SUMMER STAFF

Teaching Artists

Harwood’s Teaching Artist Corps is made up of talented professional peforming and visual artists with innovative curricula who integrate the arts with other areas of study for youth ages 6 – 14.

Summer Art Camp Guides

Our Guides are an amazing group of talented professionals with a wide range of experience working with children. They are teachers, classroom assistants, substitute teachers, or work in after care programs during the school year, and all have a personal connection to the arts.

Meet our Teaching Artists for Summer Art Camp 2020!

Kindeshaun Austin

Kindeshaun Austin

Kindeshaun Austin learned to dance/pop in his small hometown of Juneau, Alaska in 2001. Throughout the years he has traveled to many cities and entered many competitions. He now lives and Albuquerque, NM and continues his learning and teaching to pass his knowledge to the younger generation.

Daniel Hojnacki

Daniel Hojnacki

Daniel Hojnacki is an artist and educator from Chicago, IL where he received his BA in Photography from Columbia College Chicago. A recent resident of Albuquerque, Daniel is currently seeking an MFA graduate degree at the University of New Mexico. Daniel has worked with many organizations and youth art programs throughout the city of his hometown of Chicago, fostering a strong community with Marwen Arts, The Chicago High School for the Arts, Changing Worlds, and After School Matters.

Jonathan Parks

Jonathan Parks

Jonathan has been actively teaching art since moving to New Mexico in 2009. He began with by teaching adults with developmental disabilities and children with autism through North Fourth Art Center. Most recently he has been teaching various programs through Escuela del Sol Montessori and Harwood Art Center. He holds an MFA in Studio Arts and a BFA in Painting. Jonathan enjoys working with artists of all ages. He has worked at various educational organizations and non-profits promoting life-long learning, accessibility in the arts, and supporting disability rights as a teaching artist.

Juliette Beck

Juliette Beck

Juliette Beck is an educator and mixed-media artist. She grew up in the Midwest and first moved to New Mexico while on National Student Exchange to study printmaking. Having graduated with a BA in Fine Art from The University of Minnesota, she returned to New Mexico as an AmeriCorps VISTA volunteer, and now considers New Mexico home. She completed her MA in Art Education from The University of New Mexico. She holds a Level III Teaching License from the State of New Mexico and is endorsed in Visual Art and Performing Arts. She taught Theatre, Musical Theatre, and Visual Art at Public Academy for Performing Arts for over a decade. She also taught Visual Art at New Mexico Jazz Workshops’ summer Creative Art Camps. She loves to create art, promote positivity, support young artists, read memoirs, soak in hot springs, and try to make the world a better place.
Katherine Hunt-Monro

Katherine Hunt-Monro

Katherine received her BFA in Native American Studies, double minoring in Women’s Studies and Cultural Psychology. Receiving an MFA from California Institute of Arts, she studied Curatorial Studies in Paris, France. Katherine’s taught Studio Art workshops at the Detroit Institute of Art and currently teaches Youth Fiber Arts with Española Valley Fiber Arts Center. Alongside art-making, Katherine’s farmed across the U.S and created youth urban garden in Minneapolis, New York and LA. In 2018, she created, alongside youth at Moving Arts Española, a public art weaving installation and heirloom garden. Katherine’s mixed media has exhibited nationally with upcoming 2020 exhibitions.

Norah Solorzano

Norah Solorzano

Norah Solorzano is a Multimedia Artist with a love of animation, puppetry, automata, installation, and performance. Her work has been shown at venues including SXSW, London International Animation Festival, the Institute of Contemporary Art Boston, and on PBS. She has taught animation and creative code to students, from elementary to college age, all over the Boston, New York, and Albuquerque areas. She received her BA from Harvard University and her Masters in Interactive Media at Tisch NYU.

Dani Belvin

Dani Belvin

Dani has been teaching with Harwood Summer Art Camp for many years in addition to co-managing the camp for three years. She holds an M.F.A. in Theatre from the University of Hawai’i at Manoa, a B.A. in Theatre Education and Asian Studies from UNM, and previously studied Early Childhood Education at CNM. Over the last 20 years she’s worked with students  of all ages in New Mexico, Hawai’i, Japan, and China. She particularly loves working with students to use theatre arts as a way to find their own voices and modes of creative expression.
Jessica Kirchels

Jessica Kirchels

Jessica Krichels is an experienced teacher and artist originally from Maine. She has worked in a wide range of teaching settings – from Mexico, to Alaska and more – in elementary schools to all age summer programs, to high schools. She is primarily a printmaker, and greatly enjoys spreading the joys of printmaking and unexpected techniques techniques whenever possible. She also loves teaching drawing, painting, photography and combinations of all the above with great enthusiasm. Jessica is co-owner of Remarque Printshop in Albuquerque NM.

Pearl Sunrise

Pearl Sunrise

Pearl Sunrise is currently a professor of Fiber Arts, Fashion Design, and Navajo Languages classes at the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe, NM. Prior to IAIA employment, Pearl worked for the Museum of New Mexico as an Education Specialist, curator, and Director of the Resource Center. She has taught Native Arts all across New Mexico, Colorado, Maine, Tennessee, and Oregon. She has been a NM Arts Commissioner since 1993.
Abigail Butler

Abigail Butler

Abigail Butler is an interdisciplinary artist working primarily in illustration and comics. She has been painting and drawing for over 10 years and has completed lots of awesome projects in the process including work in magazines, comic book interiors, covers and event designs. Primarily self taught, Abigail believes in thinking outside of the box artistically and spends a good amount of her free time finding new and imaginative ways to share her craft with others.

Harley Kirschner

Harley Kirschner

Harley is a mixed media artist that thrives on giving his students options. This encourages critical thinking and individualism. In educating his students about the creative process, he uses a wide variety of media to incorporate color. Everything from pastel and paint to mod-podge and decorative papers can be used to achieve amazing results. He believes structure is necessary to having creative freedom and strive to find a balance. By offering simple, straightforward instructions, followed by options for personal expression, his students are always able to create a completed project that represents their individual style.
Victoria Velasco

Victoria Velasco

Victoria was born and raised in New Mexico. She has been an artist for over 20 years, starting as a young child and continuing throughout her collegiate career. She graduated from the University of New Mexico with a BFA in Studio Art, and she is currently finishing her MA in Art Education at UNM. Victoria believes that all students, regardless of race or background, should have their lives enriched by art. Art has the ability to transform us for the positive. Her goal is for her students to have a visual relationship with the world around them, and to be able to navigate through it.

Michael Certo

Michael Certo

Michael has been an active arts educator for over 14 years in the Albuquerque area, and worked at the UNM Art Museum for 10 years as the Curator for Education. For the past 4 years he has conducted workshops for children and adults in art making at [AC]2 Gallery, Albuquerque Academy, Albuquerque Public Schools, and the Santa Barbara/Martineztown Community Center. He enjoys working at the elementary level in education and has extensive experience teaching art K-12.
Hollis Moore

Hollis Moore

Hollis Moore currently lives in Albuquerque, NM and is an artist and educator working in field research, printmaking, and installation. Moore earned her MFA from the University of New Mexico in Printmaking and Art & Ecology. Moore’s place-based approach to art led her to investigate environmental issues with an International Research Grant in Siddharthangar, Nepal and an MFA Thesis Grant revitalization projects in the Colorado River Delta in Baja and Sonora, Mexico. Moore participated in artist residencies with Women’s Studio Workshop, Land Arts of the American West, LEAP at the Rio Grande del Norte National Monument, and Signal Fire Arts.

Blackout Theatre Company

Theatre Partner

Blackout is a New Mexican company that creates and teaches a style of performance incorporating the theatrical, media, musical and studio arts, blurring the lines between them. SInce 2007, Blackout has been creating original, award winning theatre and videos. Favorite works include “The Sparrow’s Daughter: A Cuento,” and “F8: A Rock Musical.” Additionally, Blackout has an extensive playwriting-in-the-schools program, Wrinkle Writing which empowers students to improve literacy and teamwork skills through playwriting and ensemble development. www.blackouttheatre.com

 

Ericka Olvera 

Kristin Chapapas

Kristin Chapapas

Kristin’s one true love is functional, wheel thrown ceramics that make the experience of a meal special. She enjoys covering her pieces with difficult patterns. Repeating the same captivating shapes over and over that have lasted throughout history. Her pieces reflect the way our brains organize our lives into patterns in order for us to better understand them. Though she calls herself exclusively a potter, she does enjoy many other things, like baking, historical costuming, sewing, embroidery, photography, and printmaking. Kristin believes that art should be fun and challenge us to keep trying until we get it right. She wants her students to leave class knowing they can tackle difficult challenges and succeed in the face of struggle.

Kate Overton

Kate Overton

Kate Overton graduated from UNM with a BFA in studio art. She has been a part of various local exhibitions and has eagerly volunteered her passions for art in various settings, such as teaching drawing classes to elementary students in Watts, LA. For Kate, being an artist and a teacher are equally important and symbiotic–both are spaces of altruistic problem-solving and inform one another. Her imagination wanders through process from everything to collaborative video pieces with caterpillars to annotating books with spinach anthotypes. Her heart is to encourage people to see and steward the art we are called to make.

Barney Lopez

Barney Lopez

Stephen Armijo

Stephen Armijo

Meet our Guides for Summer Art Camp 2020!

Meg Brauckmann

Meg Brauckmann

Orange Group Guide

Meg holds a B.A. in Peacebuilding and Community Development. Meg has worked with youth in a variety of settings for the past six years and loves encouraging curiosity, wonder, and joy. Originally from Baltimore, her enthusiasm for exploring other cultures has led her on many travels and she has lived in Uganda, South Africa, and Guatemala. Her own art practices are modern embroidery and creative writing. 

Adriana Chavez Culp

Adriana Chavez Culp

Yellow Group Guide

Adriana has been a performer, competitive dancer, and instructor with various dance companies since the age of three. Along with dance, she now has a found new passion for coaching ninja fitness and Ariel arts. She is currently a long-term substitute teacher at Escuela Del Sol Montessori in the primary classroom with children ages 3-6.

Isabella Carrozza

Isabella Carrozza

Blue Group Guide

Isabella Carrozza holds a bachelor’s degree in art education and certificate in community arts from Tyler School Of Art in Philadelphia, PA. During the school year, she teaches middle school art in the Albuquerque Public School system. She has worked with children and teens teaching art and literacy in day camps, after school programs, libraries, and community venues. Isabella’s personal art interests include art history, fiber arts, narrative art, and found object sculpture. 

Marigold Kitzmiller

Marigold Kitzmiller

Green Group Guide

Marigold Kitzmiller is an Albuquerque native and a current student at Pratt Institute, in Brooklyn. She loves working with kids, and is thrilled to be returning to Harwood Art Camp as a Camp Guide for the second year. She also loves creating art, reading, and playing with two her cats.
Jess Kurland

Jess Kurland

Blue Group Guide

Jess is a multimedia artist, graduate of CUNY Hunter College in Manhattan, and recent transplant to Albuquerque. They are passionate about working with kids and worked as a nanny for the past 8 years; upon moving they began work at Sandia Peak Tramway where they are a cabin operator and tour guide. They make art through different mediums including embroidery, painting, video installation, performance, and jewelry making. Jess would like to find community in Albuquerque to put on shows and continue art collective work.

Shardae LeDouix

Shardae LeDouix

Lead Guide

Shardae LeDouix is from Santa Fe, New Mexico and transitioned to the city of Albuquerque in 2008. Shardae graduated from the University of New Mexico, where she received her bachelors degree in Family Studies and Psychology. Shardae has been with Escuela del Sol Montessori since 2011, and currently works with the primary children.  Shardae is also the Lead Guide for the Harwood Summer Art Camp, overseeing all the camp Guides and serving as a liaison between Harwood and camp staff.

Wil MacNeil

Wil MacNeil

Red & Green Group Guide

During high school, Mr. Wil started at Harwood Art Camp as a junior guide and has been a guide since 2016. He attends the University of New Mexico and is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Linguistics with minors in Psychology and Honors. During the school year he also works at Escuela Del Sol in elementary extended day!

Sophia Nuanez

Sophia Nuanez

Red Group Guide

Sophia Nuanez works at Escuela del Sol Montessori during the year.  She graduated from college in 2019 with degrees in Spanish and Chicano Studies.  She enjoys making art herself and loves seeing the creativity of the campers at Art Camp!