Tanisha Chanda

Tanisha was born in Calcutta, India in 2004 and immigrated to the States when she was only two. Her mother’s family is from Rajasthan — a colorful and heritage-rich state; Her father is from Calcutta, — the former Indian capital — known for its notable artist community. Between them, they can speak more than four…

Diego Rodriguez

I am a portrait, editorial and commercial animal photographer with a degree from The Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale. I have been represented by the Museum of the Americas in Miami, Ugallery.com and the Art Fusion Gallery, and I currently volunteer with different local shelters to provide them with professional photos for their shelter animals,…

Max Karl Grimm

Max was born in a small rural Florida town with a great love of the arts and a crippling speech defect. He found solace, healing, and the ability to express what he otherwise could not through painting, writing, and performing. After moving to Miami as a teenager and receiving speech therapy, he became fascinated with the…

Kelley Cody-Grimm

Kelley Cody-Grimm has been performing and teaching improv for a few decades now. She first honed her improv skills with the group Mental Floss and founded both The Eclectic Company and the award-winning OTC Comedy Troupe.  She most recently appeared in The Resident, Queens and Judge Dad.  She is also an award-winning screenwriter and is currently working on two pilots.  www.kelley-cody-grimm.com  www.creativeactorslab.com 

Jordan Binney

Jordan began teaching Summer Camp at the JCAC last year. We are thrilled to announce that she will be returning this summer to teach art camp to kids in grades K-2! Currently enrolled in SCAD Savannah, Jordan plans on teaching art to kids in grades K-12 after she graduates in 2024.

Linda McGinn

Linda has been a participant at the JCAC since 2006, both as an art student and as a board member. She retired from a career in nursing and went on to get a degree in art from GSU. She enjoys working in pastels, oils, acrylics and charcoal. Linda is also an interior decorator and a…

Shailesh Jain

Shailesh Jain completed his bachelors in architecture from India in 1988 and has earned masters in building technology from Arizona State University and University of Michigan where he conducted research on design of sustainable environments and solar architecture. He has taught undergraduate and graduate level courses in computer aided architectural design at Arizona State University, University…

Ronit Hassan

I remember my first day in kindergarten, we were asked to draw a flower. I looked at how every one did theirs and then drew mine and since then I started teaching my self how to draw by looking at nature and copying what I saw.  Much later in life I was told I should go…

Joanne Easlick

Joanne has always had a passion for the arts, but teaching is her true calling.  She looks forward to creating with everyone she teaches and it brings her joy to watch her students unleash their own creativity. Having studied watercolor, painting, drawing and texture art with so many different mentors, it has been a journey…

Ketki Desai

A Johns Creek resident of 30 years, Ketki has alway been artistic.  From raising her 3 kids to working across a variety of medias (crochet to jewelry, colored pencil to ceramics) Ketki’s talent and love of teaching is immediately evident. Ketki began her love of beading in 2004. She has been teaching bead weaving and…

Summer Lowe

I have an M.F.A. in Painting from UCLA in 1981, where I studied under a faculty of famous artists. I was fortunate to be an artist’s assistant where I learned the challenges of the business of the art world both from the artist’s side and gallery side. After some years in the design world, I…

Noura Zohbe

Noura Zohbe is a ceramic artist, born and raised in Atlanta, Ga. She received her BFA from Kennesaw State University. Art is both a creative and emotional outlet for Noura. She has found joy in teaching the pottery wheel to adults of all ages and skill levels. She wants nothing more than to spread her love of…

Debra K. Yaun

A graduate of the Ringling School of Art and Design in Sarasota, Florida, Debra began her career as a fashion illustrator and graphic designer. Later she discovered a book on colored pencil in a library and fell in love with the medium. Now she stays busy with portrait commissions and nature drawings. As time allows,…

Leslie Todder

Leslie Rogers Todder has used the medium of silk painting for most of her career as a successful commercial textile print designer in New York City. Her designs have been featured in apparel lines from couture lines of Oscar de la Renta, and Fendi, to mass market womenswear of Chicos, Liz Claiborne, Terri Jon, Maggie…

Beau Raymond

Beau Raymond is originally from Southern Louisiana where he earned his B.A. in Visual Arts from Nicholls State University in Thibodaux, LA in 2004. He received his Master of Fine Arts in 2008 from the University of Florida in Gainesville, FL.  After completing his degree Beau moved to Roswell, GA as a resident artist. He…

Leslie Murphy

I was born, raised and still reside in Atlanta, GA (well, Metro Atlanta) and have been an artist for as long as I can remember.  Growing up shy and awkward, making art was always a comfort.  By the time I was 8 I knew I only wanted to be an artist when I grew up. …

Keok Lim

I was born in Singapore and worked as a dentist for twenty years before moving to Atlanta in 2001 with my family. Always being very keen on the arts, I began making pottery and sculpture since 2008. I’m actively involve in ceramic community and my work has been displayed in USA and international galleries. ​My…

Karen Kantor

Karen was brought up and taught art at home by her mother, an artist in NY. Although her chosen career is a Registered Nurse she has taken many years of art classes during her adult years which included study at the di Domecci Art program. After teaching many years of pre-school, Karen was employed by…

Esther Raymond

Ceramics Instructor Esther first experienced the joys of clay in Ms. Phillips class at Chattahoochee High School in Johns Creek, Georgia in 2003. She decided to continue her education and earned her BFA in Ceramics from Georgia State University. She began teaching wheel as a resident artist at the Roswell Art Center West in the…

Tammy Josephson

Tammy discovered her love of clay while taking an elective college course in 1995. Since then, she has been on a path of learning and growing through using a wide variety of clays, glazes and techniques. “My journey with clay has become a metaphor for my life: I fluctuate between light, elegant, porcelain pieces and…

Amanda Jones

“Over the last twenty years my students have taught me that the best formula I can use when teaching is to make my classes interesting, while teaching technique and lending plenty of encouragement.  I strive to make my classroom a safe environment for the exchanging of ideas.  I want my classes to feel welcoming to…

Alan Hawley

I was born on the west coast in Oregon and I have been all around the world since then. My father works for the CDC so in the early nineties we moved to Kenya where I started high school. I lived in Kenya for five years before I went back to the states to start…

Teresa Gaddes

Having been raised in a sewing family, Teresa started sewing as a child. In school she made her school clothes and enjoyed competing in local sewing competitions. After college, she started a computer business and traveled the entire US for 13 years until marrying and starting a family. With a desire to stay at home…

Amanda Carman

Carman is an illustrator and storyteller who has been teaching with the Johns Creek Arts Center for over five years. She specializes in figurative illustrations with themes of fantasy and whimsical wildlife and works in a variety of mediums, but focuses particularly on digital media and pen and ink work. Her lessons focus on drawing…

Susan Calderon

Susan has a degree in art education from Ohio State University, and a degree in advertising design from the Art institute of Fort Lauderdale. She worked as a graphic designer and layout artist for several ad agencies. Susan has two children, a boy and a girl, and she spent many years volunteering as a leader…

Cathi Brostrom

I was lucky enough to start taking classes at JCAC in early 2008. After being involved in the Ceramics department I was asked to teach a kids Clay class, so my teaching journey began. In the past few years I began teaching Adults also. I believe each student should be given the opportunity to express…