Great Teachers Inspire

All of the award winning GLAF Art School instructors have art backgrounds, many years of experience, and are considered leaders in the art community.  Frequently exhibiting at the GLAF Gallery, they also exhibit outside of our Gallery. Please check their websites for a look at their beautiful artwork and join us for enlightening classes sure to improve your skills. Classes are small so individualized instruction can be given. Chat with other artists, share techniques, and get creative at the GLAF Art School.

Meet The GLAF Art School & Workshop Instructors

Who's Who? Click Here for GLAF Instructor Contact Information.
  • Sharon Larson


After graduating high school in Rockford, Illinois, where I was born and grew up, I attended Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, Illinois, graduating with a BS in Elementary Education and Special Education. I have taught in the northwest suburbs of Chicago and was a Walworth County Literacy Volunteer in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin.

Ever since I was a young girl I have loved art and animals. My life long love of drawing, painting and animals has been the inspiration for my art. For painting I choose a medium based on what I think the subject would look best in; mostly watercolor, oils or pastels.

For subjects I draw on my life experiences with family, city and country life, animals of all kinds and my own fox hunting experiences. Over the years I have studied with many teachers and artists in watercolor and oil such as Ingred Albrecht, Gale Bennet Art Study, Giverny, France, Ovanes Berbarian, Rose Edin, Nita Engle, Estelle Fedelle, Irving Shapiro, Frank Webb, and Alice White.

I have always loved beautiful times, objects and ideas and try to capture these impressions in my paintings.

My paintings are represented in corporate and private collections.​

  • Ken Cottingham

Ken Cottingham loves to teach art. He has taught art to both students and adults for more than 40 years. He started out as an art teacher for grades K-12, after graduating from Millikin University in Decatur, Illinois.  He taught for 10 years in Illinois, during which time he added graduate work at the University of Illinois in Business Administration and Art to his resume.   He accepted a position as Art Supervisor for West Allis School District in the Milwaukee area, where he spent the next 25 years over-seeing art programs and teachers.  He also served as the State President for the Art Education Association during this time.  Ken admits that he only was able to paint occasionally during those years.
He didn’t get back to painting full-time until he left the school district.  It has become a major part of his life since 1997, when his neighbor invited him to join the Geneva Lake Art Association.  Ken has been painting ever since.
Now he is teaching again- this time an adult oil painting class.  Each Monday evening from 6-9pm, Ken comes loaded with supplies, including music, books, paint, canvases, brushes, and other mysterious things.  As an instructor, Ken says helping people achieve what they want to paint is his goal.  One of his students says, “Ken has been the best person to teach me what I need to know about art.  He has great patience a quality that I admire in a teacher.  We come in with an idea and he helps us accomplish it.”
Ken’s love is oil painting, but he also works in pencil, colored pencil, sculpture, and even watercolor on occasion.  He doesn’t specialize in one genre, but paints what interests him, be it landscapes, wildlife, portraits, or still-life.  He prefers to work from his own photographs, using the richness of oil to bring the image to life.  Ken’s work shows his skill as a painter, but in his heart, he is still a teacher!  
  • Pam Ring


Pam Ring has been a collage artist for over 30 years. For 5 years she was the display artist for the Westchester, New York, AC Moore Co., an arts and crafts store,. Most recently she was the artist-in-residence for the Shades Repertory Theater in Haverstraw, New York. Her work has also been licensed for holiday greeting cards. Although largely self-taught, she has studied under many well known mixed media artists, notably Claudine Hellmuth, Bev Braxton and Kelly Killmer.

Ms. Ring states that her collages are the ultimate in "green" art, for she uses found material in all her pieces - ephemera, billboard papers, flea market finds. She works in small formats so that her work is affordable to all who appreciate and desire to own original works of art.

Her work is readily identifiable - bright colors, easy to navigate compositions and whimsical juxtapositions. She recently expanded her work to include collaged jewelry.

Ms. Ring works out of her home studio in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin, where she lives with her husband and 3 dogs.


  • Lynne Railsback

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I don’t paint roses, orchids or iris. The plants that grow in the woods and prairies in the Midwest are my subjects. I particularly enjoy the plants in fall and winter with their interesting shapes, colors and textures.  I begin a painting without doing preliminary studies, drawing pencil lines on the paper or relying on photographs. Instead my inspiration is the physical plant "close up and personal". My pigments are limited to Viridian, Permanent Rose, Burnt Umber, Aureolin & French Ultramarine; my paper Strathmore 500 series 3 ply Bristol board and my brushes Jack Richeson 9000 series #3/0, #0/0 & #1/0. I have been privileged to have solo exhibitions in botanical gardens and arboretums as well as to be included in group exhibitions throughout the United States and U.K. The Brooklyn Botanic Garden, Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation, Janesville Rotary Gardens, New York State Museum, Racine Art Museum, Springfield Museum of Art, Zurich USA, and many private collectors have purchased my watercolors.. My work can be seen in many publications including "Today's Botanical Artists". I enjoy sharing my techniques and experiences with the students I teach as well as encourage them to develop their own style of painting.

Click here to view Lynne's GLAF Website Member Page.


  • Elizabeth Wagner

Elisabeth Wagner received a Bachelor of Communication from St. Norbert College in DePere, WI. She studied art at Lorenzo de' Medici in Florence, Italy for a semester.

Elizabeth also holds a K-12 Art Education License from U-W Whitewater. Elizabeth was formerly a Certified Art Educator at Beloit School District for five years teaching both elementary and middle school levels. Elizabeth also owns a mobile art business, A Starry Night Out.

She teaches art to beginner adult painters in private residence and public venue settings, in addition to children's birthday paint parties. She enjoys spending time with her family and friends, as well as sharing her passion for art with others.






  • Nicholette "Nikki" Marsicano

Artist/Art Educator
Delavan, WI
Visual Art Instructor since 1990-St. Andrew's Parish School Delavan, WI
Education: University of Wisconsin- Milwaukee;
BFA University of New Mexico, Albuquerque 
Teaching Certification University of Wisconsin-Whitewater 

Exhibited in university, state, and local art shows
Worked in various media: painting, drawing, sculpture, jewelry, printmaking, decorative art, illustration, design
2001 Herb Kohl Education Foundation Fellowship Award Recipient
President - Geneva Lake Art Association
Worked in various studio groups in New Mexico and Wisconsin
Current work in progress: Oil and acrylic painting, illustration/design work, and acrylic and Ink on wood.

Inspiration:  I am always inspired by nature and use those shapes and lines to create my pieces.  I focus on both the positive and negative shapes and spaces created by nature.
Contact: e-mail-  bynichol@yahoo.com


  • Anne LeBak​

Anne Lebak is a native to Wisconsin and has always included art in her life. She graduated from University of Minnesota with a B.S. in Design Communication where her training included print making, color theory, and ceramics. After graduation she worked for AmeriCorps*VISTA where she was able to train under an elementary school art teacher in Madison, Wisconsin. Anne then moved to Chicago, where she worked at Ronald McDonald House coordinating over two hundred volunteers while developing their children's art program. While living in Richmond, Virginia, Anne taught children's drawing classes as well as worked in the art studio at The Children's Museum of Richmond. She now resides in Lake Geneva with her family, and teaches art to kids through GLAF.


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