Instructor Spotlights

Meet some of the creative professionals who teach for RISD Continuing Education.

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  • RISD CE instructor profile: Tim McCool

Instructor Spotlight: Tim McCool

“My journey to becoming a RISD CE instructor began when I was asked if I could adapt my abstract painting class into an online format. Setting up asynchronous courses was a challenge because I [...]

  • RISD Continuing Education instructor spotlight: Aarti Kathuria

Instructor Spotlight: Aarti Kathuria

"My journey at RISD CE began after I completed my degree at RISD. I was looking for a way to connect with the immense talent of RISD, and to work in a place that [...]

  • RISD Continuing Education Spotlight: John Gonzalez, instructor

Instructor Spotlight: John Gonzalez

“I grew up in Providence and wanted nothing more than to attend RISD as a student, which I did as an undergraduate in the early 2000s. RISD really is a special world. When I [...]

  • Matthew Manning, RISD CE instructor spotlight

Instructor Spotlight: Matthew Manning

Get to know Matthew Manning, a RISD Continuing Education instructor for animation and stop-motion courses: Matthew started animating as a child with a Super 8 camera in his parent’s garage. He attended California State [...]

  • RISD CE instructor spotlight: Stefania Medeiros

Instructor Spotlight: Stefania Medeiros

“My journey to RISD CE began by chance and I didn't expect it to become such a significant part of my life. While I was living in California working as a makeup and special [...]

  • risdceSPOTLIGHT: Katy Dika, instructor, RISD Continuing Education

Instructor Spotlight: Katy Dika

“My journey to RISD began when I set foot in the Nature Lab. I went on a tour when I was about 17 years old and knew I had to be a part of [...]

  • Rina Naik, RISD CE Painting certificate graduate and Interior Design instructor

Instructor Spotlight: Rina Naik

"I was really searching for something and the answer seemed to be creativity. I found RISD CE and it was so close to home and that’s how I started—it's awesome! The feedback that was [...]

  • Steven Lucas, RISD CE Graphic Design certificate graduate and instructor

Instructor Spotlight: Steven Lucas

“I knew I wanted to make a change, so I was looking into graphic design and that's when I learned about RISD CE—I decided to take that leap of faith and I'm so glad [...]

  • Taleen Batalian, RISD CE drawing instructor

Instructor Spotlight: Taleen Batalian

"Everyone sees differently–students start trusting their process more once they see their drawings developing in ways they hadn’t imagined.” —Taleen Batalian, RISD CE Drawing instructor; recipient of the 2020–2021 RISD CE Teacher of Excellence [...]

  • Amy Bartlett Wright, RISD CE Natural Science Illustration instructor

Instructor Spotlight: Amy Bartlett Wright

“The purpose of this class is not necessarily to produce a series of pen and ink illustrations, we still teach this as a traditional course that’s content-heavy. Students learn different things than they were [...]