Arts Center Instructors

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 for webAlex 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.

When she’s not at the Arts Center, you’ll find her working a lot of odd jobs and creating her own artwork. She also likes to be outside and eat yummy food!

Amanda Hendershot for webAmanda 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 Retirement PortraitBarbara 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 for webBrandon Long – Youth and Adult Visual Arts

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.

“I enjoy teaching art at the Community Arts Center because it is an opportunity I never had when I was younger.  There were lots of opportunities for athletic kids, but the art kids didn’t have a lot to do in the 80s.  My kids both love doing art and have that ‘creative drive.’  I want to help others awaken their creativity and flourish as artists.” 
Brandon’s hobbies include all things guitar – playing, building, tweaking, collecting.  He also loves video games.  He has also been known to dabble  in acting at West T. Hill Community Theatre.  Just don’t ask him to dance.

Catherine Thomsen – Adult and Youth Ceramics

Emma Steberl for WebEmma Steberl – Children’s Drama

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

Maggie Shapiro Haskett – Youth Visual Arts

Martha RobertsonMartha 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.


Paula WhitakerPaula Whitaker – Munchkin & Me, Youth Visual Arts

Wes Bratcher – Ballroom Dance