The Arts Center’s many educational programs are made possible by the passion and dedication of our amazing instructors. We’re always looking to add to our team! If you’re interested in teaching for us, please complete our Instructor Interest Form.
Alex Hawkins – Adult Ceramics, POP Studio
Alex is a Fine Arts graduate of the University of Kentucky, she has experience teaching at Mudworks in Lexington and at Painting with a Twist. Her skills profile extends over all mediums but she prefers painting, drawing and ceramics. She enjoys teaching because it feels awesome when a student ‘clicks’ with the medium and she loves seeing the joy that comes from that. Alex is the lead singer in a ska/punk band.
Amanda Hendershot – Starry Night Studio
Amanda holds both Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Art Education from Asbury University and Georgetown College, respectively. She has taught art in a public school for 25 years and is currently pursuing my National Board Certification. She has also had a solo exhibit at the Arts Center.
“I enjoy teaching Starry Night Studio classes because they allow me to teach art to an adult group, and interact with them in a more relaxed, social atmosphere. When I am not teaching, I love to read, paint, spend time with friends, work out, and go on motorcycle rides with my husband.”
Barbara Hall – Music Appreciation, Voice Instruction
Barbara recently retired from Centre College after 35 years where she taught voice and conducted all of the choral ensembles as well as held administrative posts. She began teaching voice in college, taught as a graduate assistant at University of North Caroline at Chapel Hill, and then at Centre for about 15 years. She has also participated as a professional singer in a number of professional choirs (Santa Fe, NM,Aspen, CO, Atlanta, GA, France) and gave annual recitals through the 1980s and 1990s. Barbara also serves as the President of the Board of the Community Arts Center.
“I love working with serious amateurs – people who have talent (sometimes undiscovered!), a desire to improve, and a love for music and words. I have been heard to say that I can teach anyone to sing!”
Brandon Long once told his Kindergarten class he was an artist. They didn’t believe him. He has been daily proving them wrong for over thirty years. Brandon has a BA in Fine Arts from Georgetown College and has served as the Community Arts Center’s Program/Creative Director since 2007. He enjoys creating art in a variety of media – drawing, painting, collage, assemblage, sculpture, photography, graphic design, etc.
Emma Steberl is twenty two years old and she resides in Perryville, KY. Emma has over ten years of professional acting and singing experience. She has performed in Kentucky, Ohio, West Virginia, and New York City. She has experience in live theatre, film, and voice over work. She is so thankful for the opportunity to teach at the Arts Center. The enthusiasm that the students possess is contagious.
When not teaching, she enjoys spending time with her husband Jaden, performing, hiking, and cooking!
Jennifer Ahnquist – Starry Night Studio
Jonas Hurley – Adult Ceramics
Martha Robertson – Starry Night Studio, Adult Visual Arts
I love to paint. Period. When I lose track of time, it’s when I’m painting, and I’ve been painting since high school, off and on while raising a family. Since retiring from KSD, I’m able to paint full time, taking classes in oil painting landscapes and portraits. I love teaching Starry Night Studio. It’s a joy to see people walk out the door with their own creation having never picked up a paint brush. I enjoy seeing folks return again and again, and watching them learn and express themselves through art. Outside of SNS, you’ll find me working in my home studio, teaching piano, cooking, and more. I’m a working musician who loves theater, a wife, mom, grandmomma, Bible teacher, pianist, reader, and porch swing lover.
Wes Bratcher – Ballroom Dance