Course Listing - by Instructor

We are currently offering courses taught by the following instructors:

Krista BakerNo Bio
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.


Justin BrownNo Bio
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
Antonella Doucette
Liceo Classico in Varallo, Greek and Latin classic literature,
European history and art, and Italian language and literature;
Universita' Di Pavia, jurisprudence


Antonella is an Italian native and resided in Italy for the first 28 years of her life. She graduated from Liceo Classico in Varallo ( a small and ancient town at the foot of the Alps). The education she received there focused on the knowledge of Greek and Latin Classic Literature, Philosophy, European History and Art, and Italian Language and Literature, from the origins in the 13th Century to the present. She then studied Jurisprudence at the Universita' Di Pavia , one of the oldest law schools in Europe. There, she also took elective courses in Italian Literature and Art.


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


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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.


Nan Hass Feldman
State University of New York, Buffalo, BFA;
Goddard College, MA;
Vermont College, MFA


Nan is an optimistic, energetic person whose works are stylized, yet recognizable, vibrantly colorful, often intricate, playful, enlivening, and upbeat focusing on the subjects of Interiors and Landscapes. Nan grew up in Brooklyn, New York where she took art classes at the Brooklyn Museum for 10 years. She received a B.F.A. from the State University of New York at Buffalo, an M.A. degree from Goddard College, and an M.F.A. degree from Vermont College of Fine Arts. Since 1982, Nan has continuously taught at the Worcester Art Museum. She has taught over 25 different art courses for all ages there and has kept up close contacts with her students over these years. Nan has also led Foreign Art Workshops for WAM in Cortona, Italy and Skopelos, Greece. Nan is one of the founders of the Danforth Museum of Art, where she has been teaching on and off since 1974 as well as an an art instructor at the deCordova Museum in Lincoln, MA and in the Framingham Public Schools and at Framingham State University. From 1999-2007, Nan ran a painting program in France. Nan has had over 45 one-person exhibits, been included in 29 museum exhibits, and has been in over 55 group exhibits in her 40 year career as an artist. Her work is in over 30 different hospital, corporate, and university collections, as well as in the collections of the Danforth Museum and in private collections in France, England, Italy, Spain, Japan, and Sweden.


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
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.


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.


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

Judy PalkenNo Bio
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.


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


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

    Cynthia Woehrle
    Montserrat College of Art