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 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 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.
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 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.
Loretta is one of our very successful youth arts program teachers. She works with both our after-school and summer arts camps. She has an education degree from Metropolitan State College of Denver and is a certified K-12 teacher in the arts. Loretta is active as an artist in various mediums. Her artwork includes stoneware pottery and sculpture. She enjoys tango and other expressive dance forms.
Miss Emily has been training performers since 2004. She is the owner and operator of Miss Emily's Voice Studio and is passionate about helping others expand on their natural talent and love of music.
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.
Ashley has a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Iowa. She has been teaching art in Elementary Schools for over 7 years. She has extraordinary passion for education and the arts.
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
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 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.
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 “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’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 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.
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 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 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
Richard is an award-winning magician who has been practicing the art of magic for over 30 years. He was born in Toyko, Japan, but came to the United States when he was very young. Most of Richard’s childhood was spent growing up in Aurora. He is now a resident of Centennial.
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
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.
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 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 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 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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.