Faculty

Craig McInnis

Craig McInnis is the President of Art Synergy, Art Director for The Event Group, Creative Director for Fright Nights at the South Florida Fairgrounds, and Theme Set Designer for the South Florida Fair. Craig is a freelance artist with a career balancing commercial and fine arts. His artistic background includes painting on numerous surfaces, illustrating, producing graphic design, creating storyboard art and props for motion pictures, apprenticing as a tattoo artist, and working behind the scenes at art shows.

Craig McInnis

Dave Rubinson

Digital photography is one of the ways in which I express my vision of life. From my travels and life experience I have come to see how exquisitely connected the universe is, and my passion is sharing that vision. Technology has made photography one of the most exciting mediums for self-expression, providing nearly endless ways to both create imagery as well to enhance your photos. I embraced the computer over 30 years ago as my primary instrument of creativity, and I look forward to exploring the medium with you, helping you become familiar with the tools as well as to realize your potential as a digital artist.

David’s digital art work and animations have been exhibited widely and he has received awards and recognition for both. His work as a designer for Fortune 500 companies has also been recognized. He is proficient in a broad range of applications including, but not limited to the Adobe Creative Suite.

www.davidellisrubinson.com

Dave Rubinson

Dave Valenzi

David Valenzi graduated from Lynn University with an MFA in Visual Effects in 2017. He is a practicing digital and traditional artist, working with 2D and 3D animation, graphic design, and video editing, as well as traditional drawing and watercolors. He is an avid consumer of electronic media and brings this knowledge to both his art and his teaching. Dave has a passion for education and loves teaching students of all age and skill levels, from school children to adults.

Dave Valenzi

Deborah Adornato

Deborah Adornato is from Atlanta where she has worked as a studio potter for over 30 years. Her education in ceramics includes the University of Georgia, Georgia State University, Penland School, and a 2 year apprenticeship at Wildcat Creek Potter in N C. After establishing her studio, Atlanta Street Potter in Roswell, GA., she was instrumental in designing a clay program for the city. She has been an instructor at both Roswell Clay West and in her own studio for over 20 years. Deborah’s pots are primarily wheel thrown and reflect her passion for craftsmanship and a love of surface design and texture. Her current work, porcelain and stoneware fired in reduction and soda atmospheres, contain images relating to birds and migration.

Deborah Adornato

Debra Snyder

I began my formal art education at Parsons School of Art & Design in NY and years later studied acrylic and watercolor painting with renowned artists at the Woodstock School of Art. My favorite theme for landscapes and seascapes were inspired while living at the Jersey Shore, the Catskill Mountains and the coastal areas of New England. During my travels out west to Arizona and the Navajo Nation, my interest in pottery was awakened.  Mastering the art of throwing clay was not an immediate success for me but I was captivated by the clay and stuck with it. I have been a potter now for over ten years and I find the rewards of throwing clay immeasurable. My encounter with alcohol ink also occurred while out west and I was immediately intrigued by this fluid art, the brilliance of the pigment and its versatility.  Unlike acrylic or watercolor painting, alcohol ink allows for a freedom of expression which I find unique and challenging. I have been practicing as an alcohol ink artist for the past six years and continue to discover new techniques and applications with this exciting medium.

Debra Snyder