John Kyle has taken a circuitous route to photography. By melding his backgrounds of knitting colored fabric and computer programming, he brings a unique insight to photography. Presently, he is sharing his many loves of color, photography, and computer programs by teaching digital darkroom courses at FVCC.
Wayne Hammer has worked professionally in the 3D-CGI industry for 20 years. A specialist in technical modeling, including mechanical, architectural and organic lifeforms and characters, he enjoys sharing his knowledge and love of the process with students. He is a past recipient of an NEA Individual Craftsman Grant and has exhibited his works nationally and internationally. His CGI work has appeared in numerous feature films and television broadcast advertisements.
Peter Hertlein’s experience in the world of traditional film photography extends to both commercial and fine art photography. He has taught at FVCC for 15 years and specializes in traditional darkroom photography techniques. Enroll in one of his classes and you’ll be fascinated by it.
Jewelry & Metalsmithing
Janet Fischer has taught in the Jewelry and Metalsmithing Program at Flathead Valley Community College for the past 14 years. She has taught workshops and has enjoyed working with high school students during “ College for a Day” and “Art Interscholastic.” Fischer received her training at FVCC.
Karen Kolar has had a life-long love of jewelry and technology, culminating in teaching CAD/CAM for jewelry design. Prior to teaching at FVCC, Karen taught in public schools in Western Montana.
Douglas Harling is head of the Goldsmithing and Jewelry Arts Program. His awards include a Southern Arts Federation/NEA Grant, a North Carolina Artist Fellowship Grant and an American Craft Council Award of Excellence. He has taught numerous workshops across the country and exhibits internationally. Exhibitions include: “Innovation/Tradition: Masterpieces of Southern Craft” Assembled through the Southern Arts Federation;“The Nature of Craft and The Penland Experience” at The Mint Museum of Craft + Design, Charlotte NC; and “The Art of Gold” toured through ExhibitsUSA. Douglas received his MFA in Metals from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale.
Drawing & Painting
Karen Leigh brings with her more than 40 years of teaching and painting experience to her watercolor classes at FVCC. Her award-winning work is found in many private and corporate collections around the country and overseas. Students in Karen’s classes will be exposed not only to materials and techniques but also to a variety of subject matter and interpretations. Critiques (She prefers to call them “conversations”), presentations (learning how to properly sign and mat the work) and exposure to some of the past and present masters mentioned above are an important part of the learning process. When asked about Karen’s teaching style, her students have said she makes watercolor approachable, stimulates creativity in a safe and welcoming environment and encourages students at all levels of ability.
Susan Guthrie is a seasoned art educator and a working professional artist. Her work has been exhibited domestically and internationally. Susan’s specialty is drawing, painting and design, and her instruction promises students a strong foundation in studio practice, technical strategies, concepts and observation from life. Her classes aide in preparation for four-year universities, design schools and development for personal enjoyment. She has studied abroad and brings her knowledge and experience to her art history classes. She is a visiting professor for the prestigious FVCC Venice Abroad Program.
The ceramics studio at FVCC is truly topnotch. We’ve just undergone an extensive remodel and replaced our old kilns with state of the art, energy efficient kilns that can accommodate a wide variety of sizes and techniques. If you enroll in a ceramics class here, you’ll have access to the studio and be part of a supportive and fun community of people who are passionate about ceramics.