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hing Artists are professionals with expertise in one or more art disciplines. They have skills in working with children, youth, adults and classroom teachers in school and community settings. They are familiar and comfortable when working with various abilities and ages, including an adaptation of techniques and differentiating instruction to reach all learners.

All Arts for All teaching artists share one thing in common, a passion for teaching and the arts.

Below are some of our Teaching Artists.

Desi Barrett

Desi studied at Truckee Meadows Community College before moving on to Portland Community College and Portland State University. She has extensive experience teaching art at a variety of schools, art museums, and community arts organizations. Currently, Desi leads art projects with clients at Renown Pediatrics and ManorCare Health services.

Zoe Bray

Zoe is an artist and anthropologist. Trained as a painter and sculptor in Italy and Spain, in the tradition of realism and naturalism; her work explores the relationship between art and the environment. She first came to Reno in 2011, in the footsteps of her maternal great grandfather, a Basque sheepherder from rural France in the 1920’s. Zoe taught at the University of Nevada Reno’s Center for Basque Studies until 2015, when she was awarded a fellowship in art and research at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. She is now back in Reno and excited to work creatively with the community at large.

Keely Cobb

Keely Cobb has been teaching creative dance to children in Washoe County School District for over three years. She is the Choreographer/Producer for Keely Cobb Productions, producing shows in a variety of locations around Reno, as well as the Artistic Director for “Around The Stage”.  She is a graduate of the University of Nevada, Reno, with a degree in theater and a minor in dance.

Lorna Denton

Lorna has taught art for over 16 years in the USA and in England.  She has worked with VSA/Arts for All since 2001 teaching all ages.  In the UK, she ran a school’s Art Department, teaching 11- 16 year old students a varied arts curriculum.  Lorna strongly believes that the arts are an essential part of an individual’s development encouraging self expression, confidence, and a sense of personal achievement. Lorna completed a Textiles Degree at West Surrey College of Art & Design in the UK, followed by a teaching certificate.  She has continued her studies mainly focusing on photography and printmaking.

Apollonia Donaghy

Apollonia was born in New York, where she received her BS in Art Education from Hofstra University and her MA in Studio Art from Adelphi University. She moved to the Reno-Sparks area, took a position teaching art with the Washoe County School District and a position with Nevada Connections Academy. Apollonia truly loves being a teacher and sharing her dedication to the arts with her students. She finds inspiration visiting the beautiful landscapes of the American West, which has included over 15 National Parks and every Western State.

Laronda Etheridge

La Ronda Etheridge (aka Miss Lala) has been an actor, director, and choreographer in Northern Nevada for the past 20 years. La Ronda is the education-programming assistant for Reno Little Theater. She majored in theatre at the University of Oregon and studied dance in Scottsdale Arizona where she was a dancer with the SCC Moving Company. La Ronda has performed at the NY International Fringe Festival and directed a one-woman show for the San Francisco Fringe Festival. She is also an instructor with The Loft Dance Theater Arts in Reno.

Ray Frost

Ray Frost is a nonbinary artist whose mediums include drawing, screen printing, zines, writing, hand embroidery, and sewing. They hold a degree in creative writing from UNR and have lived in Nevada their entire life. They love the local landscape and wildlife, which is one of the main focuses of their work. They also create pieces focusing on queer history, feminism, punk rock, and bicycle activism. They are a bike commuter and volunteer at the Reno Bike Project and a resident artist at the Generator Inc.

Karen Hayes

Karen earned an Advanced Placement Art Scholarship and received her B.A. and M.A. in the metropolitan Los Angeles area. She taught K12 through University-level Fine Arts classes. She enjoys recreational painting instruction, creating custom graphics, and especially unique projects like Trompe L’oeil murals.

Carol Johnson

Carol has been a practicing artist for many years. She has branched out to watercolor-collage using papers including oriental, metallic and handmade.  Carol, a third generation native Nevadan, loves the West which is evident in her work with big skies, wide open spaces and mountains featured in almost all her landscape pieces. She is part of the Dusty Roads Group at St. Mary’s Art Center, the Sierra Watercolor Society, and annually in the Brown Bag Lady Show in Jackson, WY, the yART (Yard + Art) Sale during Artown and the autumn Annual Open Studio Show.

Vera Lowdermilk

Vera Gordeev Lowdermilk is a well-known artist with many large scale murals in both the Bay Area and San Francisco. She enjoys encouraging creativity in classes for children, adults, and seniors. Her classes use many different mediums, including clay, collage, acrylic, and watercolor. Her love of art began at an early age, influenced by the many beautiful paintings of her father, who was an award-winning artist. Travels influence her art to Europe and many exotic locations, and her studies in Art History. She loves her home and studio in Nevada and finds inspiration in the rugged mountains and desert terrain.

Jennifer Mirich

Jennifer studied fashion design at California College of the Arts in San Franscisco as well as fine arts at Truckee Meadows Community College. An artist herself, Jennifer has extensive experience volunteering with arts organizations and teaching art to students age 5 – 100. Additionally, she is trained therapeutic massage, aromatherapy, and eastern energy work modalities.

Vivian Olds

Vivian has a BA in Theater and a Masters in Arts in Education and holds a NV Teaching Credential. Vivian is an advocate for the arts, incorporating the arts in to all curricular activities.  She loves bringing painting, poetry, and story telling into the classroom inspiring a students’ creative spirit. She was a runner-up two years in a row for the Presidential Award for Excellence in Math & Science, NV Social Studies Teacher of the Year, and a Fulbright recipient, which allowed her to travel to Japan to study the education system. She is the owner of a gallery, Desert Light Arts, which is housed in a yurt in Wadsworth, NV.

Robin Robinson

Robin has been a Teaching Artist as well as a Performing Artist for thirty years. After studying Art and Dance at the University of Nevada, Reno, she performed extensively with several modern and folk dance companies throughout Nevada and California. She has taught many therapeutic movement courses for diverse populations, and has been an AFAA certified fitness professional. Robin is able to combine both visual arts activities with creative movement and music in her lessons, adding to her flexibility.

Sheila de Salvo

Shelia de Salvo attended Washoe Co. public schools and as a young adult, audited ceramic classes at the University of Nevada, Reno. She taught ceramics for a number of years at Washoe Co. Senior Center and at ceramics shops. Sheila has always had a passion for working with seniors, children and people with disabilities. As director of Storey Co. Senior Center, she organized and participated in weekly art classes. Sheila is an accomplished water colorist. Since retiring, Sheila shares her passion for the arts through Arts for All Nevada, teaching people with mental health issues, as well as those with disabilities.

Maria Segura

Maria has been teaching visual art to children since 2007. She began teaching a variety of classes at the YMCA in Madison, WI including kid’s food-science classes, Arts & Crafts, and Spanish classes for preschool to second grade.  Maria has also instructed Art and Spanish to children at the Center for Visual Arts,  at Montessori Charter School and at various schools in Wisconsin.  Maria earned her Bachelor of Arts degree at Roosevelt University in Chicago and enjoys writing, painting and spending time with friends and family.

Elaine Slikkerveer

Elaine has been an educator for 20 years working with AFAN since 2008.  She was born/raised in Rio de Janeiro. Elaine graduated with a degree in Early Childhood/Elementary Education and School Administration/Supervision from the Universidade Federal Fluminense. She has worked in elementary and early childhood education and was an Administrator at the Sociedade Pestalozzi in Rio de Janeiro. After moving to the U.S., she taught art, science and math at a Montessori school before focusing on teaching students of all ages and abilities emphasizing art throughout the curriculum.

Mark Tyler

Art has always been an important interest to Mark and has been an active part of his life. Mark took classes in high school, college, and as an adult. His main focus is watercolor, but he has worked with several other mediums. Mark’s career in teaching has given him a good background and knowledge that the arts are important to children’s development. He believes our students need to be given other means of expressing themselves; art is certainly a good way, as well as a legitimate excuse for messiness.

Lainey Williams

Lainey Williams is an illustrator and cartoonist making comics, paintings, and zines. Born and raised in Reno, she is inspired by the desert landscape and the amazing range of local artists she sees every day.

If you would like to Apply to join our qualified Teaching Artist team, please do so by emailing your resume and references to:

Eva Lerud (school-based programs) eva@artsforallnevada.org 

(open-to-the-public/other classes) mtiscareno@artsforallnevada.org

Previous teaching experience and a love for teaching and the arts are mandatory.  Year-round, AFAN conducts a wide range of classes/camps for all ages and all abilities. Applicants must be willing to undergo a background check.