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Digital Arts Instructors

Our instructors are industry experts who enjoy teaching the concepts and skills that are part of their own daily work. Their knowledge of the latest tools and techniques allows them to accurately and effectively respond to your individual and business needs. In addition, our instructors provide valuable opportunities for networking and real-world experience. For more information about our instructors, please see the list below..

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Chase Allard holds an MA from UNM in Organizational Learning and Instructional Technology and a BA from UNM in Media Arts. He currently works as a Manager of Instructional Technology in the healthcare industry utilizing audio/video recording and editing, website development and eLearning development tools. He has over eight years of experience in training Apple software, Instructional Design and Instructional Technology.

Upcoming Classes:

HTML and CSS: Intermediate (Section FAA-PD) ‐ 10/17/17
Web Design: Getting Started (Section FAA-PD) ‐ 11/9/17
HTML and CSS: Beginning (Section FAA-PD) ‐ 9/25/17

Aaron BarrerasAaron Barreras received his BS in Animation from Westwood University. He is an award winning animator, designer, visual effects artist, filmmaker and educator. With over 16 years professional experience in computer graphics, animation and digital media, he has worked on numerous independent films, commercials and interactive projects for companies such as Sony Pictures Imageworks, Six Flags and Sandia National Laboratories.

Upcoming Classes:

Cinema 4D (Section FAA-PD) ‐ 10/26/17
Illustrator: Beginning (Section FAA-PD) ‐ 10/5/17
Drawing with Illustrator (Section FAA-PD) ‐ 11/28/17
Illustrator: Intermediate (Section FAA-PD) ‐ 11/8/17
Illustrator: Advanced (Section FAA-PD) ‐ 12/6/17
Photoshop: Beginning (Section FAA-PD) ‐ 9/26/17

Joey BelvilleJoey Belville is an award-winning music producer who has many national releases to his credit, several of them recorded in Logic Pro. He was an early adopter of computer based audio recording and has been using it on a professional level for over 10 years. Joey is an Apple Certified Trainer for Logic Pro.

Upcoming Classes:

Digital Audio II (Section FAA-PD) ‐ 10/4/17
Logic Pro X 10.1: Professional Music Production (Section FAA-PD) ‐ 11/6/17
Podcasting (Section FAA-PD) ‐ 12/6/17
Digital Audio I (Section FAA-PD) ‐ 9/25/17

Pat BerrettPat Berrett received an MBA from UNM Anderson Schools. Pat has worked in commercial photography since 1980. His primary client base includes those in the arts, crafts, and performing arts. He also works with many high tech and emerging technology clients.

Upcoming Classes:

Digital Photography Basics (Section FAA-PD) ‐ 10/21/17
Starting an Art Business (Section FAA-PD) ‐ 10/23/17
Digital Cameras: Buying the Right Camera (Section FAA-PD) ‐ 10/7/17
Professional Lighting Techniques for Digital Photography (Section FAA-PD) ‐ 10/9/17
Photography with a Digital Camera II (Section FAA-PD) ‐ 11/13/17
Macro Photography (Section FAA-PD) ‐ 11/28/17
Photography Composition (Section FAA-PD) ‐ 11/4/17
Cell Phone Photography (Section FAA-PD) ‐ 9/25/17

Jeff BrodyJeff Brody has a BA in Anthropology from the University of Chicago. Jeff has over 25 years experience in information technology and software development. He currently owns his own consulting company specializing in application programming, website development and training for small businesses.

Upcoming Classes:

HTML5, CSS3 and jQuery (Section FAA-PD) ‐ 10/25/17
JavaScript Beginning (Section FAA-PD) ‐ 10/3/17
PHP and MySQL: Beginning (Section FAA-PD) ‐ 11/15/17

Sonja Dewing is a Freelance Writer, Technical Writer, and award winning Creative Writer, as well as co-owner of Dovetail Community Workshop and owner of the creative writer event company, Plot Duckies. In addition, she mentors startups and entrepreneurs, helps companies with their social media strategy, writes about local tech for Tech.Co, and is an avid photographer.

Upcoming Classes:

Writing and Editing for Print and Web (Section FAB-PD) ‐ 10/23/17
Web Analytics with Google (Section FAA-PD) ‐ 10/9/17

Mary ElkinsMary Elkins has a BA in mathematics and an AA in commercial photography. A lifelong fan of cameras and lighting gear, Mary has mastered the most complicated style of imagery

Upcoming Classes:

Using Natural Light in Digital Photography (Section FAA-PD) ‐ 10/11/17
Lightroom: Beginning (Section FAA-PD) ‐ 10/17/17
Aerial Photography (Section FAA-PD) ‐ 11/18/17
Digital Black and White Photography (Section FAA-PD) ‐ 11/27/17
Lightroom and Photoshop: Photo Finishing Techniques (Section FAA-PD) ‐ 12/12/17
From Camera to Computer (Section FAA-PD) ‐ 12/7/17



Upcoming Classes:

Graphic Design II (Section FAB-PD) ‐ 10/11/17
Graphic Design I (Section FAB-PD) ‐ 10/2/17
Navigating the iPad (Section FAB-PD) ‐ 12/2/17

Tom Gagliano is a local graphic artist and illustrator with nearly 30 years of experience in drawing, illustration and design. He is published in internationally-distributed science magazines and textbooks, and has adapted his hand illustration techniques to electronic format producing electronic illustrations and infographics since the mid 1990s. He currently works in the environmental industry as a Marketing Coordinator, Graphic Artist and Illustrator.

Upcoming Classes:

Illustration: Transitioning to the Computer (Section FAA-PD) ‐ 10/21/17
Drawing to Illustration Basics (Section FAA-PD) ‐ 11/11/17
Photoshop and Illustrator: Advanced Graphics (Section FAA-PD) ‐ 11/16/17

Adele GangaiAdele Gangai received a BFA in graphic design from Rochester Institute of Technology, New York. Adele has over 30 years of graphic design experience from working in advertising, newspaper, printing, animation and museum agencies. She has won several awards and was a contributor to the 2010 National Medal for Museum and Library Service as a graphic developer. Adele owns and operates her own graphic design business.

Upcoming Classes:

Color Theory in Digital Media (Section FAA-PD) ‐ 11/8/17
InDesign: Beginning (Section FAB-PD) ‐ 12/4/17
Computer Graphics: Raster and Vector Art (Section FAA-PD) ‐ 9/25/17
InDesign: Online Portfolios (Section FAA-PD) ‐ 9/26/17

Donny HornsteinDonny Hornstein is an Apple Certified Trainer and Apple Certified Systems Administrator with more than twenty years experience in information systems. His specialties include deployment and troubleshooting problems with Apple Macintosh systems particularly in mixed computing environments.

Upcoming Classes:

Sierra 101: OS X Support Essentials 10.12 (Section FAA-PD) ‐ 10/12/17

Henry Lopez

Upcoming Classes:

Getting Started with Immersive Media (Section FAB-PD) ‐ 10/14/17
Getting Started with Immersive Media (Section FAC-PD) ‐ 11/11/17
What is Immersive Media? ‐‐ infoByte (Section FAA-PD) ‐ 11/8/17
Getting Started with Immersive Media (Section FAD-PD) ‐ 12/9/17
Getting Started with Immersive Media (Section FAA-PD) ‐ 9/30/17

Reinhard LorenzReinhard Lopez

Upcoming Classes:

Digital Videography II (Section FAA-PD) ‐ 10/16/17
Photography with a Digital Camera I (Section FAC-PD) ‐ 10/16/17
History of Filmmaking (Section FAA-PD) ‐ 10/24/17
Producing 101 (Section FAA-PD) ‐ 10/24/17
Digital Videography I (Section FAA-PD) ‐ 10/3/17
Film Editing Fundamentals (Section FAA-PD) ‐ 10/3/17
Producing and Directing the Documentary (Section FAA-PD) ‐ 11/8/17

Joshua Martinez received his BS in Elementary Education and his MA in Organizational Learning and Instructional Technology at UNM. Joshua has worked for UNM in several IT capacities since 2008. Joshua has over 10 years experience working in the IT Field on User and Hardware support as well as the Systems Administration level.

Upcoming Classes:

Mac for New Computer Users (Section FAA-PD) ‐ 10/16/17
Mac OS X: Beginning (Section FAA-PD) ‐ 10/23/17
Acrobat Pro: Working with PDFs (Section FAA-PD) ‐ 11/1/17
Mac OS X: Intermediate (Section FAA-PD) ‐ 11/13/17
Captivate: Building Instructional Media (Section FAA-PD) ‐ 11/27/17

Mary Ellen Merrigan received a BA in Speech with an emphasis in Radio/Television from Northwest Missouri State University. Mary Ellen is president of a local marketing business and develops successful D.I.Y. (Do It Yourself) marketing strategies for a wide range of clients. Mary Ellen is certified in Social Media from VA Classroom and a graduate of SelfGrowth.com

Upcoming Classes:

Marketing with Social Media II (Section FAB-PD) ‐ 11/27/17
Marketing with Social Media I (Section FAA-PD) ‐ 11/6/17
Social Media: Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn (Section FAB-PD) ‐ 12/19/17

Caroline OrcuttCaroline Orcutt has an MA in Art from UNM with an emphasis in Printmaking and Photography and a minor in Art History. Caroline has over 30 years of experience in graphic design and digital arts. She ran her own business for many years and specializes in teaching graphic design. Caroline originated the current Digital Arts Program (formerly the Graphic Design Program) at UNM Continuing Education in 1996.

Upcoming Classes:

Projects in Digital Arts (Section FAA-PD) ‐ 1/25/18

Chris Paul has a BA in Music from The Evergreen State College. Chris has shot and edited commercials, corporate video and documentaries for Motorola, Sandia National Labs, Peabody Energy, the Multiple Sclerosis Society and many more. He was an early adopter of nonlinear editing and has since expanded his experience to include visual effects, 3D animation and digital cinematography.

Upcoming Classes:

Premiere Pro: Beginning (Section FAA-PD) ‐ 11/30/17
Cinematography Essentials (Section FAA-PD) ‐ 11/6/17
Premiere Pro: Intermediate (Section FAA-PD) ‐ 12/12/17

Brad StoddardOwner of a local production and postproduction company, Brad Stoddard produces, directs and is a picture editor with awards and credits in television, documentary and narrative film. Brad is an Apple Certified Trainer in Final Cut Pro and President of the New Mexico Post Alliance.

Upcoming Classes:

Final Cut Pro X: Professional Post Production (Section FAA-PD) ‐ 10/17/17
Apple Certification Exam Session (Section FAB-PD) ‐ 10/6/17
Final Cut Pro X: Professional Post Production (Section FAB-PD) ‐ 11/14/17
Apple Certification Exam Session (Section FAA-PD) ‐ 11/3/17
Apple Certification Exam Session (Section FAD-PD) ‐ 12/15/17



Upcoming Classes:

Social Media: Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn (Section FAA-PD) ‐ 10/18/17
Marketing with Social Media II (Section FAA-PD) ‐ 10/28/17
Marketing: An Army of One (Section FAA-PD) ‐ 10/28/17
Marketing with Social Media I (Section FAB-PD) ‐ 10/7/17
Create a Flyer with InDesign (Section FAA-PD) ‐ 10/7/17
Marketing: An Army of One (Section FAB-PD) ‐ 11/14/17
InDesign: Advanced (Section FAA-PD) ‐ 11/17/17
Social Media: Marketing Trends (Section FAB-PD) ‐ 11/22/17

The instructor bio is currently being updated.

Upcoming Classes:

InDesign: Expert (Section FAA-PD) ‐ 1/8/18
InDesign: Beginning (Section FAA-PD) ‐ 10/3/17
WordPress: Intermediate (Section FAA-PD) ‐ 11/16/17

Zac Van Note received his BFA in Graphic Design from New Mexico State University. Zac has over 25 years of experience in graphic design, web development, marketing and communications. He has worked on a wide range of projects, including websites, mobile apps, user experience research, catalogs, magazines and tradeshow booths. He is currently a manager of User Experience (UX) Research and Design for a large government contractor.

Upcoming Classes:

Graphic Design II (Section FAA-PD) ‐ 10/12/17
User Experience (UX) Research and Design (Section FAA-PD) ‐ 11/16/17
Search Engine Optimization (Section FAA-PD) ‐ 11/2/17
Graphic Design I (Section FAA-PD) ‐ 9/28/17

Denise received her MFA with an emphasis in printmaking from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Denise has been a graphic designer and artist for over 30 years. She has designed everything from advertisements to books, brochures, flyers, manuals, posters, signs, and websites and owns her own graphic design business. She is also a published poet and exhibits regularly as a fine artist.

Upcoming Classes:

Photoshop: Expert (Section FAA-PD) ‐ 1/8/18
Web Design: Create an Online Gallery (Section FAA-PD) ‐ 10/12/17
Photoshop: Intermediate (Section FAA-PD) ‐ 10/16/17
InDesign: Intermediate (Section FAA-PD) ‐ 10/19/17
WordPress: Beginning (Section FAA-PD) ‐ 10/2/17
Photo Editing: Basics (Section FAA-PD) ‐ 10/23/17
Photoshop: Advanced (Section FAA-PD) ‐ 10/25/17
Scanning and Digitizing Photos (Section FAA-PD) ‐ 10/3/17
Discover the Adobe Creative Suite (Section FAA-PD) ‐ 10/31/17
Photoshop: Beginning (Section FAB-PD) ‐ 10/4/17
Dreamweaver: Intermediate (Section FAA-PD) ‐ 11/27/17
Photoshop Elements: Digital Scrapbooking (Section FAA-PD) ‐ 11/30/17
Dreamweaver: Beginning (Section FAA-PD) ‐ 11/6/17
Photoshop Elements: For the Digital Photographer (Section FAA-PD) ‐ 12/11/17
Web Design: Using WordPress (Section FAA-PD) ‐ 12/5/17


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