Encinitas is rooted in art, surf and beach culture and has become a major art destination. It is home to an enormously talented group of art instructors and individuals seeking personal and creative growth. Our instructors will inspire you and spark your creativity.

Nicole Austin

Nicole Austin

Mixed Media

Bio

Nicole Austin is a mixed media artist, instructor and avid art journaler. She graduated from San Jose State University with a BA in Creative Arts and has taught art to people of all ages and skill levels. As a busy mom of 5 (2 grown, 3 at home) she looks for ways to incorporate art into her day-to-day life. Influenced by the free expression of children’s art, she aspires to awaken the often forgotten, child-like curiosity in her students. Her style is bright, layered, colorful, messy and fun and she enjoys sharing her creative knowledge and joy with others.

 

Laurie Baum

Laurie Baum

Astrology, Acrophonology & Psychic

Bio

Laurie A. Baum, MSW, is a gifted intuitive and healer in practice in downtown Encinitas. She is the author of Everything You Need to Know About Your Astrology Sign, A to Z Acrophonology: Discover the Power of the Letters in Your Name, Sacred Mysteries of Egypt, and Astrological Secrets for the New Millennium. She also is profiled in the 100 Top Psychics in America.

 

Denise Bonaimo Sarram

Denise Bonaimo Sarram

Natural Home & Beauty Products

Bio

Denise Bonaimo Sarram has been having fun marrying her three passions: jewelry making, essential oils and teaching. She has created a line of custom aromatherapy jewelry made from various materials and thoughtfully assembled with an artful eye. In an ongoing quest to live in a healthy environment and body, she also makes her own non-toxic household products and botanical concoctions. She was born an artist, raised in Brooklyn and on the Jersey shore. Her encouraging bohemian parents were (thankfully) very supportive.
Denise graduated from Rowan University (NJ) in 1994 with a Bachelor of Fine Art degree in metal smithing. In addition, she studied art at Moore College of Art and Design (Philadelphia, PA) and spent a semester abroad traveling around Great Britain and taking courses at University of Northumberland (UK). She has been fortunate enough to have made a career from creating, exhibiting and teaching jewelry classes for the last 22 years. In 2001, Denise moved to San Diego, where she met her husband and now their little family lives in Carlsbad, CA.

 

Therese Bushen

Therese Bushen

Drawing, Mixed Media & Painting

Bio

I have been teaching many types of art to all ages and skill levels for over 30 years. I specialize in teaching “Anyone Can Learn to Draw by Accessing the Right side of the Brain”, and “Colored Pencil Basics”, but I also teach other media such as Acrylic, watercolor & Ink, and Polymer and regular Clay. My latest class creation is “the Art of Relaxation, Doodle & Color Your Way to a Happy Place” where people create their own designs, then learn colored pencil techniques to color them in. If they are feeling really creative, the can write a poem about their finished art piece. I also coach people in how to create their own business teaching art in my art teacher Training Program.

 

Roxanne Coble

Roxanne Coble

Art Journaling, Book Arts, Mixed Media

Bio

Roxanne Coble is a mixed media artist, illustrator, and maker of things. Based in Los Angeles, she graduated from UCLA with a BA in Art History and a passion for the creative. Known for her art journals, her work fuses both mixed media and painted illustration. Inspired by the quirks of everyday life, completed pages embrace a balance of humor and dark emotional themes – all while exploring topical events that occur within her personal life. Currently, Roxanne is working as an artist and freelance art educator in Southern California.

www.bybun.com

Juliana Coles

Juliana Coles

Art Journaling & Mixed Media

Bio

Juliana Coles, award winning fine artist, received her BFA from the Academy of Art College, San Francisco. A controversial pioneer of the Art Journaling movement, Coles developed “Extreme Visual Journaling,” an active meditation technique that accesses archetypal signs and symbols from the unconscious for transformation and healing.  This process is now used by art therapists, teachers, artists and professionals the world over. Coles has written numerous workbooks on her process as well as authoring articles for such craft magazines as “Cloth, Paper, Scissors,” and “Somerset Studios.”  Her journals have been featured in over 20 books including “Making Journals By Hand,” and as part of the “1000 Journals Project” her work was exhibited at the SFMOMA. In 2014 Coles published, “Ghost Pirate,” a collection of her visual journals, paintings, and mixed media figure drawings. Coles remains at the top of her field through workshops and retreats both here and abroad, revolutionary online courses, and most recently, an artist residency at the Green Olive Art Center in Morocco. Coles creates from her enchanted studio in Albuquerque, NM www.meandpete.com.

 

Betty Cox

Betty Cox

Jewelry & Beading

Bio

Betty is a bead embroidery jewelry artist. She loves texture and colorful unique items! Create a one of a kind beaded, wearable expression with Betty and her take on the craft.  

 

Kristi Darwick

Kristi Darwick

Calligraphy

Bio

Roxanne Coble is a mixed media artist, illustrator, and maker of things. Based in Los Angeles, she graduated from UCLA with a BA in Art History and a passion for the creative. Known for her art journals, her work fuses both mixed media and painted illustration. Inspired by the quirks of everyday life, completed pages embrace a balance of humor and dark emotional themes – all while exploring topical events that occur within her personal life. Currently, Roxanne is working as an artist and freelance art educator in Southern California.

www.bybun.com

Jessica Ferrone

Jessica Ferrone

Kid’s Camps

Bio

Jessica Ferrone is a 43 year old mother to three school-aged children, an art teacher and the owner of Art 4 Children Inc. She’s been teaching art classes and facilitating art camps for school aged children in North County San Diego schools and art studios for 20 years. Jessica’s goal, as your child’s teacher, is to nurture the creative skills they have, as well as develop new skills, build self-confidence and creative independence so they may continue being expressive, creative and imaginative individuals. In addition to helping your child enjoy the creative process and produce great art, Jessica wants your child to enjoy the social aspect of creating safely and securely in groups, free of competition, where all children are treated with respect, kindness and dignity. We all know how important a creative and academic education is to a child’s well being and sense of self. Once children can feel confident with expressing themselves creatively, they will make great strides in all other areas of their lives, their community and the world becomes a more colorful place.

art4children.com

Jennifer Hardy

Jennifer Hardy

Book Arts Mixed Media, Printmaking

Bio

Jennifer believes that we are all artists and that art facilitates peace. Jennifer started her art career working as an art director for a national magazine where she managed the visual layout and design of the magazine. Jennifer took this passion and started her own graphic design business where she focused on branding, logos and illustrations. She found her true passion here and her love of illustration brought her to Kids for Peace, a global non profit. Jennifer’s focus at Kids for Peace has been within expanding their presence globally. She has worked on branding their various programs and projects, their website and much more. Jennifer has a passion for giving back through art and the community, specifically with children. She believes art is healing and brings a sense of peace. She is passionate about art and loves the creative journey it affords. She will soon be traveling to Kenya to bring art supplies to a primary school and setting up an art department there. Jennifer continues to paint and draw in her own time.

Kelly Kilmer

Kelly Kilmer

Art Journaling, Mixed Media

Bio

I love teaching and truly believe that deep down inside everyone is an artist, capable of creating something. There is power and knowledge in the act of creating something with your own hands, made from your own heart and head.

Shanwna Leslie

Shanwna Leslie

Upcycled/Recycled Jewelry

Bio

Shawna Leslie has been designing and reworking vintage jewelry pieces for the last 12 years. Each piece of jewelry she creates (necklaces, bracelets and earrings) is a one of a kind design inspired by current fashion and old charm. Perfect to add unique interest to your jewelry collection. There are numerous celebrities wearing her one of a kind pieces and she is very passionate about her designs.

Amanda Letscher

Amanda Letscher

Fiber Arts, Printmaking & Painting

Bio

Amanda Rouse Letscher specializes in pattern design and printmaking with a cartoon surrealist style. Her artwork is inspired from the fractal patterns of nature, chance, fictitious animals, Surrealism, and Art Nouveau. She loves visiting new places, spontaneous drawing, everything aquatic, and has a strong passion for teaching others to create art and have fun. Amanda teaches indigo dyeing, marbling, monoprinting, and acrylic painting classes in San Diego.  

Linda Luisi

Linda Luisi

Mural Painting, Drawing, Color Mixing

Bio

“Teaching is a thrill: seeing students enjoy creativity and acquire skills they previously thought were impossible. Everyone is fully capable of being artistic. By teaching with openness and a sense of adventure, the magic of it all is for everyone to enjoy.” All classes are for all levels: first-time beginners and those with experience with individual attention to advance at your own pace and enjoy the process. Linda had a rigorous training copying Old Master paintings in the atelier of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. She has 30 years experience creating murals and art (realistic and abstract) for corporations, medical centers, resorts, and private clients across the United States. Her work is known for depth and dimension. As an instructor, she is known for her enthusiasm and the individual attention she gives each student. lindaluisi.com

Annie MacPherson

Annie MacPherson

Mural Painting, Drawing, Color Mixing

Bio

Annie Macpherson has over six years of teaching experience. As a teaching artist, she has collaborated with over 25 schools throughout San Diego county. In her own art, she practices Sumi-e Japanese Brush Painting, mixed media, and writes children’s books. Her classes incorporate peace, art, and story. Annie’s goal is to ignite the passion for making art, and connect it to the magic within each student – their imagination.

Jennifer McHugh

Jennifer McHugh

Unique Painting on Clothing

Bio

When Jennifer paints, she is telling a story. A story inspired by the simple moments, rhythms and nuances of everyday life. She creates these stories through intuition, so her work evolves naturally and spontaneously into an unexpected piece of art. She is passionate about exploring the world around her, both near and far…finding inspiration in nature, design, architecture, people, color, patterns, textures…you could say her paintings are like postcards from her travels. Her go-to medium is acrylic, but she play with other media such as oil pastels, paper, watercolors, pens and gouache to keep things interesting. She works from her backyard studio among the nature and colors that provide her daily inspiration.

Nadya Migalko

Nadya Migalko

Vision Boards & Oracle Cards

Bio

Nadya is a mother, an artist, an entrepreneur and a huge believer in personal growth. Calling Encinitas home has been a recent pleasure and this special place is where she feels the most connected at this time. The feeling of creativity, connectedness to nature, spirituality and all the wonderful fun activities are all in line with her vision. As an artist, her current focus is film photography, painting and collage. As a spiritual guide, she has worked with oracle cards for years, and has always felt the connection in channeling for herself and others. With an endless curiosity, she is always seeing the path to truth, kindness, love and light.

Jim Millard

Jim Millard

Watercolor Painting

Bio

Award-winning artist and much sought after watercolor instructor, Jim’s understanding of what makes a successful painting results from over 45 years as an art director/graphic designer, painter and teacher.
His paintings are loose and expressive, exhibiting the freshness and fluidity typical of the California Watercolor Style.
Jim’s intent in teaching is to help students translate reality into authentic watercolor paintings in original and interesting ways. His approach is one of enthusiasm and guidance; stressing principles, application, planning, and the best qualities of watercolor.

jamesmillard.fineartstudioonline.com

Kristal Molina

Kristal Molina

Essential Oils & Aromatherapy

Bio

Kristal Coral Marie Molina is an artist living in San Diego, California, with her husband and their two amazing teenagers. Her art is inspired by her artistic family and her deaf daughter. She is also is a sign language interpreter and supporter of the deaf community. Incorporating her love of art and essential oils has been a dream come true. Kristal cherishes her family and friendships, dirty chai lattes, belly laughs, and hunting at thrift stores for new art projects. Her hope is for everyone to find their artistic side and to live wholeheartedly. She creates to share the most beautiful part of her soul.

Cliff Oliver

Cliff Oliver

iPhone & Mobile Photography

Bio

Cliff Oliver is a talented photographer and international workshop leader that has won many awards and has had recent images on display at the SD Natural History Museum. Three years ago he switched over to the majority of his work on the iPhone. With this medium he has produced books, award winning prints and teaches courses on mastering this art form of Visual Story Telling at the La Jolla Athenaeum and Hollyhock in Canada.

drcliffoliver.com 

Natasha Papousek

Natasha Papousek

Henna Artist

Bio

Natasha is a henna artist with 18 years experience. She has taught classes at libraries, private parties, henna conferences and currently teaches at the Bravo School of Art. She also uses henna techniques to apply paint to other surfaces such as wood, luggage, and clothing.

Paige Perkins

Paige Perkins

Living Succulent Art

Bio

Paige has been a landscape designer and consultant for many years in this area. Living things are her passion. She’s been creating edible landscapes, to succulent walls and sharing what she loves. She has also had the privilege of being a Garden Master at the Spring Home Garden Show for the past several years and winning several awards for her installations. Teaching creative plant design has been developing for the past 5 years into with partnerships with Weidners Garden, private parties and now with Art Lounge on 101.

Gina Pisello

Gina Pisello

Book Arts & Paper Folding

Bio

Gina Pisello has a background in biology and secondary science deaf education. She has been a book artist for 13 years and has grown as an artist thanks to the support and opportunities made possible by organizations like San Diego Book Arts. Her work has been seen in San Diego public libraries and in juried art shows in San Diego County, South Dakota, 23 Sandy Gallery in Portland, Nantucket, the Minnesota Center for Book Arts and the University of Western England, Bristol. She has been teaching book arts workshops since 2004. Her work is in several private collections as well as the University of Washington and the University of Puget Sound.

Janis Reeser

Janis Reeser

Book Arts

Bio

Janis Reeser has a degree in Art & Education from the University of Washington and has been teaching Art classes for over 40 years. She has worked in the Solana Beach and Rancho Santa Fe School Districts as an Art Specialist and has been an Adult Education Instructor for the San Dieguito Union High School District. Janis recently retired and is currently involved with San Diego Book Arts teaching Book Arts Basic Classes.

Rikki Reinholz

Rikki Reinholz

Watercolor Painting

Bio

Rikki Reinholz has been teaching watercolor classes in Solana Beach for 22 years. She combines her talent as an Interior Designer, artist, teacher and her love of color when painting watercolors. Rikki is the previous owner of the Studio of Art and Design in Solana Beach. She is a signature member of WW, SDWS and WFWS and she displays her work at Coal Gallery in Carlsbad and the San Diego Watercolor Society. Her paintings have been purchased for homes throughout the US and Sweden. Her classes include beginners to advanced levels. She works with only Primary colors, and “mingles” the colors on wet paper to make her secondary colors. Her goal is to share her feeling of excitement, freedom of expression and the passion to paint with her students and those who view her paintings.

Al Rodríguez

Al Rodríguez

Book Arts, Mark Making & Tools

Bio

Rikki Reinholz has been teaching watercolor classes in Solana Beach for 22 years. She combines her talent as an Interior Designer, artist, teacher and her love of color when painting watercolors. Rikki is the previous owner of the Studio of Art and Design in Solana Beach. She is a signature member of WW, SDWS and WFWS and she displays her work at Coal Gallery in Carlsbad and the San Diego Watercolor Society. Her paintings have been purchased for homes throughout the US and Sweden. Her classes include beginners to advanced levels. She works with only Primary colors, and “mingles” the colors on wet paper to make her secondary colors. Her goal is to share her feeling of excitement, freedom of expression and the passion to paint with her students and those who view her paintings.

Barbara Roth

Barbara Roth

Watercolor Journaling Anywhere

Bio

Barbara Roth believes anyone can learn to paint and draw if they want to. They just need to learn some basic skills and practice them. Barbara has a degree from UCLA in Fine Art and has taught art classes for many years to students ages 2-92. Here specialities are watercolor, drawing, travel painting and most recently water soluble oil painting. She takes a sketchbook with her everywhere and loves to help people develop their creativity.

Jesi Schiffer-Derfer

Jesi Schiffer-Derfer

Painting, Wreaths, Children’s Classes

Bio

Reflective of her belief that art is an act of courage and exploration, Jesi’s art is influenced heavily by her travels throughout the world, which have often involved exotic and formative experiences.  She has walked across the entire country of Spain, completing a 550 mile pilgrimage known as “El Camino de Santiago.” She has scuba-dived with hammerhead sharks in Australia and great white sharks off Guadalupe Island. She has climbed Machu Picchu in Peru, and has been sailing in Thailand and Tahiti. Every stroke of her brush is an expression of her lust for adventure and passion for life.

Nadine Spier

Nadine Spier

Basketry

Bio

Nadine Spier lives in a rural area outside of San Diego called Olivenhain. The trees on her property provide the fallen pine needles for her artwork and for the students in her basketry classes. Nadine’s passions are protecting nature/animals, and of course basketry.

She teaches basketry with an enthusiasm that is transmitted to her students. Her classes are frequently filled to capacity with a waiting list. Nadine’s reputation as an inspiring and compassionate teacher has grown throughout the years as she travels to teach at regional weaving conferences, guilds and national art schools. She has also produced
3 basketry instructional DVD’s that have all received rave reviews and are sold internationally.

nadinespier.com

Christine Vanhamme

Christine Vanhamme

Language

Bio

Born and raised in Brussels, Belgium, with French as her native language, Christine mastered several languages at an early age. She has over 20 years work experience, and is a multitalented, experienced freelance translator (English to French and Dutch to French), and French tutor for Pre-K, Grades K-12, and conversation classes for all levels. Christine is also currently working as an Associate Partner at Cross Cultural Horizons, a local business, specializing in European Contemporary Art promotion and culture, while assisting young dancers at the YMCA.

“I enjoy tutoring in foreign languages and helping people build confidence while learning and developing their academic, cultural, artistic, and creative skills.”

Roberta Veatch

Roberta Veatch

Personal Growth & Creativity

Bio

Artist Roberta Veatch studied fine arts at Arizona State University. She has been painting and working with oils and acrylics for over 25 years. Her love for color and design prompted a certification in Color Therapy and most recently Expressive Arts. In addition to being an accomplished artist she has owned and operated an art gallery in Arizona with her partner Vicki, where they supported artists and taught a variety of workshops. She served as a docent for the ASU Fine Arts Museum and has a degree in Spiritual Counseling from The Ageless Wisdom University in Scottsdale, AZ. She has taught art to children and adults in the pursuit of helping others find their creative spirit!

Nancy Walter

Nancy Walter

Art Journaling, Book Arts, Printmaking

Bio

Nancy’s approach to art flows naturally out of her long career in graphic design and illustration. Balanced color and expressive patterns are precisely arranged in design, but in her art these are set free. Nancy’s most evocative compositions to date are available for public viewing and sale at The Chopra Center, the spiritual home of Deepak Chopra, at Omni Resorts La Costa. Her artwork also hangs in private collections all over North America and her product line, which focuses on “spiritually centered” stationary products can be found is stores across the USA and on-line at her Etsy shop.

A native of Montreal, Canada, Nancy’s design career flourished for six years in New York City before she made her home in Encinitas, California in 1990. She is a graduate of Dawson College and studied fine arts at Concordia University in Montreal. She also studied at the School of Visual Arts in Tangier, Morocco and in New York City. Her ongoing creative studies in printmaking, mixed media, art journaling and bookarts, regularly take her across the western United States. She was the editor of the San Diego Book Arts newsletter, “End Papers,” and the chair of the Publications Committee for three years. Nancy was selected as one of nine artists for the “Convergence” art residency in Tetouan, Morocco in early 2016. She is a co-founder of Art Lounge on 101.

Artist Statement: The connecting threads of my design background, my spiritual life and my need to make images are expressed in my work. The perfect harmony of these three parts is evident in the overlapping colors and patterns that inform the page. Whether creating traditional monotypes on an etching press, or rapid fire prints with a gelatin plate, following my muse through the art journaling process or making books — I feel at home when the unexpected magic of art-making occurs. It’s an act of letting go. I often discard any road map as I begin. I allow the creative spirit to flow through me. The more open, flexible and fluid I remain, the more powerful the image becomes. I am drawn to the east, the sand countries and their exotic influence on what I create. nancywalter.com and hulagirldesign.com

Shelley Watkins

Shelley Watkins

Book Artist & Mixed-Media Alchemist

Bio

Book Artist and Mixed-Media Alchemist

Shelley’s tastes have always been very eclectic. Her art is no exception. She has studied with “every” mixed media teacher, watched “every” YouTube demonstration and bought “every” new art supply. She’s integrated them, then gone beyond, experimenting with fiber, rust, wax, wood, mica, metal and anything else she can get her hands on. She’s developed a myriad of techniques that she loves to share in her fun classes. Her students appreciate her generous, patient, knowledgeable teaching style and all the exciting new tips and techniques they learn to integrate into their own work.

Laura C. Wells

Laura C. Wells

Wire Wrapped Jewelry

Bio

Wire wrapping is my passion. As an artist I believe that a large part of a successful art piece is because of it’s medium’s natural occurrences and qualities. Glass is most gorgeous when it is allowed to drip and show it’s beautiful smoothness and clarity. Enamel is most beautiful when the reaction to time in the kiln might create an unexpected color or texture. Wire is wonderful for it’s natural flow, line quality and endless possibilities.
I love teaching jewelry and sharing this with others. I can’t  say that I have ever had a bad class in the many years of teaching at Spanish Village, South Sun and home parties and gatherings. Beautiful things are always made. There is an energy that flows when we create, and it is addictive!
My native Alaskan mother is an artist and my father is an architect. I have been so very lucky to be surrounded by talent. After fourteen years in the field of architecture I turned my long time jewelry hobby into this small business when I became a mother. Architecture and Design school was a great time with a few trips abroad, I lived in the museums soaking up the amazing collections. After marrying an Aussie I became enamored with Aboriginal crafts. I believe everyone has a story to tell and I tell mine through jewelry.
Margaret Wolff

Margaret Wolff

Personal Growth & Womens Groups

Bio

Though Margaret has degrees in Art Therapy and spiritual psychology and has written 19 books, what contributed most to the woman she is today began in the midnight hours of her childhood – the long, intimate conversations with an unseen but palpable presence she called “The Magic” that filled her with uncharacteristic bravado and, sometimes, joy.

Twenty years later, in search of professional direction, she read a slogan about the literacy movement that gave direction to her life: “Teach a woman to read,” it said, “and you teach a family to read. Teach many women to read and society blossoms.” This was a strategy, she knew, that could be applied to any personal or societal transformation women turn their minds to; that our inner fire lights the world.

She began to bring women together to talk about their lives, good women who were—as she was and is to this day—yearning to live authentically and fully. Margaret has since created over 250 of these “learning communities” on issues that span the developmental divides of a woman’s life. Her book, “In Sweet Company: Conversations With Extraordinary Women About Living A Spiritual Life,” made a new woman out of her—and of thousands of women around the world. Her love of storytelling and her desire for “conversations that matter” brings her now to your doorstep. It’s her fervent hope that the workshops she leads and the writing she does moves you closer to what’s most meaningful to you.

Diane Ziegler

Diane Ziegler

Mosaics

Bio

I’ve had a passion to create for as long as I can remember. During my college years my respite from the rigors of my classes was to take an art course each semester.  Once I found ceramics I was hooked! I have a MA in special education and 15 years in the classroom making creative adaptations for my students, running workshops to share these ideas with other teachers and filling my “art void” by teaching art to other classrooms.  I also took watercolor classes during these years to fill my need to create. I left the classroom when my second child was born and began teaching art weekly to elementary students for the next 13 years. I bought my first kiln in 2001 and my love affair was reborn!  As a self taught ceramicist and mosaic artist I love creating bright functional pieces. My pieces have a bit of assemblage/steampunk/found art feel to them as well.  I have so much fun laying out my designs and thinking about the joy it will bring some lucky person. Each piece “speaks” to me in a different way and is as unique as the person receiving it. Each step is done with love and gratitude for the opportunity to create a beautiful object. From the tiles which I roll out on my slab machine then design and glaze to the meticulous snipping of each piece, right down to the addition of objects placed after it’s grouted.
Tami Zohar

Tami Zohar

Nuno Felt

Bio

It was a love of first sight. On one of her travels, at a visit to a local gallery Tami was introduced to Nuno Felt and fell in love immediately. Unfortunately, or maybe fortunately, the gallery was closed and Tami could not purchase the shawl. She immediately started seeking information about Nuno Felt and its process. Tami is a self-taught Nuno Felt artist, and it has been her main art media for the last four years. Her work can be found in galleries and museum gift shops across the country.