Instructors

A rich experience awaits the everyday artist who seeks a break from the stresses of life. When life so easily entangles our soul and steals the joy right out of our days we need a place to rest. Art classes, taught by national art instructors at Ephemera Paducah, introduce students to a variety of mixed media techniques and give them a safe place to express themselves visually. Whether this is your first-time, or you’re a seasoned artist who desires to refine your artistic skills, our workshops offer a variety of options to allow your creative spirit to soar.

If there are prerequisites for classes or experience needed, the workshop description will clearly tell you. Otherwise, if you are interested, dive in! You can do it! Our talented instructors are thrilled to teach beginners and experienced “everyday artists” alike!


Ephemera Paducah Instructor: Ann Wood Ann Wood - Ann Wood enjoys using unassuming materials, cardboard, paper and other discarded things. Practicality appeals to her and she loves the idea of giving the humblest and most common materials and tired, dispirited and faded things new importance and meaning.
Ephemera Paducah Instructor: Lisa Pressman Lisa Pressman - What I bring to teaching is my years of experience with conceptually-driven abstraction and the love of layers of materials. All of my teaching concentrates on content, creativity, art making and of course, technique, with an emphasis on helping students to discover their unique marks and concepts. Many artists who attend my workshops want and need to revisit the fundamentals of art, including color, composition, and mark making. We cover these important aspects of what makes a painting hold together.
Ephemera Paducah Instructor: Cathy Nichols Cathy Nichols - Cathy is a full-time artist, oracle card designer and the author of Storytelling Art Studio: Visual Expressions of Character, Mood and Theme in Mixed Media as well as the 'star' of the Storytelling Art Collection of DVDs through Artist Network TV.  Cathy also designs whimsical and story-oriented stencils for StencilGirl!
Ephemera Paducah Instructor: Glenda Miles Glenda Miles - Glenda Miles feels compelled to reclaim forsaken photographs and what she describes as the “everyday discarded”. She says she finds comfort in those neglected pictures and well-loved artifacts. She sees them as untold stores. She believes that taking the deep dive into the creative process during Ancestor Art invites surprising symbolism, transformative story telling and heartfelt expression.
Kelly Klapstein Kelly Klapstein - Kelly Klapstein, the author of The Art of Brush Lettering, is an artist who is passionate about sharing her love of letters and enjoys teaching workshops around the world, helping people relax and learn the techniques of calligraphy and hand lettering. Kelly is well-known for her calming, methodical teaching style and has developed her own brand of "Kelly Creates" lettering products with American Crafts.
gwen lafleur Gwen LaFleur - Gwen LaFleur has loved arts and crafts her entire life. Gwen has tired everything from drawing lessons to paper crafts, until finally finding her true home as a mixed media artist. Her work can be found in private collections around the world and has been published in Cloth Paper Scissors and Creative Scrapbooker magazines. 
Ephemera Paducah Instructor: Aaron Sanders Head Aaron Sanders Head - Aaron Sanders Head is a Nashville based textile artist offering workshops, original artwork and naturally dyed, hand-stitched goods.
Ephemera Paducah Instructor: Gwen Bornter Gwen Bortner - Gwen Bortner is a Craft Yarn Council Certified Teacher teaching at venues throughout the country, the author of Entree to Entrelac and the past Interim Executive Director of The National Needlearts Association. Gwen’s passion is teaching. Whether teaching through the local community education program, at a national...
Ephemera Paducah Instructor: Debi Adams Debi Adams - Debi Adams is multi-faceted artist based in Southern California. She has been featured in Somerset Studios, Cloth Paper Scissors, Where Women Create and Where Women Cook magazines. She has mad art & craft skills in sooo many areas, and we're excited to host her first Kentucky Workshop!
Ephemera Paducah Instructor: Stefanie Graves Stefanie Graves - Stefanie Graves is a neighbor to Ephemera Paducah who moved here with the Artist Relocation Program. Her love of watercolor shines through in her workshops and we are so happy to have her back teaching!
Krystie Brinkley Krystie Brinkley - Krystie owns The Silver Chics here in Paducah, Kentucky and has been going strong handcrafting jewelry since 1999. I finally talked her into teaching! Don't miss out!!
Judy Coates Perez Judy Coates-Perez - Fiber artist and creative alchemist Judy Coates Perez welcomes students to indulge in three days of fiber art making, as she takes students through her process and techniques for using textiles, acrylics and mixed media in fiber art.
Charlie Patricolo Charlie Patricolo - Dollmaker Charlie Patricolo encourages her students to produce work that challenges their ideas about their own abilities as “makers” and inspires them to push the limits of what they believe to be possible in their work. With her guidance, students learn and apply techniques for designing original, handmade dolls that reflect their own unique interests and experiences.
Joanne Sharpe Joanne Sharpe - Best-selling author and international art instructor JoAnne Sharpe invites students to embrace the art of journaling and lettering as they explore their inner selves during three days of workshops. Her book The Art of Whimsical Lettering was named the Amazon Editor’s Pick for the Best Craft Book of 2014.
roxann coble bybun Roxanne Coble (byBun) - Roxanne Coble teaches students how to deliver new dimensions to their art journaling pages through painting techniques, and lessons in composition and color. Students will build up a mixed media foundation that incorporates painting and other skills used to design meaningful, personal designs.
Laura Lein-Svencner Laura Lein-Svencner - Abstract mixed media collage artist Laura Lein-Svencner will lead students of all levels and skills in this 3-day workshop that explores the process, principles and techniques used in fine art collage.
dinawakley Dina Wakley - Dina Wakley’s upbeat approach to mixed media gives students the courage to express themselves through art journaling and the creation of mixed media boards. Dina’s guidance and techniques will both inspire and develop participants’ mixed media toolbag, allowing them to go deeper in their work.
Nathalie Kalbach Nathalie Kalbach - In her workshops, Nathalie teaches students how to use various printmaking and art journaling tools, supplies and mixed media art techniques. Her teaching method is designed to help students unlock their personal creativity in their personal art journals and mixed media prints.
Ephemera Paducah Instructor: Julie Snidle Julie Snidle - Encaustic artist Julie Snidle continually seeks ways to elevate her work as an artist and art workshop instructor. Julie engages students new to the art of encaustic painting, as well as those working to heighten their skills, in this ancient art form.
Geoffrey Gorman Geoffrey Gorman - Sculpture artist Geoffrey Gorman teaches students how to construct sculptures using found objects techniques to overcome construction challenges that often present themselves in three-dimensional artwork. Students are encouraged to think about shapes, forms and materials that intrigue them and incorporate these ideas and objects into their work.
Carleen Johns Carleen Johns - Carleen Johns from Southern Missouri is a Level II PMC instructor who received her instruction at William Holland School of Lapidary Arts in Young Harris, GA. In addition to silver clay jewelry, Carleen makes sterling silver pieces using traditional fabrication methods.
Shand Stamper Shand Stamper - Shand is an exceptional teacher of all things metal and jewelry!
ornament making Stacey, Val & Kristin - These three live to make ornaments!
Valerie Pollard Valerie Pollard - Valerie loves all things Mixed Media!
Stacey Allgood Stacey Allgood - A former schoolteacher, Stacey loves painting all the things to make them "better than ever!"
Pam Carriker Pam Carriker - Pam Carriker is an Artist, Instructor, Columnist and Author of books Art at the Speed of Life and Creating Art at the Speed of Life. Her work can be found in over 50 publications and along with creating instructional videos for Strathmore Artist Papers, she has designed signature art product lines for StencilGirl Products, Stampington & Co and Derivan Matisse.
Ephemera Paducah Instructor: Mary Beth Shaw Mary Beth Shaw - The founder and original StencilGirl! This creative lady is an inspirational dynamo!
Sunny Carvalho Sunny Carvalho - Sunny Carvalho's unique style is whimsical, lively, pleasingly odd, and shows that this humble artist never takes herself too seriously. A patient and skilled instructor, Sunny's classes are a delight.
Elizabeth St Hilaire Elizabeth St. Hilaire - Meticulously torn bits of hand-painted papers, delicately put together, form the exceptionally vibrant collages created by Artist Elizabeth St. Hilaire. Richard Colvin, executive director of the Lake Eustis Museum of Art says, “Elizabeth St. Hilaire’s artworks have a fresh quality that belies the way they are constructed.”
Leslie Marsh Leslie Marsh - Using metal, stones, and vintage findings, she forges relic-like book covers that call to mind medieval treasure bindings created during the Middle Ages.
Open Tuesday - Friday 10 am - 5 pm; Saturday 10 am - 2 pm
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