Course Listing - by Instructor

We are currently offering courses taught by the following instructors:

Bayda Asbridge
Tishreen University Syria, BA;
Saint Michael's College, MA;
Applied Linguistics PhD Course Work


Bayda Asbridge is a local community artist who has the ability to work in a wide range of mediums. Since her arrival in the United States in 2007, Bayda has been added very strong element to the Worcester Art Museum's education department contributing a vast knowledge in painting, sculpture, photography, drawing, weaving and a wide range of other mixed media. Her work has been recognized in several local galleries, including our faculty exhibitions and at the Fitchburg Art Museum, giving her a well rounded knowledge of all stages of artistic production; from conception through to presentation. Since 2010 Bayda has placed in the top three in several art exhibitions and has also been interviewed twice on local television networks to honor her work. Bayda continues her ever-growing career as an artist and as a member of the Worcester Art Museum faculty.


Krista BakerNo Bio
Justin BrownNo Bio
Elizabeth Buck
Massachusetts College of the Liberal Arts, BA; Fitchburg State University, MEd


Artist-educator Elizabeth Buck has been teaching at the Worcester Art Museum since 2005. Working in watercolor, fabric art, and paper craft she focuses on capturing moments and creating designs that portray substance and emotion. Elizabeth's goal as an educator is to help others successfully express their thoughts, experiences, and emotions through art. Through a combination of lecture/demonstration, research, guided activity, free exploration, and discussion, her focus is on helping youth and adult students achieve their own goals in art-making; whether goals of technical mastery, raw communication, or something entirely different.


Jamie Buckmaster
Massachusetts College of Art, BA


Jamie Buckmaster has basically grown up at the Worcester Art Museum. As a child, he took classes, as a teen he was hired as a Teacher's Assistant, and after graduating from Mass College of Art and touring the country as a musician, returned to The Worcester Art Museum as a member of our Youth faculty and has been teaching for the past 5 years. Jamie is becoming infamous for his impromptu exhibitions in the hallways of the Higgins Education Wing and has published multiple comics books including Target Metropolis


Ella Delyanis
Boston University School of Fine and Applied Arts, BFA;
Suffolk University
Ella Digital Short

Ella Delyanis graduated cum laude from Boston University with a Bachelor's Degree of Fine Arts in painting. She further studied art education at Suffolk University. Ella has enjoyed teaching adults at the Worcester Art Museum since the fall of 1977. Ella has been doing pastel landscapes of Worcester County for over 25 years. Her work is in many private as well as corporate collections, including Fidelity Investments and Dunn and Bradstreet. She is the recipient of numerous awards, including a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in drawing. She has been a finalist with the Massachusetts Arts Fellowship program twice, and received the Worcester Art Museum's Kinnicutt Award for foreign travel and study in 2001. Ella's work is represented by Artana Gallery in Brookline, MA, where she had a show last October. She is having another show of her pastel landscapes there this coming September. Past one person exhibitions of her work have occurred in galleries both in Boston and New York City.


Susan DionNo Bio
Helen DowneyNo Bio
Rebecca Duffy
Pratt Institute, BFA

Norman Eggert
University of Massachusetts, Amherst, BA


Norman got his Bachelors Degree at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA. He has taken photography courses at The Essex Photographic Workshops, The Worcester Center for Crafts, and Harvard University.


Jenn Falcon
Pratt Institute, BFA


http://falconjenn.wix.com/falconimages

Jenn Falcon loves color, nature, animals, and patterns, integrating them in her work. She received a Worcester Cultural Commission grant in 2009 and recently completed an Artist in Residence program at Petrified Forest National Park. She was born and raised in Worcester but has career experience spanning the country, including positions at Shemer Art Center in Arizona and Randall Children's Museum in California. Jenn proudly served two years in AmeriCorps, helping children to read and speak English. She also worked in Worcester Public Schools as a preschool and elementary educator.


Gordon FisherNo Bio
Nefertiti FreytesCertified Ikebana Designer, Sogetsu School. Tokyo, Japan. Certified Floral Designer, South Florida Center for Floral Studies. Florida, U.S.A. Metal-smith and Jewelry Design, Asociacion Venezolana de las Artes de Fuego. Caracas, Venezuela. Metal-smith and Jewelry Design, Stewart's International School for Jewelers. Florida, U.S.A. Nefertiti, born in Venezuela of Spanish Gypsy descent, has a diplomatic background and is known in the community for her dedication to promoting art and world culture through educational programs that highlight the beauty of many ethnic groups around the globe. She is an Ikebana designer, mixed media artist, dance performer, balloon art twister, accomplished metal-smith, and a martial arts aficionado. Since her 2011 relocation from South Florida to the Greater Boston Area, she has been intensely involved in the public scene by sharing her craft and passion for cultural diversity with a wide audience in New England and NY State. Her eclectic style has been featured on television and in print media, both in her native land as well as in the U.S.A. Her work has been showcased at high-profile organizations such as the Consulate General of Japan in Miami, Palm Beach State College in South Florida, Hood River School District in Oregon, and the Cambridge Arts Council in Massachusetts, to mention a few. Nefertiti joined the faculty team at the Worcester Art Museum in 2015. This year, she is teaching Furoshiki (Japanese art of gift wrapping with textiles), Introduction to Ikebana (Japanese art of floral design), Katagami (Japanese craft of stenciling to embellish textiles), Textile Arts, and Cosplay Costuming. Website: www.etniafusion.com
William Griffiths
Pratt Institute, BFA
William Digital Short

Bill Griffiths graduated from Pratt Institute with a BFA and began teaching at the Worcester Art Museum over 20 years ago. He teaches over 10 classes per semester and has developed a following of students who study with him semester after semester to continually absorb the wealth of knowledge he possesses. Bill's knowledge about a wide variety of painting media (watercolor, acrylic, oils, pastel, and colored pencil) is enhanced by his extraordinary expertise in the use of color, shared each class in both group and individual critiques. The courses he has taught and still teaches include: Watercolor for Travelers; Color and Light I & II; Color and Light Extended; Watercolor classes at all levels; Introduction to Watercolor for Adults and Teens; Putting it All Together: Demystifying Old Master Techniques of Final Glazes and Scumbles; and Acrylic Painting. Bill's own work—in watercolor, acrylic, and oils—show his truly deep understanding of media, color and light, and the artist's touch!


Jessica Harris
Humboldt State University, BFA

Priscilla Harvey
State University of New York, Cortland, BA


For seven years Priscilla Harvey has been fortunate to be enjoying a second career at the museum after many years as an educator in the public sector. In addition to her work as a youth instructor; Priscilla has conducted numerous workshops for teachers, bringing them to the museum to learn techniques to incorporate art across the curriculum. She delights in what she considers to be the perfect experience for her students – gallery visits interjected with art history (her passion), followed by studio work directly related to the gallery tour. Priscilla is enthusiastically looking forward to having more time to create her own art, particularly mixed-media pieces, as her life as mother of two married children and caregiver to her elderly parents evolves.


Richard Hoyer
Southern Connecticut University, New Haven, BA;
Fairfield University, MA


Richard Paul Hoyer is a photographer and educator who works with fine art photography in gelatin silver prints as well as the latest digital media. He currently teaches classes at the Worcester Art Museum in digital photography and Photoshop. In addition, Richard is a member of the fine arts faculty at Manchester Community College in Connecticut, where he teaches photography and digital photography. He exhibits his fine art photographs at galleries in New York and New England on a regular basis.


Ryan JarvisNo Bio
Thomas Kellner
College of the Holy Cross, BA;
University of Massachusetts, MFA
Thomas Digital Short

Tom Kellner earned a Masters in Fine Arts from UMASS Amherst in 1983, where he created sculpture in wood and bronze. After teaching youth at the Museum School through the 1990s, Tom has been teaching a variety of drawing and sculpting skills to both teens and adults. These have included classes in figurative and three-dimensional portraiture; mold making; and techniques for wood, stone, ice, clay and plaster sculpture. He particularly likes to help students understand sculptural forms, and various styles and approaches.

Currently, Tom works out of his studio in Royalston MA, overlooking the northern bank of the Miller's River. There he has produced a number of monumental stone pieces that now adorn homes and gardens across New England. Tom has worked as an artist in Residence in numerous school districts, including Athol-Royalston, Quabbin, Shrewsbury, and Worcester.


Patricia Kelly
Massachusetts College of Art, BFA

C. J. Kennedy
Boston University, BA
C.J. Digital Short

Left-handed calligrapher, C. J. Kennedy's commissions have included family coats of arms, tattoo designs and a wedding proposal written on sand dollars. She has personalized Christmas ornaments for Macy's and has scribed the history and roll call for the Worcester Police Vice Squad. A member of several calligraphy guilds and associations, C. J. has published newsletter articles on left-handed calligraphy in the United States and Australia. She is a two time winner of The Graceful Envelope Contest. BC, before calligraphy and children, C. J. was a computer programmer.


Jane Lattimore
Massachusetts College of Art, BFA;
Lesley College, MEd


Jane lattimore completed her BFA at Massachusetts College of Art and earned a Masters of Education at Lesley College. She enjoys teaching in youth classes at WAM as well as offering art education courses. Her interests in fiberarts, drawing and painting, nature, stories, and spirituality lead her to work in a variety of media.


Randy LeSage
Framingham State College, BA;
Tufts University, School of the Museum of Fine Arts, MFA
Randy Digital Short

Randy LeSage enjoys teaching in various media including Drawing, Painting, Printmaking, and Mixed Media with beginner to advanced adult students. He's been teaching at WAM for over 20 years. He's also taught at various institutions since 1982, including Framingham State College, Clark University, Worcester State College, the Danforth Museum in Framingham. He's also a librarian at the Goodnow Library in Sudbury. He values the written word as well as a wide range of exploration to inform one's creativity. Randy enjoys creating in various visual media and also enjoys writing and going outdoors to draw and paint. While appreciative of various ways to make art, he considers the use of and hand and eye coordination in artmaking a vital aspect.


Sally LividiniNo Bio
Maxine McDonald
Tufts University BSEd;
Framingham State College, BA;
Master Classes in Photography at Maine Photographic and Cape Cod Workshops

Theresa Monteith
Framingham State College, BA

Kathy MurrayClark University, BA; Maryland Institute, MFA Originally from Washington, DC, Kathy Murray is an artist and graphic designer living in Charlton, MA. After earning an MFA degree in painting from Maryland Institute in 1977, she began a career as a graphic artist and a teacher of computer graphics. She exhibits pastel drawings and monotypes in regional solo and group shows and is currently one of the guild artists at Village Art Studios in Worcester. Her teaching credentials include Newbury College and New England School of Art & Design at Suffolk University.
Scott Nelson
Freelance artist, author, and illustrator;
clients include Hallmark and Goldenbooks for Children;
Worcester Technical Institute, Certificate


Since early 1987, Scott Nelson has been one of the nation’s top freelance juvenile and humorous greeting card artist/writers. He has done freelance assignments for all the major card publishers and has written and drawn numerous children's books for many well known manufacturers including Golden Books for Children/Random House. In 2006 he won The Mom's Choice Award for his book titled "Mulch the Lawnmower" published by KRBY Creations. After studying illustration and landscape art under the late great Alex Gazonas in the mid 1980's, Scott has continued developing his mentors teachings to this day. He enjoys plein air painting in his central MA community and the shores of ME. Working in either watercolor or acrylic, Scott can often be found on the side of the road or next to the ocean painting in his expressionistic style.


Jill Pottle
Painting Studies at St. Martin's School of Art, London, England;
The College of Visual & Performing Arts, Syracuse University, BFA;
School of the Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts University, MFA


Jill's paintings and drawings have been described as expressionist realism. Jill mostly works in oils, dry and oil pastels, even though other materials enter into my work. Jill's preferred subject matter is still life and as Jill describes below the figure and landscape come into play as well. Jill thrives on the interpretation of how realism can be represented.

"My artwork has life and breath and a sense of time moving forward. Seasonal changes alter the feeling and content of my artwork. These shifts coincide with material usage. Spring and the summer are times of landscape, when the greens are warm and luminous. The dead of winter is time to be studying the figure and still life." While the correspondence is not exact, Jill finds that her desire to work in a variety of subject matter is influenced by the physical conditions under whichsheworks: light, temperature, inside or outside the studio.

Jill is the recipient of many awards and grants for both her art and community contributions. Jill holds an MFA from the School at the Museum of Fine Arts in conjunction with Tufts University. She received a BFA in painting from the College of Visual and Performing Arts at Syracuse University. During her undergraduate studies, Jill spent a year abroad at Central St. Martin's College of Art in London.


Donalyn Schofield
Marygrove College, BFA;
Wayne State University, MFA
Donalyn Digital Short
Haruo Shiga
Denver University, BFA;
Rhode Island School of Design, MFA


Haruo Shiga, originally from Ashikaga, Tochigi, Japan, is a local artist with a rich history in Art Education. Following his BFA at the University of Denver, he continued on to the esteemed Rhode Island School of Design in order to receive his MFA. In addition to his numerous personal showings in galleries in Denver, Rhode Island, Brown University, and even local exhibits like the Fitchburg Art Museum and WAM, he has gained experience in nearly every age group involving art education. His past work as a proprietor and Art instructor as well as his ability to work with any level of student has made him an impressive addition to our staff here at the Worcester Art Museum.


Lyn SladeLyn Slade is one of the Northeast’s premier needle felting artist-authors. Her work has appeared in numerous national periodicals, in group & solo art exhibitions, and in her book “Creative Needle Felting, wool art with a painterly style.” Lyn has taught needle felting for 10 years and delights in helping others discover how fun, fast and forgiving this art form is. Lyn lives in Massachusetts in the circa. 1812 colonial that she and her husband Paul renovated. They operate a B&B there were Lyn is the chef and chief cookie baker.
Elaine SmollinPratt Institute, BFA; Pratt Institute, MFA; New York University, MFA

Elaine's workshops immerse advanced or beginning artists in the rich theory and practice of visual art to intensify technical skills while providing discussions of contemporary visual arts practice. Her courses provide guided experiments in image-making and advanced use of materials in "Life Size Figure Painting", "Painting Photography Film" and intensive life drawing in Narrative and Sequential Life Studies. Elaine lives and works in Rhode Island and New York City. A painter, she works with critical and visual theory, visual design and comparative world art history.

  • Instructor's websites:
  • EAS Paintings and Drawings
  • http://elainesmollinpaintingdrawing.blogspot.com/
  • EAS FILM AND SOCIETY
  • http://elainesmollinfilmandsociety.blogspot.com/

  • Jennifer Swan
    Rhode Island School of Design, BFA


    Jennifer Swan received her BFA in Painting from RISD and has studied bookmaking, ceramics, photography, and bronze-casting, completing an apprenticeship in the lost-wax casting method in 2000. Swan teaches youth and adult programs for the Worcester Art Museum, Worcester Center for Crafts, and for the Town of Shrewsbury. In addition to teaching, she paints murals and exhibits work in local galleries. In 2001, Swan received a Kinnicutt grant and traveled to India where she completed a series of illustrations on Tibetan medicinal plants for publication in the Trans-Himalayan Journal.


    Julienne Ugalde
    Worcester State College, BS;
    WheelockCollege, MS

    James Welu
    Loras College, BA;
    University of Notre Dame, MA, MFA;
    Boston University, PhD

    Katherine WerwieNo Bio
    Steven Wilber
    Keene State College, BA;
    West Virginia Wesleyan College


    Steven Wilbur is a dedicated artist with works ranging from abstract to realism. Steven is presently pursuing a masters degree with working as an art educator. Steven's enthusiastic approach to art provides children ages five to seventeen with a fun, positive and educational studio experience. Steven's multimedia studio classes are founded on lessons from Art History and focus on enhancing creativity and technical skill for the young artist. Steven has been an independent artist with his multimedia paintings featured in galleries all over the East Coast since 2002. He believes in using art to create a voice, to educate, and to help affirm a stronger sense of positivity. This translates to any of Steven's creative studio art related classes that involve music, geography, math, history, fashion, and more.


    Sarah Williams
    Massachusetts College of Art, BFA;
    San Francisco Art Institute, MFA