The Northville Art House is proud to provide quality art instruction in a variety of artistic mediums. through classes, workshops and camps. Combining education, experience and talent, our instructors have helped thousands of students, young and old, learn new artistic skills and unleash their creativity.
Sasha Roberts-Levi has three decades of experience teaching diverse populations, ages from infants to nonagenarian. She is a talented artist with exhibition experience and art therapy as well as crisis intervention training. With a background in school administration and art education, early childhood and higher education. Sasha has her B.F. A in Drawing & Printmaking from Eastern Michigan University and her Ed.S. in Art Therapy from Wayne State University, Detroit. She holds current Teaching Certificates and Endorsements for Learning Disabilities (SM) K-12, English as a Second Language (NS) k-8, Art Education (LX) 6-8 & Elementary k-5 all subjects; K-8 Self CC.
Donna Gonzalez is an artist and art business owner. She has created art since childhood and has 20 years’ experience teaching students from a variety of cultures and ages, from organizing and teaching women within her community ESL, to elementary age students’ art to college level art and graphic design. Donna has a M.F.A. in Media Design from Full Sail University and a B.A. in Art History from University of Michigan. Donna is the owner and founder of of Resurgent Art LLC, an arts ministry that focuses on bringing quality art, design and art history into academia and the Art field.
A graduate from The University of Dayton with a M.A. in Clinical Psychology. Julie changed her focus to Art after taking a watercolor class at Emory University which 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’s favorite mediums are watercolor and acrylic, but also enjoys pastel, colored pencils, collage, printmaking, and alcohol inks. Julie’s paintings can be found at Pierre Paul Art Gallery, Ann Arbor, and the Governor’s Exhibition, Lansing.
Born in the United States and raised in Greece, Elli Fassois has worked as an art teacher for several different institutions. Her artistic process began when she was six years old, and over the years she hasexperimented with many different mediums and techniques. Elli has a PhD in “Museum Theater Techniques in Greek Museum Spaces: An Extensive Approach Based on Contemporary Art Exhibitions” from University of Patras – Greece, a MSC in “Modern Art: History, Curating and Criticism” from University of Edinburgh – Scotland, and a BA in Fine Arts from University of Ioannina – Greece. Elli has always focused on the educational role of museums and on the creativeness of designing unique visitor art experiences and classes. She teaches acrylics and drawing, and offers adult art workshops.
Eric first learned to weave as a child at Greenfield Village and began weaving full time 8 years ago. He started by taking classes from weavers and teachers using Rigid Heddle looms as he suggests for his class. Eric joined the Michigan Weaver’s Guild and volunteered at the Weaver’s Shop at Greenfield Village. He has taught classes at Northville’s Mill Race Village and at Dresner Foundation Soul Studios in West Bloomfield.
Corry Buckwalter studied Art History at Oberlin College as an undergraduate, among other liberal arts courses, and brings a love of art history and theory to her classes. Corry holds master’s degrees in Landscape Architecture and City Planning from Cornell University and designs and maintains gardens locally. Additionally, she studied painting extensively with an established realist painter, Elaine S. Wilson. Corry is excited to share her love of painting, drawing and design with others in a systematic way, as she was taught. She is committed to the craft of making art as a step-by-step process for artistic success for each student in her classes. In addition to teaching and designing, Corry has a painting studio and serves on the Design Review Board for the City of Ann Arbor. Corry has shown her paintings in juried exhibitions in Southeast Michigan for more than ten years. Visit www.climateconsciousdesign.com to learn more.
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 in custom framing with training from a Master Framer in Farmington Hills. Jennifer also studied calligraphy at the BBAC and 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. She teaches watercolor, drawing, pastels, creative hand lettering, and traditional calligraphy and offers workshops on matting and custom framing. Visit www.scriptedexpressions.com to learn more.
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.
Maria has been with the art house for five years, teaching drawing & painting classes and workshops for kids ages 2 – 15, as well as being an instrumental part in our outreach program with NPS.
Nancy Barick is a Metro Detroit native and resident. She has worked professionally as a Graphic Designer and Art Director for the past 20 years. She received a Bachelor of Arts from Oakland University, majoring in Studio Art with a minor in Photography.
She is currently working with freelance clients, and enjoying spending time painting and teaching various forms of art.
The Northville Art House welcomes Sandra to our teaching staff. Sandra got her bachelor in architecture and master in business administration. But her passion has always been art and teaching. Teaching art has been her joy for the last 6 years. She believes in finding personal style in each art creation and the magical process behind it. Sandra’s travel abroad led her to Batik painting in Bali, Shibori dye in Japan, Filligree silver sculpture in Central Java, to name a view.
The Art House welcomes our new instructor Stacy Pearson. Stacy is a Michigan artist trained in scientific illustration techniques with a broadened scope branching into botanical art and creative drawing. Her work incorporates drafting pencils, watercolor, gold, silver, and copper leafing into a variety of papers.