about our instructors:

Lorie Amick

Watercolors, Mondays 12:30 - 2:30 pm and 6:30 - 8:30 pm

Lorie Amick paints in oils, encaustic, and acrylic but the main body of her work has been in watercolor. Her subjects are primarily still life and floral with a nod toward the nostalgic. Most often inspiration comes from objects that have been handed down from family members. This brings a deep emotional articulation to her canvases which adds to the allure of her work.

A full time painter, Lorie has been represented in regional and national juried exhibitions including National Watercolor Society, Heritage Arts Foundation and Hoosier Salon.

Lorie is a founding member of Artists’ Own and teaches watercolor at the Art Museum of Greater Lafayette.  She teams up with LaDonna Vohar on the art museum's public art projects.  They have painted hogs, frogs, dogs and 4 bears last year!  Their Bison is situated on the courthouse square.

Jeff and Jane Boswell

Pottery I, II, and III

Jeff & Jane Boswell have a long history with teaching, with clay, and with each other. They both have done graduate work in pottery and have enjoyed exhibiting and selling their work. The Boswells developed the Museum’s popular pottery program in 2010 and continue to oversee all classes which now include a talented team of Teaching Assistants..


Rebecca Brody

Absolute Beginning Watercolors
Thursdays, September 1 - October 6, 1 - 3 pm

Transparent Watercolor on Yupo Paper
Saturday,October 15, 12:30 - 4:30 pm

Becky has been a commercial artist all her life, focusing on fine art using watercolor for the last 15 years, and an art instructor for 30 years.  Transparent watercolor is her only medium, but she enjoys painting on a variety of papers including a plastic surface (Yupo). Birds and landscapes with figures or animals are the subject matter that most intrigues her.  Rebecca painted the Lions in 2016 for Lions and Tigers and BEARS oh my! as well has a frog, a hog and a dog.

Ron Burgess

Pastels, Mondays, 10 am - 12

Ron Burgess is a life long resident of Lafayette, IN. He studied art under Sister M.Rufinia in the 1950’s. His early work included oils, watercolors, pastels, sculpture and pottery. His preferred medium is pastels.

Ron’s painting became sidetracked with family and career responsibilities, but he returned to his passion after retiring from 42 years in the banking industry. His interest was renewed after becoming acquainted with the work of pastel artist Bob Heger. He subsequently studied with Bob at the Lafayette Art Museum. Ron has also taken several workshops including studies with Bob Rohm at the Fredericksburg Art School in Fredericksburg, Texas and in Traverse City, Michigan. He has also completed art courses at Purdue University. He currently teaches pastel classes at the Lafayette Art Museum.

Ron is a member of the Pastel Society of America, Indiana Artist Club, Indiana Plein Air Painters Association, The Hoosier Salon, Indiana Heritage Arts and Chicago Pastel Painters. Ron is also a guest member of the Brown County Art Guild.  He is an award winning artist and has exhibited in numerous national, regional and local art exhibits.
Visit Ron's website to learn more

Sharon Owens

Glass flame working or glass fusing at inspired fire

Glass fusing for kids at Inspired Fire

After a BA in art, Sharon started with a glass class in 1979. Her long term love affair with glass led her to study in Florida, Seattle, North Carolina and abroad. As a Lafayette native, she wanted the opportunity to share her passion, so she opened Inspired Fire Glass Studio & Gallery in 2002. It promotes over 30 local artists and gives an incredible studio to work, teach and play with glass in flame working, fusing and now furnace glassblowing.

Inspired by the nature around her, the glass vessels and jewelry she creates can be a colorful interpretation of transparency and opacity within swimming layers of joy!

Anne Parks

Beginning Oil Drop In
Tuesdays, 7:00 - 9:00pm
December 5, 2016 - January 24, 2017

Anne has been working as an artist for two years. With a degree in Art/Secondary Education, she finds teaching and painting to be her life's calling. She teaches all ages from 7 to 70 in various locations, and exhibits regularly throughout the state.

Elizabeth Lincourt

drop in drawing - Tuesday, 6:30 - 8pm
drawing, Thursdays, 7 - 8:30pm * 3-6week classes this fall
Art for Kids, fourth Saturday of the month (with exceptions)

Elizabeth has been a professional artist for 30+ years. After formal training at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, she began her career in graphic design and advertising and she now focuses on drawing, painting, photography and teaching. She has been teaching for about 9 years and her students have included children and seniors. Her favorite mediums are watercolor, pastel, acrylic and charcoal.  Elizabeth painted the bear that stands at the 9th street entrance to the Art Museum and is created two of the five bisons that are featured around town for this year's bicentennial.

Jennifer Reitmeyer

Monotype Printmaking
September 27 - October 1, 6 - 8:30 pm

A native of Terre Haute, Indiana, Jennifer Reitmeyer has been learning, teaching, inspiring, and creating Art since she was a child. She received a Bachelor of Science Degree and a Masters of Fine Arts Degree from Indiana State University and currently holds a Indiana Teaching License in Art K-12. You may visit Jennifer and view her current mixed media art at her new Studio/ Gallery #11 at The Bindery, 511 Ferry Street, Lafayette, Indiana

LaDonna Vohar

Pouring Color with Fluid Acrylics
October 9, 1 - 2:30 pm

LaDonna is originally from Paducah, Kentucky, but has lived in Lafayette for many years.  She loves to paint portraits, murals, furniture, and any subject that might interest her at any given moment.   LaDonnalovesall the mediums she work in, whether its watercolor, pastel, acrylic, graphite, oils, or sculpture. When she is playing with an image, she is where she wants to be. You may seen her work locally on billboards and murals, hogs, frogs, dogs and bears and bisons. 

LaDonna has received many awards over the years in a variety of art competitions.

James Werner

life drawing, Wednesdays, October 6 - 27, 6 - 9 pm

James Werner studied in Chicago, at the Palette and Chisel Academy and graduated Valedictorian from The American Academy of Art. James received his classical training under Bill Parks, John Trapp and Ted Smuskiewicz, their training stems from the Belgium Royal Academy and the Superior Institute in Antwerp where William Mosby studied after WWI before bringing the tradition to Chicago. James also has taken summer classes at the Florence Academy of Art in figure drawing and painting, and holds a Masters in drawing, painting and printmaking from Purdue University where he was a teacher of life drawing and other courses

Bonnie Zimmer

Magic Circle Sunday afternoon Workshops one for children, one for teens and adults
Nature Totum for Teens and Adults

Bonnie Zimmer is an artist, art educator and arts activist who works in local natural and found materials that honor and explore her rural surroundings. With a background in fiber, her mixed media vessels, sculptures and installations reflect her contemplation of our throwaway society and our need for more nature in our lives. See her work at bonniezimmer.com