Meet the Owner

Anita with Art House Mobile and HV 8x10Dallas artist, ANITA KIM ROBBINS, is the owner of Studio Art House. She is known for her highly textural renditions of nature that combine sculpture and painting. Her work is generous in color, paint and texture. Dynamic lighting and the illusion of 3-D are distinctive qualities that define her work. To see examples of Anita’s work visit www.anitarobbins.com

Anita received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Brigham Young University. She is a member of the Cross Timbers Guild, Grapevine Art Project, and Visual Arts Society of Texas. In addition to her passion for creating art, she also enjoys teaching art. She teaches workshops, group classes, and private lessons. Her students placed highest honors at the Texas State Fair the last three years, including two Best of Show awards. Anita herself has been the recipient of several awards and recognitions including:

  • Acceptance into the 2002 Spring Salon, 241 works accepted out of 942, ‘Evolution’
  • First Place in the Intermountain Watercolor Autumn Show , ‘Leaf with droplets’
  • Excellent for the Utah County Fall Show ‘Peonies -n- Pears’
  • Acceptance into the Religious and Spirituality Exhibit at the Springville Museum of Art, ‘Adversity Forms Magnificence’
  • Chosen one of Dallas/Fort Worth’s Best Artists and featured in the 2009 and the 2010 CityArtCal Calendar

Anita studied painting in Canada under the instruction of Watercolour Masters Willie Wong and Marilyn Kinsella. In the United States she received instruction from Tony Couch, Robert T. Barrett, Robert Marshall, Don Seegmiller, Hagen Haltern, and Joseph Ostraff. Anita has received multiple awards for her work both locally and nationally. She has done corporate commission work for Flowserve and Great Wolf Lodge in Grapevine. Her work has been featured on book covers for Covenant Communications Publishing for both novelists Michelle Ashman Bell and Marilynne Todd Linford.

Sara McCain

Sara

Sara received her Bachelors of Arts in Art Education with All-Level Teaching Certification in Art Education through Texas Woman’s University.

Through the TWU Art education program and through working at Studio Art House, she has gained diverse experience in working with different age groups and demographics of students. Sara has been apart of art classrooms at different levels throughout her education and has seen the benefits that art can bring to a person’s life. Sara teaches Preparatory Art, Young Artist, Studio Artist, Tween, Private lessons and Adult Classes. Sara continues learning through attending workshops by experienced artists and gaining different perspectives.

Sara encourages students to be independent and to build upon their individual art skills. She works with her students to think creatively and explore new ideas . She has had experience with different mediums such as, charcoal, watercolor, acrylic, oil, pastel, and photography. Sara’s main focus in her own work is realism in oil painting, portraiture, and charcoal drawing.

To see examples of Sara’s artwork visit www.saramccainartwork.wordpress.com

Britt Riggin

brittBritt received her Bachelors of Science in Human Development from Brigham Young University. Her emphasis was in Child Development. She loves working with middle school and high school aged kids!

Britt’s love for art started as a child watching her mom paint, helping her dad with his professional photography and visiting art museums  from a young age. Britt began developing her art first as a photographer, and then through manipulating her photography in photoshop. Now Britt’s art includes sculpture, drawing, and painting, with her focus being acrylic paint.

As a teacher of art classes, Britt’s greatest strength lies in encouragement. While learning artistic skills is a great result of her art classes, Britt really tries to build her student’s confidence in themselves and invites them to find the good in their own work rather than comparing themselves to other students.

Terri Westerman

terriTerri grew up in a family with several artists. Her love of art was primarily influenced by her father, who creates pen & ink drawings as well as air brush paintings. Terri began her art career with drawing but in high school while taking a ceramics class, developed a love for clay. She received her Bachelors of Arts in Art Education with a concentration in ceramics through Texas Woman’s University. During her time at TWU Terri continued to develop her skills in several mediums such as painting, drawing, sculpture, ceramics, and fiber art.

Terri’s goal as an art educator is to help students to feel confident as they explore art and the artistic process, and to promote lifelong learners of art. She encourages students to ask questions, observe, analyze and explore. Exploration is a critical part of art making, especially at a young age, because it allows students to grow and develop skills while experimenting with new mediums and techniques. She enjoys seeing the surprise and excitement on a student’s face when they make a higher level learning connection about their art and when they create pieces they previously though they were not capable of producing.

Sandy Willet

IMG_2325Sandy has spent a lifetime looking and observing, however it wasn’t until recently she achieved one of her artistic goals. That goal was to obtain her Bachelors of Fine Arts from the University of North Texas with an emphasis in Drawing and Painting.

Sandy finds great joy in helping students no matter what their level of experience or how old they are. She enjoys sharing the many things she has learned and continues to learn in her journey through art.

“Painting is one of the highest means that God chose…to make man participate in all the most beautiful and best of what he had ever created” -Giovan Paolo Lomazzo

Susan (Sue) Passarelli Ferraro

sueSue was raised in a family of artists and art educators in the foothills west of Denver. As a young child, she grew up in her father’s high school art classroom. Sue graduated from Colorado State University, Ft. Collins, Colorado with a B.A. in Art History and a minor in English. She received her K-12 Art Education Certification from the University of Northern Colorado, Greeley. Able to instruct in a wide variety of mediums and styles, she has instructed K-12 Art in several public schools along the front range of Colorado.

Upon moving to Texas, she worked as the Senior Marketing Manager at the Dallas Museum of Art. While at the museum, Sue was surrounded by an encyclopedic collection and met some of the country’s most influential living artists and art educators. Sue’s passion for art education and the creative process is what brought her back into the studio and the art classroom. Since leaving the DMA, Sue has developed her own more contemporary style of art and her personal work reflect her many diverse life experiences.

Before coming to the Art House Sue instructed students from Pre-K to adult while acting as the Director of Art Education at a small art school in Frisco, TX.

Anna Lawler

annaAnna Lawler is a freelance artist with a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Illustration from Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design. She grew up in Flower Mound and discovered her enthusiasm for art when she attended Art House as a child. Anna was then accepted to and attended Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts in Dallas.

Anna discovered her love for teaching while volunteering with a mentoring program in Colorado. She has helped students of all ages improve their artistic ability, learn to use new technologies, and explore the requirements of different art related jobs. Anna is an enthusiastic and versatile instructor who loves exploring different art techniques. She is most interested in figure drawing, portraiture, and telling stories through art.

As a child, Anna struggled to read and write due to Dyslexia. She largely learned how to communicate and express her ideas through visual art. Improving her artistic ability at Art House helped her gain confidence to pursue her ambitions. Anna’s objective as an art teacher is to help others discover what they love about art and how to confidently explore new techniques and styles. She wants to help her students build skills they can use to express themselves and communicate new ideas. To see examples of Anna’s work visit annalawlerillustration.com

Hannah McMullen

FullSizeR (1)Hannah McMullen joined the ART house in 2017. Her passion in life is enabling and empowering people to take their thoughts and ideas and bring them to life through the arts. She holds two bachelor of arts degrees, one from Taylor University where she graduated Magna Cum Laude and from Savannah College of Art and Design, one of the top three schools in the nation for art and animation, in June of 2017 with a wide array of skills in both digital and traditional media.

She is skilled in storyboarding, animatic creation, illustration, layout design and expresses it through drawing and painting. She is trained in Toonboom Storyboard Pro, Adobe Photoshop, AfterEffects, and Illustrator along with Clop Studio and PaintTool SAI.

Besides her passion for art, she adores working with people of all ages, working on a team, challenging opportunities, new ways to grow and express ideas, and creatively problem-solving both on and off canvas.

Summer Pirkle

summerSummer graduated from the University of North Texas with a Bachelors of Fine Arts in Drawing and Painting, learning traditional methods and finding a way to use them for something modern and fun. She grew up observing her mother paint murals and faces, working in a wide range of art that eventually influenced Summer to explore many different styles herself.

Since she was a child, she has always had a passion for cartoons in their every form, creating comics, animations, and illustrations in various Anime and Western Cartoon styles. Though she is trained in many mediums, Summer has a special fondness for Ink Pen, Watercolor, Oil Painting, and Digital Art.

As a teacher, Summer strives to help students discover their own artistic passions and keep the desire to create burning. Her goal is to replace negative views of one’s own work or skills with positive thinking and the desire to experiment and grow as an artist.

Charli Winston

charliCharli attended El Centro College for her associates in Art with an emphasis in interior design and architecture. She then went on to study at UNT for Interdisciplinary Studies in Art and Design, graduating in December 2017. She has since been attending UNT's Teaching Certification program since January 2018.  She has a daughter named Cayci and is from Houston, raised in Lewisville.  She loves to draw and paint as well as teach, it's the best of both worlds!

 

 

Guest Instructors

Sunny Jacquet - Alcohol Ink

Sunny has been chosen by D-Magazine as one of the New Dallas 9, 9 artists that have made an impact in their mediums and are considered the areas best artists.  Sunny was born and raised in Seoul Korea and immigratedsunny photo to the U.S. in late 1980’s to pursue her art passion and dreams in the land of opportunity.  After receiving a Bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts, Summa Cum Laude, she continued her education in art by completing a Master’s degree in Arts with two years of full scholarship. She received both degrees from Texas Woman’s University. 

Sunny's artwork combines trompe l’oeil and other classical painting techniques with surreal settings of still life objects. Her paintings and artwork have been displayed in a variety of businesses and schools, including North Lake College and Texas Woman’s University Denton and Houston campuses.

Her pieces can be purchased at the ART house Gallery.

Deb Hart - Polymer Clay

deb hart portrait largeDeb is an authority on polymer clay and has been featured several times in the definitive authority on polymer clay, PolymerCafe magazine. Deb's distinctive style is a fusion of millefiori technique, Native American symbolism, animals & icons from the American Southwest, and custom sculpted boxes & containers. Her art is bold and vibrant - unique and recognizable in the growing polymer art community. She has taught on multiple websites, written tutorials and articles for polymer magazines, created video classes, and traveled the United States to teach workshops and demos.

Her pieces can be purchased at the ART house Gallery.

Sandra Butchko - Metal Clay, Fused Glass

sandra butchko instructor web portraitSandra Butchko grew up in a very artistic family. She credits her 10th grade ceramics teacher with instilling a love of clay and placing her on the path that became her life’s work. She discovered metal clay quite by accident in 1999, and by 2001, she was a certified senior instructor for Art Clay USA. She now has a level 3 certification in Precious Metal Clay making her an authority in the medium in the United States. Sandra also runs a custom tool and mold design manufacturing company called Cottontail Creations. “Every day is a new adventure with this medium.” Sandra says. “I look forward to all the new discoveries to come.”

Tony Couch - Watercolor

tony couch instructor webTony Couch received a bachelor’s degree in art from the university of Tampa and did further work at Pratt Institute in New York, while an artist for associated press.  Then for years he was a freelance illustrator while studying watercolor painting with Edgar A. Whitney, ANA, AWS.

He has written three books on watercolor.  His first, titled “Watercolor: You Can Do It!” was published by Northlight Publishing in 1987.  It went through five printings and became Northlight’s all-time best-selling book on painting.  It has been the textbook for several college art departments and has been translated into Chinese for markets overseas.

In 1989 a follow-up book on technique was published by the same publisher.  It went through three printings and was translated into Japanese for that market.

A third book, on design, titled “Tony Couch’s Keys To Successful Painting” was also published by Northlight.

Tony’s watercolor instruction articles have appeared in “Palette Talk”, “American Artist”, “Australian Artist”, “Northlight” “Watercolor Magic” and “The Artist” magazines.  His work is included in twelve art instruction articles and publications by other artists in the US, Australia and the UK.

He has produced 10 “how to” DVDs, some of which are used in colleges and in various state educational systems via TV.  He conducts workshops throughout the US and abroad.

Tony has been elected to membership in The American Watercolor Society, Academic Artists Assn., Allied Artists Of America, the Hudson Valley Art Assn., Knickerbocker Artists, Salmagundi Club, Society Of Marine Painters, Watercolor West, the Pittsburgh, Georgia and Southern Watercolor Societies, as well as Transparent Watercolor Society Of America and the Whiskey Painters Of America.

He has won over 70 national awards and his work has been included in three annual exhibitions of the National Academy of Design.

Jan Sitts - Textural Abstract

jan sitts instructor webIn Jan's more than thirty years as an art instructor and professional painter, she continues her exploring and experimentation with a wide variety of artistic mediums.  Her accomplishments in the art arena are many, working in commercial art, teaching in public schools, and teaching international workshops and a wide variety of art classes.  Her studies include the Kansas City Art Institute (Kansas City, Missouri), a B.A. degree at Western State College (Gunnison, Colorado), and ongoing lifetime of workshops and seminars in the arts. Jan's main focus revolves around layered and experimental art.