Class and Camp Instructors

Anna Blackshaw
Documentary Photography Workshops: A Day in the Life of a Small Town
Anna Blackshaw is a documentary photographer based in Chatham County who has covered social justice movements internationally for the last 15 years. She was the photographer for the award-winning book No More Strangers Now: Young Voices from a New South Africa.  Her work has been published by The Los Angeles Times, The South African Mail and Guardian, Colorlines Magazine, The Sun and  McClatchy News.

Anoushka Brod
Improvisational Acting

Anoo Brod has been a performing member of Transactors Improv Company since 1997. Since that time she has been teaching improv to people of all ages in a variety of venues across the country! In addition to improvisation Anoo has also acted in short films such as "Lost and Found" and "What the Frock!" She is also CTA Certified Soul/Life Coach helping people discover their true purpose and live more soulful lives!

Shannon Bueker
Adventures in Watercolor

Shannon Bueker grew up in San Antonio, Texas where she was heavily influenced by Mexican art and culture. As an adult, she studied fine art at the University of Texas in what she later found out was the ‘Southern Narrative’ tradition: big and figurative.” Her work now often focuses on native and domesticated animals. She has a special fondness for possums and has immortalized them through her art on several occasions. One of her goals as an artist is to focus attention on the animals that share our environment. You an view her work annually on the Chatham Open Studio Tour and at her website:

          Catherine J. Howard

Contemporary Art History
Graduating summa cum laude from Barnard with a degree in art history and a visual arts degree from Columbia University, Catherine is currently working on a series of 7-foot scrolls designed to hang in windows that utilize light as a key element. “I’ve created images of dancers and performances,” Howard said. “The light becomes an active part of the work. It’s about inner illumination and vulnerability and how we show ourselves through our bodies.” Howard credits her parents with fostering her early interest in drawing.  “They taught me that being an artist was a valid profession, which is something a lot of artists struggle with.” A Kernersville, NC native, Howard strives to open arts and creativity up for others and to use art to create deeper, more intimate connections between people. 

Judy Katz
Portraiture, From the Inside Out
Originally from New York City, Judy Katz, has an AA in Arts and Humanities, from City College of San    Francisco; a BFA from Maine College of Art; and a year of graduate studies in Art Education from Goddard College in Vermont. Judy has also studied at The Art Students League, in New York City; Southampton College of LIU- in New York; and College of the Atlantic, in Bar Harbor, Maine. She has taught art to children and adults in public and private schools, community arts programs, and one to one as a private art instructor. Her work is in private collections and has been exhibited in California and Maine. Judy moved to North Carolina  2 & 1/2 years ago from Maine. Currently, she is working on a series of watercolor portraits. She works in a variety of media including oils, ceramics, stone, and metal.

Matt Vooris

Drum/Percussion Camp
Matt Vooris began drumming when he was in the 3rd grade, leading him to join the Empire State Youth Percussion Ensemble and Jazz Ensemble, eventually winning the title of Principal Percussionist for the Empire State Youth Orchestra.

He later studied at the Eastman School of Music in 1997 with a focus on classical percussion and music education. While at Eastman Vooris formed heralded indie rock band, SNMNMNM. In 2000 the band moved to Los Angeles to pursue music full time and later signed with Unschooled Records in Chapel Hill.

Matt has taught private lessons in the Triangle since 2004 and regularly works with public schools to provide master classes and lessons. He is presently the principle percussionist for the Durham Symphony Orchestra, directed by William Henry Curry, as well as, the band director at Woods Charter School.

Matt Zigler
Interdisciplinary Art for Artists

Matt Zigler received his MFA from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia.  Though he was admitted to the painting program, his graduate thesis project included painting, digital art, installation, found object sculpture and conceptual elements.  Matt has been teaching painting, drawing, photography, photoshop, design and art history for nine years, and has exhibited his work in numerous shows in North Carolina, Maryland, Pennsylvania and New York.  For more information go to