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An innovative collaboration of visual and performing arts and education in the unique historic setting of the former DC prison.

Meet the Instructors

Meet the Instructors

Ayala, Lizette
Lizette is a certified Yoga instructor (RYT500), Pilates instructor (Equipment and mat), and Well-Being Coach.  She teaches various forms of Yoga and Pilates.

Barnes, David
David studied art at Syracuse University has over 25 years of experience in decorative glass art and fused kiln formed glass at The Studio, Corning Museum of Glass.

Bell, Cookie
Cookie Bell began her ballroom dancing career with Fred Astaire Dance Studios as a certified professional instructor and competitor. She started the first chapter of the USA DANCE, INC. in Prince William County in the early 90s and is an Assoc. Member. She has continued since then to teach Ballroom/Social, Latin, Swing, Country, and Line Dances, and to develop programs for adults, teens and children in Northern Virginia. 

Benedetto, Gloria
Gloria has earned a Master’s in Special Education:LD and has taught for over 26 years. Gloria has also served as past President of Springfield Art Guild.

Black, Suellen
Suellen is a resident artist at the Workhouse where she teaches fused glass and mosaics. She holds a BA in Art from the University of Arizona.

Bolkhovitinov, Mikhail
Mikhail studied architecture and art at the Moscow School of Architecture. In the U.S. he worked primarily as a museum and graphic designer. He currently teaches the Introduction to 3-D for children and the Design & Composition course for adults.

Booth, Stephanie
Stephanie Booth is a licensed art teacher in Virginia. She has taught for seven years in FCPS has earned her MFA from George Mason University. Stephanie has taught a variety of art classes including photography, studio art, computer graphics and video for GMU, NOVA, the College of Southern Maryland, and West Virginia Wesleyan College.

Brady, J'han
J'han Brady is a talented emerging professional artist and designer who works with digital tools, ink, pastels, acrylics, and gouache on paper, canvas board, canvas, pastel-board, and wood.  J'han also employs various other tools and instruments in her work, including wood burning, woodwork, and metalwork, combining in a recognizably unique way to define her style. J’han holds a BFA in Illustration from the Rocky Mountain College of Art + Design in Denver, CO.

Bragg, Gwen
Gwen teaches watercolor painting. She holds a B.S. in Art Education from Madison College and an M.F.A. in Drawing and Painting from James Madison University.  With 47 years of teaching experience she is  a signature member of the National, Virginia, Baltimore and Alabama Watercolor Societies.

Brennan, Barbara
Barbara has earned her Master of Arts from Rhode Island College and has trained at the Arthur Murray Dance School where she later taught ballroom dance. Barbara has been teaching ballroom dancing for over 13 years.

Burton, Jeff
Jeff attended the Rochester Institute of Technology for Photographic Communications and currently teaches digital photo and digital applications’ classes.

Busby, Judith
Judy is a fabric artist who has exhibited her work widely across the United States. She teaches fabric wall hanging and youth arts classes.

Canale, Steve
As photo instructor, Steve Canale doesn't let his “schooling get in the way of his education.” He's accomplished in giving entertaining, informative and dynamic presentations. Steve realizes that most people don't have the resources of professional travel photographers, so his classes focus on what works in the real world for the rest of us. His outdoor photo portfolio includes; numerous national parks, Antelope Canyon, Monument Valley, Alaska, California, Costa Rica, Canadian Rockies, Mexico, Spain, Italy, and France.  Steve also leads photo tours for the REI Outdoor School.

Cervantez, Martin
Martin is an accomplished self-taught artist with thirty years of experience. He recently retired as an artist for the military, where he documented history through his own experiences and art. Martin has taught many workshops and classes to service members, and has taught at several colleges, and museums.

Ching, Karen
Karen is a native of Baltimore, Maryland. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from James Madison University with degrees in Business and Art.

Corgliano, Michael
Mike teaches beginner and intermediate ceramics. He is currently completing his Masters in Sculpture and Ceramics from Virginia Commonwealth University.

Dailey, Joe
Joe received his Master of Interdisciplinary Studies from Virginia Commonwealth University. He teaches intermediate and advanced ceramics classes.

Damron, Anita
Formally educated in engineering and science, Anita has studied mosaics and other art forms under many teachers, several whom are internationally known. Her work is exhibited and collected nationwide. She currently teaches at the Workhouse Arts Center, the Art League School at the Torpedo Factory, and the Reston Community Center. 

Eisenmann, Pamela
Pamela holds a Master of Science in Crafts and a Master of Arts in Arts Management. She teaches ceramics classes to all ages.

Firestone, Bill
Bill has over 25 years of experience as a freelance editorial illustrator. He teaches ‘Painting to Get Loose’ an all ages, all skill levels acrylic painting class.

Fullmer-Anderson, Steena
Steena Fullmer-Anderson has worked with glass for over 20 years. Steena trained at the Pratt Fine Arts Center in Seattle, Washington studying all forms of kiln formed glass.In 2014, Steena had the privilege of studying at the Pilchuck Glass School in Stanwood, Washington. Steena incorporates a variety of techniques in her work and enjoys sharing her enthusiasm for class with students.

Gibson, Deborah
Deborah Gibson has been lampworking glass beads since 1997 and has studied with several glass masters.  She is an alchemist with an eclectic style and applies a variety of techniques to embellish the surface of glass beads.

Gilvey, Mark
Mark has a degree in Photography/Multimedia and Specialized Technologies from the Art Institute of Pittsburgh. He brings 30+ years of photographic and graphic design experience to his class. His background includes: news, architectural, product and headshot photography; photo-retouching; graphic design; video editing and motion graphics.

Goldstein, Lynn
Lynn is a pastel and mixed media artist with over 17 years of teaching experience. She earned her art degree at West Virginia University, and has studied with some of the finest contemporary artists in the United States.  Her work has won numerous national awards.  To see Lynn’s work, including lists of accomplishments, visit her website at: www.lynngoldstein.com

Gorrell, Jeff
Jeff Gorrell is an award-winning watercolorist, focusing mostly on landscapes and non-objective abstracts on traditional and synthetic papers. He is a member of the Vienna Arts Society and the Potomac Valley Watercolorists. Jeff is also a studio artist at the Workhouse and was recognized as a part of the Workhouse Director’s Collection. To learn more about Jeff's work please visit his studio 1006 in Building W-10 or his website at: www.jeffgorrell.com.

Grow, Brian
Brian earned a BFA in Ceramics, minoring in Art History and Art education from Tyler School of Art. He is a Workhouse resident artist who explores functional as well as sculptural work focusing on the Woodfiring technique. He has a varied teaching record of over twenty years including ten as a MS and HS teacher in an all boys college preparatory school.

Harakal, Alissa
Teaches Pilates, Mat and reformer certified STOTT pilates instructor, certified ACSM health and fitness instructor, MS in Health and Exercise Science from Wake Forest University and BS in Kinesiology from Penn State University.

Harrington, Marilyn
Marilyn is a fiber artist who teaches crochet and weaving classes to students of all ages and skill levels.

Hart, Angela
Angela teaches Yoga and HoopFit and has extensive certiifications including Yoga Alliance 200-hour RYT, CrossFit Level 1, and as an ACE Personal Trainer.

Heckel, Christine
Christine is a fully certified STOTT Pilates Instructor and has also danced, taught, and choreographed classical ballet for over 17 years. She teaches group and private Pilates, as well as Adult/Teen Ballet according to the Vaganova (Russian) Method.

Hutten, Joan
Joan is fiber artist who teaches felting and fabric dying. She holds an M.F.A. in Art History from George Washington University

Jackson, Suzanne
Suzanne received her B.F.A. in Art Education from Longwood University and has been teaching art in the public school system since 2005. She currently teaches youth ceramics. 

Joy, Kim
Kim has been working in stained glass since 1982, jewelry making and PMC (Precious Metal Clay)since 2000  She has been teaching stained glass and jewelry classes in Virginia since 2003.

Kasnowski, Chester
Chester has been painting and teaching art since 1968. He has a MFA from Tulane Un. His works are in MOMA, NY, the Guggenheim, NY, the Stedelijk, Amsterdam, as well as other Museums. He currently teaches acrylic painting, oil pastels and art theory.

Kirwin, Patrick
Patrick studied at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. He has taught for the Smithsonian Associates as well as the Art League. He currently teaches painting classes in oil and acrylic. 

Lacombe, Linda
Linda is a certified STOTT Pilates Instructor as well as an AFAA Certified Group Fitness Instructor.

Lagassey, Kathryn
Kathryn taught music in Fairfax County Public Schools for 32 years before becoming jewelry designer and bead maker. She teaches classes in jewelry and blown hollow beads.

Lee, Sunny
Sunny teaches mixed media, abstract, and botanical painting. She attended Corcoran College of Art and Design and received his B.F.A. in Painting from Syracuse University.

Linton, Kathleen
Executive Chef Kathleen Linton has worked in the culinary profession for nearly 20 years. She has taught classes at the culinary institute of St. Augustine, FL and the world renowned William Sonoma culinary stores.  She is a certified Chef Instructor and Executive Chef of Special Occasions Catering. 

Logsdon, Michelle
Michele is a fully certified STOTT Pilates Instructor, Post-Rehabilitative Breast Cancer Exercise Specialist, and ACS Certified Cancer Exercise Trainer.

Maree, Marni
Marni is a watercolor artist who earned her B.F.A. from Moore College of Art and Design in Philadelphia, PA. She teaches a variety of Watercolor and Drawing classes.

Martina, Sandi
Sandi graduated from the Art Institute of Pittsburgh with a degree in Visual Communications. With 35 years as a graphic artist, designer and photographer, she's worked with glass since 2008. As a resident glass artist at the Workhouse, Sandi teaches all levels of fused glass and mosaics to 'kids' of all ages.

Marhanka, Dale
Dale received his M.F.A. from Wichita State University and B.F.A. from New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University.  He has over 25 years of teaching experience in ceramics. He teaches all levels of ceramics classes.

McAfee, Jamie
Jamie McAfee is a certified yoga instructor with more then 13 years of practice under her belt. She specializes in Ashtanga, Vinyasa, and Jivamukti yoga disciplines while also dabbling in aromatherapy.

McArthur, Edie
Edie McArthur is a Stott Pilates certified instructor for mat and reformer. 500-hour registered yoga teacher (ryt); certified ACE personal trainer, Surfset. TRX and barre.  Trained to teach Rowfit.

Mendoza, Hadrian
Hadrian is a stoneware potter artist who studied at the Corcoran School of Art. He organized curated the 1st Southeast Asian Ceramics Festival under the 2007-2009 Toyota Foundation Japan Grant.

Nisbet, Moria
Moria is a homegrown Hawaii girl who teaches surfset (indoor surfing fitness), surf yoga, junior surfset and vinyasa yoga. She is a certified Surfset trainer and has completed level one and two of Yogafit's 200 hour certification program. 

Nutting, Kumu Hula Cherry
Cherry teaches authentic Hula with the full cultural experience, Hawaiian craft & dance competition trainer, she also has a Dance Certificate.

Peppers-Citizen, Marilyn
Marilyn Peppers is a board certified holistic health practitioner, Yoga Alliance RYT500 yoga teacher, and has numerous other fitness certifications.

Powell, Leah
Leah has a background in art education and Imagination Therapy and Art for Special Education certificates. She teaches a variety of glass and metal jewelry classes.

Radke, Erika
Erika received her B.F.A. from Virginia Commonwealth University. She teaches tile-making, surface decoration and hand-building ceramics.

Ray, Lynda
Lynda Ray is a professional artist whose paintings have been shown locally and nationally. She is originally from Massachusetts where she graduated from Mass. College of Art & Design, where she was awarded a scholarship to attend Skowhegan School of Painting & Sculpture to study with Agnes Martin and Joseph Campbell along with many other luminaries. Although she works in a nonrepresentational style, she finds encaustic to be an excellent medium for all types of work knowing that understanding the properties of encaustic is the first step to incorporating it into your work.

Rodriguez, Daniel
Daniel is a certified Yang Style Taijiquan (Tai Chi Chuan) instructor recognized by the United States Martial Arts Federation under the tutelage of Shihan Bruce Bethers, senior student of Dr. Herr Yue Wong, founder of Ching- Yi Kung Fu.

Solow, Rebecca
Rebecca is has been a freelance illustrator since 2006, providing artwork for children's and young adult books, magazines, video games, and films. She received her MFA and BFA from the Hartford Art School, and teaches classes in drawing and illustration.

Spalding, Lesley
Lesley is fully certified STOTT Pilates Instructor Trainer with certifications in Physical Therapy PLC and Yogafit Level 1 and 2. She teaches Pilates and Yoga.

St. Germain, Cami
Cami is a Blue Belt Certified Instructor who teaches Nia.

Starnes, Elnathan
Elnathan Starnes, a.k.a. Groovy Nate, is a children’s performer and Wolf Trap Teaching Artist. In his Groovy Nate shows, Elnathan blends music, puppet skits, movement, and comedy into one groovy experience!   Additionally, for the past seven years, Elnathan’s  Groovy Music and Movement classes are drawing families who return over and over again to enjoy the interactivity in every class.  Elnathan also attended Howard University with a major in jazz studies and a minor in guitar.  After attending Howard, he performed with several Washington DC-based groups, and has been a featured guitarist on several CDs.

Strauss, Kathy
Photographer, creative coach, teacher – each of these describes Kathy. With over 35 years of design experience, she can truly call herself a “visual storyteller”. She is a certified Creatively Fittm coach and has a BS in Advertising Design from the University of Maryland. She teaches a variety of creativity & photography classes.

Thola, Nadine 
Nadine Thola has taught several types of painting, calligraphy, jewelry as well as a variety of crafts or arts to all ages for over 20 years all over the states. She holds a MIS (Masters of Interdisciplinary Studies in jewelry and sculpture) from VA Commonwealth Univ. and a BA, Magna Cum Laude, from Univ. of MD-Baltimore County.

Tilford, Carol
Carol is a fully certified STOTT Pilates Instructor with a Yogafit certification.

Tripp-Martens, Carol
Carol Tripp Martens is an Alfred University graduate, receiving her BA in ceramics, and with a teaching minor. She is certified to teach in the MA and NY public schools, and has taught pottery in MA, ID, NY, CA, and VA since 1972. Her work can be found in several public and private collections. 

Ulrich, Joan
Joan has a degree in Scientific Illustration from Northern Illinois University and studied ceramics at Lill Street Studios in Chicago. She teaches all levels of ceramics classes.

Viriratana, Pakaphon 
Pakaphon Viriratana was born in 1989 in Bangkok, Thailand. Working predominantly in drawing and painting, he also includes graphic design, photography, and sculpture in his professional work. He holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Southeast Missouri State University and lives in Arlington, VA, where he continues to develop his skill and explore new perspectives.

Wallen, Joey
Joey is a lighting and scenic designer who produces sets for the Workhouse Arts Center Theater. He teaches project animation, short film, and editing classes

Yates, Hsi-Mei
Hsi-Mei paints natural subjects based on the Chinese philosophy of painting. She teaches classes in her Sumi-E and Chinese brush stroke.

Waller, Brad
Brad is certified teacher of stage combat with the Society of American Fight Directors  He teaches sword and 15th and 16th century Western European martial systems classes.

Yarrington, Debra
Debra holds an M.F.A in Ceramics from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia and a B.A. in Studio Art and post-graduate teaching license from The University of Mary Washington.