Our Teachers




My name is Carrie Klein and I am the Owner and Director of The ARTROOM. I worked under the nationally renowned educator Bev Bos. I continued my education at CCA (California College of the Arts) and graduated with a BFA in Sculpture and Glass and a minor in Photography. I continued studying at JFK University in their Education and Art Therapy Masters’ program. I became the owner of The ART ROOM five years ago and had a vision to expand with a process-based curriculum. I wanted to foster a passion for art in others and give students the freedom to choose their own direction and focus– developing their own art language. With guidance and experiential based learning, we give students the tools they need to grow as artists. We welcome collaboration and draw influences from our surroundings to ensure that we are continually growing and evolving with the ever-changing world around us!




Hi, I‘m Yana and I’m a full time painter! I received a BFA in Drawing and Painting from OCAD University in Toronto, Canada in 2015. I ground my practice in geometric abstraction. I exhibited in Canada, USA, and the Middle East. I teach painting and drawing classes.



Jennifer Wolpert

Hello, I’m Jennifer Wolpert. I teach drawing, painting, and ceramics. I have a degree in Fine Arts from CSULB.  Before becoming a teacher I worked as a Graphic designer and athletic wear designer/merchandiser at Speedo, Authentic Fitness Corp. I primarily paint representational and abstract artwork inspired by nature in oil and acrylic. I also enjoy drawing and ceramic wheel throwing.



Raymond wong

My name is Raymond Wong. I studied fine arts at CSU East Bay and graduated with a BFA. I paint, drawing inspiration from science fiction films and novels. My work has been shown at the Asian Art Museum and other locations. I was a resident artist at Root Division and currently maintain an art practice at Autobody Fine Art in Alameda.



valyrie gillum

I've been enjoying teaching artists of all ages since 2013. I've been with the Art Room for two years and Lafayette Partners in Education for six. Art, I can't live without it. It's great to be able to share that passion with your kids. I am also a freelance technical Illustrator for C&T Publishing and climbing instructor at Diablo Rock Gym. I have two awesome artist kids who inspire me. I love, love, love rock-climbing AND animals AND nonsense. 

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Hi! I'm Logan Harada. I am currently a student at Diablo Valley College majoring in Studio Art. I have helped paint sets for community theater in Pinole, as well as have some of my art on display in both the DVC art gallery and library. I like focusing on character design and figure art, and teach character design and cartooning classes.

Sean McCandless

Hello, my name is Sean McCandless and I’m a lifelong art guy. I’ve studied and practiced many different fields of art, such as Drama, Music, Film and Design, and have taught children and adults from around the world since the year 2000. My current focus is Glitch Art, a form of digital abstraction based on photographs, and I love teaching these skills to talented and creative kids.


Cody blocker

Hi! I'm Cody. I graduated from California College of the Arts in Spring of 2014, and have been working as a freelance illustrator ever since. I am inspired by the "happy accidents" in life, and I always enjoy experimenting with new mediums and processes. Come say "Hi!" 


Hi, I’m Justine and I graduated with my BFA from the Pacific Northwest College of Art in Portland, OR, where I studied painting and art history. Primarily a landscape painter, I enjoy composing quiet scenes that contemplate our relationship to the natural world. I teach beginning to advanced oil painting, acrylic, pastel, and observational life drawing based on classical 19th century drawing techniques.