SFCC

Fine Arts

The Art Department offers a strong foundation in the visual arts. You'll begin with classes in drawing, design, art history and appreciation. Then you'll develop your painting, drawing and sculpture skills. Many specialized classes are available including printmaking (silkscreen, intaglio, and lithography), watercolor, acrylic and oil painting, figure and experimental drawing, sculpture (including welding and bronze casting), jewelry, ceramics, mixed media and installation art. The classes you choose will depend on your interests and the program option you select.

Visit the Fine Arts Student webpage for more information on our programs.

Our art facilities include:

  • A ceramics studio with throwing wheels and various kilns.
  • A foundry and sculpture studio used for working in both metals and wood.
  • A printmaking studio including a darkroom.
  • Studios for drawing, painting and design.
  • Two lecture classrooms for art history / survey courses.
  • A professional art gallery.

Visit the Fine Arts Faculty webpage for more information on our faculty, and to see images of their art.

  • A ceramics studio with throwing wheels and various kilns.
  • A foundry and sculpture studio used for working in both metals and wood.
  • A printmaking studio including a darkroom.
  • Studios for drawing, painting and design.
  • Two lecture classrooms for art history / survey courses.
  • A professional art gallery.
Visit the Fine Arts Gallery webpage for more information about exhibitions and lectures and to see images from current and past exhibitions and lectures.

Visit the Fine Arts Facebook webpage for more information about current department happenings, student art, and art-related information.
All course offerings are subject to change. The college cannot guarantee class offerings, designated times or specific instructors - as funding levels and student interest may affect whether or not an offering is available.

For additional program details, view the Art Pre-Major Career Guide, the Associate of Fine Arts Career Guide or the Certificate of Fine Arts Career Guide.

Click on the course title to view course description.

Class Credits

Contact information is listed below. Select the email link to send an email. For general program information, contact the administrative assistant. The globe icon Globe Icon identifies faculty web sites. Click the globe to visit the site.

For more information about faculty and to see images of their art, Visit the Fine Arts Faculty webpage.

Contact information is listed below. Select the email link to send an email. For general program information, contact the administrative assistant. The globe icon Globe Icon identifies faculty web sites. Click the globe to visit the site.

For more information about faculty and to see images of their art, Visit the Fine Arts Faculty webpage.

Ayars, Lee; Fine Arts Instructor

Ayars, Lee; Fine Arts Instructor Office: 6-123

Phone: (509) 533-3712

Email: Lee.Ayars@sfcc.spokane.edu

 
Lee currently teaches beginning and advanced ceramics. He began teaching college level classes in fine arts in 1977 and joined the fine arts faculty at Spokane Falls Community College in 1983. Lee earned his AFA from Spokane Falls Community College, and master’s degree from Washington State University.

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Casstevens, Margot; Instructor, Fine Arts and Interior Design

Casstevens, Margot; Instructor, Fine Arts and Interior Design Office: 6-105

Phone: (509) 533-3705

Email: Margot.Casstevens@sfcc.spokane.edu

 
Margot joined the faculty at Spokane Falls Community College in 2009 and currently teaches design drawing, sketching, and rendering techniques for the Interior Design and Fine Arts programs. She received her BFA in drawing and printmaking from Washington University in St. Louis and her MFA in printmaking and sculpture from the University of South Florida.

Margot’s work has been shown both nationally and internationally. She and her husband started Punctum Studios in 2000, and both artists have created some well-known and award-winning pieces.

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Haag, Patty; Fine Arts Instructor

Haag, Patty; Fine Arts Instructor Office: 6-106

Phone: (509) 533-3713

Email: Patty.Haag@sfcc.spokane.edu

Acrylic Painting Drawing 101
Learning Community:  Old Stones, New Threads Non-Western Art
Non-Western Art:  China
Patty has been a member of the fine arts faculty at Spokane Falls Community College since 1980. She currently teaches classes in drawing, painting, portfolio, and non-western art history.

Patty’s work has been exhibited throughout the Pacific Northwest, Midwestern United States, and Canada. She is influenced by everyday occurrences as well as her travels to many parts of the world. These influences can be seen by her use of rich, saturated colors and bold images of common everyday objects.

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Harvey, Tobe; Fine Arts Instructor

Harvey, Tobe; Fine Arts Instructor Office: 6-123

Phone: (509) 533-3712

Email: Tobe.Harvey@sfcc.spokane.edu

 
Tobe is highly inspired by the visual world, works of art, students, and other artists. His work has been shown at several area galleries, including the Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture and Saranac Art Projects in Spokane, and at the Brink Gallery in Missoula, Montana. Tobe has also been featured in The Spokesman-Review and Spokane/Coeur d’Alene Living Magazine.

Tobe joined the fine arts faculty at Spokane Falls Community College in 2004, and currently teaches classes in watercolor, drawing fundamentals, composition, and techniques, art appreciation, and color and design.

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Jagoda, Peter; Fine Arts Instructor

Jagoda, Peter; Fine Arts Instructor Office: 6-114

Phone: (509) 533-3036

Email: Peter.Jagoda@sfcc.spokane.edu

 
A faculty member in the fine arts department at Spokane Falls Community College since 1998, Pete has been an artist and metalsmith for over 40 years. He produces work ranging from small jewelry objects to larger scale forged steel sculpture and furniture. His work has been exhibited at numerous galleries and museums including the Smithsonian, Oakland Museum, Museum of Contemporary Crafts in New York, and the National Ornamental Metal Museum. Pete and his wife also operate River's Wish Animal Sanctuary which cares for animals ranging from rabbits to draft horses.

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Lopez Schindler, Lenora; Fine Arts Instructor

Lopez Schindler, Lenora; Fine Arts Instructor Office: 6-119

Phone: (509) 533-3037

Email: Lenora.LopezSchindler@sfcc.spokane.edu

 
Lena first joined the fine arts faculty at Spokane Falls Community College in 2001 and taught on the main campus and the Fairchild Air Force Base satellite campus. She returned to the department in the spring of 2013 and currently teaches classes in art appreciation and fundamental drawing. Lena also teaches art history and studio classes at Eastern Washington University and has been a faculty member at Whitworth University. She has also taught art students of all ages at Spokane Art School.

Lena received her MFA from University of Montana in sculpture, her post-baccalaureate from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and her BA in art and art history from University of Puget Sound. Her work has been exhibited regionally and in private collections. Her focus has moved from sculptural assemblage pieces to works on paper. She is interested in the intersections of nature and pattern, and is always ready to try a new material or technique.

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Madison, Kurt; Fine Arts Instructor

Madison, Kurt; Fine Arts Instructor Office: 6-105

Phone: (509) 533-3705

Email: Kurt.Madison@sfcc.spokane.edu

 
Kurt teaches a variety of classes in the fine arts department at Spokane Falls Community College including drawing, art appreciation, non-western art, art mediums, and art studio health and safety. He has been a fine arts faculty member since 2004.

Kurt has lived and worked in the arts all over the United States. His primary focus is as a sculptor. He also works with glass, metalsmithing, and installation. He has extensive background in various design fields including theatrical and landscape.

Kurt and his wife started Punctum Studios in 2000, and both artists have created some well-known and award-winning pieces. Kurt’s stained glass piece, “Orion”, is installed in the Science Building on the Spokane Falls Community College campus.

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Martens, Megan; Fine Arts Instructor

Martens, Megan; Fine Arts Instructor Office: 6-103

Phone: (509) 533-3706

Email: Megan.Martens@sfcc.spokane.edu

Intro. to Art Study Slides
Megan joined the fine arts faculty at Spokane Falls Community College in 2002. She currently teaches figure drawing, oil and acrylic painting, color and design, art appreciation, and portfolio classes. Megan also teaches and travels extensively with the study abroad programs. She also serves on the college’s Curriculum Committee and Institutional Teaching and Learning Improvement Coordinating Committee.

It is important to Megan to keep an active exhibition record and display her work regularly.

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Nenno, Mardis; Fine Arts Instructor

Nenno, Mardis; Fine Arts Instructor Office: 6-137

Phone: (509) 533-4412

Email: Mardis.Nenno@sfcc.spokane.edu

 
Mardis has been a member of the fine arts faculty at Spokane Falls Community College since 1991. She teaches ceramics classes and manages the clay studio.

She is also a professional artist and exhibits her sculptural ceramic work throughout the Northwest, including shows at Kolva-Sullivan Gallery, Art Spirit Gallery, Vashon Island Allied Arts, Jundt Museum, and the Archie Bray Foundation.

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O'Day, Thomas; Fine Arts Instructor

O'Day, Thomas; Fine Arts Instructor Office: 6-135

Phone: (509) 533-3746

Email: Thomas.ODay@sfcc.spokane.edu

 
Tom joined the fine arts faculty at Spokane Falls Community College in 1986. In 1998, he became the director of the fine arts gallery. He currently teaches classes in drawing techniques, color and design, drawing fundamentals, portfolio, and gallery exhibits.

Tom is interested in both traditional and experimental approaches to “art-making”, utilizing a variety of media including charcoal, pastels, oil and acrylic paint, bronze casting, fire, and in the past, explosives. His work has been exhibited throughout the Western United States.

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Richardson, Carl; Fine Arts Instructor

Richardson, Carl; Fine Arts Instructor Office: 6-136

Phone: (509) 533-3714

Email: Carl.Richardson@sfcc.spokane.edu

Art Intro to Art
Carl has been a member of the fine arts faculty at Spokane Falls Community College since 1995. He currently teaches drawing, color and design, printmaking, portfolio, exhibit, and advanced design classes. Carl is also the advisor to the Art Club and Black Student Union Club. Carl earned a BS in Fine Arts at Florida Agricultural & Mechanical University and an MFA from Washington State University.

Art is a way for Carl to give life to thoughts he cannot or chooses not to express verbally . . . “because words fail, I choose paint, ink, canvas, paper, film, pen, charcoal or a squeegee to give a voice to the thoughts, feelings, and emotions within me”.

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Simonsen, Garric; Fine Arts Instructor

Simonsen, Garric; Fine Arts Instructor Office: 6-104

Phone: (509) 533-3707

Email: Garric.Simonsen@sfcc.spokane.edu

 
Garric joined the fine arts faculty at Spokane Falls Community College in 2013. He currently teaches classes in drawing, color and design, art appreciation, and multi-media.

Garric earned a BA from Evergreen State College and an MFA from Washington State University. The basis of his artistic research explores the possibilities of integrating traditional printmaking techniques on surfaces of wood, encaustic, and other oil based mediums.

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Skubinna, Bradd; Fine Arts Instructor

Skubinna, Bradd; Fine Arts Instructor Office: 6-124

Phone: (509) 533-3035

Email: Bradd.Skubinna@sfcc.spokane.edu

 
Bradd teaches drawing, color and design, and art appreciation classes at Spokane Falls Community College. He joined the fine arts faculty in 2002. He has also taught art seminars on drawing, design, and contemporary art at Whitworth University and Gonzaga University.

A professional artist since 1990, Bradd’s artwork has been exhibited in Seattle, Spokane, New York, Portland, and Canada. Bradd enjoys drawing and making sculptural work using found materials. He wants his own art to be “beautiful, humorous, and self-evident”.

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Stephens, Carolyn; Fine Arts Instructor (Department Chair)

Stephens, Carolyn; Fine Arts Instructor (Department Chair) Office: 6-122

Phone: (509) 533-3424

Email: Carolyn.Stephens@sfcc.spokane.edu

 
Carolyn joined the fine arts faculty at Spokane Falls Community College in 1977. In addition to serving as the department chair, she teaches the three-course survey of Western art, figure drawing, and experimental drawing. Carolyn has been the recipient of numerous awards, research and travel grants, and fellowships.

Carolyn’s studio work favors mixed media, often combining painting and drawing on a collaged surface. A rare opportunity to work in mixed media on a very large scale was documented in a 2010 KSPS TV Northwest Profiles program titled Drawn to Draw.

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Vielbig, Bernadette; Fine Arts Instructor

Vielbig, Bernadette; Fine Arts Instructor Office: 6-102

Phone: (509) 533-3716

Email: Bernadette.Vielbig@sfcc.spokane.edu

3D Design Bernadette Vielbig  Art 101 Fundamentals of Drawing
A member of the fine arts faculty at Spokane Falls Community College since 2003, Bernadette teaches sculpture, casting, 3D design, and drawing. Her specialties include metal fire arts such as welding and bronze foundry. Bernadette is member of the Saranac Art Projects coop gallery in Spokane.

An active professional artist, Bernadette’s work has been seen throughout the United States in museums and galleries. Her work is process based with an emphasis on the irrationality of 'the American way', combining the found with the fabricated to address her love for both the object and the process of creating. The final results are usually heavy with sarcasm and irony, but from a humorous point of view, and question the notions of culture, caste, social status, and gender politics.

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Wilson, Cyndy; Fine Arts Instructor

Wilson, Cyndy; Fine Arts Instructor Office: 6-125

Phone: (509) 533-3709

Email: Cyndy.Wilson@sfcc.spokane.edu

Fundamental Drawing Introduction to Art
Cyndy first joined the fine arts faculty at Spokane Falls Community College in 1990. She returned in 1999 and currently teaches art appreciation, figure drawing, fundamental drawings, color and design, mat/frame workshop, and lithography classes.

A professional artist, framer, and printmaker, Cyndy taught art classes for Mukogawa Fort Wright Institute and has also been a faculty member at the Spokane Art School where she regularly participates in a drawing marathon.

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