist and studio potter for more than 35 years, Bob started his career working in functional stoneware but quickly moved to low-fire work, especially raku. His current work reflects an increased interest in Terra sigillata and saggar firing, which has made a large impact on his work in scale, gesture and surface treatment.

Ratha Sok

Ratha Sok

After picking up his first spray can at the age of 15, Ratha has devoted himself to expressing himself with this creative tool. A student at Metropolitan State College of Denver, majoring in business management and minoring in entrepreneurship, he owns his own clothing line while still creating artwork and murals. Ratha host workshops and teaches classes for youth and the community by showing them that graffiti is an art form and how it can be used in a positive way. A few organizations he has collaborated with: VSA Arts, Arts Street, Street Youth Biz and Urban Peak, CEC Middle College, Brown Elementary, and West High School.

Therese Spears

Therese Spears
Therese Spears is a Black Belt Nia Instructor that has been teaching since 1998. She is an AFAA fitness professional that also teaches Zumba, Mat Pilates, Yoga and more. Therese strives to be an inspiration to all her students by showing them how to be fit, happy and healthy.

Anne Van Leeuwen

Anne Van Leeuwen

Anne has been a hand papermaker for over 30 years and has taught paper making and cyanotype. She received her BA in Design from UCLA. Her paper making training includes work at Carriage House (Brookline, MA); Fabriano, Italy (Paper’s first home in Europe); Taos Papermaking; and the International Association of Papermakers workshop’s in Italy and France.

Sumi von Dassow

Sumi von Dassow
Well-known as a potter, teacher and writer, Sumi has work that includes brightly glazed functional pieces, burnished and pit-fired vessels and ceramic sculpture. She has participated in the Cherry Creek Arts Festival and has won numerous awards in major national and local shows. Her work has appeared in books and magazines including “Ceramics Monthly” and “Pottery Making Illustrated.” She has edited two books for the American Ceramic Society. Her book, “Low-Firing and Burnishing,” was published in 2009, as well as a DVD titled “Pit-Firing and Burnishing.” Her innovative work is represented in permanent collections of several arts institutions throughout the country. Sumi studied ceramics in Seattle and San Francisco and graduated summa cum laude from San Francisco State University.

Julia Wirth

Julia Wirth

Julia Wirth’s passions are the arts and teaching. Ms. Wirth is an active performer and has toured throughout Colorado, California and Boston and performed in such venues as Ellie Caulkins Opera House (Denver), Boston Conservatory (Boston) and Carnegie Hall (NYC) to name a few. She has had wonderful experiences working in schools throughout Jeffco and Boulder Valley School Districts teaching general music, choral music and theater. Ms. Wirth is an active member of ACDA, NAfME and DiMA.

Ruthann Woods

Ruthann Woods Artwork
Ruthann has focused on painting landscapes in pastel since 2002. She won awards for her paintings in oil and pastel.  She studied art, design and business in college. Color and design were her focus in quilting for thirteen years. In pursuit of her interest in the field of Art Therapy she explored sculpture and ceramics. Ruthann combines her fascination with nature and her passion for color in painting landscapes. She has been teaching landscape pastel painting classes since 2009.

Quick Links

view all