Arts for All Nevada‘s Teaching 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. Additional Teaching Artists include: Spencer Allen,  Natalia Bakke, Desi Barrett, Michelle Calhoun, LaRonda Etheridge,  Rachel Lopez, Stephanie McMullin, Jennifer Mirich, Erin O’Leary, Erin Shearin, Kelsey Sweet, and Mark Tyler.


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.


Sheila de Salvo

Shelia de Salvo is a third generation Nevadan, born and raised in Reno. She attended Washoe County 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 County Senior Center and at privately owned ceramics shops. Sheila has always had a passion for working with seniors, children and people with disabilities. She has taken a variety of Mental Health courses at Truckee Meadows Community College. As director of Storey County Senior Center, she organized and participated in weekly art classes. Sheila is an accomplished water colorist, having worked in this media for the past twenty years. Prior to retiring, she worked for ten years with people with disabilities. Now Sheila shares her passion for the arts through Arts for All Nevada, teaching people with mental health issues, as well as those with disabilities.



Tia Flores

A fourth generation native Nevadan, Tia is known for her culturally themed pyro graphic Calabaza sculptures depicting the beauty of the Nevada desert. Her work has been featured on HGTV’s That’s Cleaver! and Voices of America. Tia’s designs are a reflection of her two families; from her maternal grandmother, her work captures the untamed characteristics of the Great Basin and from her paternal grandmother, she incorporates the rich cultures of the Aztec and Navajo people. Tia has taught for Arts for ALL Nevada for many years.  She especially enjoys working with adults who have a developmental delay.


Carol Gilman

Carol Gilman has enjoyed teaching art classes to children and adults for over fifteen years at Arts for All Nevada and at a variety of community settings. As a practicing artist she creates artwork about the birds and trees from the fanciful place she created called Chattering Birds Garden. She uses a variety of materials in her art including watercolors, markers, and collage. Carol exhibits and sells her work on her website, at events and gallery shows and in Northern Nevada gift shops. Carol has bachelors’ degrees in Art and Interior Design from the University of Nevada, Reno.


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.


Amy Lawrence

Amy Lawrence is a professional potter and sculptor who has painted multiple murals in the Reno area. She is passionate about bringing different art forms to as many local children as possible. She founded Throwing Mud, which was a pottery program partnered with the Washoe county school district to bring ceramic arts into low income schools. Amy believes that every child is creative and should have the opportunity to find the right outlet for their creativity to flourish.


Chris Newhard

Christopher Newhard is a realist painter of landscapes, figures and portraits painting in a tonalist style with a limited palette in a style of “rough realism.” Traditionally trained in linear figure drawing and a self taught plein air landscape painter, he brings those skills to bear in his creative works which involve figurative narrative paintings.  Newhard rarely works from photo references, preferring to make studies from life and to use memory and imagination to complete his paintings. Subtle humor, social commentary and human sentiment are hallmarks of the artists narrative and serve as his primary inspiration. The artist also teaches figure drawing and portraiture and currently resides in Reno, Nevada.


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.


Natalia Pascucci

Natalia Pascucci is from Reno, NV. During her years in college, she spent time painting murals and faux finishes professionally, for numerous businesses and homes in Reno. She earned her Associates degree in Graphic Communications from TMCC, and later won the Gold Addy Award for her depiction of the Mona Lisa created out of type. She’s had experience dancing and singing professionally in multiple shows throughout the Reno-Tahoe area. Natalia is passionate about teaching and loves all walks of Art.


Stephanie Farias

Stephanie has taught acting for VSAN/Arts for All since 2004.  Stephanie is a 1990 graduate of the North Carolina School of the Arts where she received The William B. Kenan Scholarship and The Chancellor’s Award for Artistic Excellence.  What she enjoys most about teaching is when her students are able to come out of their shells and actually take on another character. Stephanie is also a part- time drama instructor for The Davidson Academy, and the Executive Director and Founder of Theatreworks of Northern Nevada.


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.


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.


Katie Steenberg

Katie was born and raised in Reno, Nevada. Katie received her Bachelor’s degree in Liberal Arts from the University of Nevada Reno with a concentration in Painting and a minor in Psychology.  She teaches at numerous artistic venues around Reno. Katie loves teaching children because, like Pablo Picasso, she believes that “every child is an artist”.


Amanda Alvey

Amanda Alvey has lived in Reno for 28 years.  She has performed with Good Luck Macbeth Theatre Co., Nevada Rep. (UNR), Bruka Theatre, Reno Little Theatre, Theatre Works, WNC, and TMCC.  She made her debut with the Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival in the 2016 production of Comedy of Errors.   She is currently Vice President of the GLM Board of Directors and a member of the Reno improv troupe, The Comedy Collective.  She has been a local theatre director for ten years.  She teaches improv and acting workshops and in her spare time, she works as an Administrative Assistant for Arts for All Nevada and as a Substitute Teacher for WCSD.









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 

Grace Davis (open-to-the-public/other classes) programming@artsforallnevada.org

Previous teaching experience and a love for teaching and the arts is mandatory. We uphold an expectation of our Teaching Artists to conduct art workshops for children,  adults, and individuals of all abilities, including special needs. Applicants must be willing to undergo a background check.