Learn more about CCA's Young Artist Studio Program's (YASP) instructors by reading their bios below.

YASP Instructor Bios

Ken Cope (Clay Animation, Oakland)

Ken Cope is a classically-trained 2D and 3D animator whose work has appeared in television, feature films, theme park attractions, and games. Apprenticing at Don Bluth Studios (on The Secret of NIMH) and Filmation (He-Man and She-Ra), Ken applied CG techniques to traditional production, flying 3D vehicles forBravestarr. Ken worked for CG pioneers Brad DeGraf and Michael Wahrman, building 3D environments for ride films, and developing facial animation techniques, showcased as the face of "Cain" in the film Robocop II. After working at Walt Disney Feature Animation for Andreas Deja, on Mickey's Prince and the Pauper and Beauty and the Beast, Ken moved to Imagineering Labs to create 3D versions of characters fromAladdin for their Virtual Reality Magic Carpet Ride. Ken has trained teams animating for everything from the N64 to the XBox. Ken has taught the principles of animation and digital tools for artists in Bay Area schools since 1999.​

Lisa Rybovich Crallé (Drawing, San Francisco)

Lisa Rybovich Crallé is a multidisciplinary artist whose work has been exhibited extensively in the U.S. and abroad. She has been an Artist in Residence at Ox-Bow, the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, ART342, and The Studios of Key West. She is also the recipient of the 2011 Robert Arneson Award. Prior to receiving her degrees, Lisa studied at the New York Studio School and the San Francisco Art Institute. MFA, UC, Davis; BA, Sarah Lawrence College

Tony Esola (Designing with Metal, Oakland)

Tony Esola is an artist whose interests began in glassblowing and shifted to sculpture with an emphasis on metal. His work investigates the curiosities of childhood through toys made for adults -- pieces that interact with viewers and encourage their participation.

His work has been shown internationally, including at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London and the Fuller Craft Museum in Brockton, Massachusetts.


Matthew Gottschalk (Drawing, Oakland)

Matthew Gottschalk is a multi-disciplinary artist whose practice involves puppetry, sculpture, painting, video/sound, and photography. His work is rooted in storytelling, history, good vs. evil, empathy, replication, self-reflection, and humor. He loves movies and drawing.

His work has been shown throughout the Bay Area and internationally. His awards and honors include the Jay DeFeo Prize in 2012 from Mills College, a 2009/2010 Fellowship for New Media from the Akademie Schloss Solitude in Stuttgart, Germany, and the Yale-Norfolk 2007 Summer Arts Fellowship. 

MFA from Mills College; BA in Art Studio, Davis.

Scott Hammond (Graphic Design, San Francisco)

Scott Hammond is a graphic designer with his own firm, Scott Hammond Studio, based in San Francisco. The firm designs everything from websites to logos, packaging, signage, and advertisements.

Prior to opening his studio in 2002 he worked at such San Francisco graphic design firms as Luxon Carra and Zimmermann Crowe Design.

BFA, CCA; BA, Vassar College

Ashley Helvey (Sculptural Felting, San Francisco)

Ashley Helvey is a felt artist whose work has been exhibited in galleries nationally and in Europe. Most recently she contributed to the Cooper Hewitt International Design Museum's exhibit Fashioning Felt and worked with the cooperative Le Famn Veret in Verettes, Haiti, to develop a line of felted objects to provide jobs for local woman.

Ashley teaches workshops at institutions, museums, and galleries and continues to collaborate with artists and designers on felted installations and performance pieces.

BA, California State University, San Francisco

Jim Kettner (Cartoon Drawing, Oakland)

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.

Ace Lehner (Digital Photography, Oakland)

Ace Lehner is an artist and arts and culture writer who works predominantly in photography, collaboration and performance. Lehner’s studio practice takes a sustained look at interpersonal relationships and the influence of place and time with the ongoing formation and performance of identities.

Lehner has exhibited, lectured and taught throughout the Bay Area, nationally and internationally. In 2009 Lehner was a recipient of the Murphy and Cadogen Fellowship in the Fine Arts. Lehner’s writing has appeared on the Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts’ blog and in the Bay Citizen. BFA in Studio Art with a minor in Social Anthropology, Concordia University in Montréal, Canada; MFA in Fine Arts and an MA in Visual and Critical Studies, CCA

Dan McClain (Graphic Design, Oakland)

Dan McClain is a painter whose work combines abstract forms with "found" imagery from children's books and other publications. His work explores the daydreams of youth and their subversion by modern life. In addition to being a painter, Daniel runs his own graphic design studio. BFA, CCA

Ashley McHugh (Drawing, Oakland)

Ashley McHugh is a painter and photographer, whose work is interested in exploring the tradition of portraiture.  She is inspired by the juxtaposition of contemporary art and traditional visual vocabulary.  Her paintings have been exhibited nationally over the last 15 years. As an educator, her goal is to inspire confidence, risk taking and a sincere love of making art.

 BFA, CCAC; CA Visual Art Teaching Credential, Mills College

Greg Piatt (Printmaking Studio, Oakland)

Greg Piatt is a fine-arts printmaker specializing in lithography, monotype, and relief work. He also utilizes these unique disciplines in his studio/printshop in Pleasant Hill, California.
He has taught as a guest artist and master printer in a variety of schools, including the Minneapolis College of Art and Design, Kala Institute in Berkeley. Since 1992 he has been curator of the Summit Gallery, located in Mount Diablo State Park at the top of the mountain. Greg is a Senior Adjunct Professor in the Printmaking department at CCA.

Prescott Reavis (Architecture, Oakland)

Prescott Reavis is a Project Architect for the Architecture Engineering firm Harley Ellis Devereaux in Oakland.
Prescott has spent the majority of his career focusing on the programming, planning, designing, and construction of buildings which enhance the international community in areas of healing, learning, and discovery. He has served as the National organization of Minority Architects (NOMA) University Liaison for the West, Chair of the NOMA Student Design Competition, and Board member of the City of Oakland’s Community Action Partnership.

Accredited in Sustainable Design and certified in Social Economic Environmental Design. BA Architecture with a minor in Education, Howard University

Pam Stalker (Animation and Motion Graphics, Oakland)

Pam Stalker received her undergraduate degree in Advertising Design at The Center for Creative Studies in Detroit and a minor in photography (specializing in filmmaking and animation).

She has an MFA in Film Graphics from CalArts, where she studied animation with former Disney animator Jules Engles. She is a faculty member in CCA's undergraduate Animation Program.

Pam has worked in the animation industry for many years contributing to Warner Brothers comedy One Crazy Summer; Disney's Brandy and Mr. Whiskers cartoon series; Rocko's Modern Life, The Twisted Tales of Felix the Cat, and Betty Boop's Hollywood Mystery.

Pam has worked on commercials for ILM, Disney, Klasky Csupo, Film Roman, Wildbrain, and Colosal Pictures. She is currently represented by Acme Filmworks in Los Angeles.

As a freelance animator, illustrator, and designer, Pam has worked for Bay Area companies in traditional media in the following mediums: paint on glass, silhouette-jointed figures, pastels, color pencils, and cutouts as well as various digital programs.

Rommel Taylor (Architecture, San Francisco)

Rommel Taylor is a designer and an artist. His professional design experience has focused on work for nonprofit organizations, public housing, single-family homes, and public work.

In his art he explores the aesthetic, social, and narrative potential of public and private spaces. Rommel is passionate about exposing young persons to architecture, art, and design.

He currently works for the San Francisco Department of Public Works Bureau of Architecture.

BArch, CCA

Lindsey White (Black & White Photography, Oakland)

Lindsey White is an interdisciplinary artist whose work in video, photography, and sculpture explores the simple magic of everyday life.

She has exhibited in San Francisco at Eli Ridgway Gallery, Jack Hanley Gallery, Southern Exposure, Eleanor Harwood Gallery, and New Langton Arts, and in Berlin at the Deadpan Exchange II festival.

She has taught at CCA, the San Francisco Arts Education Project, and Modesto Junior College.

BFA, Pacific Northwest College of Art; MFA, CCA

Summer Yates (Sculpture: Found & Made, Oakland)

Summer's body of work includes painting, drawing, found-object sculpture, and installation. She has exhibited extensively on the East coast, most notably in DUMBO NY; at Rowan University in New Jersey; and The Crane Arts Building, WHYY Studios, The Independence Seaport Museum, and The Kimmel Center in Philadelphia. She has collaborated with musicians and dancers to create multiple works for The Philadelphia Fringe Festival and was selected to participate in Art In The Open, a three-day, outdoor public exhibition in Fairmount Park. Prior to relocating, Summer taught college-level art courses for high school students as part of  Moore College Of Art and Design's youth arts programs. Her related work experience includes scenic/decorative painting and color consulting. BFA, Moore College Of Art and Design; MFA, The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. 

Rebecca Young (Building with Drawing, Oakland)

Rebecca Young is an artist who has exhibited her work nationally. She has taught middle and high school sculpture courses at the University of Arizona and currently teaches at Canyon Elementary School.

MFA, University of Arizona

Note: Instructors are subject to change.