Room: The Loft | On Faculty Since: 2007

Office Hours: Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday at Lunch, By appointment

Courses: Drawing 1, Drawing 2, Drawing 3, Life Drawing, Life Drawing 2

Matt Dickson teaches Life Drawing and Intermediate/Advanced Drawing. He holds a BFA in Fine Art from Laguna College of Art & Design. Not only is he an experienced draughtsman, but he also holds a passion for oil painting and decorative carpentry. Mr. Dickson is an exhibiting artist, showing locally as well as in New York and Los Angeles.




Room: 2B & Digital Arts Lab | On Faculty Since: 2011

Office Hours: Daily 12:10-2:10 pm & 3:20-4:00 pm, Wednesday & Thursday 3:20-4:30 pm

Courses: Geometry, Digital Mixed Media, Publication Design

Hank Fries joined the team at New School for the Arts and Academics in 2012. Hank has a background as a professional sculptor, cabinet maker and designer that stretches back to the late eighties. He has lived in the Tempe area off and on for over 35 years. Hank's interests reflect his history as a teacher and include many civic, scientific, and fitness - related topics. He sculpts, hikes, bikes, kayaks, shoots, plays with his pets, photographs, works out, and engages in art-related research in his home studio in Tempe.




Room: Painting Room | On Faculty Since: 2002

Office Hours: Monday, Wednesday & Thursday 12:05-12:35 pm, By appointment

Courses: Painting 1, Painting 2-3, Mixed Media 1, Mixed Media 2-3

Kyllan Maney works with aspects of nature that draw upon feelings of tranquility, discovery, spirituality and awe when looking closely at plants and objects. This is the visual foundation of Kyllan’s work… rooted in radial patterns, maps, biomorphic shapes, human relationships and inspirations from past and current artists. Kyllan enjoys the inventive, creative process of large- scale murals, mixed media work and drawing.

Kyllan has also been teaching Painting and Mixed Media for over sixteen years at New School for the Arts and Academics in Tempe, Arizona. She has been the Visual Arts Department Director for the past nine years. She finds that teaching is an ever-evolving process -which inspires her artwork. Her education includes an internship at the National Museum of Natural History along with a BFA with a specialization in Painting from Arizona State University.

Throughout the year, Kyllan creates interactive, collaborative community art projects and workshops around the valley, in such places as Monorchid in Phoenix and Mesa Public Library to name a few. In 2014, she was recognized as one of 100 Creatives by the New Times publication. Her work can also be seen at Art One Gallery in Scottsdale, Practical Art in Phoenix and The Mesa Arts Center Cooperative Gallery. Please visit her website- for more images.




Room: 7B & Ceramics | On Faculty Since:

Office Hours: Tuesday & Friday 10:30-11:30 am, After school, By appointment

Courses: MS Visual Arts Foundation, HS Visual Arts Foundation, Jewelry Design

Linda Parker currently teaches Visual Arts Foundation for both the High School and the Middle School and Jewelry/Metalsmithing at the High School. She has taught 3-dimensional design and Sculpture, both at NSAA High School and Glendale Community College. Linda received a MFA in Sculpture from Arizona State University and a BFA in Sculpture from Georgia State University. She thinks of herself as a multi-disciplinary artist with a focus in sculpture and in-depth experience in painting, alternative printmaking, textile arts, alternative bookmaking, jewelry fabrication and art installations. Linda thinks being an art teacher is the best job in the world and that it's an honor to be a part of the creative environment at NSAA.




Room: 1A | On Faculty Since: 2007

Office Hours: Mon-Fri 8:00-8:40am & 2:00-3:00pm, By appointment

Courses: Fashion Design, Costume Design

Martha Pena teaches Fashion Design I-III. She graduated from the Art Institute of Phoenix with a BA of Arts in Fashion Marketing. Before attending the Art Institute of Phoenix, she attended Phoenix Community College. Her interests are art, photography, shopping, researching trends, sewing, and designing. Some of her work experiences include visual merchandising, photography, and fashion design.


JASON SILVA | MEd (Special Education), MEd (Educational Administration)


Room: ESS Office & Digital Arts Lab | On Faculty Since: 2017

Office Hours: Daily 10:30-11:30 am

Course: Film

Mr. Silva works in administration as the school Exceptional Student Services Director. Mr. Silva holds a Master’s degree from Arizona State University in Special Education and a Master’s degree in Educational Administration from Grand Canyon University. In addition to his administrative duties, Mr. Silva also teaches the film workshop class studying great films in the history of cinema, filmmaking techniques, and film analysis. Mr. Silva lives in Tempe with his family and in his free time works as a freelance photographer.




Room: 2A, Digital Arts Lab, Photo Room | On Faculty Since: 2017

Office Hours: Daily 8:30-8:50am, Lunch & After school by appointment

Courses: Introduction to Photo (Photo I), Advanced Photography (Photo I-IV), Digital Photography, World History

Claire A. Warden (b. Montreal, Quebec) is an artist working in Phoenix, Arizona. She received her BFA in Photography and BA in Art History from Arizona State University.

Claire’s work has been exhibited widely in the United States and abroad. She has been named LensCulture's Top 50 Emerging Talents, Photo Boite’s 30 Under 30 Women Photographers, and a Critical Mass finalist. In 2017, she received an Artist Research and Development Grant from the Arizona Commission on the Arts, Philadelphia Photo Arts Center exhibition award and the Ed Friedman Award from the Griffin Museum of Photography. Her work has been featured in various publications, including Real Simple magazine, Der Greif Magazine, Strange Fire Collective, Common Ground Journal, Prism Magazine, and Diffusion Magazine. Claire was awarded artist residencies through the Alfred and Trafford Klots International Program for Artists, Art Intersection in Arizona, the Center for Photography at Woodstock and LATITUDE in Chicago.




Room: Ceramics | On Faculty Since: 2000

Office Hours: Tuesday, Wednesday & Friday 12:05-12:45 pm

Courses: Ceramics 1-3

Christy Lasater Weiser has been teaching, creating and designing ceramics with NSAA high school students for over twenty two years. NSAA has been a great place to work with engaged creative students. Christy developed curriculum for the ceramic program which students learn hand building skills, wheel throwing, glaze testing, glazing and firing. This is her second year working with Sculpture NSAA students in the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Arts Visions Program.

Christy received her BFA degree from the Kansas City Art Institute and has certifications from the state of Arizona in Professional Knowledge AEPA and Art Education AEPA. Weiser is a former resident artist at Hillside Center in Portland, Oregon for two years and a resident artist at the Archie Bray Foundation for the ceramic arts in Helena, Montana for thirteen years.

She maintains a working ceramic studio with her husband Kurt Weiser. Garth Weiser their son is a graduate of NSAA in 1999. He is a NYC resident and is continuing his career in the arts as a painter for the last 20 years.