SUMMER STAFF

Meet our Teaching Artists for

Summer Art Camp 2022!

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.

Ben Tobias

Ben Tobias

A Houston native, Ben began working at Escuela del Sol in 2015. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in Art History from University of New Mexico, and recently completed his Association Montessori Internationale (AMI) Elementary I Montessori credential training from the Montessori Institute of San Diego. Mr. Ben began his teaching journey in 2007 while living in Barcelona, Spain, and teaching English.  He returned to Albuquerque, where he worked as a classroom assistant and volunteered at arts organizations. This led him to the Harwood Art Center,  and eventually to Escuela, after  participating Montessori Journey, where he finally got a better grasp on fractions! Ben enjoys creating art, being in nature, cooking, learning, and spending time with his son. Ben is drawn to Montessori for the presentation of materials and tactile nature, and the scientific methodology it utilizes to empower children in taking an active role in their own education.

Teaching Artists

Abby Butler

Abby Butler

Abby is a freelance designer and sequential artist working out of Albuquerque. She worked with many different organizations to help drive the creative community. She is a published comic artist and watercolor artist.

Allyssa Trujillo

Allyssa Trujillo

Allyssa Trujillo is a New Mexico-based dance artist who specializes in contemporary dance and improvisation. She loves to explore new ways of moving and is interested in the way dance creates unlimited possibilities to unify, uplift, and inspire communities.

Daniel Hojnacki

Daniel Hojnacki

Daniel Hojnacki is currently an MFA candidate at the University of New Mexico (expected May 2022). Daniel has taught as a photography instructor with the University of New Mexico, After School Matters and The Chicago High School for the Arts both in Chicago, IL.

 

 

Norah Solorzano

Norah Solorzano

Norah Solorzano is a multimedia artist who tells stories through animation, puppetry, automata, performance, and installation. Her work has been shown at venues including SXSW, London International Animation Festival, ICABoston, the Charles Hayden Planetarium, 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.

Julianna Massa

Julianna Massa

Julianna Massa is a dance artist & educator based in Albuquerque, New Mexico. She received her BA in contemporary dance from the University of New Mexico in 2020. Julianna values movement and embodied experiences as ways of learning and accessing creativity.

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!

Elle Wolfley

Elle Wolfley

Elle Wolfley is a visual artist and educator raised in New Mexico. Educated in New York City, she has returned to Albuquerque to encourage students to channel their unique perspectives through photographic processes. She loves being outdoors with her camera and her dog, Ziggy.

Jonathan Parks

Jonathan Parks

Jonathan has been teaching art for the past thirteen years. As a professional studio artist, he specializes in tools and techniques in painting. While he continues to teach Harwood Art Camp, past classes including Encaustic Monoprinting and Letterpress, he also works as Escuela’s Garden Guide.

Jessica Krichels

Jessica Krichels

Jessica Krichels is a printmaker and teacher. She currently teaches visual arts at Atrisco Heritage High school and is co-owner of Remarque Printshop in Albuquerque. She has been an enthusiastic printmaker and teacher for over 20 years. Teaching printmaking is her favorite thing to teach, as it always involves a moment of surprise.

Pearl Sunrise

Pearl Sunrise

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

Raven Bright

Raven Bright

A breakdancer born and raised in New Mexico that currently resides in Albuqerque, Raven is an artist that paints, dances, and develops his work through the lense of hip-hop culture.

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.

 

Lindsay Brenner

Lindsay Brenner

Lindsay Brenner is a local Albuquerque artist. She likes to use recycled materials and fiber while making her art, but she likes to use many kinds of media as well. She likes gardening, traveling and being outside.

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.

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.

Kristin Chapapas

Kristin Chapapas

Kristin is a potter with 10 years of experience. Kristin adores the creation of functional artwork that we can use in our daily life. Her personal pieces tend to include many patterns that she also enjoys creating.

Jeanette Ortiz

Jeanette Ortiz

Jeanette is a person with over 10 years of experience working with children. She holds a BA in Art from Chapman University. They enjoy building relationships by sharing the creative experience.

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.

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.

Lauren Crowder

Lauren Crowder

Lauren Crowder was born and raised in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and recently got her BFA from UNM. She is a driven person who’s very family oriented, and found a love for community based arts through an apprenticeship granted by the Harwood Art center. Lauren finds joy in the soft, lumpy, squishy, and complicated things in life; her favorite being her dog Norbert.

Christy Cook

Christy Cook

Ms. Christy was a student of Waldorf and later public education in a small town near Ashland, Oregon. Christy has been Escuela del Sol’s Elementary Art teacher since 2014. She received her BA in Romance Languages with an art minor at the University of Oregon, and recently completed her MA in Art Education at UNM. Christy is drawn to Montessori for its intrinsic motivation. She thinks teaching children to find their own motivation/creativity is paramount to being an artist – or anything else!

Damien Flores

Damien Flores

Damien Flores is an award-winning poet, teacher, and radio host, born & raised in Old Town, Albuquerque. He is best known as a member of the three-time national champion Albuquerque Poetry Slam Team, a troupe of competitive spoken word artists who represent the Duke City in poetry slam tournaments across the US. He is an experienced teacher of 12 years, and is head producer & host of The Spoken Word Hour on 89.9KUNM-FM.

Hailey Tolleson

Hailey Tolleson

Hailey recently graduated from UNM with a BA in Fine Arts, specifically theatre. Her background is mostly in improv and writing. She has been the president of improv club at CNM as well as participated in couple of competions and 90s sitcom improv show. As far as writing, She has done several sketch comedy shows and aided in the development of a variety of plays, including some “choose your own adventure” projects. Currently, she is working as the head of new works for Blackout Theatre Company and a member of Cutthroat, an improv team.