About Our Instructors:

Paula DeLay
delay fine art

Paula DeLay was born and educated in Boston where she received a Masters in Education from Boston University. Painting primarily outdoors (plein air), she creates contemporary impressionistic "scapes" (landscapes, seascapes, skyscapes, and cityscapes). Her work hasbeen featured  in numerous juried exhibits such as the California Art Club (CAC) Plein Air Painters Showcase, the SLOMA and Creamery Pop-Up Galleries, the Santa Barbara Artwalk, and the SLO County En Plein Air exhibit. 

Thomas Di Santo

Tom di Santo is an architect and full professor in Architecture in the CAED at Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo. He shows his watercolours regularly both domestically and internationally. In addition to teaching watercolour at the Bauhaus in Germany, he has taught a watercolour class for architecture students at Cal Poly no less than 24 terms over the last 14 years.

Kris Doe
Kris Doe

Kris Doe

Kristopher Doe is a freelance illustrator and community college arts instructor who's career spans over 25 years. A graduate of Pasadena's Art Center College of Design, Kris has pursued his love of capturing our beautiful natural environment in landscape, the pop culture of the 1960's and beyond, as well as documenting our disappearing Americana. Kris has exhibited extensively throughout California and has work included in many private and public collections. Kris's teaching approach is to work individually with each student on their particular interests and developing their skills at their own speed, regardless of any prior experience. The classroom environment is a very comfortable and social surrounding where the students share and learn from one another in addition to Kris's personal attention.

Joy Harvey

Joy Harvey has been a popular teacher of Chinese Brush Painting and Calligraphy for over 30 years, with over 20 of those on the Central Coast. She is associated with the China Art Academy of Hangzhou, China where she has studied annually for many years.

Marcia Harvey
Marcia Harvey Paintings & Sculpture

Marcia Harvey

Artist Marcia Harvey has been making cards to give and mail since she was just small, and she has been teaching printmaking for 4 years now at Cuesta College's Art Department.  

Sarah Hawkins
Course Care

Sarah Hawkins

Sarah Hawkins has been an avid crafter her entire life. She likes to say her favorite hobby is buying craft supplies. She started lettering because she never considered herself an artist, and she liked that hand-lettering has “rules.” In addition to hand-lettering, she loves fauxligraphy and brush lettering, making jewelry, and being a life-long student.  She is a certified Therapeutic Art Life Coach and loves helping others create affirming art for their life.
Margaret Korisheli Margaret Korisheli has taught full-time at Cuesta College since 2002. Her primary courses include Sculpture I, 3-D Design, and Sculpture Foundry, and she has also taught drawing, art appreciation, art history, and portfolio. She earned a B.S. from UCLA, and an M.A. from Cal State Northridge.

Larry Le Brane
Le Brane Design
Larry headshot

With an MFA from Otis Art Institute in Los Angeles, Larry Le Brane has been a fine art instructor at California's community colleges for over 40 years. Past students shared "Terrific teacher, patient with diverse student skill levels. Teaches effectively with humor... Larry's patience is formidable!" His own eclectic art combines painting, drawing, fused glass, and found objects. His award-winning art is featured in regional exhibits, art venues, Facebook, and is included in public and private art collections nationwide.
Joan Martin Fee
Creative Me Time
Joan has worked in the craft industry for over 25 years and in the last four years has taken her talents on the road with mobile creativity classes. 

Raymond Mullikin

Cartoonist and writer Raymond Mullikin is the creator of various Raytoons comic books and children's books such as "Quackup" and "2 Many Parakeets." Raymond has taught classes related to animation in San Luis Obispo County since 2009. He has published his own animations, comic books, and children's books that can be found on various online sites or raytoons.net. 

Lury Norris

Lury Norris has been dedicated to her career in art since moving on from her first career in academic adult education. Since 2008, she has been an avid street painter as well as classical atelier student and instructor producing work for the past 12 years. She received Atelier training at BACAA in the San Francisco Bay Area with various instructors such as Juliette Aristides, Colleen Barry, Tony Curanaji, Steven Early and Noah Buchanan over a period of 4 years. She is known for meeting her students where they are with encouragement and unwavering attention in her educational approach. She currently studies with Sadie Valeri Atelier in the Bay Area. Lury’s work can be seen at her studio at Studios on the Park in Paso Robles.

Shannon Piper

Shannon Piper is a life-long crafter; a wife, mother and a trained life coach.

Gayle Rappaport-Weiland
G. Rappaport-W. Fine Arts

Gayle Rappaport-Weiland

Gayle Rappaport -Weiland brings the same originality, enthusiasm, energy and heart to her paintings as she does to her life. Using rule-breaking techniques that set her apart from the crowd, she creates beautiful impressionistic works, using watercolor, acrylic and mixed media. Her qualifications and expertise, whether as an artist, teacher, curator, juror and on-air personality are widely recognized and respected. A certified Golden Artist Educator,Silverbrush Ltd Artist Educator, and past certified Gold Level Grumbacher Team instructor, Gayle’s teaching has included both adult and children’s classes at many diverse venues. 

Dara Rosenwasser
D.Lea Studio

Dara Rosenwasser

Dara Rosenwasser is a practicing Central Coast artist and educator with a background in strengthening community through visual storytelling and oral history projects. She received her MFA in photography from the San Francisco Art Institute and her BFA from Seattle University. She has worked as a professional artist since 2005 and continues to exhibit her work.
Helen Zanoli Helen Zanoli graduated from Cal Poly in 1980 with a degree in Industrial Arts. She has been a small business owner for over 25 years, specializing in interior plant design and the design and construction of garden furniture. Helen has been employed at Cuesta College since 2005 as a woodworking instructor and she also teaches woodworking to 4-H students.