Teaching ArTiSTS

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.

Meet our fabulous group of Teaching Artists for Summer 2019!

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.

Jordyn Bernicke

Jordyn Bernicke is a young artist with a Bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts and a minor in Arts Management from the University of New Mexico. She has led a number of different workshops around the city. The workshops entail community experience and the collaborative process. She has worked with children from ages 3-18 with a variety of artistic experience. Jordyn looks for any way to involve her community to come together and create together.

CB Bryan

CB graduated from the University of New Mexico with a BFA and Sustainability Studies Minor and is an Amy Biehl High School alum. She has lived her entire life amongst the acequias, back alley streets, and various communities of art-making in Albuquerque. Her notion of place stems from the yards in her North Valley neighborhood that are filled with old wood, old cars and tiny gardens. This has led to an appreciation of the funky, the weird, the hand-built, and to her participation in a variety of arts-based travel programs. She gets her inspiration for wanting to teach place-based art from these experiences.

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.

Katie Doyle

A child of the Midwest, Katie C. Doyle had been living and working in Chicago since 2008 before relocating to Albuquerque in summer of 2017. She currently holds a Master of Fine Arts in Ceramics from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where she received the Grace and Walter Smith Scholarship and a student leadership award. In addition, to a Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Ceramics from SAIC and a Bachelor of Arts in Ceramics from Loyola University Chicago, Katie has also received training in kiln building and repair at The Ohio State University. Katie’s studio practice explores the notion of enforced gender roles and perpetual waiting through performance, video, and the emotional landscape. Her work has been included in exhibitions at Dfbrl8r gallery in Chicago, Cranbrook Academy of Art, Chicago’s Woman Made Gallery, CLUTCH Gallery, and the Claypool-Young Arts Center at Morehead State University.

Nick Guzzardi

Nick is a hard working individual who enjoys cooking, ceramics, and photography. He is also an avid skateboarder, cyclist, snowboarder, hiker and pretty much anything else fun outdoors. He has worked for his family restaurant most his life and takes pride in being able to carry out its legacy. He has recently been focusing his artistic practice on porcelain ceramics, but his first love is photography. He shoots 35mm and develops both black and white and color process. He is looking forward o working in the darkroom and spreading his love of photography with Harwood Summer Art Camp!

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.

Rebecca Kram

As a professional artist, Rebecca is currently working on a body of work for the Omega Chronicles, an upcoming series of fantasy novels, as well as a comic series for Not Your Average productions, a YouTube streaming channel. Illustration has been her main focus in the last year, but she also loves painting, sculpture, and weaving. She has a passion for sharing what she knows and wants to use her experiences to positively impact the lives of every her students.

Marlena Livingston

Marlena Livingston is an artist and maker living and working in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Though her background and education are varied, ranging from ceramics to books arts and public mural work, she works primarily with wool. Marlena discovered wool felting while working on her Bachelor’s in Art Education at the University of New Mexico and continued working with the medium as she earned her master’s degree at the University of Brighton. Though much of her work up to this point has been autobiographical in nature, Marlena is primarily interested in making wearable art pieces, and work that addresses environmental and animal rights issues.

Lila Martinez

Lila received her Bachelor’s in Design for Performance from the University of New Mexico. She has over 15 years of experience working backstage, onstage and teaching. From the Austrian Alps, traveling Broadway shows, independent films, to little theaters in Albuquerque. When Lila is not performing or backstage, she is in the classroom keeping the arts alive in our community. Her most recent classes include; studio art, costume design, playwriting, fashion, puppet and mask making in Albuquerque Public/ Montessori schools, community centers, and UNM Continuing Ed. 

Sara Martinez

Throughout her life Sara has had multiple experiences teaching art in various settings. She worked as a teacher’s assistant at the Albuquerque Museum of Art and History’s museum school and taught at the Palo Duro Senior Center as a visiting artist. While pursuing her undergraduate degree in Art Education, she also gained experience as an after school program teacher, visiting art teacher, and student teacher. She has also taught art at the elementary, middle, and high school levels.

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.

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.

Adrian Pijoan

Adrian Pijoan is a multidisciplinary artist who primarily works with video. Adrian combines his experience with comics, sculpture, photography, costume making, and digital art to make his videos. Adrian holds a Master of Fine Arts in Art and Ecology from the University of New Mexico. He enjoys teaching artists of all ages.

Shawn Turung

Shawn Turung is a graduate of the Art Institute of Chicago with continued MFA studies in Art History at the University of St. Thomas in Houston, TX. Shawn began a career in historic art restoration as a student intern in Chicago, continuing as a business owner in Houston for 12 years. Shawn also engaged in the live stage theatrical community in both Chicago and Houston as a set designer and large scale puppet engineer. Shawn located to New Mexico to re-engage with her personal art studio practice and the fine arts community. Currently Shawn is an arts educator, served as chair on the Bernalillo County Public Arts Board, is an exhibiting artist and continues with historic and fine art restoration as owner of Milagro Fine Art Services.

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.

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