Anne Blackburn ~ Handbuilt Pottery Class

My greatest inspiration comes from nature. The shapes, forms and colors touch my soul. I especially enjoy the clash between organic and geometric. The hand-built pottery process enables me to incorporate a vast variety of textures and shapes into my work. The pieces I create embody what I have experienced observing nature and explore the visual conflict between man and nature.

My introduction to clay was at an intense two-week art program where we worked in a wooded setting and lived in cabins. I was hooked! After graduating from St. Mary’s College with a BA in Fine Art, I took a few classes here and there. Over the years I have dabbled in many different mediums- stone carving, stained glass, jewelry making and photography. About ten years ago, I rekindled my interest in pottery on a regular basis. I have created a body of work in pottery that I exhibit and sell at area art shows. Along the way I have built a loyal following of collectors. My pottery has been included in the MAAC show in St. Joseph, Michigan several times, including a Purchase award and a Merit award in 2013.

Dwight Fish ~ Abstract Fun Workshop

The love of mixed media has given me the opportunity to use wood (primarily) and integrate painting and carving techniques to enhance my projects.  I’ve been a woodworker most of my adult life.  The painting I do is very personal and mostly self-taught.  Art classes during college in Fort Wayne and at the Elkhart Art League round out my training.

I am not scared to try new media and have made plenty of “happy accidents”.  I don’t get bored, or discouraged with the creative process.

I have lived in Elkhart 30 years and currently am retired.  There are plenty of yard and pond projects in the works.  My city council position and being on the Board of the EAL (about 4 years) and the Friends of the NYCRRM (Elkhart Railroad Museum) keep my schedule full.

Vicci Moore ~ Kid’s Nature Art Camp

Vicci is an Elkhart native and member of the EAL Board of Directors. She has over 40 years of ceramic arts experience and has studied various other artistic media work over as many years.

She has also been an active naturalist for the past 20 years serving on the board of the Woodlawn Nature Council. She has also served at Woodlawn Nature Center as volunteer staff including program coordinator, exhibit renovator, educator, office administrator, outreach staff, web & social media administrator, and custodian. Her outreach work has included engaging with other community organizations such as the Elkhart Environmental Center, the regional multi-organization Earth Day Celebration, Tolson Center, Elkhart Parks Department, both in planning and participation.

This a great opportunity to share my love of art and nature.

Linda Pieri ~ Secrets of Acrylic Painting Class

Linda Pieri is a skilled and masterful professional artist from Northern Indiana.

Linda developed a love for art at an early age and was mentored by an accomplished artist for many years. After studying studio art at North Texas State University and illustration at the Art Institute of Dallas, Linda became empowered to share her passion and unique talents with others by offering an outlet for creative expression.

Linda’s artwork has been heavily influenced from her time living abroad in Northern Ireland and extensive travels through England, Italy, Germany, Switzerland, France and South Africa. Her most recent pieces of art are inspired by the maestros who spearheaded the Impressionism art movement such as Claude Monet. During her travels to France, Linda had the opportunity to study Monet’s prolific practices and artistic techniques, which further cultivated her mastery as an Impressionist artist.

Over the last decade, Linda has instructed more than 2,000 students from ages 5 to 87 in acrylic painting and graphite drawing. In addition to giving private lessons, Linda shares her profound expressive abilities by teaching at various home school groups and large gatherings. She also hosts numerous events at prominent locations across Northern Indiana.

Through her instruction, Linda aims to instill the love of art among her students while teaching them to “not just look at what you’re drawing or painting, but to see what is really there.”

Carl Rust ~ Chaos Creativity Multimedia Class

Carl Rust is a retired educator who spent 30 years in public education as a teacher, assistant principal and Director of Elkhart Elementary Academy, a self-directed learning program for public school elementary students. He has studied revolutionary schools and programs around the world and is the author of Get Out of the Way and Let Kids Learn, How We Can Transform Schools and Reintroduce Natural Learning.

He is currently Educational Facilitator at Woodlawn Nature Center in Elkhart Indiana and a member of Woodlawn Learning Community, a group of learners of all ages that work and play together naturally in nature.

He is also an advisor and consultant with the Unschooling School group that advises families, younger learners, teachers, administrators, and schools on how to better meet the needs of all learners in the 21st Century.

He has loved Art since high school and has experimented with drawing, painting, photography, videography, filmmaking, collage and sculpture. He is also a singer, songwriter and amateur musician.

Ellen Ridenour ~ Printmaking Fun Workshop

Ellen is a native of Bogota, New Jersey, and she moved to Indiana as a child. Ellen has a BFA degree from The Raclin School of the Arts from Indiana University in South Bend, Indiana. Ridenour has shown her work in numerous exhibitions and has won many awards in her photography, printmaking, fiber and encaustic works. She is a forever student in the arts and has taken workshops from Columbia (Pam Smith marbleizing,) Elena De Ville (teaches encaustic at Ringling school of Arts and Design,) and Gregory Wright (encaustic; Truro, Cape Cod.) Fiber art and letter press from Kathee Kiesselbach.

Phil Monteith ~ Printmaking Fun Workshop

Phil has taught pastels and printmaking for many years in regular classes as well as in workshops and lecture-demonstrations to all age levels. His teaching environments have been both in school classrooms as well as in studio classes. His work has been in private and public collections in twelve States as well as the corporate collection of the Bayer Corp. and the Midwest Museum of American Art.

 He has been a juried-in artist member of the Society of American Graphic Artists, New York, NY, a juried-in signature member of the Chicago Pastel Painters, Chicago, IL., and a member of the Great Lakes Pastel Society, Grand Rapids, MI. He is also a juried-in signature member of the Pastel Society of America, New York, NY. Additionally he has been a member of the Northern Indiana Pastel Society, South Bend, IN., and is a Life Member of the Northern Indiana Artists, South Bend. 

 The Elkhart Art League is thrilled that Phil continues to hold some workshops at EAL and contributes his valuable support of our mission.

Nancy Woltman ~ Kid’s Art Camp

I am excited to be back teaching at the Elkhart Art League after a year off from Covid. I have taught Art in the elementary classroom and also at The Elkhart art league. Nancy graduated from Notre Dame with an accounting degree and IUSB with an Elementary Education degree.

This year I have great plans to be teaching some new types of art along with the basic. June and July classes will be fun. Each week will have its own art subject and there will be no repeats.

 Steve Blackburn ~ Pour It On Watercolor Workshop

Steve Blackburn is a watercolor artist from Mishawaka, Indiana. His work has been exhibited in many national and regional exhibitions, such as the Kentucky Watercolor Society and the Louisiana Watercolor Society.

 For many years Mr. Blackburn has taught his unique style of watercolor in classes and workshops all over the U.S. He was featured in the American Artist publication “Watercolor – Summer 1997”. His image “Forgotten Treasure” was included in the book “Best of Watercolor – Painting Composition” by Rockport Publishers, and one of his paintings is featured in the book “Best of Watercolor 3”.  Mr. Blackburn won the grand prize for his piece “Sunbathe” during the international floral competition sponsored by International Artist magazine in 2001, and his work was featured in the 2002 October/November issue of their magazine. His work is displayed at

Alyse Chinnock ~ Poetic Art Class

I am a poet and painter and most recently I taught a youth poetry art hybrid class for the Tippecanoe Arts Federation in Lafayette. I am particularly interested in poetry and hybrid type classes.

 I recently relocated back to Elkhart and also work as the Program Manager for Elkhart ArtWalk. I’d love to connect about those things as well!

Katharine Schmidt ~ Figure Drawing Class

Katharine Schmidt is a veteran teacher of painting and drawing at Ivy Tech and Bethel University who has spent an art career using the figure in 2D and 3D work.

Betty Lou Kline ~ Peg Loom Weaving Workshops

Betty Lou Kline has a long history in various forms of Fiber Arts.  Her mother and grandmother were both known to turn out beautiful hand quilted quilts.  Her mother had taught her to sew, knit and crochet while she was still in elementary school!  Betty Lou is a self-taught weaver, thanks to the many YouTube videos and books out there.  She found herself in sticker shock when she went to purchase a mud room rug, and decided to find a way to DIY it the way she does many other projects, and hasn’t looked back.  Her father, a woodworker, deserves a little credit here too.  Has been instrumental in fueling her newest obsession by making all but two of her various types looms, shaking his head, but still turning out everything she has asked for! 

 As a profession the past several years, Betty Lou is a caregiver to the disabled and elder generation.  One of her clients in particular loves to go to the thrift stores with her where they find many items waiting to be reimagined into other projects!  This client is equally thrilled to help Betty Lou weave on a peg loom during their time together making hot mats, rugs and many sleeping mats for the homeless from plastic bags, although they needed to modify and adapt the commonly used methods to make this work with her physical limitations! 

 Betty Lou maintains a Facebook presence known as Created with Fibers, where you can find occasional posts about what’s on the loom, or where she’s going to be set up for various shows or events.