David Argyle Dave's lifelong interest in photography began over fifty years ago as he learned from his father. During his career as an engineer he continued to enjoy many types of photographic projects. Soon after the arrival of digital cameras he started his own photography business, specializing in sports and action photography. Since then he has also worked with numerous news agencies and companies, both local and national. And in recent years he has discovered a love for passing on what he has learned to others.
Cindy Briggs - Battles A master of translucent tranquil watercolors, Cindy Briggs is known for her sun drenched cityscapes, luminous landscapes and flowers, portraits and creative watercolor sketchbooks. Whether painting in places like Italy, Utah or Carmel-by-the-Sea, her paintings are infused with light, in harmony with life and in full color.
A nurturing, positive and informative art teacher, she has been leading workshops for over 25 years, taking artists of all experience levels to Europe, Canada and throughout the US to paint on location and in the studio. A member and featured artist in NWWS, NWS, WSO, WW and NWWS exhibits, she has also been featured in galleries, museums, special events, art centers, in Plein Air Magazine, Outdoor Painter and Watercolor Magazine. www.CindyBriggs.com
Cindy is an accomplished artist and her ability to simplify her instruction is quite exceptional. She is organized, attentive and charming. I found grace and creativity in her class. - Vivia B - F18 Quick Sketch Watercolor
BRUCE CHRISTENSON Bruce has been guiding and instructing wilderness adventures for 16 years; he is certified in first aid and CPR. Bruce has played guitar since 1972 and has been teaching the instrument since 1987. He shares his talent in a highly personalized and down-to-earth style.
"Bruce obviously had great knowledge of the subject matter and was very good at presenting it in a way that was easy to follow. This was the best Lifelong Learning class I have taken!! Bruce was an awesome teacher." - H.H., SLC
"Bruce made the class very approachable for everyone and gave a lot of content for us to go beyond just beginning guitar practice as we progressively increase our abilities."
"Bruce is a super guy. He made learning fun and easy. He inspires me to play. No weaknesses." - B.H.
Bruce was an amazing teacher. I loved kayaking on the Weber River. I highly recommend this class for anyone interested in learning a new outdoor activity! S.S.
JASON COX Jason holds a BA in Italian. He lived in Italy for two years and has been teaching Italian since 2000.
"Jason took all of the intimidation out of learning a new language. He also has a lovely sense of humor which kept things going." - P.E., SLC
"Jason has a true love of Italy and the language. He made the class so very enjoyable. He knows his stuff. Two thumbs up!" - Satisfied Student
"Jason Cox is a proper instructor who combines proper Italian with skills to greet Italians with useful phrases in their beautiful language. He is amusing and creates a wonderful camaraderie of aspiring Italian communicators in his classroom."
Kim Eden Kimberly has spent most of her youth in nature, mostly climbing in trees. In her most recent years, she decided to take her passion to the next level and make it a career. After moving to Utah, she started studying what will grow here and found the study of horticulture very interesting. Kimberly began work at Arbor Day Nursery and expanded her connection with plants. Over the last few years she grew to understand more about the complexities of gardening and landscaping in a plateau desert. She is now the manager at the nursery and a residential landscape designer, where many people seek her advice on growing in Utah. To expand her ability to help her customers, community and personal understanding, she enrolled in the Master's in Horticulture program offered through USU online.
RANDIN GRAVES Randin Graves is a composer, multi-instrumentalist and one of the world's leading non-Aboriginal exponents of the Australian didgeridoo. As an Australian-American Fulbright scholar and manager of the esteemed Buku-Larrnggay Mulka art centre in the remote Aboriginal township of Yirrkala from 2004-2009, Randin was appointed as an ambassador of the instrument and its culture by two governments and a council of Aboriginal elders. He has a passion for sharing his experiences with the culture that originated the didgeridoo that has lead to presentations everywhere from United States elementary schools to the National Museum of Australia. As a trained western musician, he is also passionate about raising awareness of the musicality of the oft misunderstood instrument.
But before he ever played didgeridoo, Randin grew up playing guitar and keyboards. Despite his notoriety in world music, he's never given up his desire to rock out now and then. He sings and plays guitar in the Salt Lake classic rock power trio The Discographers and appears as a sideman for a few other original and cover artists. He shares his experience as a working guitarist along with his didgeridoo expertise in his Lifelong Learning classes.
MEG KINGHORN Meg Kinghorn, an associate of Dawn Marano & Associates, began a daily practice of writing as part of a friendly challenge in her writing group. Since then, journaling has become a meditative practice, a means of self discovery and a rich trove for essays and poems. Since 2009 she has facilitated as a mentor with the DiverseCity Writing Series, a Community Writing Center program located in Salt Lake City, Utah, and has been featured in their "sine cera" publication. She contributed as an author in the Utah Cultural Celebration Center's 2012 Ekphrasis Exhibit, and was named as a finalist in the Lascaux Flash 2013 Flash Fiction contest. She is currently working on a series of creative non-fiction essays.
"Meg provided a structure for this class that provided positive feedback and constructive criticism from her and the other students. She, and other teachers like her, are the reason why I will not take an online class. Being there and interacting in a positive learning environment is the only way to go!
It's also obvious that Meg has a love for the subject and her students alike...couldn't ask for a better class!!"
"I loved my instructor, Meg. She was such a great leader and mentor for the class and was so great in cultivating positive relationships amongst our writing group. I think everyone got something special from this class."
"Meg provided a structure for this class that provided positive feedback and constructive criticism from her and the other students. She, and other teachers like her, are the reason why I will not take an online class. Being there and interacting in a positive learning environment is the only way to go! It's also obvious that Meg has a love for the subject and her students alike...couldn't ask for a better class!!"
"Thank you so much for the amazing opportunity of learning from you and communing with the other students. What an amazing course you have created. It was transformative for me. Thank you so much for sending me the pictures and the audio tape [from the whiteboard experience]. I look forward to having time to review them and learn from them again.... and again. The writing prompts you gave created new insights for me as well. [They helped] me see things in a new light and find my truth and passion in a newly embodied way. My life/memoir has changed in profound ways. It is so empowering for me to think of myself in terms of self trust rather than denial. Thatâ€™s huge! Thank you for your generosity. Thank you for your enthusiasm and compassion. I would be thrilled to participate in other writing opportunities to continue to learn from you (and others) as well." Memoir Writing S19
BRYAN NALDER Bryan is a self-avowed Japanophile. Bryan first visited Japan as a child and fell in love with its customs and culture. Bryan has lived in Japan and traveled the country numerous times. He has also been a tour guide for small groups visiting Japan. Additionally, he tutors Japanese students learning English, as well as Americans learning the Japanese language.
"Bryan is exceptionally well qualified for this class. He shared his vast knowledge of the language and culture in a fun and engaging manner. He was very well prepared for each class and went above and beyond by bringing us Japanese food to try. I really enjoyed the class and learned a lot!"
Lynsey Nielson Lynsey is a horticulturist at Red Butte Garden & Arboretum at the University of Utah. She is also a garden designer and ISA Certified Arborist. She holds a BA in Environmental Studies and Social Anthropology from Massey University, New Zealand as well as a certificate in Organic Horticulture from SIT, New Zealand.
Over the years she has worn many horticultural hats - from growing, installing, and maintaining to designing, consulting and educating - she ultimately brings over 16 years of local and international experience to the classroom. She is passionate about cultivating and sharing her love of plants, gardens and nature.
JAMES SANTANGELO James Santangelo is the owner of the Wine Academy of Utah, a company tailored for both wine enthusiasts and professionals. His organization provides education and training to restaurants, hosts wine events, and offers on-site sommelier services for wine and spirits. The Wine Academy of Utah is an approved program provider for the Wine and Spirits Education Trust (WSET), an educational track which leads the path in pursuit towards becoming a Master in Wine and Spirits. James has received much recognition for his work, including Salt Lake Magazine Dining Awards "Best Wine Educator" (2011) and Utah's "Best Server" (2010).
SHERAL SCHOWE Sheral Schowe is the founder and owner of Wasatch Academy of Wine, Utah's first and largest wine school and affiliate provider of classes for the Wine Scholar Guild. She teaches for the Lifelong Learning program at the University of Utah, Harmons Grocery and Cooking Schools, and Salt Lake Community College Culinary Institute. Certified as a French Wine Scholar through the French Wine Society, she is a Scholar in the areas of Provence and the Rhone. She has a Master's degree in Adult Education and is a Licensed Wine Educator through the Utah Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control.
CATHERINE THORPE Catherine is a Parisian with a Master's in English from the Sorbonne University; she has been teaching French since 1978.
"This class was terrific. The assignments were interesting and fun. I liked that she got everyone talking--a lot. Very fun." - satisfied student
NATALIA WILKINS-TYLER Natalia is a graduate of the Science Illustration Program (2012) at California State University, Monterey Bay and of the School of Botanical Art & Illustration at Denver Botanic Gardens (2007). Her undergraduate degree is from Lake Forest College with a duel major in Biological Science and Art.
Natalia's fascination with plants and botanical illustration began at a very young age. She spent her youth split between Denver, Colorado's mountain landscapes and the tropical environment of Costa Rica, where she honed a passion for biology hiking the rain forests observing bird and wildlife species.
Upon moving to Utah she participated in a 10 week internship with Natural History Museum of Utah's anthropology department illustrating the pictographs, petroglyphs and granaries of Range Creek. Since then Natalia has taught a number of workshops at the Natural History Museum; basics of plant illustration and demonstration of sketching birds. She currently is working at ARUP Laboratory's as a Graphic Designer.
BRYAN YOUNG Bryan Young is an award-winning author, filmmaker, and journalist who works in many different media. As a writer, he's had numerous novels and short stories published and has worked professionally in the Star Wars, Robotech, and BattleTech universes. He's written comics for Slave Labor Graphics and Image Comics and written and produced documentary films that were called "filmmaking gold" by the New York Times. As a journalist, he's had bylines at the Huffington Post, StarWars.Com, HowStuffWorks, /Film, Syfy, and many more.
He's the president of the Salt City Genre Writers, a Salt Lake City-based chapter of the League of Utah Writers and also serves on the state board of that organization as Historian. He teaches writing regularly at conferences across the country. You can learn more about him by following him on Twitter @swankmotron or by visiting his website, www.swankmotron.com.