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Rachel & Adam Hopkins

An illustrator/educator and architect who have chosen professions which  develop their creative energy and facilitate their love for “bringing things into being”. They feel blessed with lives full of experiences worth far more than economic prosperity.

Rachel has always craved the challenge of juggling a variety of tasks and commitments. Upon receiving a BFA in Illustration from the College for Creative Studies in Detroit, Rachel worked as a freelance illustrator producing greeting card designs, children’s book proposals, educational illustration, packaging design, and fine art prints. Rachel  realized that as much as she loved spending hours alone in her studio, Art is best when shared.

As a licensed architect, Adam spends his time designing spaces to meet the needs of a variety of individuals and organizations.

Adam and Rachel both enjoy teaching others what they have experienced in their artistic journeys. Watching students discover their creativity is like watching one awaken to see the divine inspiration that exists in nature and society. It is an amazing privilege to witness someone as they experience the gift that is ART, the instinct within everyone to create something new.

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Samantha Walters, Artist

Screen Printing 101
Screen Printing 102
Acrylic Painting &
Acrylic Panting Techniques Series
Printmaking Techniques

Tom Cox Tom Cox, Actor

Intoduction to Acting, Acting 101, Acting 102

Tom Cox has been acting since he was 12 years old.  Beginning at the Kalamazoo Civic Theater and eventually moving to Florida and working the dinner theater circuit there.  Tom has experience in voice overs for commercials, online games and cartoons.  He performed roles on “Down Gilead Lane for WCSG and even performed in a movie.  Recently went to Los Angeles, CA with his son Keegan where they both competed in the World Championship of Performing Arts and won several awards and developed many industry contacts.

 His love of the performing arts has brought him to Design Street where he serves on the board and also teaches of many Drama classes.

Crystal Crystal Overhuel, Photographer / Lomographer

Urban Capture Photography, Earth, Wind, and Fire (Water), Shadow Box Collage, Exploring Traditions

Assorted classes & independent study photography classes at K.V.C.C. Many workshops & joint efforts of creating! I have always been a part of art & the creative process. One of the coolest things is, that throughout my life, my family & friends have either created with me, or if we were not creating together, they were beside me, encouraging me.

Voted "PEOPLE'S CHOICE" award winner for the 2012 Inside Out Art Competition, held in Plainwell. Over 40 artist  took part, and I am honored to have received over 600 votes for my photo triptych, "IN GOD IS OUR TRUST."

Renae Renae Baumgart, Collage and Mixed Media Artist, RIP Studios

The Art of Celebration
Floral Embellishment

Mary Mary Bylo, Stained Glass Artist, Peepers Stained Glass

Stained Glass Fusing
Mosaic Madness
Stained Glass Mosaics for the Garden

Kris Kristina Spitzner, Watercolor Artist, Scientific Illustrator, Art Educator

Watercolor classes & workshops for all abilities.
Introduction to Botanical Art and Illustration.
Artist Journaling and Field Sketching Techniques.

A former Graphic Designer, Kris has been working with and teaching art and watercolor techniques for many years, and more recently completed a 3yr. masters watercolor program in Traditional Botanical Illustration through the Society of Botanical Artists, Kew Gardens, London, UK.  She now devotes most of her work to watercolor nature studies and sharing her passion for art and the beauty of creation with others.
Brian Stefl Brian SteflPhotographer -

Move on from "Taking Pictures" and Start Making Photographs
Dawn Edwards Dawn EdwardsFelt Artist

Look at Me: Self Portraits in Felt
Introduction to Wet Felting

Meg Day Meg Day, Photographer, Owner of Meg Day Photography

Introduction to Photography

Instructor and professional photographer Meg Day will teach students how to use their camera's manual setting, creative compositions, backgrounds, lighting, etc.

Amanda Amanda UlmanDesigner & Photographer, Owner of AUPhotographyllc

Creative Costume Design
Teacups and Gears

A professional photographer, Amanda loves to take unique "character" photos that create a story. She offers some fun and unique classes for kids AND adults at Design Street. Learn how to develop a costume, background setting, and other aspects of characters and their stories in her CREATIVE COSTUME DESIGN, and "Tea Cups and Gears" classes.
Ashley Ashley Hoffman , Fine Artits and Art Educator

Creative Kids, After School Arts
Home School Arts
Creative and Colorful Collage Landscapes
Drawing Techniques, Autumn in Michigan

A Kendall Art College Grad, fine Artist, and art teacher, Ashley is a true "country girl"! She finds inspiration from her farm and Michigan landscapes. Learn to draw and paint with Ashley at Design Street.
Brittany Brittany RuddArtist and Art Educator 

Early Arts

Brittany teaches Home School and Preschool students in Kalamazoo as well as at Design Street in Plainwell. She loves making art, spending time with her family, and playing with her dog. Brittany will inspire your kiddos ages 3-8 at Design Street.
Julie Julie Kechele, Mixed Media Artist, Painter & Calligrapher

Art Journal as Art Form, Creative Hand Made Books
Calligraphy Basics
Doodle like a Druid
Paper, Paste and Play Workshops
Book, Box and Bag Workshops

Learn the classic art of CALLIGRAPHY at Design Street, with artist and calligrapher Julie Kechele!
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