Makers Art Collective

OUR TEACHERS

 
 
Colleen McFarlin - Makers Art Collective, Portsmouth, Rhode Island

Colleen mcfarlin

BFA: SCAD, majoring in Fibers

Colleen teaches a wide variety of classes including: drawing, sketching, design, and all fashion / fibers related classes like weaving, quilting, sewing, fashion sketching, and more!

Fun facts: her favorite foods are french fries and pasta. She loves sloths. She can just about fall asleep anywhere!

Visit colleenmcfarlin.com to see some of her work!

 

 
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KRYSTAL AMARal

Krystal teaches Chainemaille & Wire Weaving classes here at Makers Art Collective.

Krystal started creating wire weaved jewelry pieces during law school as a method of de-stressing. Since then her art has grown into a business! She has been making and selling wire weave and chainmaille jewelry and accessories since 2017.

Fun facts: She loves turtles, cats, and red pandas. She’s an avid reader and coin collector!

Click here to visit her website to see more of her work!


 
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HARLEY BRUCE

Harley specializes in hemp jewelry and accessories

She has been making hemp jewelry for herself and friends for almost 10 years, selling since 2017. She come from an agricultural background with a focus on animal science.

Fun facts: she loves music, coffee, and books. She trains Mixed Martial Arts in her spare time, in addition to jewelry making. She’s obsessed with cows and goats. And her life goal is to open her own bookstore where she can play my vinyl records and sell her jewelry, too!

Click here to visit her Facebook page to see more of her work!


 
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Kim Belleavoine

In her little town of Chepachet, RI, down in her basement studio, Kim creates translucent and colorful works of art using salvaged glass panels and bottles. She graduated with a degree in Art Education and worked at Smithfield High School. Later she worked at the Golden Lam Buttery where she did gardening, grew flowers and made beautiful bouquets to showcase throughout the restaurant!

While art was always a part of her life, now she’s a full time artists with a full schedule of art shows, festivals, and workshops!!!

Click here to check out her website for more info and to see her work!


 
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Aleksandra Deptula

Aleks is an abstract painter and love the Fluid Art technique!

When she was little she always dreamt of being an artist, but never believed that was something she could become. She makes art because it makes her feel good and teaches her a lot about herself and she believe it can do the same for a lot of people. Aside for her love of art and surfing, she is dedicated to working with youth. Aleksandra graduated from Salve Regina in 2016 with a degree in Psychology and Global Studies. Since graduating she has worked at various nonprofits across CT, MA, and RI.

Fun facts: She studied abroad in South Africa, where she bungee jumped and went paragliding, learned how to surf, and basically kickstarted her passion for working with youth. She loves everything about the outdoors! She surfs, which is one of the reasons she moved to Rhode Island! Aleks also enjoy doing yoga.


 
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MARY WAYSS

BAS: from University of MA Boston

MASTERS OF ART EDUCATION: Lesley University

Mary is an artist with many creative outlets, but specializes in Photography, Printmaking, and Sculpture! After high School she worked as a photographer taking school photos, then moved to Boston to continue her education. She worked with an auction house taking photographs of auction items for the catalog. She then moved to an Art Consulting firm in Boston. Eventually she eventually decided she wanted to become an educator! Mary has worked at schools such as Our Sister School in New Bedford and St Patrick Academy in Providence.

Fun facts: She loves to travel to see many different types of art. Her joy is being at the ocean.


Interested in teaching a class at Makers Art Collective? We’d love to hear from you! Click here to fill out a proposal form!