Atelier Instructors

Originally hailing from Westchester, New York (home of the X-Men!), Jim Kettner failed to gain any super-powers, but did get his BFA in Illustration from The School of Visual Arts in NYC. Jim spent years on the East Coast creating illustrations and designs for albums and music videos before moving to the Bay Area to get his MFA in Writing at California College of the Arts. Now armed with degrees in both writing and visual art, Jim is flexing all his creative muscles to ensure students learn all sides of good storytelling. His comics and personal writing have been featured in print and on the web in publications such as As You Were, Rumpshaker Magazine, and If You Make It. Jim's current secret headquarters is located somewhere in Oakland California.

James Sterling Pitt

Christopher West is a fine artist whose work ranges from painting to elaborate, cut-paper constructions. His work has been exhibited throughout the United States and is included in numerous national and international private collections. In addition to teaching art in Summer Atelier, Chris has taught in CCA's Extension, Young Artist Studio, and Pre-College programs, as well as at the College of Marin, Head-Royce School, and the Oxbow School in Napa. BA, Humboldt State University; MFA, Mills College.