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Kim Bennett is a Bay Area artist and teacher. She holds a B.F.A. from The Cooper Union and an M.F.A. from California College of the Arts. Her work in painting and embroidery is represented as part of the collaboration Ehling/Bennett by Interface Gallery in Oakland.

Her work has been exhibited in San Francisco at Interface Gallery, Stephen Wirtz Gallery and Pied-a-terre, in Dallas at Conduit Gallery, and New York at Transmitter Gallery, among others. She has been the recipient of a Creative Time Commission, a Kala Institute Fellowship and the Toby Devan Lewis Fellowship.

BFA, The Cooper Union; MFA, CCA

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COURSES: Watermedia (Online)


Nancy Cutler, creative director and owner of Midnight Oil Design LLC, is a veteran art director and publication designer who has worked in New York and the San Francisco Bay Area for more than 20 years.

She has designed and art-directed projects for both digital and print including books, annual reports, newsletters, and magazines; technical documents; marketing collateral; and trade show materials, as well as corporate identity and logo systems. In addition, since 1999 Nancy has been teaching classes in Visual Design Principle, Publication Design, Typography Fundamentals, and Graphic Design Portfolio.

See her website here

BA: Graphic Design, NY State University College at Buffalo 

Intro to Graphic Design (online)


Patrick Dintino  is a fine artist whose paintings and collages have been exhibited internationally. He co-founded Artists in Motion art collective, a group of artists that created funk-art fashion, sculpture, and furniture out of reclaimed materials. In 2000, he was invited as a guest artist to work with Sol LeWitt to create Sol LeWitt: A Retrospective at SFMOMA. A finalist for SFMOMA’s SECA emerging artist award, and a recipient of the Pollack/Krasner Foundation Grant, Dintino was included in the group show, The Future of Abstraction, at the Chelsea Museum of Art in New York City. He is represented by Andrea Schwartz Gallery in San Francisco and Muriel Guepin Gallery in New York. He earned a BA at San Diego State University where he studied environmental design in the graduate program and a BFA and MFA at California College of Arts and Crafts (now CCA.)

BA, San Diego State University; California College of the Arts: BFA, MFA

See his work here

Painting: Abstraction


Melisse Herman is an artist who has taught in the degree programs at both Mills College and California College of the Arts.

She is in the process of negotiating locations to exhibit site-specific work as well as writing a book on her research. Herman has exhibited on both the East and West Coasts and is in a number of significant collections, including the Chevron Corporation and the United States Embassy, Hong Kong.

See her work here

BFA, CCAC; MFA, Mills College

Introduction to Painting

Mixed Media Explorations

Open Studio Studies


Cleo Papanikolas is the author/illustrator of The Opposite Is Also True: A Journal Of Creative Wisdom For Artists, and Cook Until Desired Tenderness. She illustrated The Comfort Queens Guide To Life and a line of over 100 licensed products based on the book.

Cleo’s paintings range from large murals in shopping centers, to oil on canvas paintings for fine art galleries, to small pieces for print and crafts.

See her work here

BFA, California College of Arts; MFA, University of California at Berkeley.

Courses: Illustration Techniques: Keeping up a Creative Practice (Online)


Erik Richard Parra was born and raised in the border metroplex of El Paso-Juárez. Currently based in San Francisco, Erik has exhibited internationally in alternative spaces, commercial galleries and museums in Berlin, Brazil, London, Los Angeles and New York.

In the Bay Area, Erik’s work has been exhibited at Blankspace Gallery, Johansson Projects, The Headlands Center for the Arts, Root Division, Southern Exposure, Kala Art Institute and the Berkeley Art Center. Recently he mounted his second solo exhibition with the Eleanor Harwood Gallery in San Francisco. Erik’s work is in the collection of Molly Mae and Stanford University and has been included in publications including New American Paintings, the SF Bay Guardian and the Los Angeles Times.

Additionally, Erik teaches and has lectured at universities, given artist talks, garnered residencies and awards. Recently Erik was awarded a Research Fellowship with the Internet Archive and a one month artist residency at Iris Project Residency in Los Angeles.

See his work here

BFA, The University of Texas at Austin; MFA, University of Wisconsin—Madison.

COURSES: Painting: The Series


Merl Ross is a painter whose work has been exhibited nationally and is included in numerous public and private collections. She is the recipient of a California Magazine Discovery Award and has taught painting at UC Berkeley and CCA for numerous years.

Merl is an abstract artist working in mixed media on canvas and paper on both large and small scales. Her art was recently included in the Open Exhibition at the de Young Museum of San Francisco and in a solo exhibit at the pop up Moss Gallery in Berkeley, CA.  

She is represented by Jennifer Perlmutter Gallery.

See her work here

BA, MA, MFA, UC Berkeley.

Intermediate/Advanced Painting


GB Tran is a cartoonist, designer, and illustrator.

He is the author of the Eisner nominated graphic memoir Vietnamerica.  Included by Time Entertainment on its all-time “Top 10 Graphic Memoir” list, it also earned the Society of Illustrators' gold medal for Sequential Art and the New York Foundation for the Arts’ Gregory M. Nonfiction Literature Fellowship. Since self publishing his first comic in 2003—the Xeric awarded Content—his stories have strived to use comic's idiosyncratic language as a vehicle to explore memoir and autobiography.

Prior to moving to the Bay Area, GB was a freelance Brooklyn cartoonist and illustrator. Upon accepting a graphic design position at the fashion company Old Navy, he relocated to the Bay Area. GB's teaching draws from eclectic approaches and process from his work as a designer and cartoonist. In recognition of the latter, he was recently awarded the Civitella Ranieri Fellowship, the first cartoonist to be selected since Alison Bechdel.

In between graphic design, cartooning and teaching, GB gives artist talks that usually begin with Vietnamerica as a launching pad to explore universal themes of memoir, multiculturalism, and the medium of comics.

As an adjunct professor at the California College of the Arts’ MFA in Comics and Extension programs, he works with students of all skill levels to discover and hone their cartoonist voice.

See his work here

Making Comics: The Art of Reading


May Wilson is a Bay Area-based artist working in sculpture and installation with industrial materials. Wilson has projects included in the library collections at The Whitney Museum of American Art and the Museum of Modern Art in New York, and her work has been exhibited in numerous group shows.

The Maryland Institute College of Art, BFA: Sculpture, UC Davis, MFA

Basic Drawing and Beyond


Eugene Young is an illustrator, fine artist and educator.

Since 2007, Eugene has developed courses in rapid visualization, digital drawing and painting, storytelling and storyboarding, visual development for animation and the Adobe Creative Cloud. He has extensive teaching experience, having taught for CCA's undergraduate Graphic Design program, CCA's Pre-College program, and at Dominican University, San Francisco State, and City College of San Francisco.

In addition to teaching, Eugene has exhibited at in several Bay Area group shows and writes, illustrates and self-publishes independent solo and collaborative projects. These include his Afromancers/Afro Kidd IP, Big Bad Becky pin-up coloring book series, Kalifia 2019 amazon calendar, The Funk of 40,000 Years zine, illustrating a Jet Powers story the Not Forgotten Public Domain Superhero Anthology, and more.

Eugene has also been a regular guest workshop leader for the Berkeley Public Library Drawing Group, presenting on topics such as character design, creature design, From Bones to Blast-off: Biomicry in Science Fiction Vehicle Design, Fantasy Flora: Hybrid Botanical Forms. In October 2020, he gave a talk on visual development for animation for the Santa Clara University Diversity Artist Series.

MFA, Academy of Art University in Illustration (concept art); BFA, California College of the Arts in Graphic Design with distinction; AA City College of San Francisco in Graphic Design

Courses: Digital Drawing and Painting: The Basics (online)

Adobe CC (online)