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CONNIE ATHENS
holds a BA in fine art with an emphasis in painting from George Washington University, Washington, DC, where her program was affiliated with the Corcoran School of Art. She later attended the Art Students League of New York. In her teaching, Connie encourages individuality, emphasizing freedom of expression based on theories of balance and structure. She has participated in solo as well as group and juried exhibitions, and her painting has been featured on the award-winning label of Meadow Glen Wine, Sonoma County, California. Connie's artwork is collected both locally and nationally. She has taught at the Art Academy of San Diego since 1999.
Connie Athens

STUART BURTON www.stuartburtonart.com
received his BA in painting and printmaking from San Diego State University in 1977. Since that time, he has had over 30 one-person shows and participated in over 60 group and juried exhibitions. From 1980 to 1992, Stuart owned Rogue Graphics and Stiff Springer Gallery in North Park. He is a founder and the Director of the Art Academy. Galleries in Southern California, Arizona, New Mexico and Florida represent him. Memberships include the CA Art Club, Oil Painters of America and the Impressionist Society of America.

Stuart Burton
 

REED CARDWELL - (1954 - 2013)
received his BFA from Cal State University, Long Beach with further studies at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena. Reed also studied drawing and painting with Los Angeles artist Harold Kramer and later studied painting with Nathan Oliveira in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Reed worked as an animation artist for Walt Disney Feature Animation. His work is exhibited locally and nationally and is part of many private collections. Reed has taught at the Athenaeum School of Fine Art and at UCSD Extension.

Reed Cardwell
 

MICHAEL COLLETTA
received his MFA degree from Yale University and BA from UC Santa Cruz. He has 30 years painting experience specializing in working from life as well as from the imagination. He has taught classes in studio art at UC Santa Cruz and currently teaches at UC San Diego Extension. His work has been exhibited nationally and belongs to many private collections.

Michael Coletta Begining Drawing

BRONLE CROSBY www.bronlecrosby.com
is an abstract realist painter who lives and works in San Diego, CA. She paints focussed natural histories: close-up corners of the big picture of life, in subtle colors and painterly detail. Her artistic goal is to invoke calm and contemplation. In addition, Bronle paints portraits by commission, teaches painting and drawing, and volunteers for and is on the board of ArtReach San Diego. Her work can be seen in galleries in San Diego and the Napa Valley.

Bronle Crosby Drawing Intermediate and Advanced

STEPHEN CURRY www.stephenpcurry.com
earned a BFA from San Francisco Art Institute in 1990. He was given his first show at Doug Simay's Java Cafe/ Gallery in 1992. Stephen has been represented by the Thomas Babeor Gallery and is now represented by Quint Contemporary Art in La Jolla and Koplin del Rio in Los Angeles. He has been included in three shows at the California Center for the Arts Gallery, Escondido. Stephen has also shown at the Stephen Wirtz Gallery in San Francisco, Saddleback
College, Claremont College, Grossmont College and The Cannon Arts Gallery in Carlsbad. His work is included in many private collections and also in the Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego and the California Center for the Arts Collections. Stephen also teaches at Palomar Community College, San Marcos.

Stephen Curry

DEANNA DITZLER
received her BFA from Emporia State University in the southeastern part of Kansas now known the world over for its Flint Hills National Grasslands Park. She worked at Hallmark Cards as an illustrator after graduation, being inspired by the use of brilliant, creative color. From 1982 to the present she has enjoyed being represented in a solo show and many group shows. An award winning artist, she has taught artists of all ages to overcome their limitations and stretch into their own style. Her current work features acrylic landscapes using color to evoke feeling. Her work is held privately locally and nationally. Her work is represented by local galleries as well as at the Art Academy of San Diego.

Deanna Ditzler

 
Kris Finch was born and raised in San Diego's East County. At an early age Kris' artistic talents were noticed by his friends, family, and teachers, all of which encouraged him to keep drawing. Kris furthered his artistic education at the prestigious Watts Atelier of the Arts in Encinitas, California, where he studied classical portrait techniques under the great figurative artists Jeff Watts and Ron Lemen.  Kris stayed at Watts Atelier for three years and then began to take classes at the San Diego Art Department (SDAD).  It was at SDAD where his instructor admitted to complementing Kris' work rather than offering help or constructive criticism.  At this moment Kris realized he had a talent that he could share with others and decided he would pursue a career in teaching. 
In the summer of 2009, Kris became an art instructor at the seasonal art camp, Carlsbad Art Farm in Carlsbad, California.  That same year he also became the new oil painting instructor at the SDAD.  His oil painting class soon received much attention from the local art community, and by word of mouth his class became sold out session after session.   Due to the demand, his class offerings were increased to include Advanced Drawing and Figure Drawing.  In addition, he also began teaching a painting course at the Fine Art School, The Athenaeum. In just four years after he began his career as a teacher, Kris was teaching more sold out courses than any other instructor at the institution.  Kris firmly believes that anyone can learn how to paint with proper technique, knowledge and patience.  His student's often attribute their ease of learning to his upbeat personality, positive attitude, and strong knowledge of classical painting and drawing skills.  
Kris has completed many public, private, and corporate commissions all throughout Southern California.  His work has appeared in The Wall Street Journal and The State Journal Register.  It also made a brief appearance on The Learning Channel's television show, Bride by Design.  In 2015 Kris was one of twenty selected from thousands of entries for the 2014/2015 Portraits Art Exhibition from Artist Portfolio Magazine.   
Kris now teaches Drawing and Painting at Art on 30th in San Diego.  He spends his spare time studying the great works of John Singer Sargent, William Bouguereau, Norman Rockwell, Joaquin Sorolla, Richard Schmid, and Mian Situ.  He currently resides in the city of San Diego with his wife Theresa.

JACQUELINE GORE
earned her BA from San Diego State University's School of Art and Design, studying under the tutelage of world-renowned professor and author, Arline Fisch. She has also studied at Haystack Mountain School of Arts and USCD Craft Center. A native of California, Jacqueline finds ample inspiration in nature here. One can readily see the waves of the sea in her fluid shapes. In addition to creating jewelry, she also teaches art to children.

Jacqueline Gore
 

LORETTA KRAMER
received her MFA in Printmaking in 1994 from CA State University, Long Beach. She won a Printmaking Fellowship at the Kala Print Institute, Berkeley, in 1996. While earning her BA at UC, Davis, during the 1980s, Loretta studied printmaking with Roland Peterson and painting with Wayne Thiebaud. She taught printmaking at Palomar College for five years. Her recent work has focused on Monoprints. She has exhibited her work internationally and is included in many collections. She is currently a member of North County Printmakers of San Diego, Los Angeles Printmakers Society, San Diego Artists Guild and the San Diego Art Institute.

Loretta Kramer

GLEN MAXION
is a nationally recognized award-winning figure and portrait painter whose work in soft pastel, oils and watercolor span more than 30 years. Glen has been featured in numerous books and magazines including the Artist Magazine and Pastel Journal where Glen has been selected 5 years for the prestigious Pastel 100 Issue. Glen is a member of the International Association of Pastel Societies Master’s Circle, a Pastel Society of America Master Pastelist, and an artist member of the San Diego Museum of Art Artist Guild and Pastel Society of San Diego

Glen Maxion
LISA MAYWOOD www.verredesigns.com
is a highly trained, classical stained glass artist. She is a diplomat of the Ecole de Vitrail et de Creation, Monthey, Switzerland. There, during a 3 year intensive program, she furthered her studies in drawing, painting and design, and mastered all aspects of the stained glass process. Her work has been in several European exhibitions including the Swiss Museum of Stained Glass. Lisa's professional stained glass studio is called Verre Designs where her specialties include custom glass art for residential, commercial, and liturgical settings.

 
Lisa Maywood
Is a North Park jewelry artist who is originally from the Chicagoland area. She spends a lot of her time traveling to participate in various art and craft shows. After receiving a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Metalsmithing from the University of Illinois, she began working in fine jewelry that focused on hand-skills and CAM technology. She then went on to study at the Gemological Institute of America to further her jewelry knowledge and skills. The technical training, she received from her fine jewelry background has allowed her to expand her focus on her own line of jewelry. All her work is handmade, one of a kind, and quality driven. Katie’s favorite jewelry technique is enameling which she has been practicing since she moved to California. Pushing the limits of color on metal is something she loves to do, and continues to explore every time she’s in the studio.

PIA STERN www.piastern.com
received her B.A., M.A., and M.F.A. degrees from U.C. Berkeley. She served as affiliate graduate faculty at the University of Hawai'i for eleven years. Since relocating to her home town of San Diego, she has taught privately as well as for the Athenaeum School of Fine Arts, UCSD Visual Arts Dept., and UCSD Extension. Pia's work is held in galleries, museums, public and private collections nationwide, and has been critically acclaimed in newspapers, books, and journal reviews.
Pia Stern