Harlem Arts Council INSTRUCTORS

listed alphabetically

Ulrike Beck - Weaving and Braiding

Ulrike was born in the northwestern part of Germany. There that she served a three-year weaving apprenticeship, earning her Master Letter after another 4 years of training. She wove and taught in Australia for almost 3 years before immigrating to the United States 57 years ago. Ulrike taught and presented workshops in Buffalo, NY before finally moving to Harlem in 1993.

For roughly 20 years, she has been teaching at the Gertrude Herbert Institution of Art in Augusta and at several Summer Camps. Besides weaving one-of-a-kind fabrics for ecclesiastical vestments and altar cloths, she has specialized in weaving transparent hangings for the corporate market. She and her work are featured in two weaving books.

Angelika Bondar - Acrylic Painting & Pottery

Bio forthcoming

Frank Carstarphen - Oil & Watercolor Painting

Bio forthcoming

Ashley Driggers - Children's Ballet

Ashley began dancing at the age of 7 where she grew up training in ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical, pointe, modern, hip hop, and contemporary. Ashley's favorite style of dance is pointe where she danced competitively and gathered many awards in various styles of dances. Her passion is to teach dance to all ages and share her love of dance. As of right now Ashley offers ballet, but hopes to branch out to other styles of dances in the years to come.

Tina Pilgrim - Colored Pencil Painting

Tina is a country girl that lives with her husband, dogs and chickens and find the things in my everyday life bring me inspiration. She is a self taught artist who started out working the polymer clay and still work with this very versatile medium today. She picked up the art of using professional colored pencils and fell in love with this medium quickly. She has won several different awards in juried shows and have had pieces printed in colored pencil magazines distributed throughout the world. I have always wanted to be an artist and really pushed myself to learn as much as possible to become the kind of artist I wished to be. "There are no words to explain how much watching students become confident in their own work means to me as a teacher and/or mentor."

Faye Wallace - Zen Painting & Meditation

Faye is a graduate from Katherine Gibbs Business School. She is a published author, established artist, Reiki Grand Master Teacher (Shihan) and an Ayurveda Practitioner who applies her knowledge to everyday cooking. Her approach to life, art and healing goes hand-in-hand and believes charity starts from home. Volunteering her time and effort to grow art in Harlem is an example of her belief.