“Over eight years our children thrived in the nurturing environment at ArtWorks. Their abilities were tapped and their art skills refined through the direction, guidance and coaching of your very professional and committed staff.”

-Susan and Robert, parents

“The teachers and staff are so welcoming and energetic. They make me feel comfortable.”

-Sayuri, student

“The teaching style works incredibly well, and even if you do not have much experience using various art media, you can create amazing pieces of artwork.”

-Alec, student

Our Teachers

All instructors at ArtWorks are highly skilled, practicing artists who have been selected for their interest in working with children and their ability to relate to students of all ages. Each has been thoroughly trained in our approach to provide consistency in experience and to create a wonderfully supportive and non-competitive learning environment. Our teacher student ratio of one to six, combined with our personalized instruction allows teachers to cultivate close relationships with their students and to be mentors to aspiring artists.

Our teachers are all ideally suited for their roles in our studio. Each grew up with a passion for drawing and painting. As part of their development as artists, they each pursued a high level of mastery of skill and recognize the value and importance of that foundation in their own personal experience. Most importantly, each has a passion for sharing his or her expertise. Every teacher strives to pass along his or her knowledge and love for the process of making art.

ArtWorks is pleased to introduce you to our current teachers:

Carmie Cucueco attained both her Bachelor's in Painting and her MFA at the University of Santo Tomas - College of Fine Arts & Design in the Philippines. She went on to teach a variety of fine art mediums and subject matter as an instructor at Far East University. Since moving to San Francisco in 2017, Carmie has been working as a freelance visual artist and worked with students of all ages at a local music program. ArtWorks has been a wonderful pathway for Carmie to transition back into teaching art again.

Carrie Liu is a San Francisco native who graduated from California Polytechnic State University with a BFA degree in Art & Design. She is thrilled to be a part of the ArtWorks community as it is a place that shares her strong values of giving back to her community. Carrie has always enjoyed working with children and teens and has sought out opportunities to do so including teaching at Camp Galileo and Young Arts during her summer breaks from college. She has a deep passion to help children and adults express their creativity through art and is excited to be able to do so with her ArtWorks students.

Diane Flick received her B.A. in Studio Art with an Emphasis in Drawing from UC Santa Barbara, and her M.A. in Humanities with an Art Emphasis from Cal State Dominguez Hills. Diane discovered how much she loved working with children and teens when she worked as a Camp Counselor. She has also volunteered in educational programs for children and adults. Since moving to San Francisco in 2004, she splits her time between the two things she loves: teaching and making art.

Elana Lutz has embraced the many different roles that she has had at ArtWorks since she started in 1997, but by far the one she has most cherished has been her role as teacher. Beginning in January of 2020, Elana proudly became the new Director/Owner of ArtWorks. As thrilling as it has been to tackle this new position, Elana is honored to also be able to continue her devotion to her students by remaining in the classroom teaching alongside her exceptional co-teachers. Please learn more about Elana when reading about our Directors.

Erin Zhao is a graduate of Academy of Art University with a BFA in Illustration. Erin’s love for teaching children started in China where she worked in a local art studio with children ages 5-15. Locally she has volunteered as an Art Teacher at Chinatown Community Children’s Center, and through the ASD Climber Foundation. Erin comes from a family of teachers and while she has worked extensively doing graphic design and illustration work she has a deep desire to work with children long-term and specifically teaching art.

Hannah Wynkoop is a native San Franciscan who studied at Laguna College of Art and Design and The Florence Academy of Art. An avid traveler, she often found herself instructing the children she met in painting and drawing. After working for 6 years as a professional artist Hannah realized that her true desire was to teach children. She has also babysat, been a private tutor, and worked as an art studio teaching assistant for both children and adults. As a teacher Hannah's goal is to encourage and inspire her students.

Jerry Boxley earned his B.F.A. from School of Visual Arts, New York. In addition to teaching at ArtWorks since 1995, he teaches at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco, and is a freelance illustrator.  His clients include The New York Times, The Boston Globe, and CBS Records. His illustrations have been shown in New York City at the Society of Illustrators and the Portfolio Show, and he has been profiled in Art Direction magazine.

Justin Oltesvig is an illustrator, graphic designer and photographer who has a BFA in Design from UNC Greenboro, and MFA in Illustration from the Academy of Art University. He’s had the pleasure of working with children and teens in many environments from impoverished areas in Brazil, to with at-risk high school youth in Florida. Justin welcomed the opportunity to join the ArtWorks teaching staff to work with Bay Area art students.

Lee Vang is an SFSU graduate with a Bachelor's in Studio Art and an emphasis in Printmaking and Comic-making. Lee regularly showcases her prints at various venues throughout the Bay Area, and is working towards publishing her first children’s book. Teaching art is something she is very passionate about and she is delighted to have the opportunity to share her artistic insight with all of her ArtWorks students.

Rachel Corn-Hicks is a Bay Area native who received her BFA in Graphic Design from the Art Institute of Pittsburg. She is an illustrator and graphic designer who brings creativity, passion and flexibility to everything she does. She looks forward to sharing her artistic insight and excitement for working with children to the ArtWorks community.

Rea Shin is an abstract artist who has lived and worked in San Francisco for over 15 years. She holds a BFA from The Academy of Art University and an MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute. Over the last 5 years, Rea has also focused on art education for young children and youth working at various after school art programs. Her focus has been on foundational drawing and painting and she is now passionately sharing her extensive knowledge at ArtWorks.

Ryan Martin is a practicing fine artist who is represented by Mark Wolfe Contemporary Art, San Francisco. He graduated from California College of the Arts in 2007 specializing in Painting and Drawing. Ryan has worked extensively with children and teens through ArtEsteem in Oakland, where he had the opportunity to instruct over 1000 students at five different public schools, over a four-year period. After a year off to focus on his own painting, Ryan was thrilled to be returning to the classroom to work with the students at ArtWorks.

Sofia Venegas Mardall is a fine artist who works primarily in oil paint and focuses on themes surrounding portraiture, personal relationships, and nature. She received her degree from the University of California, Santa Cruz and prior to moving to San Francisco worked as an art teacher at Artist Lab and Education in Los Angeles and also as a Paint-Night instructor through Muse PaintBar in Maryland. At ArtWorks Sofia has found an opportunity to immerse herself working with youth, while sharing her passion for art.

Yujin Lim grew up in the Bay Area and has a B.A. in Studio Art from UC Irvine. She fell in love with working with children and teaching art when she taught at an after school art studio in Southern California in 2007-2008, and deeply missed her students and the experience of teaching art since that time. In 2009 Yujin left for Korea where she worked as Academic Coordinator at Korea Poly School in Seoul. While abroad, she also freelanced teaching English and photography to both children and adults. We are delighted that Yujin has been able to return to her passion of teaching art to children and teens by joining the ArtWorks community.

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