In addition to instructional design, curriculum design, program development, and teaching, I have designed several educational spaces.

Dynamic Studio | Lake Washington Institute of Technology | Kirkland, Washington:

In 2008, when I was hired as Lake Washington Institute of Technology’s first tenured Visual Art Professor, the college did not dedicated art studios. The initial art courses that I designed and taught were in a windowless general classroom. When the Nursing program moved to a new building, I campaigned to convert their former rooms into new art classrooms.

The Dynamic Art Studio is dedicated to art classes that require flexible workspace and furnishings, such as easels, drawing horses, still life tables, and model stands. Lighting is adaptive and power is supplied on the wall and drop the ceiling. There are multiple sinks in this studio. Flat files and cabinets provide employee and student storage of supplies and projects. Classes taught in the Dynamic Studio include Painting, Drawing and Life Drawing.

Static Studio | Lake Washington Institute of Technology | Kirkland, Washington:

The Static Studio facilitates learning at fixed tables. The studio is also equipped with three etching presses, including a large Glen Alps Collagraph press. There are also two multi-color screen print presses, a UV exposure unit, and external wash-out area. Classes taught in this space include Printmaking and Design.

The installation of the Glen Alps press was a significant project involving building engineers and a commercial moving company. The press had to be completely disassembled for transportation to the college, as well as delivery into the studio.

Tacoma Gallery | Tacoma Gallery, LLC | Tacoma, Washington:

My wife, Jane Sobottka, and I opened Tacoma Gallery, LLC. This small art business had a gallery for showcasing local art and a studio that served a dual role. It was our studio for our own professional art making career and a classroom for small art classes.

Open Art Studio | Tacoma Art Museum | Tacoma, Washington:

I worked as part of the Tacoma Art Museum’s Education Department and had the honor of designing both the Art Classroom and the hands-on, art-making space, the Open Art Studio. The OAS was built in 2003 when the museum moved in the its new building. The OAS was open to the public and featured two key areas: The first were wall-mounted displays that had art lessons tailored to artwork on display in the galleries. The second were free access art materials and equipment, including painting supplies, drawing supplies, and jewelry-making supplies. Working to the museum’s branding standards and partnering with my education and curatorial colleagues, I designed the layout, curriculum, and display strategies, as well as all the pedagogical material. I commissioned outside craftspeople to create the toolkits and specialized furniture, and selected long lasting and scratch resistant furniture (still in use 20 years later). When the museum opened their newest wing in 2019, the OAS was converted to a second classroom space.

Art Classroom | Tacoma Art Museum | Tacoma, Washington:

The museum’s Art Classroom