Faculty Bios

Jeff Bramschreiber (Link to artist's website)

Jeff Bramschreiber made the decision to focus on art his last two years of high school. After an Honorable Mention in the nationwide “ Draw Me” contest sponsored by Art Instruction Schools, Jeff went on to get both fine art and commercial art degrees, and to study at the Massachusetts College of Art. He now has been painting for nearly thirty years, with numerous awards to his credit and with paintings hanging in private collections throughout the United States. As an instructor he believes anyone can learn drawing and painting and with participative, focused practice can become successful at it He further believes in working right along with his students feeling that this adds a certain measure of credibility to his students. Mr. Bramschreiber is currently a Board Trustee and Pastel Instructor at the Triton Museum of Art, Community Arts Liaison and Assistant Manager for University Art Center of San Jose, Treasurer and Board Trustee for Silicon Valley Open Studios, and Lecturer / Workshop Artist in Egyptian Art for the Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum.

Art Educator for ArtStudio Pastels and Exploration in Drawing Classes, TeenStudio

Kimiyo Cordero

Kimiyo Cordero studied spatial and pictorial arts at San Jose State University with an emphasis in photography and ceramic sculpture. She has curated and co-curated shows for Red Ink Studios in San Francisco, where she showed and sold her own work. After working as a display artist Kimiyo found that her true passion was in teaching. Kimiyo has worked teaching and writing curriculum at the San Jose Museum of Art, Camp Gaileo and Arthouse Kids. She has taught in schools all over the Bay Area for the past 7 years. Kimiyo has spent most of her time raising her 2 year old son, who has a passion for painting and the arts as well.

Art Educator for KidStudio Program

Sandra Smith-Dugan (Link to artist's website)

Sandra Smith-Dugan received her bachelor’s of fine art in painting and drawing from San Jose State University and has taken professional workshops in portraiture,figure painting, and plein air landscape painting. She has been painting and showing her work for over 25 years.

Sandra Smith-Dugan paints in oil on canvas and board with an emphasis on the landscape, figure, and animal. Painting en plein air or in the studio, her work is open and expressive and showcases her innate sense of color and composition. Smith-Dugan's style, which clearly has its own unique and evolutionary character, shows the influences of Bay Area Figurative painter Richard Diebenkorn, Joan Brown and Wayne Thiebaud, as well as that of American realist Edward Hopper.

Art Educator for ArtStudio Beginning Oil Painting

Nicola Franklin

Nicola Franklin was born in England and holds a Diploma in General Art and Design, BA degree in Fine Art Textiles and a Postgraduate Certificate in Secondary Education in Art and Design. Nicola has had a rich career as a practicing artist and art educator. Throughout her career her broad range of artistic experiences has equipped her with an impressive knowledge of art history and many diverse artistic skills. With her formal training in secondary art education, Nicola also brings to the Trition an impressive knowledge of her subject and wide experience working with individuals and groups of all ages (preschool to seniors). Her philosophy is to create artistic experiences that allow a high degree of freedom, but retain a focus on teaching core art skills, thereby creating a more engaging and memorable experience for her students.

Art Educator for KidStudio, SummerStudio, KidStudio Pre-K, ArtReach at Westwood School, Family Art Day events, TeenStudio

Jane Hofstetter

Jane Hofstetter has been painting and teaching for more than 25 years. She studied art at the University of California at Berkeley and Los Angeles’ Chouinard Art Institute. Ms. Hofstetter is a member of the National Watercolor Society and Watercolor West. She currently teaches watercolor workshops throughout the United States and Europe.Her work has appeared in Watercolor Magic, American Artist, The Artist Magazine and Collected Best of Watercolor. She is the author of 7 keys to Great Paintings (North Light Books, 2005).

Art Educator for Watercolor Masters' Class

Kristin Lindseth-Rivera (Link to artist's website)

Kristin Lindseth-Rivera is a sculptor and printmaker specializing in figurative work. She teaches Drawing, Sculpture and Digital Art at Mission College, as well as Life Drawing at the Triton Museum of Art. She holds a Master’s Degree. Kristin’s bronze sculptures and intaglio prints have been exhibited nationally in solo and group shows, and in invitational and juried exhibitions in museums, art centers and colleges. Lindseth-Rivera says, “Emotions are the subjects of my figurative sculptures, not individuals. The sculptures are about the universal experience of being human, of being both strong and fragile at the same time, of being connected to, and isolated from others. I believe that creative self-expression is an essential aspect of being human, and not just a privilege for a “talented few.”

Art Educator for ArtStudio Life Drawing and Sculpture classes

Preston Metcalf

Preston Metcalf is blessed with the ability to recognize great art, but cursed with the inability to produce it … that is why he is a curator and art historian. He began his career as a Curator of Art at the San Jose Museum of Art. He then moved to the Triton Museum of Art, first as Curator of Education, then as Assistant Director for several years. Preston then went on to become Executive Director of the San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art. He has lectured on art and art history throughout the country and abroad. He has had published more than sixty articles and essays on artists and art history. After a brief interlude of teaching and writing, he returned to the Triton Museum, where he now works as Curator of Art. He also teaches Art History at Mission College, San Jose City College, and the Triton Museum of Art.

Art Lecturer for ArtHistory classes

Ray Mendieta (Link to artist's website)

Ray Mendieta is a native of Northern California, and has been a professional artist and art teacher for the past 15 years. He teaches at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco and also teaches drawing and painting at The Pacific Art League in Palo Alto, California. Ray has held one-man shows at The Pacific Art League Gallery, Tahill Galleries, and the Academy of Art Gallery and presently shows at The Lee Youngman Gallery in Calistoga,CA and the Los Gatos Museum Gallery in Los Gatos. Ray Mendieta received his Masters Degree in Fine Art from the Academy of Art University at San Francisco.

Art Educator for ArtStudio Landscape Painting, Plein Air, Head Drawings classes

Cuong Nguyen (Link to artist's website)

Trained to be a traditional portraitist at the age of 10 in his native Vietnam, Cuong has always had a passion for drawing human faces. As an illustrator at Yahoo, he works on a digital canvas no bigger than 50 pixels square, designing icons that are viewed and loved around the world. At the other extreme, he has been invited to festivals in the US and abroad to create pastel paintings on pavement as large as 24 x 16 feet. Cuong is a member of the International Guild of Realism, member of Oil Painters of America, Distinguished Pastelist of the Pastel Society of The West Coast, and Signature Member of Pastel of America.

Art Educator for Portrait Drawing in Pastel workshop, TeenStudio

John Robert Peck (Link to artist's website)

John trained as a professional painter at the Florence Academy of Art in Florence, Italy. He taught figure drawing for the FAA and helped co-author a book on classical sculpture techniques entitled "Drawing in Space: A Manual for Figurative Sculpture." John's work has been shown by galleries in Dublin, Florence, Santa Fe, New York and Charleston. He is currently represented by the W.H. Patterson gallery in London, England.

Art Educator for ArtStudio Portrait and Figure Painting classes

Lydia Rosso

Lydia Rosso has been with the Triton Museum of Art education program for twelve years. She has a Masters in Fine Arts and a passion for the arts. She believes that everyone is artistically talented, creative and expressive. Her mission is to reach as many people in the community to provide them the opportunity to discover their own unique sense of creativity. Her art communities include the Triton Museum, private and public schools, Santa Clara Valley Medical Center, senior centers, nursing homes, public events and art workshops. Lydia has discovered that the majority of the public has been deprived of a quality art experience and when someone discovers the value of the arts for the first time, they either respond with lots of smiles or tears of happiness.

Art Educator for KidStudio, SummerStudio, KidStudio Pre-K, ArtReach at VMC, ArtReach After School, Family Art Day events

Elizabeth M. T. Unpingco

Elizabeth Unpingco recently earned her master’s degree in education: integrated teaching through the arts from Lesley University. Although visual art is her specialty, Elizabeth now adds an expertise in performing and literary art forms that allow her to develop broad curriculum and facilitate rich experiences serving a diversity of creative interests and potentials. As a practicing artist, Elizabeth frequently exhibits her work that includes portraiture, assemblage of found materials, and zentangling. She is a member of Silicon Valley Artists Collaborative and is a regular artist-in-schools in the south bay. She previously worked as a teaching associate in a public Montessori school, assisted at the Euphrat Museum of Art at De Anza College, and independently designed publicity materials for the education and spiritual communities. Elizabeth also has a B.S. degree in Graphic Design, concentrating in illustration from San Jose State University.

Art Educator for KidStudio

Jaya King

Jaya King is a local artist who has been showing, teaching and demonstrating her art throughout the Bay Area. Her work ranges from intense portraiture in gouache to whimsical acrylic animals. Now based out of San Martin, Jaya continues to push her creativity. Her most recent explorations have been in the medium of encaustic (painting with hot wax). She enjoys teaching workshops and watching her students glow with excitement.

Jaya has been professionally painting for more than ten years and one of her pieces can be seen in Splash 11: New Directions. At age 24 she was invited to do a solo show at Stanford University and is in the permanent collection at the Triton Museum in Santa Clara. She is now represented by Jco’s Place in Los Gatos and Nieto Fine Art in San Francisco.

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