SUMMER STAFF

Meet our Teaching Artists for

Summer Art Camp 2024!

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

Lead Guides

Wil MacNeil

Wil MacNeil

Wilho (Wil) MacNeil is Albuquerque, born and raised. He attended Harwood Summer Art Camp when he was little and has worked as a Junior Guide and Guide in the past. He has also worked as an extended day teacher with Escuela Del Sol and an Educational Assistant in Albuquerque as well as Los Angeles. Wil graduated from the University of New Mexico in 2021 with a BA in linguistics, and is currently working on his MA in linguistics. In his off time, he enjoys tapestry weaving and cross stitch, but has picked up some other art skills from the wonderful teachers at Harwood.

Jordan Hines

Jordan Hines

Jordan was raised in New Mexico and is back after receiving Bachelor of Arts degrees in Creative Writing, and Media and Visual Culture from the University of Redlands. Jordan believes education is a process of growth that begins first and foremost in our schools, but if done right instills an attitude that continues that process indefinitely and is only improved by helping others in their own process. Living that belief, Jordan is always looking for opportunities to grow with others in  community and is why they joined the Escuela del Sol team in 2021.

Teaching Artists

Sara Baecher

Sara Baecher

Sara Baecher is an artist whose work includes a variety of different mediums and subject matters. She utilizes acrylics, watercolors, markers, plaster, and other mixed-medias. Her subject matter is eclectic, often utilizing floral patterns, insects, animals, and plants.

Harley Kirschner

Harley Kirschner

Harley Kirschner is a mixed media artist and instructor. He has been teaching young people art locally for nearly two decades. His passion for teaching stems from a desire to help people find an outlet for self expression, including making wearable works of art, personal narrative through zine making or getting grounded by playing with dirt!

Stephen Armijo

Stephen Armijo

Stephen Armijo is an English Teacher at SPX since 2016 and a company member of Blackout Theatre Company since 2018, a born and raised Burqueño, Stephen has a love of storytelling with a Duke City flair and has performed in theatre and film productions all over the globe. Whether it is in the classroom or on the stage, storytelling and performance are his life’s calling.

Pearl Sunrise

Pearl Sunrise

Pearl Sunrise is a weaving teacher. She includes weaving concepts that are both traditional indigenous and contemporary.

Jacob Gutierrez

Jacob Gutierrez

Jacob is an artist and printmaker who was born and raised in Albuquerque, New Mexico. He graduated from UNM and turned his focus to Printmaking while he was there. He uses Printmaking to express his love and appreciation for his community, and wants to help students realize how powerful art can really be.

Manuel Gonzalez

Manuel Gonzalez

Manuel is Albuquerque Poet Laureate Emeritus. He teaches authentic self-expression workshops. There’s medicine in looking at our stories and speaking our truth.

 

Connor Swayden

Connor Swayden

Hello! My name is Connor Swayden, I am a second-year student at The University of New Mexico majoring in Animation and minoring in Studio Art. I have been sketching, painting, and creating ever since I was little with the dream of being a Disney Animator. I have been studying animation since high school, taking after-school classes and learning on my own to achieve this dream. Art and animation are a big part of my life as a creative storyteller, and I hope to create and foster the same passion in those I interact with and teach.

Michael Certo

Michael Certo

Michael Certo has been an artist, educator and gallery curator in Albuquerque for over 25 years. He has taught drawing, painting, mixed media and sculpture classes at the Harwood Summer Art Camp since 2009. He continues to be an active artist, curator and educator in the local arts community.

Ivy Rose

Ivy Rose

Ivy Rose is a comic artist who grew up in Los Angeles and became involved in the underground comic scene upon moving to San Francisco to study Social Work. When teaching different curriculums, she combines her knowledge of serving others and creating a prolific amount of creative literature. She has been selling zines, a DIY form of literature that is self published, for 6 years by developing her own small business as a platform to sell her original artwork. Since living in Albuquerque, her focus is to encourage community members and students to express themselves using the art of collaborative mini comics. Comics have been the most helpful, exciting, and beautiful way of self expression for Ivy. For this reason, it is her goal in life to share this method of artwork to as many different people as she can. Poetry, comics, and the ability to self publish are the most empowering tools a person can easily access in their own lifetime.

 

Sarah Raupagh

Sarah Raupagh

Sarah is an artist and educator from Albuquerque, New Mexico. She is a current student at UNM in the Art Education program. Her work focuses primarily on painting with a mixed media approach exploring themes of familiarity, space/place, memory, and symbols. As an educator she believes her role is to facilitate the exploration and expansion of a child’s knowledge and confidence when working with art making materials. Guiding students through new ideas and concepts to allow them the space to grow and play as artists.

Serena Vasquez

Serena Vasquez

Hello! My name is Serena. I am a freelance illustrator, harpist, and seamstress with a passion for all things art. However, the mediums I find most enjoyable are Watercolor, Gouache, and Oils. Most of my artworks are inspired by the picturesque views of my home state of New Mexico and surrounding states. Along with depictions of many other “Serene” scenes, such as my love for pastel shades and earth tones, cute animals, and of course, the beauty of nature!

Susan Roden

Susan Roden

Susan Roden has been an editorial artist, theatre set painter and currently an art instructor
and active multidisciplinary artist. She attended the Cleveland Institute of Art and degreed through
the Houston Art Institute with awarded art residencies to Arizona’s Petrified Forest National Park,
California’s Desert Dairy Farm and Jemez’s Mission Street Arts. She has taught various mediums
and genres at the San Diego Museum of Art, Pasadena History Museum and currently at the
New Mexico Art League to inspire artistic creativity to teens.