Zachary Epcar, born in San Francisco and currently based in Oakland, studied in the Film & Electric Arts Program at Bard College and FAMU - Film & Television School of the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague. 

His films have shown widely, including at the New York Film Festival, Pacific Film Archive, Ann Arbor Film Festival, and the Rotterdam, Edinburgh, and San Francisco International Film Festivals. 
He works as an artist assistant and freelance video editor, and is a programmer of Light Field, an annual exhibition of experimental cinema held in the Bay Area.

REBECCA FOSTER (Printmaking)

Rebecca Foster is a cross-disciplinary artist invested in printed matter, scales of environment, sustainability, and multiplicity.  She holds a BFA and BA from Cornell University and an MFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. 

She teaches classes in drawing and printmaking in the Bay Area including in the degree program at CCA. Rebecca lives with her husband and two children in the Mission District in San Francisco.


Francisco Franco is a Chicano Artist and professor who has been painting professionally for the past 12 years. He is also an accomplished muralist, whose work adorns many public and private spaces across Northern California.

Francisco’s conceptual approach to painting began as a student at the University of California at Berkeley where he graduated with honors with a degree in Art Practice and a minor in Philosophy.

He then took his studies to New York where he graduated Cum Laude with a Masters of Fine Arts degree from the New York Academy of Art.   

Franco has been a Creative Arts Instructor at Y.E.L.L.A.W.E. Afterschool Program in Fremont, a Resident Artist/Upward Bound Program instructor at San Francisco State University, and an instructor of various art practices at Yosemite Community College, Gavilan Community College, and Gavilan Community College,

JUSTIN GABALDON (Clay Animation)

Justin Gabaldon is an independent animator, cartoonist, and educator living in San Francisco. Justin graduated from San Francisco State University with a bachelor's degree in Film and Animation, where he was also president of the school's Animation Society.
Justin has been a museum educator since 2011, specializing in stop-motion and storytelling workshops at several renowned children's museums including the Children's Creativity Museum in San Francisco and the Brooklyn Children's Museum.
Justin also maintains his own independent publishing company, Hornblower Junior Press, where he publishes a weekly cartoon newsletter, comic books, and other stories. You can see samples of Justin's animation and print work at


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.

DIONNE LEE (Black and White Film Photography)

Dionne Lee, born in New York City and based in Oakland, CA, received her MFA from California College of the Arts in 2017.

Her work has been exhibited at Aperture Foundation, the school of the International Center of Photography, and Rush Arts Gallery in New York City; Aggregate Space, and LAND AND SEA in Oakland; San Francisco Arts Commission, Light Source, Embark Gallery, and Root Division in San Francisco.

In 2011 Dionne was a Photography Fellow at The Camera Club of New York; in 2016 she was awarded the Barclay Simpson Award and was a Graduate Fellow at Anderson Ranch Arts Center. 

YEE LI (Explorations in Drawing)

Yee Li is an artist originally from Los Angeles who is currently based in the Bay Area. She received her BFA in 2014 from Cal State Long Beach and her MFA in 2017 from California College of the Arts.

Her primary focuses are on drawing and painting. She was awarded the Dennis Leon and Christin Nelson Award in 2017 as well as the Clyde & Co Award. She was a Graduate Fellow at the Anderson Ranch Arts Center and was nominated for the AICAD Fellowship.

She has lectured at the CSULB Alumni Symposium, and have taught throughout Southern California. 
Her work explores and redefines the ambiguous definitions of space. She works in both dry and wet mediums allowing and denying the illusion of space in her drawing and paintings.

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 McGaffigan received her MFA in Jewelry/Metal Arts at California College of the Arts in San Francisco and her BFA in Metalsmithing from Montana State University.
In her own work she explores ideas of tradition, sentiment, and longing through the melding of the antiquated method of tintype photography and traditional jewelry making techniques. She creates objects of adornment that reflect an intimate awareness of these human experiences and seeks to develop jewelry that attributes sentiment to things, place, or time that no longer exist.
Her one of a kind work has been exhibited nationally at galleries including Velvet Da Vinci (San Francisco, CA), Pittsburg Society for Contemporary Craft (Pittsburg, PA) and Heidi Lowe Gallery (Rehoboth Beach, DE). McGaffigan’s work is included in public collections including the Racine Art Museum (Racine, WI), several private collections, and upcoming 2018 work inclusions at Facèré Jewelry Art Gallery (Seattle, WA). She currently lives just outside the Portland, Oregon metro area.

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.

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.

CHRISTINA RICHARD (Animation and Motion Graphics)

Christina Richard was born and raised in Ontario, Canada and received her Bachelor of Classical Animation from Sheridan College in Toronto.

She moved to the Bay Area in the mid-90s working as an animator at numerous studios and multimedia companies like Wildbrain, Leapfrog and Lucas Learning. After 10 years in California, she lived on Saltspring Island, British Columbia where she worked as an illustrator and graphic designer and ran a small farm.

She has taught her own animation workshops and cartooning classes at elementary schools and is currently an Adjunct Professor teaching 2D Animation at California College of the Arts.

KATHY SIRICO ( Sculpture)

Kathy Sirico is a Bay Area visual artist who works at the intersection of painting, sculpture, textiles, and installation to examine narratives around climate change. 

She was a 2017 Artist-In-Residence at the Lucid Art Foundation and a 2016 Artist-In-Residence at Recology. She will be attending the Vermont Studio Center in 2018.

Sirico’s work has been exhibited throughout California, New York, and Chicago.

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.