Pooneh Rafsha is passionate about color. She grew up in an artistic family in Tehran, Iran, and studied Painting & Drawing at AAU. She believes that artists should not be restricted to a single medium. Pooneh’s personal art experience includes oil paints, acrylic, gouache, colored pencil, charcoal, and pastels. She uses shapes and colors to capture invisible dynamics between different elements, and to evoke a story with her paintings.
Iris Heffes “I want to provide you the space and knowledge that will help reach your artistic aspiration. A place that encourages creativity and uniqueness, guide you in building your art portfolio, and helps you grow as an artist where you can follow your dreams.”
Iris graduated from H I T (The Center of Technology Education, Holon) with a major in Industrial Design and teaching diploma. She also studied two years of ceramic art at the Bezalel Academy of Art and Design in Jerusalem. As an artist Iris mostly paints abstract and Sculpt figurative.
Cameron Derby is an artist and photographer originally from Akron, OH. Her interest in people, culture and portraiture inspires most of her work. In 2012 she received a Bachelors in Photography from Columbia College Chicago. Mostly working with pencil, she enjoys drawing dogs and people portraits, as well as characters. In her photography work she also enjoys photographing people, landscapes and documentaries. Cameron’s goal is to share her passion for art by helping other’s improve their craft.
Nino Narimanidze received her MFA in Tbilisi, Republic of Georgia. After resuming her studies at Moscow State University of Ivan Fedorov-Department of book graphics, she worked on book illustration and was an artistic editor for many publishing houses, and prepared illustrations for many Georgian and foreign authors. Nino worked as a Professor at the Academy of Art, Cairo, Egypt where she taught academic drawing, painting, sculpture, figure, sketching, human anatomy, landscapes, portraits and perspective basics. In 2012, Nino moved to the USA, she was granted an Extraordinary Ability Alien status for her accomplishments.
Mari Takeyama Since graduating Chapman University in 2012 with a B.A. in Art, Mari works as a freelance Concept and Production Artist in the film and gaming industries. She has contributed to a variety of independent films, commercials, music videos, and prototype footage for major motion picture studios. Currently designing for local fantasy board games and video game hardware, Mari also has experience commercializing her own line of personal artwork as well as classical fine art commissions. She specializes in drawing and sketching techniques, and has been teaching at Studio H for the past 4 years.
Studio H Team
Kelsey Zwarka recently received her MFA from Alfred University, New York, where she studied and taught ceramics and drawing. Her ceramic practice consists of large colorful abstract sculptures that provoke associations to landscape and the human body. Kelsey pulls inspiration from historical and contemporary perceptions of beauty when constructing the formal compositions. In education, she believes that good humor and patience are key components for success. Kelsey creates learning environments where students develop language, ideas, and skills that contribute to their artistic growth and sense of community.
Sylvie Roux A French Native, mother, artist, and chef. “Art for me is emotional and I love to share my passion with kids. My goal is to give them a lot of freedom to explore their possibilities.” -Sylvie Roux
Krys McIntyre grew up in Utah, where she studied Cultural Anthropology. She works for Studio H as the office and class coordinator helping parents, students, and instructors. Krys is a permaculture enthusiast, a mystic, and a nature lover. She enjoys drawing with pencil and charcoal and making mixed media collage pieces.