Note: Instructors are subject to change.
Alex (he/they) is a cartoonist and educator who likes to create comics that are fun to look at, with engaging, educational, and sometimes personal narratives. His visual style has been described as indie comics with a manga influence and he has worked in a variety of art mediums including printmaking, tattoo, and sign painting. Alex's first self-published comics were fanzines, and a lot of their art is related to LGBTQIA+ identities in relation to fandom, community, and history. Alex studied art and gender in school earning a BA in 2011 and MFA in 2019.
You can see Alex's projects here
CHARACTER DESIGN & HAND LETTERING: One Week, All Day Program: June 7 - 11
Jenell Davis graduated from Oakland Technical High School in 2014 from the Fashion, Art & Design Academy (FADA). She graduated from the California College of the Arts, SF Fashion Design program with a bachelors of Fine Arts 2018 where she developed technical expertise in traditional and cross discipline form. Jenell learned various methods that range from tailoring and draping to laser cutting, routing, and molding. While at CCA she honed her technical skills and her streetwear style aesthetic, gaining the attention of Abercrombie & Fitch Co. Upon graduation from California College of the Arts Jenell accepted a job with Abercrombie & Fitch Co. in New Albany, Ohio as an Assistant Designer for the teenage brand Hollister Co.
Jenell exclaims, “I was elated to have been placed on the Hollister Girls Denim and Twill team. This opportunity has taught me the value of teamwork, flexibility, leadership, communication and most importantly, understanding the customer and always putting her in the front of mind when designing so we give her what she wants while challenging her to try new things.”
Jenell is passionate about giving back and has remained an intricate part of FADA in various capacities since she graduated. She has served on the FADA advisory board since 2013, she avails herself to informational interviews, provides mentorship for portfolio development, and as a Work Based Learning curriculum collaborator provides industry relevant content that reflects the workplace or real work to provide students with the knowledge and skills that will help them connect school experiences to real-life work activities and future career opportunities.
Now back in her hometown, Jenell is working on her brand “BLk”. A drop based system of releasing clothes and her sultry silhouettes set BLk apart in this market of designers. Using her corporate and life experiences with her natural system of dressing, she’s working on establishing her name and brand at pop up shops, events and all social media platforms!
FASHION DESIGN: One Week, All Day Program June 14-18
Francisco Franco is a Chicano Artist and professor who has been painting professionally for the past 12 years. He is also an accomplished muralist, whose work adorns many public and private spaces across Northern California.
Francisco’s conceptual approach to painting began as a student at the University of California at Berkeley where he graduated with honors with a degree in Art Practice and a minor in Philosophy.
He then took his studies to New York where he graduated Cum Laude with a Masters of Fine Arts degree from the New York Academy of Art.
Franco has been a Creative Arts Instructor at Y.E.L.L.A.W.E. Afterschool Program in Fremont, a Resident Artist/Upward Bound Program instructor at San Francisco State University, and an instructor of various art practices at Yosemite Community College, Gavilan Community College, and Gavilan Community College.
PAINTING: 2 week All day Program: July 26 - Aug 6
Matt Kendall is an architectural designer focused on the creation of objects and spaces that are formally captivating and diagrammatically pure. Matt's process lies within the juncture between production and analysis, using output to affect and inform subsequent study, ultimately striving to index core concepts into physical and non-physical works. Matt seeks to orchestrate ideas that are self-referential, utilizing geometries, materials, and atmospheres to complement and reinforce the logics of their placement.
Matt's professional experience includes work as a Project Architect for IwamotoScott in San Francisco, where he led some of the firm's most detailed work. Previously, Matt worked as a Project Manager and Designer for P-A-T-T-E-R-N-S in Los Angeles, and as a designer for Riken Yamamoto in Japan.
Matt holds a Master of Architecture II from UCLA, where he received an academic fellowship, as well as a Bachelor of Architecture from Cal Poly, where he was awarded the Don Tanklage Scholarship for design excellence.
INTERIOR DESIGN: One Week, All Day Program: June 21 - 25
Yina Kim is an illustrator, storyteller, and maker who loves to explore the blurred world between imagination and reality. Born in South Korea and raised in California, she often becomes the observer of two different cultures in her work. She received her BFA in illustration from CCA and currently teaches as an instructor at Case for Making to engage with the community.
ILLUSTRATION: One Week, All Day Program: June 21 - 25
VISUAL STORYTELLING: 2 week All day Program: July 26 - Aug 6
Duy Nguyen is an architectural designer and researcher at CCA's Urban Works Agency. The focus of his work, ranging from publications, exhibitions, to built environments, explores how architecture can enable agency for how we live and will live. His current research, "Commoning Domestic Space" with Antje Steinmuller & Neeraj Bhatia, instigates upon the existing social and political structures around housing and utilizes architecture as a means to enable policy changes for new typological modes of commoning. He has exhibited in various exhibitions including the Venice Biennale, San Francisco Ferry Building, Seoul Biennale, Hubble Street Gallery, the NWBLK, and DIFFA (Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS).
As a firm believer in giving back to the community, Duy has also worked with various non-profits organizations serving under-represented communities including caring for AIDS patients, tutoring children in families of domestic violence, and providing support for orphans in Buddhist temples and various indigenous tribes in Vietnam.
ARCHITECTURE: 2-week Short day Program, July 26 - Aug 6
Liz Mayorga is inspired by DIY art movements and entertainment she observed while growing up in Southeast Los Angeles, where early Punk and Hip Hop shaped her perspective on art and community. She prides herself in being from a working class Latinx neighborhood and attributes her upbringing to shaping her approach to art and education.
Liz moved to the Bay Area in 2004 for college. She was the Director of the San Francisco Zine Fest from 2012 - 2015, and has been published in anthologies such as Tales From La Vida and Drawing Power: Women's Stories of Sexual Violence, Harassment, and Survival. She is an English professor at local community colleges and works to make reading and writing accessible to all students.
See her workhere
COMICS: 2 week, All Day July 26 - Aug 6
Born in Kawasaki City, Japan, Hifumi Ogawa is a painter who came to the United States to study at California College of Arts (CCA). Ogawa received, both BFA and MFA (with Distinction) from CCA. Her paintings have been exhibited both in the United States and in Japan. She now resides and works in the San Francisco Bay Area.
EXPLORATIONS IN PAINTING & DRAWING: One Week, All Day Program: June 7 - 11
DRAWING ANIMALS: One Week, All Day Program: June 14 -18
Erik Parra was born and raised in the vibrant border metroplex of El Paso-Juárez. He attended The University of Texas at Austin where he studied painting and received a Bachelor of Fine Art. After graduation Erik moved to San Francisco, where he taught at the San Francisco Children’s Art Center. One year later he was accepted into the graduate painting department of the University of Wisconsin—Madison on fellowship.
Upon completion of his MFA he moved to Brooklyn, New York where he maintained a studio, taught art and exhibited his artwork. In his relatively young career he has exhibited in numerous places, including New York, London, Berlin, Chicago and at the Museu de Arte de Brasilia. 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, WE Artspace and most recently at Kala Art Institute. Additionally Erik has lectured at universities, given artist talks, garnered residencies and awards.
For over nine years Erik has taught students of all ages, a variety of media from drawing to sculpture. He has taught at many different types of spaces & programs including teaching Color Theory as an adjunct lecturer at University of Wisconsin Madison.
EXPLORATIONS IN PAINTING & DRAWING: One Week, All Day Program: June 21 - 25
Meggie Ramm (they/them) is a non-binary cartoonist and comic educator.
They graduated from California College of the Arts with an MFA in Comics in 2017. They’ve done work for the New Yorker, Everyday Feminism and Silver Sprocket, and have comics in the Advanced Death Saves and Votes 4 Women anthologies. They are the sole creator of Stick World, and their anti-anxiety pocketbook You Will Be Okay was published through Silver Sprocket in 2019. They are ½ of the comics podcast ‘Pop! Whiz! Bang!’, and they’ve spent the last five years teaching comics to kids across the East Bay.
Currently they are creating Littlest Dungeon Guard comic strips for Sunday HaHa while working on their first full length graphic novel.
COMICS: One week, All day program: Week two: June 14-18
Marion Rosas is an architectural designer with a background in graphic design, animation, and illustration. She received a Bachelor of Fine Art in Digital Art from the University of Oregon in 2016 and a Master of Architecture from the California College of the Arts this past May 2021. Marion is now excited to pursue a career fighting for environmental and social justice. In her free time, she enjoys swimming in the ocean, pick-up soccer, learning about coffee history, and sketching wildlife on long-distance hikes.
From a young age, Marion has always gravitated toward art as a method of expression for engaging with the world around her. She found her artistic style in high school when she attended drawing and painting courses through CCA’s pre-college summer program. Not long after, she began to participate in exhibitions in her hometown of Sacramento, including the 20/20 Show at the Kennedy Gallery in Midtown Sacramento and a youth invitational at the Crocker Art Museum. Marion has taught summer architecture and art courses at the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art in Eugene, Oregon, and is now excited to be influencing young minds at CCA’s Young Artist Studio Program.
DRAWING ANIMALS: Two Week, Short Day: July 26 - Aug 6
HyeYoon Song is a multidisciplinary artist working primarily in print, painting and sculpture.
Having been born in South Korea and experiences of migration to New Zealand and to the United States, her work finds its genesis in the narrative of migration and the role of Asian-diaspora chronicling the evolving perceptions of nationhood and cultural identity.
Through writing, research and studio practice, her work examines the account of collective and personal nostalgia and the systems of assimilation through objectification. Compelled by the intersection of arts, education and the impact created in enacting social changes, her practice extends into designing project based curriculum integrating technical skills to equip youth to exercise their voices and power. She currently holds a position as the Protest + Print lead instructor at Girls Garage and facilitates projects at Bay Area Art Stars Newcomers project and has exhibited at numerous institutions in the Bay Area.
HyeYoon obtained a BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and a MFA at the California College of the Arts.
PRINTMAKING: 2 week, All Day & 2 week Short Day: July 26 - Aug 6
Emma Strebel is an artist living and working primarily in Oakland. She started her art career in CCA's YASP program and is excited to return this year as a teacher!
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.
EXPLORATIONS IN DRAWING: Two Week, All Day: July 26 - Aug 6
Rebecca Young has lived in the Bay Area for over 18 years and has taught in the Young Artist Studio Program going on 6 years. She enjoys using materials beyond traditional pencils and charcoal when drawing and utilizes these techniques in her Drawing Exploration classes.
Rebecca received her BA in Sculpture from Florida International University. She continued her education in Tucson where she received her MFA from the University of Arizona, and also taught beginning drawing and sculpture. She currently teaches middle school in Lafayette.