Jeanne Collins, Youth Instructor
Jeanne Collins is both a studio artists and an adjunct professor of ceramics at Mesa Community College. She enjoys teaching all levels and ages, encouraging each student to find their own personal form of expression with an additional emphasis on mastering the materials and the technical aspects of their craft.
Matt Dickson, Youth Academy Instructor
Julie Hendrickson, Instructor
Julie Hendrickson, artisan of Pajulie Pottery, is dedicated to craftsmanship and personal expression. Julie has a BA in Arts from Florida Gulf Coast University and studied traditional Central American ceramics with Potters for Peace in Nicaragua.
She unifies her skills and motivation to inspire creativity and transmit through education the importance of art and craft in a contemporary context. Most importantly she instills with her students an appreciation of the material and process as well as enthusiasm for ceramics.
Jennifer Miller, Instructor
Jennifer Miller received her BFA in Drawing from Arizona State University and her MFA in Printmaking from Clemson University in South Carolina. During these years, she realized her dream was to become a teacher, and she taught both Printmaking and Drawing while in the East. However, the desert is home, and she is happy to be back in Scottsdale where she is creating new work, looking for opportunities to teach, illustrating a book, reconnecting to the local art scene, and working to feed her art habit.
Vickie Morrow, Instructor
Christy Puetz, Instructor
Christy Puetz is a Phoenix based visual artist and teaching artist. She has been exhibiting her artwork for over 20 years around the world including Seattle, Boston, Pittsburgh, Tokyo, Minneapolis, Phoenix, Detroit, and Cairns, Australia. She has been published in multiple books and co-wrote/illustrated a children\\\'s book. She also develops arts-in-medicine programs for children coping with serious illness.
Learn more about Christy at www.xtyart.com
Linda Pullinsi, Youth Academy Manager/Instructor
Linda Pullinsi is a Phoenix artist who is known for her use of rich, bold color to create uplifting works of art. Linda is a juried member of the Arizona Watercolor Association and has served on their board. She has received numerous awards in watercolor and portrait competitions. Her works of art are in corporate collections throughout the United States and in private collections throughout the world. An encouraging teacher, she is a popular instructor of both children and adults. Her positive nature helps corporate groups to free their creative spirit and express themselves with paint, wonderful for team building! Linda also leads small watercolor retreats to beautiful locations throughout the Southwest. Linda has been a volunteer with Free Arts of Arizona for the past fifteen years sharing the healing effects of the arts with abused and neglected children and was voted Volunteer of the Year for 2006. This past May, Linda was honored by the Governor\'s Commission for the Arts as Mentor of the Year 2010.
Barbara Schoepf, Instructor
Barbara is a full time artist and enjoys stirring the artistic essence in her students by providing a creative yet comfortable atmosphere. Her classes emphasize
the classical elements of art and balances that with creativitiy and passion which results in powerful and original pieces of art. Barbara has a Fine
Arts degreee from Loyola Marymount University and Arizona State University. She is honored to be the recipient of the Plein Air Painters of America Award and has received various other awards. She has exhibited in various local and national shows including Santa Fe, Sedona, Tucson and Cincinnati. Her work is held in many private collections and she is currently exhibiting at Rich Designs Gallery in Colorado.
Patty Thomsen, Instructor
Patty grew up in Minnesota and moved to the "Valley of the Sun" in 1996. She has an attraction to arts, crafts, construction and creativity in all shapes and forms. Patty is currently teaching art at the kindergarten through sixth grade level in Phoenix and has also taught in New River and Glendale during the past five years. Patty encourages her students to discover and appreciate their own unique style. She fosters a fun, collaborative classroom atmosphere in which students and teacher share and develop ideas and help each other learn and grow artistically.
Jeremy Walker, Instructor
Jeremy Walker (also known as Hasani Walker) is an animator who found an interest in animation at a young age after spending much of his childhood sculpting and illustrating. From this he grew an interest in stop-motion and found great inspiration in the works of Henry Selick.
He graduated from the Art Institute of Phoenix with a BA in animation in 2011. Currently he’s directing 2 animated projects while finding a place in the industry.