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
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


Elena CruzNo Bio
Paula DeSimoneNo Bio
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
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.


Helen DowneyNo Bio
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.


Gordon FisherNo Bio
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.


Nicholas KantarelisNo 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.


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.


Sally LIVIDININo Bio
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.


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

Lisa Montanaro
Paier College of Art, BFA

Instructor's Website

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.


Theresa Monteith
Framingham State College, BA

Colleen Moore
Colorado State University, BA;
University of Massachusetts. MS;
Fitchburg State College, MEd

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.


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.


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.


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/

  • Julienne Ugalde
    Worcester State College, BS;
    WheelockCollege, MS

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

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

    Cynthia Woehrle
    Montserrat College of Art