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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

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's Ballroom dance career, which spans over many years, began with the Fred Astaire Dance Studios as a professional, competition dancer and certified instructor. She co-founded the Pr. Wm. Chapter of now USA DANCE and has been teaching in our community for last 20 years.

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 at the Moscow School of Architecture and then taught architectural design at the School for 15 years. He currently teaches model building for children and design drawing for adults. 

Bragg, Gwen
Gwen teaches watercolor painting. She holds a B.S. in Art Education from Madison College and her M.F.A. in Drawing and Painting from James Madison University.

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.

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
Anita studied mosaics at Maverick Mosaics and her art has been widely exhibited in Northern Virginia. She currently teaches mosaics at the Workhouse Arts 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.

Forrest, Bill "Tex" 
Bill began his career as a graphic and commercial artist and now works as a multimedia artist primarily in metal and mixed media. He teaches wizardry for children and illustration for adults. 

Goldman, Sandi
Sandi is a fiber artist who specializes in the art of quilting and teaches quilting classes. She has exhibited widely across the United States.

Goldstein, Lynn
Lynn is a pastel artist who received her B.F.A. from West Virginia University. She has over 10 years of teaching experience specializing in drawing and pastels.

Grow, Brian
Brian is a ceramic artist who has had several group and solo exhibitions. He has nearly twenty years of teaching experience and studied ceramics at Temple University.

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 specializes in stained glass and jewelry making. She teaches beginning and intermediate stained glass classes.

Kincheloe, Rob
Rob has been working with glass since 1997, studying virtually every glass method. His art has been widely exhibited in the Northern Virginia area. He currently teaches flameworking and kiln casting. 

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 freelance graphic artist and watercolorist who earned her B.F.A from Moore College of Art and Design. She teaches a variety of watercolor classes.

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.

McArthur, Edie
Edie is certified to teach STOTT Pilates reformer and mat.  She is a 200-hour registered yoga teacher working toward 500 hours of training.  She is also a certified personal trainer.

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.

Miller, William
William holds a BFA in Craft and Material Studies from Virginia Commonwealth University. He assistant taught glassblowing for over two years and now teaches Borosilicate sculpture workshops. 

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

Okropiridze, Tea
Tea received her MFA and BFA from the State Institute of Art and Culture in Tbilsi, Georgia. She is a textile artist who currently teaches tapestry weaving at the Workhouse. 

Peppers-Citizen, Marilyn
Marilyn is a registered yoga teacher with Yahweh Yoga and Yoga Alliance 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 received her B.F.A. with honors from Massachusetts College of Art. She teaches workshops on encaustic painting.

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.

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.

Sterud, Gene
Gene teaches mosaics classes. He is a former anthropologist and archaeologist whose academic work led him to explore and later create mosaics.

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

Strauss, Kathy
Kathy is a design professional with over 30 years in the field of art direction and design. She teaches Painting Made Easy and Story Telling with photos classes.

Thrasher, Peter
Peter apprenticed with Nelson Shanks learning portrait and figure painting. He currently teaches still-life and portraiture in the medium of oil painting at the Workhouse. 

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

Tripp-Martens, Carol
Carol studied ceramics at Alfred University in New York. Her work is represented in the AMOCA and Kamm Foundation’s permanent 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.

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.