Adventures in Teaching


I spent the last 10 weeks teaching a wonderful teen workshop series at the Palo Alto Art Center. The program was titled Compose Yourself and gave students the opportunity to create a collection of visual and literary projects of their own design. They learned about methods in, dark room photography, papermaking, collage, drawing styles, encaustic, bookbinding, and much more. I'm not going to lie, it was a lot of work. Each week was a different medium and that takes a lot of prep. The materials list was crazy, everything from photo developer to Sumi ink and shaving cream. The Palo Alto Art Center was amazing though and always had everything I needed.

I really enjoyed the age group, young teens 13-16 years old. I found that they were open minded, curious and still had a sense of wonder. They were a fun and silly bunch of kids and sometimes I think I learned just as much or more than they did in regards to process and myself.

On the last day we had an art party and exhibited all of their work gallery style. It was really rewarding to see everything they had produced and learned over the 10 weeks.

student gallery

I also thought it would be fun to bring in a white fondant covered cake for them to decorate and art up. They really had fun with that and it was another way to express their creativity in a non-traditional way. Plus it was a delicious way to celebrate the end of the program.

Art Cake Decorating

cake 1

At the end of the art party I had a simple and fun project for everyone, an accordion envelope book. It was great seeing how the parents got into it as much as or more than the teens.

Parents and Teens making art together

Some exciting News


I am thrilled to officially announce my new website project My Art Resources. I have teamed up with a friend to create a comprehensive source of information for artists living in Santa Clara County and nearby cities. It provides information about art venues, local art events, arts education, opportunities, resources and more in a convenient centralized hub.

This site is a work in progress and will be evolving and growing as we continue to add new resources and sections like calls for art, artist listings, art business info, informational blog posts and much more.

Being artist’s living and working in Santa Clara County we felt a need to consolidate all of this information into one spot. The creative community is important to us and we wanted to create a way to provide important and informative information to existing artists as well as anyone new to the area.

While we have tried to list every resource we could find; we know there are many more out there that are new or we may have missed. We would like to ask your help in making this site the best it can be. Is there a resource or section that is not on the site that should be? Please let us know,

This site is a labor of love created by artists for artists and is produced completely through donated time and resources.

We hope you enjoy the site and find it useful.

Discovering the Dark Room

This past Thursday was the first class in the "Compose Yourself" teen arts workshop series at Palo Alto Art Center. In this first class I taught students how to make and use a pinhole camera and how to make photograms in a darkroom. I set up a small makeshift darkroom in the basement of the art center. It was so great going back to my photography roots, the smell of the chemicals brought back all the fond memories of working in the darkroom for hours and making magic happen.

The best part was seeing the reactions of the students. They had never experienced that kind of photography or a darkroom before. They were completely engaged and excited. They got to experiment and practice with different light sources (we didn't have an enlarger) we used our cell phones, exit signs and other light sources to expose the photo paper for the photograms. They loved seeing the images emerge from the developer and learned all about the darkroom set up.

The great thing about this program is the students also get to learn about problem solving, best practices of art-making, personal branding and a variety of creative techniques.

There is still space left for students to sign up for the whole module or individual classes.You can learn more about them here. The next class is photo re-imaged where we alter, paint, cut and re-imagine our photos to give them new or expanded meaning.Making a pinhole Camera

Taking Notes

Working in the Darkroom



Teen Art Workshops

I am very excited to be teaching a series of art workshops for teens at the Palo Alto Art Center. They can be taken individually or as a series. Compose Yourself –  This new initiative affords teens an opportunity to experiment with materials, techniques, and approaches to artmaking and self-branding. The workshops and projects not only provide participants with unique access to processes, places, and people, but also equip them to be makers in their own right. Through this initiative, teens will learn the skills and self-confidence to make their voice— and vision—heard. Workshops include:

Snap Your Story Workshop Photo Reimagined Workshop Paper, Paper Everywhere Workshop Sketch It Workshop ArtVenture Trip Graphic Sense Workshop – With Guest Artist Michael Foley Reductionist Poetry Workshop Basic Book-Binding Techniques Workshop Artist Statements Workshop Unique You Art Party

You can find out more and register here

Teen Book Art Workshop

I had a great time last week teaching a book arts workshop to teens at the Sunnyvale Public library. I really wasn’t sure what to expect. I have taught small workshops with adults and young children but never young teens and never more than 10 students.  It turned out to be a really cool experience. There were about 18 students mostly young women but a few creative young men as well. I started by telling them about the anatomy of a book, talked about how to check if a book is first edition or valuable and then showed them different things they can make with old books. Then we made a bunch of paper feathers to get comfortable with cutting, gluing and shaping. Then we jumped right in and started making the hanging book mobiles. This is where they had a chance to get really creative picking out the book they wanted to use, how they wanted the pages to hang and the finished piece to look. Some got through the project really quickly while others took their time and were more meticulous. One fun thing that I didn’t anticipate was that several of them decided to use the feathers they made to decorate the outside of their mobile.

The staff and facilities at the Sunnyvale library were fantastic too. I appreciated all of their help. I am really glad I had the opportunity to teach the workshop and hope I can do more in the future.

Teen Bppk Art worksop

book arts class

Upcoming Workshops

Saturday, June 22, 2013
9:45-11:45am (2 hour workshop)
Cost: $85 per person (includes materials)
Twin Soul Art Studio, Los Gatos, CA
Ages: 13 to adult
Take your photos to new level by learning to combine the ancient art of encaustics with modern photography and printing techniques. This workshop will cover paper use and selection, mounting techniques and materials, encaustic pouring, painting and photocopy transfer techniques. Proper tools and safety procedures will be discussed. Great for photographers who want to add another option for their clients or anyone who wants to giv their photos an artistic painterly touch. All materials included and all levels welcome. Students will go home with 2-3 finished pieces and a goodie bag. Class limited to 5 participants.
To register please call Twin Soul Art Studio at:
408-410-8143 or email
Saturday, July 20, 2013
2:00-5:00pm (3 hour workshop)
Cost: $145 per person (includes materials)
Twin Soul Art Studio, Los Gatos, CA
Ages: 13 to adult
Encaustic is the art of painting with hot bees wax. This hands-on workshop is a great introduction to encaustic painting. Learn the basic techniques of encaustic painting including the history of the media, materials/safety concerns, heating tools and fusing techniques, layering, masking, stenciling and other techniques to create beautiful works of art. Instructor will provide all materials and students will go home with a sample technique board, resource list, instructional handouts and product samples. Class is limited to 5 students.
To register please call Twin Soul Art Studio at:
408-410-8143 or email
Saturday, July 27, 2013
2:30-4:00pm (1.5 hour class)
Cost: $45 (includes materials)
Twin Soul Art Studio, Los Gatos, CA
Ages: 8 to adult

In this class students will learn image transfer techniques for paper arts, collage, fiber arts, and more. Explore transfer options such as Xerox Transfers, Packing Tape Transfers, Inkjet Image Transfers and more using inexpensive materials. Students will go home with a variety of samples made in class.
To register please call Twin Soul Art Studio at:
408-410-8143 or email