LISA CARROLL (Building with Drawing | Painting | Explorations in Drawing)

Originally from Boston, MA, where she received a BFA from Boston College in painting and drawing, Lisa Carroll has made Oakland CA her happy home for over 20 years. In love with the wilds of the West, her work percolates up and out from her daily interactions with the natural world.

While at Stanford, where she received an MFA in New Genre, she shifted her focus to found object sculpture and installation art. Coming full circle, her present body of work, a painting series, plays with the perception of space inspired by photos taken in the forest during periods of dense fog.

When Lisa isn’t making art or teaching art she is running far distances on the trails in Redwood Regional Park and beyond. You can follow her current trail-running project on her blog at, a fundraiser for incarcerated youth.

Currently Lisa teaches painting 1 and 2 at San Francisco University High School and is the wood shop instructor for the Aurora Theater Camp during the month of July.


Jim "Kett-Nerd" Kettner is a cartoonist and illustrator living and working in Portland, Oregon. His comics have been featured in Razorcake, SF Weekly, and the As You Were punk rock comics anthology.

His first graphic novel, Ink In Water with writer Lacy Davis, is due from New Harbinger Press in 2017.

DAN McCLAIN (Graphic Design)

Dan 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, McClain runs his own graphic design studio. BFA, CCA.

MEGAN McGAFFIGAN (Design With Metal)

Megan is a metalsmith and artist currently working in the Portland Oregon metro area. She holds a BFA in Metalsmithing from Montana State University and an MFA from California College of the Arts in Jewelry/Metal Arts.

She is most known for her adornments in animal topics and examinations of human-animal relationships. Her work parallels her daily life: intertwined with animals, forged by process, full of beautiful objects, and often accompanied by photography.

Her most recent works are focused in the exploration of duality of place and longing which have been marked by her relocation from Montana to the Pacific Northwest. Her work has been exhibited nationally including Velvet da Vinci Gallery (San Francisco, CA), Society of Contemporary Craft (Pittsburg, PA), and the Racine Art Museum (Racine, WI).

NASTARAN MOUSAVI (Architecture) 

Nastaran was born and raised in Sari, Iran: a city bordering the Alborz Mountains and the southern coast of the Caspian Sea. After finishing her Bachelor degree in Architecture from University of Tehran, she moved to the United States in 2011, where she received her Masters of Architecture from California College of the Arts in San Francisco and had the opportunity to work as instructor's assistant in architecture design studio 1. She also taught the week long architecture course at Young Artist Studio Program at CCA in Summer of 2017. 

Nastaran is a licensed architect in California. She came a long way to be a practicing architect and a founder of her own architectural firm, Studio BANAA, in San Francisco. The many sketchbooks she collects outline a hidden discourse of ideas, forms, and diagrams that construct the basis of the office’s conceptual design work and research interests.

Having the platform of her own company is allowing her to think more freely about opportunities to advance the architecture industry for a safer and more sustainable world we live in. She has contributed to the community by getting involved in a range of small projects for non-profit organizations in the Bay Area and have been making more conscious design decisions towards a more efficient and sustainable built environment.

TIERSA NUREYEV ( Fashion Design)

Tiersa Nureyev's body of work resides in the intersection between art, design, and craft. Her entry point into these disciplines is typically textile based, materials driven, hands on, and coupled with an emphasis on artistic inquiry and collaboration. Tiersa is interested in the how and why when making work. She applies this thinking to three distinct yet related fields: costume/visual design, textile/fashion product design, and art/design education.

Tiersa has costumed for film, musical theatre, dance and performance art, and has worked with fellow artists to create fiber-based elements, structures and garments for gallery projects and set design. She is the co-founder of a collaborative design studio Stella Fluorescent, that creates fashion collections emerging from partnerships with Bay Area designers and artists. Stella Fluorescent has worked with natural dyers, wood artisans, metal smiths and painters to create sustainably designed collections that are sold in fashion boutiques and design stores.

Tiersa has been a teaching artist with SF Arts Education Project since 2006 and sits on their board as the organization's Artist Representative. She is an active teaching artist (via SF arts ED) within the San Francisco School District, leads summer programs with youth that explores the nature of fashion as identity, and collaborates with incarcerated artists via the Artistic Ensemble at San Quentin..

KARI ORVIK (Black and White Photo)

Kari Orvik is a photographer who specializes in the historic wetplate collodion/tintype photographic process. She operates a tintype portrait studio in San Francisco, and also weaves this process into her personal work, along with other formats. She learned to make photographs using film, alternative darkroom processes, and by setting up public portrait studios, and loves sharing the tradition of darkroom photography with students of all ages. She received her MFA from UC Berkeley, where she taught undergraduate photography classes.

ERIK PARRA (Explorations in Drawing)

Erik Parra was born and raised in the vibrant border metroplex of El Paso-Juárez. He attended The University of Texas at Austin where he studied painting and received a Bachelor of Fine Art. After graduation Erik moved to San Francisco, where he taught at the San Francisco Children’s Art Center. One year later he was accepted into the graduate painting department of the University of Wisconsin—Madison on fellowship.

Upon completion of his MFA he moved to Brooklyn, New York where he maintained a studio, taught art and exhibited his artwork. In his relatively young career he has exhibited in numerous places, including New York, London, Berlin, Chicago and at the Museu de Arte de Brasilia. In the Bay Area Erik’s work has been exhibited at Blankspace Gallery, Johansson Projects, The Headlands Center for the Arts, Root Division, Southern Exposure, WE Artspace and most recently at Kala Art Institute. Additionally Erik has lectured at universities, given artist talks, garnered residencies and awards.

For over nine years Erik has taught students of all ages, a variety of media from drawing to sculpture. He has taught at many different types of spaces & programs including teaching Color Theory as an adjunct lecturer at University of Wisconsin Madison.

BEN PETERSON (Explorations in Drawing)

Ben Peterson was born in 1977 In Hawthorne Nevada, he has lived and worked in the Bay Area on and off for 20 years.

His current work consists of ceramic sculptures fired and painted to resemble archeological objects,or fragments of architecture. He holds a BFA from the California College of Arts and Crafts, and an MFA from Stanford University.

Petersons works are found in numerous public and private collections among them the Whitney Museum of American Art, The Indianapolis Museum of Art, and the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art. He is the recipient of the Pew Fellowship, and has been an artist in residence at the Headlands Center for the Arts as well as Ujazdowski Castle in Warsaw Poland.

PAM STALKER (Animation)

Pam earned her undergraduate degree in advertising design from The Center for Creative Studies in Detroit with a minor in photography (specializing in filmmaking and animation).

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. She has taught animation for over 10 years.

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.


Cyrus Yoshi Tabar is an Iranian-Japanese-American filmmaker based in Oakland, California.  His films explore what it means to be American and the intricate complexities of family history.
With an MFA in Film from the California College of the Arts, and a BFA in New Genres from the San Francisco Art Institute Cyrus approaches filmmaking through the lens of discovery and experimentation. His filmmaking practice includes screenwriting, directing, producing, editing, sound design, and music composition.
He works as an editor and filmmaking teacher in the Bay Area with 5 years of teaching experience teaching undergraduate and graduate film editing classes at the Academy of Art University. As Assistant Editor, Cyrus recently returned from Sundance Film Festival 2018 premiering End Game by Academy Award winning filmmakers Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman.
Cyrus is currently writing a feature film for which he won the 2017 SFFILM/Rainin Screenwriting Award grant. Cyrus’ films have screened at Slamdance Film Festival 2017, CAAMFest 2017 where it won the Long Ding Award for Social Issues, the 60th San Francisco International Film Festival, Image Contre Nature in Montpellier, France, Chicago Underground Film Festival, New York Indie Film Festival, Boston Asian American Film Festival, Ithaca Pan Asian American Film Festival, Philadelphia Asian American Film Festival, and Antimatter Media Arts Festival in Victoria, B.C. Canada.

MATTHEW WESTON TAYLOR (Explorations in Painting & Drawing)

Matthew Weston Taylor was born in Stockton California. He received a BFA from San Jose State

University in 2008 and an MFA from the University of California Davis in 2011. His work includes painting and drawing.

Matthew teaches at various Universities and Colleges from San Jose, CA to Monterey, CA. He lives with his wife and two kids in Santa Cruz, CA.


Note: Instructors are subject to change.