Chris is a professional animator and character designer with experience in television, video game and comic book production. Clients include Knowledge Adventure, Scholastic and Discovery Kids Television. He has been teaching Digital Media Arts, Drawing, Animation and Video Game Design for the past 7 years. His interest is in creating apps to view and play them on smartphones, tablets and the internet.
After realizing early on he could make a living as an animator and artist, Chris moved to Southern California and drew everyday until he got his first job as an animator and illustrator. He has used technology all along the way. Some programs he uses are Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Flash, Maya 3D and Mutlimedia Fusion.
His creedo is follow your heart and be persistent. His hobbies include drawing, animation, bike riding, skateboarding, movies, nature, music and great food and drink.
He hopes you leave this class with work you are proud of.
Chris Palitz- Animator & Cartoonist
Christo began playing at age seven when he first picked up the guitar. He was classically trained in Europe and continues with his musical education to this day. He is currently a music major on his way to getting his bachelor's degree. He can play a multitude of instruments with proficiency; including but not limited to, piano, guitar, ukulele and bass. Composition is his greatest strength having composed music of almost every genre and has sold a number of those pieces.
Pat began her studies at the California College of Arts and Crafts, transferred to the Academy of Art in San Francisco, CA where she received a B.F.A in illustration and design. Pat worked as a designer and illustrator for several years, but always found the fine arts to be more invigorating. Her work has been shown in galleries & museums nationally and internationally. Pat has been teaching adults and children for 28 years and developed an after school art curriculum, called "Art Rule"s. Learn more about Pat, visit www.pmjstudios.com.
Bruce Jackson - Drum Instructor
Christo Savaides - Piano Instructor
Tracy Durden - Flute
Doug Wendt - Guitar Instructor
Doug earned his B.A. degree in Guitar Performance at the California State University East Bay. As a classical guitarist, Doug has worked and performed extensively with Gordon Rowland of www.guitarwork.com. He has maintained a long time collaboration with vocalist Tre Taylor, including their current jazz quintet "Dangerous Martini". Earlier bands with Tre include, Soul Attraction (a ten piece R&B) and Earl Slide Ride (featuring Motown and Blues). Read more about Doug www.dougwendt.com.
Deborah Del Mastro - Vocals & Beginning Trumpet
Deborah Del Mastro is a nationally known actress, singer and educator who makes her home in Martinez . Currently she can be seen around the Bay Area in local professional Musical Theatre and she sings with a rock band, the Mixed Nuts. Deborah has a BA in Vocal Performance from San Francisco State University and has studied Italian opera in Italy with reknown tenor, Maestro Carlo Bergonzi and has toured, recorded and filmed nationally and overseas in many genres of music and stage. She teaches voice, acting and musicianship skills in a holistic, supportive manner, using the Garcia Marchesi / Bel Canto Foundation technique. Deborah loves to teach and focuses on bringing out her student’s voice and creative abilities – freeing up the voice and the student (!) to be expressive and expansive. Singing is a powerful and fun way of communicating and Deborah is here to help you find this in your own voice!
Bruce has been teaching Drums in the Bay Area for over 20 years. He has a music Degree from Cal State Hayward. He studied with the famous drum teacher Chuck Brown who also taught David Garibaldi ( Tower of Power) and Terry Bozio (Missing Person, Frank Zappa) . Bruce has also toured the world with bands Third Rail, Cypress, The Lonely, Lipshok, and Callbox just to name a few. Bruce uses advanced techniques to get the full potential out of each student. That includes meter, syncopation, rhythm, rudiments, drum set , playing to their favorite music, and eventually a band with our other students.
Pat Moseuk-Jackson - Artist