Course Listing - by Instructor

We are currently offering courses taught by the following instructors:

Suzy Becker
Brown University, BA
Suzanne Digital Short

An author, artist and educator, Suzy Becker entered the world of books with what would become the internationally bestselling "All I Need to Know I Learned from My Cat." She has since written and illustrated seven books including "Manny's Cows", "Books are for Eating Reading", and the memoir "I Had Brain Surgery, What's Your Excuse?" Her books, greeting cards and work in print and TV advertising have earned her numerous design and writing awards. Suzy also helped found and taught at the Parker School (one of the state's first charter schools). She has been leading children's picture book workshops at the museum since 2007.


James Beschta
Dominican College, BA;
Assumption College, MA


Jim Beschta was born and raised in southeastern Wisconsin, graduated from Dominican College and did graduate work in the University of Wisconsin system before moving to Massachusetts in 1970. He received his Masters Degree in English from Assumption College and won several awards while teaching English and Creative Writing at Quabbin Regional High School. He has published over 200 book reviews for various literary magazines and has published award-winning poetry in over a dozen journals, most recently in Sahara. He is a co-author of Bone Cages, an anthology of poetry by five central Massachusetts writers and his book Cutting the Cemetary Lawn was acknowledged nationally for its merit by the American Academy of American Poets. He has been teaching at WAM since 1998.


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


Martha Chiarchiaro
Anna Maria College, BA, MBA;
Williams College, MA

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.


Ellen Donaldson
Miami University, BSEA, MEd


Holding both Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Art Eduaction from Miami University, Ellen has been teaching at the Worcester Art Museum for 23 years as a part time instructor, primarily in the youth programs. She brings a wide range of experience to her students, having worked in both public and private schools and with a variety of special needs students. In her own studio work, she paints with watercolors and sculpts using mixed media and fiber.


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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


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.


Andy Fish
School of Visual Arts in New York City, studied with Will Eisner
author of twelve graphic novels and five how-to art books


Andy studied with Will Eisner; is the author of 16 graphic novels & five how-to art books. He attended the School of Visual arts in New York City where he studied under Will Eisner. He has produced twelve graphic novels, five how-to art books and is always working on his next one. Andy Fish has a diverse career in the field of comics and cartooning. He was one of the pioneers of web-based comics creating a syndication process that allows webmasters to incorporate his work into their sites automatically. His strip now runs worldwide on thousands of websites and is seen by close to a million people every day. In print, he has a long career in the field of graphic novels, having written and drawn "Jerry Claus; The Revenge of Dark Santa", "The Tragic Tale of Turkey Boy, An American Love Story", "Revenge of the Sandworms of Mars" and the 24 hour comic "Requiem" which has received critical acclaim. As an animator he produces work used commercially and has extensive experience in design and storyboarding for film and television. His latest work is an animated adventure DVD as yet untitled. He relaxes by painting watercolors and oils on canvas. His biggest influences are Jack Kirby, Harvey Kurtzman and Will Eisner. He has been an instructor at WAM for over six years and greatly enjoys his time there.


Veronica Fish
Massachusetts College of Art, BFA

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.


Gerry Jackson Kerdok
Framingham State College BSEd;
completed four international Institutes of Lettering Artists;
Year Master class with R. Ezell


As a freelance calligrapher and teacher, Gerry continues to be a student of the Lettering Arts studying with Master Calligraphers from around the world. She has exhibited widely from Paris to Cape Cod and here and there in between. Gerry is celebrating her 13th win in the international Graceful Envelope competition begun by the Smithsonian Institution. Six of her earliest entries are now part of the Smithsonian collection. She and her husband live in central Massachusetts and Cape Cod.

Gerry Digital Short
Laurel King
Pennsylvania State University, BA;
Emerson College, MFA


Laurel Dile King is a fiction writer and has taught writing at the Worcester Art Museum for the past eight years. She is currently starting a small press that will publish novels and essay collections. She also runs a manuscript critique and editing service, a quarter of whose profits go to Partners in Health. She has led writing retreats in Maine, Rocky Neck Art Colony, and Tuscany. Her fiction has been published in Brevity and Echo, a Rose Metal Press anthology, Beacon Street Review, and elsewhere. Her awards include a Massachusetts Cultural Council artist grant and a first place prize for the Worcester Magazine Short Story Contest. With the exception of that greasy summer she worked as a cook at Perkins Pancake House, each of her jobs beginning as a counselor at Camp-Dig-a-Book has dealt with serving up words in a more palatable way.


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.


Lisa Montanaro
Paier College of Art, BFA

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Lisa Montanaro has taught on the Faculty of Worcester Art Museum and MassArt. She holds a B.F.A. from Paier College of Art and has studied color theory and printmaking at the Rhode Island School of Design.

Ms. Montanaro has worked as a freelance illustrator in Washington, D.C. Clients include: U.S. News and World Report; Mondadori Publishing, Italy; The Los Angeles Times News Syndicate; The Washington Times; The Chronicle of Higher Education; The Weekly Reader Corporation.

Lisa established and ran a successful illustration business through self-representation with clients in the editorial and publishing fields in national and international markets on a freelance basis. Working in mixed-media incorporating oil painting, photography and collage, she has exhibited and won national juried competitions in Boston, New York and Washington, D.C. She gained international and national recognition for excellence in educational journalism for work on social issues such as teen pregnancy, gang violence and AIDS education.

Lisa has now begun to work in the printmaking field. Most recently producing monoprints. These monoprints are achieved by painting on a piece of plexi-glass and then running it through a press for a single print in simple terms. The process is immediate and a departure from the more labor intensive and technique heavy illustration work of the past. Because of the immediacy of the printmaking process, her work is freer with an active line quality that she welcomes. She tends to work from life using the figure, found objects or the natural world. These are subjects that have a special quality that speak to her in a way other objects may not.

The results have a graphic quality that Ms. Montanaro has embraced over the last five years and continues to explore today in her painting and printmaking.

Group Shows include Bromfield Gallery, Boston, MA; The Visual Club, New York, N. Y.; The Arts Club, Washington, D.C. and The Worcester Art Museum, Worcester, MA.


Irina Parfenova
Penza College of Fine Arts, Associate; Penza State Pedagogical University,BA
Pedagogical University,BA; Florida State University, MFA


Irina Parfenova received an academic art education in Penza College of Fine Arts in Russia, and a Master in Fine Arts Degree from Florida State University. Irina has been actively working and exhibiting for more than 10 years. Beside studio work, Irina has completed several public projects that include mural painting and logo design. She participated in more than 40 national and international art shows, and is a recipient of a number of fine art and design awards. Irina`s art works can be found in private and public collections in the USA, France, Switzerland and Russia. Parfenova style is rooted deeply into realist art tradition. The body of artwork represents a blending of academic styles and influences from the educational background in Russia and cultural experiences and insights gained in the USA.


Kelley Parsons
Emerson College, BA

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.


JoEllen Reinhardt
Westfield University, BA;
Rhode Island School of Design;
New School of Classical Art


Jo Ellen Reinhardt has been teaching adult classes at the Worcester Art Museum for over five years. A classically trained artist, she specializes in portrait, figure, landscape, and still life painting. The richly sophisticated colors of oil and the playfulness of watercolor make them her mediums of choice. Jo Ellen is the recipient of numerous awards and her work has been published in national magazines such as American Art Collector and Artist's Magazine. Inspired by the museum's great masters, Jo Ellen enjoys creating new works in her studio and teaching methods and techniques at the Worcester Art Museum.


Sharon Smith Viles
Assumption College, MS;
Andover Theological School, MDiv
Sharon Digital Short
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.


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