Our Teachers

 

 

CARRIE KLEIN

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!

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YANA VERBA

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.

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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. 

Check out some of my artwork:

https://www.instagram.com/valyrie.g/

https://www.etsy.com/shop/ArtWeird

https://www.teepublic.com/user/artweird  

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LOGAN HARADA

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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.


Karin Ferro

The Artroom welcomes it’s newest instructor Karin Ferro!

Karin specializes in Watercolor and loves the medium for its fluidity. The artist helps students learn the basics of watercolor. The how to of application, as well as techniques on blending and layering of color. Karin loves inspiring new students to appreciate painting and the therapeutic quality it provides when the student is engaged and really learns the art of the creative process. 

Karin received her degree in Art from the California State Polytechnic University in San Luis Obispo. The artist has done numerous commissioned pieces, and up until recently taught art at a private school in Newport Beach. Karin is originally from Walnut Creek and has relocated back to the area in San Ramon. The artist has been teaching adults and children privately for the past fifteen years. 

Karin’s goal is to help students achieve their best creative results by mastering the basics of watercolor and thereby gaining confidence. It brings the artist great joy to see her students open up to a love for watercolor painting! 


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Sophia varnai

Hi! My name is Sophia and I am currently a University student. I have been going to The Artroom ever since I moved to Lafayette at the age of 10. Growing up loving art and anything creative, it only made sense that I would eventually work in the same environment! I love experimenting with watercolors and ceramics. Teaching is a passion of mine, I love being able to help others advance their current skills to get better at something they love.


Cody blocker

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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!" 


JUSTINE HIGHSMITH

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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.