Past Instructors

Our community of past instructors includes educators, artists and students from all over the world. 


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Alex Katis

first came to Prague as a Fulbright Scholar in Film Studies and stayed to shoot an animated film.  She's been teaching animation & photography since 2006.  Check out some of her photos  When she's not at ArtMill she's out there somewhere on her bicycle.


Anna Klimentová

received her Master's degree at the University of South Bohemia in České Budějovice. She teaches English and German at a primary school in Prague.



Khoi Vo

is currently Dean of the Architecture Department at Savannah, Georgia. He received his Master's Degree at SCI-Arc in Los Angeles. An accomplished architect, Vo also ran a design company in Long Beach specializing in residential, and commercial design called Khoi Vo Design.


Alyssum Skjeie

was born in Seattle, Washington, and now lives in Southern California. She graduated from California State University, Long Beach, studying Interior Architectural Design, and Spanish. Alyssum has also taught swimming at a local club during the summer.


Kristen Raizada

is an art historian and independent curator from Los Angeles, CA. She is currently working on her PhD at the University of California, San Diego. Kristen has curated contemporary art exhibitions in Los Angeles and as far-reaching as Horažd'ovice, Czech Republic.


Jonathan Lee

studied Industrial Design at California State University, Long Beach. He is currently working and living in San Francisco.  He eventually plans to design for humanitarian relief projects wherever it takes him, but meanwhile is involved designing on the SS Palo Alto Project.




Anna Adler

was born in Moscow, Russia and moved to the US in 1990. She received a BS in Studio Art from New York University, with a minor in Russian & Slavic Studies. Her concentration was sculpture and working with mixed media, including clay, fabric, plaster, and light metals (jewelry). She currently working on a Master's Degree at Rutgers University in New Jersey.


Regina Heinlein

had joined several youth camps throughout Europe as a counselor and led a German summer language camp for American students in Düsseldorf for several years. She received a degree in Communication Arts and Design with a focus on illustration and fine art photography. Growing up as a forest ranger’s daughter, she holds a strong connection to nature, visible in her drawings.  Presently, she lives and works as an illustrator in Berlin.


Courtney De Mott

received her B.F.A. from California State Long Beach in Interior Architectural Design. She has taught youth art camps in California for 3 years and has a passion for various forms of art as well as environmentally and socially responsible design. She's worked as a professional for many years in the Design field.


Magdalena Vránová

loves music of all sorts. She is active in several different types of musical groups, around Horažd'ovice and the region. She studied at the Plzeň University, majoring in Music Education/Psychology and uses this in her teaching of the flute at a local Art School.


Terezka Kylianova

is studying law in Plzeň, Czech Republic. She has worked in summer camps with youth for many years.


Rachel Jean Sippy

has a Bachelor of Science in Genetics, with minor in Philosophy from Iowa State University in the U.S. Besides her science background, she has organized outdoor recreation trips and worked with organic gardening systems. She enjoys wilderness trekking, kayaking, and rock climbing.


Zuzana Koubová

is finishing the Master's degree program in the College of Education at the University Jan Evangelista Purkyně, Ústí nad Labem, Czech Republic.  She is also a first grade teacher in Karlovy Vary, Czech Republic.


Aleš Loziak

is studying for a Master's Degree in Photography at the Faculty of Art and Design in Ústí nad Labem, Czech Republic. He recently spent a semester studying in Finland. He is working as a freelancer in the spheres of photography, webdesign, webdevelopment and other visual media.

Jackie Gross

is a shoe designer based in New York City. She is the top designer at a major U.S. company, frequently traveling to China and Europe. ArtMill was lucky to get her for a couple of days to help the kids create an interior design for our Utopian TreeHouse.

Lenka Becvar

is a photographer who graduated in Studio Art at Beloit College in Beloit, Wisconsin.  She has studied various forms of dance all her life and she loves being out in the forest more than anything. Her father was born in the Czech Republic and inspired Lenka to study in Prague the Fall semester of 2005

Dr. Renata Měřínská-Jará

worked in the Emergency Room as a medic for many years. Since 2004 she runs her own private practice of holistic medicine in the northern Czech Republic.




Zoe Abeles

has studied acting in Los Angeles since she was a little girl. Her love of drama has landed her in several plays around the metropolis.

Ali Kheradyar

is studying opera at New York University. She has been an avid dancer since childhood.

Seema Seraj

was a student counselor at ArtMill's first year open to the public. An accomplished pianist, Seema is studying in Los Angeles, California.

Tomáš Hrůza

has been described as a photographer with an activist spirit.  He studied in the studio of Pavel Baňka at the Faculty of Art & Design, Jan Evangelista Purkyně in Ústí nad Labem.  Travel is his principle means of artistic representation and travels every year far beyond the borders of Czech Republic.  Tomáš works as a photographer and editor of Fotograf Magazine and is the co-author of ArtMap, an information platform mapping contemporary art in Czech Republic.  He is also a founding member of the organization Pilgrim, which deals with the creation of pilgrim routes and lectures connecting art, science, ecology, psychology, philosphy and civic activism.


Annie Rudnik

is a tap dancer based in Chicago.

Katerina Krizova-Cervena

specialized in Textiles and Clothing Design in college. Now she is using her skills as a museum assistant and demonstrator of the antique looms at Horazdovice Museum.

Dr. Adrian Bailey

is a Professor in the School of Geography at the University of Leeds in the United Kingdom. He and his wife, Megan Blake, recently relocated to Hong Kong to teach at the University.

Dr. Megan Blake

is a Professor in Human Geography and Director of Postgraduate Programs in Human Geography at the University of Sheffield, UK. She has worked with Roma women issues in Central Europe for a number of years.

Jon Mac Cafferty

is a painter based in New York City. He has worked in fine graphics printing and as an assistant at fine arts presses in New York.

Radka Panušková

formerly a violinist with the Plzeň Philharmonic, she now teaches at a grade school and local music school in Šumava, Czech Republic. She has toured Europe with local choirs, as well as being founding Director of Uheráček, a children's performing choir in the region.

June Gorman

is both an educator and educational theorist who has taught for the past 25 years in multiple public, alternative and multi-cultural settings, after graduating from the University of California at Berkeley with a degree in Environmental Education and receiving her teaching credential from University of California at Santa Cruz. Her interests are focused in the fields of International Education, as a board member of both the International Model United Nations Association and the United Nations Association of the US. She is currently writing a book on educational theory.

Allison Gravis

graduated from Redlands University in California, majoring in Environmental Studies. Her thesis project involved the environmental impact of local fishing practices on sea turtles in Baja California, Mexico. Allison taught swimming lessons at a local community pool for several years, worked as an educator at the Port Townsend Marine Science Center in the Pacific Northwest, and volunteered for an Emergency Re-building Team in New Orleans after the hurricane. She recently relocated to San Francisco to pursue a Master's Degree in Education. She is working on the SS Palo Alto Project as well as on the permanent ArtMill team.


Kim Corcoran

has been teaching English as a Second Language for over 20 years in Santa Barbara, California. She has been interested in Art since way before that, and finally started painting in 2005. Besides raising three children into successful adulthood, Kim has been an avid hiker and nature lover since her childhood. Kim is helping as an ArtMill liaison for Bohemian Workshops on the West Coast USA. 

Kaja Kliment

teaches at the Šafrankova Škola (Middle School) at Nalžovský Hory. He is an avid sportsman, as well as excellent sunken canoe rescuer.

Nick Mullinix

grew up in rural South Dakota working in his family’s pension and restaurant. He’s been to Prague several times and loves the culture here.


Laow (WantKanai Puvusit)

is a Master's student at the University in Usti nad Labem studying Chemistry. He left his family's farm in Thailand many ye ars ago, but still cooks traditional Thai food to the surprise (and delight) to of many of us who have tasted his cooking.


Clyde Mailes

grew up in Southern California where he worked at an elementary school's after school program for five years. He graduated from Humboldt State University with a Bachelor's Degree in Journalism with an emphasis in Broadcast and a minor is Environmental Ethics. While there he was the general manager for the university's radio station. He also has a great passion for the outdoors and environmental issues.



Holly Boruck

works in painting, drawing and sculpture. She received her MFA from Cal State University Northridge and has a BFA in Interior Architecture from California College of the Arts in San Francisco. She lives in the Los Angeles area and teaches art at Moorpark College, Pierce College, Cal State Univ. Northridge, Armory Center for the Arts and Ryman Arts.  While not teaching and working in the studio, she volunteers as an art instructor for CoachArt in Los Angeles and dances ballet.



Adriana Contreras

is from Venezuela. She graduated from University of Los Andes (Venezuela)  with a Bachelor's Degree in Visual Arts and MA in Education from Alejandro Humboldt University. She has been teaching Spanish as a Second Language in Prague at  elementary and High School´s  for four years. She loves to draw and paint.


Danny Shain

is an artist from Southern California.
His work has been exhibited locally and internationally, participating most recently in the 2009 Venice Biennale. His paintings are included in several private and public collections, including the Long Beach Museum of Art, and the permanant collection of the Brooklyn Museum in New York.

He is a graduate of Pitzer College, in Claremont CA.  Danny has taught classes at the Armory Center for the Arts in Pasadena, CA.,and he has been a guest teacher at other schools in Pasadena, such as Mayfield, Westridge and Art Center.



Betina Shain

Betina was born in Rosario Argentina, and came to the United States as a child. Her studies included a year in Madrid, and she is a graduate of Cal State Fullerton, and Chapman College in Orange, CA. She is a child and family therapist specializing in social emotional development.


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