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Last updated on Dec 16, 2021


Alex L Combs (he/they) is a cartoonist and sign artist who is currently working on his first full-length graphic novel. Since graduating with an MFA in comics in 2019 he has been teaching comics and hand lettering in the San Francisco Bay Area. Alex first got into lettering through tattoo art and found that he enjoyed incorporating hand lettering into his comics and other artwork. He enjoys sharing the art skills he’s acquired with others and strives to create a learning environment that supports students in developing their own styles and pursuing their unique passions.

You can see Alex's lettering work here

Hand Lettering and Text Illustration


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


Alison OK Frost is an Oakland, CA-based artist. Born in Los Angeles, CA, she received a BA in Fine Art from UCLA and an MFA in Fine Art from the School of Visual Arts in New York. Alison is best known for delicate and disturbing watercolors of current events as pictured in the media, manipulated and stripped down to create an eerie post-apocalyptic landscape. 

Alison exhibited one-person shows in 2017 at Fourth Wall Gallery in Oakland and 2019 at Cathedral Gallery in Los Angeles. She was given a fellowship and two shows at Kala Art Institute, exhibitions at the Headlands Center for the Arts, the David Brower Center, Pro-Arts, and the Sanchez Art Center. She has also shown work at Chandra Cerrito Gallery and other local galleries.

Alison was featured in New American Painting in 2014. Her work has also appeared (in review or interview) in the East Bay Express, Tikkun Weekly, 7x7, SFAQ, the Berkeley Times, and Oakland North. She currently teaches at California College of Art Extention and American Indian Public Charter School in Oakland

Exploring Watercolor


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

Drawing on the Grand Scale

Open Studio Studies


Kseniya Makarova is an art director and graphic designer with over a decade of experience in branding, packaging, and publication design. Her San Francisco-based studio primarily serves nonprofits, small businesses, and socially-inclined enterprises. Kseniya is also a muralist and an Adjunct Professor of Graphic Design at the California College of the Arts.

Introduction to Graphic Design


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.

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

See her work here

Courses: Illustration Techniques: Keeping up a Creative Practice


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.

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


Emma Strebel is an artist living and working primarily in Oakland. She started her art career in CCA's Young Artist Studio Program as a middle school-aged student

She graduated from Aalborg University in 2020 with a MSc in Lighting Design and from NYU in 2015 with her BFA. She spent the 2015-2016 academic year as a Visual Arts Global Academic Fellow teaching Sculpture and Drawing at NYU Abu Dhabi. Emma has attended Artist Residencies at Djerassi (USA), Nature, Art and Habitat Residency (Italy), HEIMA (Iceland) and Holly and the Neighbors (USA). She is now the Imagery Collaborator to Jim Campbell where she creates and curates imagery for the Salesforce Tower “Day for Night” public artwork. She has shown her work in the United States, France, the United Arab Emirates, Iceland, Denmark and Italy.

Basic Drawing and Beyond & High School Figure Drawing