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.

Phillip Maisel is a two-time recipient of the Yefim Cherkis Scholarship for Photographic Excellence. Phillip's work has been exhibited nationally at Gregory Lind Gallery, Right Window and Southern Exposure in San Francisco; The William Benton Museum, Connecticut; Heaven Gallery, Chicago; and DeCordova Museum, Massachusetts. Maisel has lectured at the San Francisco Art Institute and California College of the Arts, and currently teaches photography at The Nueva School. He lives and works in San Francisco. BS, Psycholgy, McGill University, Montreal; MFA, CCA.

James Sterling Pitt