Susan and Elizabeth created the original Green Art Workshop in 2010. This collaborative program brought youth to Recology’s Artist-In-Residence (AIR) program and Scrounger’s Center for Reusable Arts Parts (SCRAP). The workshop encouraged participants to consider their personal consumption and to draw inspiration from art that reflects a commitment to environmentally sustainable behavior. Students upcycyled materials such as textiles, paper, wood, and plastic objects to construct imaginative sculptures.
From the initial Green Art Workshop series, Elizabeth and Susan recognized youths’ excitement to explore the artistic potential of non-traditional re-usable materials. They are committed to providing quality art programs which promote creativity with a conscious.
Green Art Workshop is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Thank you to all of our community partners who make our work possible!
(The Green Art Workshop Team at the 2013 Annual Spring Fundraiser.)
Elizabeth O’Connor [Co-Founder/Director/Teaching Artist]
Elizabeth received her BFA in Studio Art with a minor in Art Education from Alfred University in New York. She has been an Artist-in-Residence at the Hall Farm Center in Townsend, VT and volunteered for AmeriCorps NCCC in Colorado. Elizabeth has taught art for Starr King Elementary’s YMCA After School Program and The Imagine Bus Project in San Francisco. From 2008-2012, she served as Art Director for the Boys & Girls Clubs of SF. Elizabeth’s award-winning art programs have connected local youth with kids in Uganda, Peru, Nepal, and India. In 2012, Elizabeth completed a public mosaic project with BGCSF and the San Francisco Art Institute.
Susan Lynn Smith [Co-Founder/Director/Teaching Artist]
Susan holds a BFA in Photography & Imaging from New York University and a MFA in Photography from the San Francisco Art Institute. Since 2001, she has worked as an Art Instructor for NYU’s Community Collaborations, Putney Student Travel’s Amherst College and Spain Excel programs, and the International Center of Photography. Most recently, Susan has taught and directed art programs for Good For Kids, a San Francisco non-profit, The Oxbow School in Napa, CA, and the Academy of Art University. Her exhibitions include shows at Root Division, San Francisco City Hall, Cordon | Potts Gallery, MarinMOCA, and RayKo Photo Center.
Elizabeth Cunningham [Teaching Artist]
Elizabeth holds a BA in Fine Arts from the University of Pennsylvania, and an MFA in Photography from the San Francisco Art Institute. As an artist she has recorded her experiences in Cleveland, Seattle, Philadelphia, New York, and San Francisco. Elizabeth has taught youth since 2006, and believes in empowering the youngest generation with the skills needed for coming of age in the most digital world we have ever experienced. Most recently, Elizabeth has worked with the youth of the Excelsior Boys & Girls Club through City Studio and currently teaches media and software skills to adults at the San Francisco Art Institute. Elizabeth joined the Green Art Workshop team in the spring of 2013.
Julia Olson [Teaching Artist]
Julia is a recent transplant to San Francisco from France. After studying languages and history, both in France and UC Irvine, she entered the painting studio at La Maison Goyard in San Francisco. Passionate about drawing and painting, Julia enjoys making art and teaching in her spare time. In addition to her own research, Julia is kept up-to-date on environmental issues by her older sister, who is an environmental engineer. Julia joined the Green Art Workshop team in the spring of 2012.
Pavla Berghen-Wolf (Teaching Assistant]
Pavla is a native San Franciscan. She is a graduate of the Jewish Community High School of the Bay in San Francisco and has loved art her entire life. Pavla has been an assistant teacher for a number of years at The Planet in Mill Valley, CA, helping kids to bead and sew, and more recently has also assisted with art classes and birthday parties at the San Francisco Children’s Art Center. Pavla is passionate about tap dancing, photography, and children’s literature, and loves visiting art museums. She plans to major in art history at Brandeis University where she will begin study in fall 2014. Pavla joined the Green Art Workshop team in fall of 2013.
Olivia McCandless [Teaching Assistant]
Olivia has grown up around art and is an artist herself, having a specific passion for photography and painting. She has attended summer precollege programs at the San Francisco Art Institute and volunteered at youth summer art camps including Terra Mia, a ceramics studio in Noe Valley. Olivia has also participated in group exhibitions at Soap Gallery, Diego Rivera Gallery (at SFAI), and Ford Street Studios. She is very passionate about the environment and is part of her school Eco Club where they participate in activities such as beach clean-ups and raise money for organizations. Olivia has worked with Green Art Workshop since the fall of 2011.
Jenny Li [Teaching Assistant]
Jenny has exhibited work in San Francisco’s De Young Museum and received local art competitions awards. In 2007, Jenny was a Good For Kids (GFK) Coaching Scholarship recipient for Fine Arts. Through her involvement with GFK, Jenny served as an Assistant Art Instructor, Reporter Intern in which she attended and reported on Coaching Program sessions, and on the Junior Advisory Board. Jenny has also been pursuing her interest in singing through participation in a local choir since 2003. Most recently, Jenny has worked as a Assistant Teacher for Green Art Workshop at two local elementary school sites.
Board of Directors
Jarrod Jacobi [Board Treasurer]
Jarrod has been an active member of the local investment community for over 17 years. He serves as a volunteer and Board Treasurer for Green Art Workshop. He first met Elizabeth O’Connor when he was tutoring in the Art Department at the Excelsior Boys & Girls Club where she was the Art Director. Jarrod is a Financial Advisor with Wells Fargo Advisors, LLC.
Laura Boles Faw [Board Secretary]
Laura is a practicing artist whose work includes of sculptural installations, curatorial projects, and collaborative ventures. Laura earned her MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute. In addition to her art practice, Laura is a Visiting Faculty at The San Francisco Art Institute, where she teaches sculpture and adult continuing education. She also teaches art to underserved middle and high school youth at Meridian Gallery and is a teaching artist for the SFAI City Studio Program. Laura serves as a volunteer and Board Secretary for Green Art Workshop.
Karyn Yandow [Board Member]
Karyn has been a practicing photographer in the Bay Area for over two decades. She has exhibited her photography around the Bay Area at Yerba Buena Center For The Arts, Falkirk Cultural Center, Sebastopol Center For The Arts, Berkeley Art Center, Bolinas Museum, Gallery Route One, and the Center For Photographic Arts. In addition to her art practice, Karyn has served as a volunteer and Board Member for several Bay Area arts organizations. Karyn earned her BFA degree in Printmaking from the San Francisco Art Institute.
Carlton Eichelberger [Board Member]
Carlton is the Area Director for Boys & Girls Clubs of San Francisco where he oversees the operations of three facilities: the Sunnydale, Excelsior, and Willie Mays Clubhouses. He was a 2012 recipient of the Daniel E. Koshland Civic Unity Award from The San Francisco Foundation, one of the nation’s largest and leading philanthropic foundations.
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