Full of passion and talent, these artists teach our Summer Camps and classes during the school year. Discover more about our amazing educators!

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Karen Alleman

Karen is the Education Coordinator at The Art Center of Waco.  She began her teaching career in Pennsylvania where she taught art in a public high school and then a middle school for several years.  Upon moving to Virginia, she continued to teach art in a children’s museum setting, and took classes at both Old Dominion University and James Madison University to pursue her interest in printmaking.  Karen, an artist herself, enjoys sharing her knowledge about the process of art-making and the history of art. However, she also wants her students to experience art and understand how much it affects their lives.  In 1997 Karen graduated from Messiah College with a B.S. in Art Education.  Her study abroad experience landed her in Philadelphia, PA, where she took classes at Temple University and Tyler School of Art.  She and her husband have an eight-year-old daughter who also shares her passion for the arts.


Blanca Cardenas

Blanca Cardenas is a Mexican artist residing and working throughout the state Texas. She graduated from Sam Houston State University in 2018 with a BFA in 2D Studio Art, with an emphasis in drawing and painting.  She has had extensive exposure to various artistic mediums such as book making, sculpture, printmaking and ceramics, but her passion is rooted in graphic novels. Her work has been featured in various galleries, including the Satellite Gallery in Huntsville, Texas and the Brooklyn Art Library in Brooklyn, NY. Blanca will be getting married in November of 2018 and afterwards will continue on to pursue an MFA in Illustration and work towards a career as a graphic novel cover artist.

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Joanne Cervantes

Joanne Isabella Alma Cervantes is a central Texas artist and educator. Born in Long Beach, California, Joanne holds a Master of Fine Arts degree in Drawing and Painting from the University of North Texas and is a member of 500X Gallery in Dallas, Texas.





CLaire Elestewani

Claire Elestwani is a Houston-based graphic designer and artist working primarily in print media. She graduated from Rice University in 2015 and is currently pursuing her MFA at the University of Houston. She has taught at both Rice and UH, and her work has been featured in various galleries, including Matchbox Gallery, Emergency Gallery, Third Space Gallery, and the Blaffer Museum of Art.



Heather Mooney

Heather has a masters in Theology from Baylor University and works in Waco as a researcher. She double-majored in Art and English with a concentration in Creative Writing. Heather loves all things creative, especially painting and writing poetry.

Some of Heather’s favorite things are spending time with family and friends, playing sand volleyball, and reading a good book on a beautiful day.

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Ashleigh Moss

Ashleigh Moss is a local art teacher and a graduate of Texas Christian University in Fort Worth.  She spends most of her time in the classroom or outdoors hiking, camping, or kayaking.  Ashleigh’s artistic interests are in photography and mixed media artworks.




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Deborah Reed-Propst

Deborah studied drawing, painting, printmaking, textiles, and education at the University of North Texas, ultimately earning a BFA in Drawing and Painting.  For the past 35 years, Deborah has worked as an art instructor.  Her teaching has included children from age 4 to adults. Teaching art has truly been a calling for Deborah, and has inspired her to continuously study art history and master new techniques and skills. Deborah has taught American children overseas and as close by as Conroe ISD and Waco ISD.  Deborah has  taught a wide variety of art classes for the Art Center of Waco for the last 5 years.  Now retired from full time public school teaching, Deborah has enjoyed the opportunity to cultivate her own artwork. She enjoys combining abstraction and realism and working with a wide variety of artistic media and styles. Deborah’s work can be seen in Waco at Cultivate 7twelve, Waco Winery, Springhill Suites Mariott, Brazos Theater, and more. Deborah loves children of all ages and sharing her skills with them, encouraging the love of art and the thrill of creating!