The Northville Art House is proud to provide some of the best art instruction in the metro- Detroit area. Below is a sampling of some of our instructors.
Jennifer Helner is a Michigan realist watercolor painter of flowers, landscapes and creative lettering. Her artistic process began as a child with eleven years of private art instruction in Livonia. Jennifer achieved her BFA in painting from Wayne State University in 1991. From there, Jennifer worked as a custom framing with training from a Master Framer in Farmington Hills. Jennifer also studied calligraphy at the BBAC, College for Creative Studies and has attended numerous workshops of nationally and internationally recognized artists. Her artwork is known for lively colors and brave compositions.
Jennifer is an art instructor in Northville and Livonia with many private students. She teaches watercolor, drawing, pastels, creative hand lettering and traditional calligraphy and offers workshops on matting and custom framing. She has a custom framing business and frames for the Northville Public Schools, Madonna University, Bob Segar, Kenwal Steel and has private clients. Jennifer receives many requests for her calligraphy work on a commissioned basis and her artwork is in many private residences throughout the U.S.
Jennifer is married with two children. Her teaching Philosophy is simple, “Look with your eyes. Look at what nature has to offer. Master as many techniques as you can. And, most importantly, it is only paper, we can start again.”
Born and raised in Michigan, Maria Latour attended the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor receiving a BA in Art History and BFA in Fiber. In 1995 she journeyed to the southwest to study at Arizona State University, graduating with a Master of Fine Arts degree. Maria has exhibited her work nationally including exhibitions at McKinney Gallery at West Chester University, PA, the Nelson Fine Art Center, Tempe, AZ, City Museum in St. Louis, MO and Vail Village Arts, CO.
Kim Ensch has spent many years studying fine art, drawing, and painting. Currently her focus is surface design, creating art that is textural and absorbing using paper/fiber. Her home-based art studio is located in Van Buren Township, in southeastern Michigan where she, in addition to creating her work, offers private and group instruction. As an award-winning visual artist, Kim has shown her work in jury competitions, group shows, studio tours and gallery exhibitions.
Julie has always loved art and drawing and painting. However a career in art was just a dream. Julie graduated from Mt. Holyoke College with a Biology degree with plans to become a veterinarian. Plans changed, she attended The University of Dayton and achieved a M.A. in Clinical Psychology. A watercolor class at Emory University started her on my artistic journey. After moving to Illinois, Julie continued taking more classes in drawing and watercolor. She was a member of the Lakes Region Watercolor Guild learning from many internationally renowned artists. Julie also started working for Young Rembrandts – a drawing program for children, and discovered her love for teaching. Julie’s favorite mediums are watercolor and acrylic, but also enjoy pastel, colored pencils, collage, printmaking, and her latest addiction- alcohol inks.
This will be Julie’s tenth year at the Northville Art House! Julies paintings can be found at Pierre Paul art gallery in Ann Arbor, and she has been honored to have several paintings as part of the Governor’s exhibition in Lansing.
“I combine my science background (by experimenting with various mediums and techniques) with my psychology degree to use art and color to improve self-esteem, reduce stress, and bring joy to one’s life!” Julie Woodard
Marchelle is a local artist and entrepreneur with the ability to use several medias, producing a variety of art pieces. Her talent includes portrait paintings in oils, drawing portraits and animals with extreme accuracy . She is best known for her animal and human portraits in colored pencil. Most of her art work has been sold or commissioned. She has a degree in Graphic Design and continues to work with other talented, well-known artists to expand her knowledge of techniques.
Edward was born in London, England and grew up in Michigan studying at the College for Creative Studies and Wayne State University. He received his BFA in Art with a concentration in painting from Wayne State University in 2009. Since graduation, Edward has exhibited in various group and solo shows throughout Michigan, and was most recently awarded the Gold Medal for the Scarab Club’s 101st Annual Gold Medal Exhibition. Working in oil, watercolor, charcoal, and graphite, Edward focuses primarily on landscape and figurative work. In addition, Edward was the Art School Director for Paint Creek Center for the Arts from 2011 – 2014, as well as an instructor at the Grosse Pointe War Memorial, and a studio assistant for the Detroit Institute of Arts. He currently teaches drawing and painting at the Birmingham Bloomfield Art Center and the Anton Art Center.
Amber Valentine is a Detroit born multimedia artist that lives in downtown Northville. She has spent the past five years teaching for non-profits in the arts, specializing in children’s classes. As an artist, Amber works in altered 35mm film, handcut analog collages, resin casting, and more. She loves to teach these techniques to students to show that seemingly difficult techniques can be done at home. Working with children, Amber loves to work one on one with her students and make every project specialize and unique. From Fair Doors to Chihuly, Amber makes every class as fun as possible for her kids and helps bring out the creativity
Born in Germany, now living and working in the Metro Detroit Area, local artist Dagmar ‘Jasmin’ Langsch first discovered her artistic potential as an adult in 2013 and improved her self-taught abilities by taking several art classes from local artists. Vibrant colors and strong compositional elements drive Jasmin’s work with acrylic paint and alcohol ink on canvas as well as paper, tile and glass. Jasmin has exhibited in a number of locations, including the Northville Arthouse and Starring the Gallery, both of which are located in Northville, Michigan. Her online presence is also very strong and her works have garnered the attention of art collectors worldwide. Jasmin operates her own website as well as a thriving Etsy store in which she displays her developing talent. Since her art world debut, art collectors in many states, including Michigan, Pennsylvania and Florida, have made Jasmin’s works part of their collections. Jasmin’s paintings also feature in a number of international collections, from Germany to Australia. To see her unique collection please visit www.JasminsArtStudio.com.
Linda Larsen is a fiber artist who creates images using textiles as her medium. Fabrics, fibers and embellishments are combined to produce one of a kind pieces characterized by their depth of color and texture. An art quilter for 20 years, she has more recently been enjoying the world of possibilities inherent in the use of wool. She works intuitively and delights in the serendipity which occurs when making felted wool. She is a member of the Michigan Fiber Festival, Paradigm, The Greater Ann Arbor Quilt Guild, Studio Art Quilt Associates and the Farmington Art Foundation.
Candace Law is a full-time artist in the Detroit area. After receiving degrees and working in other fields, she earned a BFA in Architectural Illustration, but found herself drawn to fine art. Her current body of work focuses on encaustic (hot wax) and mixed media, especially incorporating found objects. “Art for me is a means of communicating about our environment, our lives, sharing our experiences, and reflecting how they inform each other.” Her exhibits include several solo shows as well as numerous regional and national exhibitions—both invitational and juried competitions. Her work has appeared in Encaustic Arts magazine, as well as the Studio Visit publication, and is in a number of private collections, including at Detroit’s Historic Trinity Church. Candace teaches encaustic workshops and works from her studio in Berkley (MI). See more of her work on her website www.CandaceLaw.com.
After earning her Technical AA Technical Illustration degree from Washtenaw Community College, Erin went on to earn her BFA from the College for Creative Studies. Erin has experience teaching art classes for kids of all ages in a variety of different media.
I’m a Southeast Michigan based artist working with paint, pyrography and graphite. I’ve been making art for over ten years and in the process, I have discovered how powerful the creative process can be in facilitating healing and self-growth. I am also a licensed professional counselor with a diverse background of experience working with individuals, families, and couples to help them overcome difficulties and cultivate their best selves. I love the peace, inspiration, and tranquility that nature brings, and to share this with others is a gift. I draw my artistic inspiration from the healing power of nature, and I’m deeply interested in the spiritual connection between man and nature. To view my online artist portfolio please visit my website at www.kylepryce.com. I also regularly update my instagram and facebook accounts, and post current works in progress.
Whether she is painting portraits, landscapes, or still life, Vianna is known for her expressive use of color that captures a moment in time. Born and raised in Michigan, Vianna learned to paint as her children were growing up and they became her inspiration and early models. She is a nationally recognized artist who works in pastel, oil, and watercolor, and has won awards in many juried competitions including, The Pastel Society of America, The Portrait Society of America The International Association of Pastel Societies, and The Michigan Water Color Society. She was a finalist in the Pastel 100 Competition in 2011, 2012, and 2013. In June of 2014, she was the Featured Artist in The Pastel Journal. Vianna is a popular and passionate instructor and teaches workshops nationally and abroad. She is a Signature Member of The Pastel Society of America, and earned Distinguished Pastellist status in the Pastel Society of the West Coast. She was inducted into the IAPS Master Circle in 2011 and became an Eminent Pastellist in 2015.
Amber Valentine is a Detroit born multimedia artist that lives in downtown Northville. She has spent the past five years teaching for non-profits in the arts, specializing in children’s classes. As an artist, Amber works in altered 35mm film, handcut analog collages, resin casting, and more. She loves to teach these techniques to students to show that seemingly difficult techniques can be done at home. Working with children, Amber loves to work one on one with her students and make every project specialize and unique. From Fair Doors to Chihuly, Amber makes every class as fun as possible for her kids and helps bring out the creativity inside us all.