Spring ’21 – Final

  • Friday 14 May ’21
  • 12:30 – 2:30 pm PDT
  • Zoom University

We’re lucky to have 2 exciting visiting artists join us for our final critique! Plus our LBSU friends Rosa Trujillo and Daniel Carlos will also be joining us again!

I think Zoom is a fantastic business tool, and an OK education tool. Yes, we all miss the experience of actually being in the same room together. And our potluck won’t be quite as freewheeling as it could be F2F. Something cool though is that we’re able to reach beyond SoCal for our fantastic visiting artists. Chantae Reden will be joining us from Fiji, and Julie Pavlacka will be joining us from Salt Lake City!

Visiting Artists

Chantae Reden

Travel Writer, Photographer, and Adventurer.

I am a travel writer and photographer with an affinity for telling stories about adventures on land and in the sea, often going where few others dare. I am an experienced scuba diver, freediver, surfer, kitesurfer, and hiker. When I’m not writing about adventures, I’m pursuing them.

Julie Pavlacka

Music Photography & Portraiture

I use photography to encapsulate specific moments in time; moments that will eventually become blurred memories. Taking a photo allows a split second to be viewed by others and become imagery that does not fade away with time, but instead, can be re-lived in the many years to come.


We won’t have time to look at all 15 portfolios during our final, but I hope we can get through 5 of them. I think the feedback we’ll get on these will offer valuable insights to all of us, whether or not we happen to present today.

Alejandra Santana

Animation & Graphic Design

As an animator, I like to brainstorm, sketch ideas, storyboard, and then move from this development phase into a production phase. I use Adobe Animate, Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Autodesk Maya, and Procreate in my work. I focus on creating moods and feelings for my audience. I enjoy working in teams and learning from all stakeholders.

Yolanda Granados

Portraiture, Social Documentary, Fashion & Editorial

I have worked in both Photojournalism and Portraiture. While these styles are often separate and distinct, I am drawn to a middle space where both techniques can be applied to document our journeys through life.

Brianna Guerra

Painting, Art Education
I am a first-generation Guatemalan-American artist born in Los Angeles. I work in oil paint and other media. My style tends toward Impressionism, with a focus on color and light.

My goal is to diversify the representation of artists within art education. I teach 11-17-year-old students about contemporary artists of color that are rarely discussed in the public education system. I have taught in schools throughout the Los Angeles Unified School District.

Anastasia Ermolaeva


I am a Ceramics artist and I enjoy focusing on hand building and functional ceramics art. My artistic approach implies different techniques, such as pinch pottery, coil building, and slab building. I am very flexible approaching my clients’ needs and meeting the stylistic requirements of the galleries I exhibit with. I participate in a number of collaborative projects and exhibit my work throughout the world.

Alvaro Linares

Character Illustration
To create a new, fantasy animal character I start with research on real animals from Central American folklore. I often weave personal experience and social justice issues into the design of characters. The Cuyancuat, for example, is a mythical creature from El Salvador. An animal with a pork head and the body of a snake. I analyze the anatomy of different animals and combine them in new ways to create unique yet plausible creature-characters. These creature designs work in live action film, video games, and animation projects.

My most frequent digital tools are Animatic CC, Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign. In traditional media I work with oil, acrylic, watercolor, gouache, and soft pastel.

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