Athenauem School of Art faculty ButikoferRivian Bütikofer earned a BA in painting and printmaking from San Diego State University (SDSU) and an MA in Education from Point Loma Nazarene College. As an artist and longtime educator, Rivian combines her educational experience and extensive background in art, drama, and art therapy with an enthusiastic and encouraging teaching style. She has been an artist-in-residence and a visual arts resource instructor for the San Diego Unified School District and has taught at the secondary level in several area schools. Rivian taught at her own art school, The Magic of Art, UCSD, MCASD, SDMA, and was a consultant to the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris. Her work is in collections in Germany, France, Israel, and Canada, and the United States.


Athenauem School of Art faculty ButikoferAraceli Carrera is a local visual and performing artist. She has designed sets for the stage, designed costumes and masks for dance and theatre, exhibited and performed locally and internationally, and has been teaching art and dance for the last 10 years, most recently at High Tech High in San Diego. Araceli is bilingual in Spanish and English and received her BA in Dance Education from Arizona State University in 2001. She also manages her own multimedia dance company Impuse Danza Youth Company.


Athenauem School of Art faculty DemerySharon Carol Demery moved from the San Francisco Bay area to Los Angeles, where she attended UCLA and Otis Parson’s School of Art and Design. Here she developed her modern art with and affinity for vibrant color, purity and simplicity, depicting images of abstraction that retain their cohesiveness. She started showing in galleries and museums around the country, and her work is in many private and public collections. An award-winning artist, her work has been reviewed and written about in numerous publications. Sharon taught painting at Arizona Western College in Yuma, Arizona, from 1979 to 1981, after which she moved to San Diego, where she continued her studies at UCSD, San Diego City College, and Platt College. Sharon has studied and developed her art throughout her entire life. Her journey continues.


Athenauem School of Art faculty Ken Goldman

Helen Shafer Garcia is a San Diego Watercolor Society signature member, mixed media painter and award winning illustrator. Helen’s watercolor illustrations have graced the cover brochures, garden articles and advertisements of numerous international resorts and magazines for more than 25 years. Awards include four San Diego Press Club First Place Awards of Excellence in Illustration for San Diego Home/Garden Lifestyles Magazine. Helen holds her degree in Fine Arts from CSLUB and currently teaches watermedia, book arts, and printmaking. And, intermittently, she teaches watercolor and Mixed Media workshops internationally and across the US.;


Athenauem School of Art faculty Ken Goldman

Ken Goldman studied at the National Academy of Design, the Art Students’ League, and New York Studio School. A recipient of numerous awards, Ken has exhibited widely in various group shows and solo exhibitions in galleries and museums in Holland, Paris, Mexico, China, Italy, Greece, New York, Boston, Washington, D.C., and San Diego. Ken’s work is included in the permanent collections of the San Diego Museum of Fine Art, North Carolina's Hickory Museum of Fine Art, the San Diego Museum of Natural History, the San Diego Watercolor Society and the Zuo Wen Museum in Qindao China. Ken is the author of nine Walter Foster books on Pastels, Acrylics, Charcoal, and Artistic Anatomy and has been featured in many magazines, including The Art of Watercolour, Southwest Art, International Artist, Watercolor Magic, Splash 12, 13 & 19, and The Artist’s Magazine. Ken is President of the National Watercolor Society.


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