Faculty and Staff

*Indicates Advisor


Mary Bonar


Christine Shafner*

University of Michigan, BFA: Sculpture
University of Michigan, MFA: Medical and Biological Illustration

Christine has been teaching at Shoreline since 1996 in animation, illustration, page layout, game art, and several foundation courses. She acquired her degrees from the University of Michigan (BFA in Sculpture, MFA in Medical and Biological Illustration). Past illustrations have been published in nursing textbooks, elementary educational titles, and multiple surgical atlases and journals.

On campus, Christine's role as educator gives her the opportunity to teach complex technical software and illustration techniques. Supporting these creative students who reach Shoreline, and opening pathways to success in the visual arts, is her goal. She is especially proud of the current student semifinalists in the international Adobe Design Achievement Awards, and the ‘Best in the Nation’ awards earned by the student team who designed the art and literary journal, Spindrift.

Al Yates*

Western Washington University, BA: Graphic Design/Illustration

Al Yates has done just about everything from running a newspaper web press to designing web pages. In the pre-digital media days, Al was airbrush illustrating phantom cutaways of sport fishing boats, and designing hot tub brochures. When Photoshop and desktop publishing came on the scene, Al traded his airbrush and paste-up waxer for a mouse and Mac computer. His client list includes Roland Music, Cascade Spas, The Port of Bellingham, and Homax. From 1997 to 2008, Al served as Lead Graphic Designer/Art Director for SPIE—The International Society for Optical Engineering, designing promotional media for the high-tech world of light-based technologies (lasers,nanotechnology,etc.). Some of his technology posters have appeared on the set of the CBS hit sitcom "The Big Bang Theory." 

Al has a passion for the important part that visual design plays in the world of innovative technology. "Artists play a huge role in bringing technology to the people." He's a strong believer in the educational concept of STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, ART and Math) rather than STEM. "We need to teach students to use their whole brain, not just the left side or the right." 

The best advice Al can give to a student comes from a lesson he learned from the "Great One" back in the 80's as a "hockey-playing, mullet-haired kid" from Minnesota:  "Skate to where the puck is going to be…not where it is now." Al will tell you to "look to the future and train for it, never be afraid to learn new things, and don't get too comfortable when things are good, because change is inevitable."

Matthew Allison*

Tokyo National University of Fine Art, DFA Ceramics
Southern Illinois University, MFA Ceramics

Matt began his formal education in art by focusing on painting and drawing but finds clay to be the best media for his own personal expression.  After completing his Masters degree, to satisfy his interest in both living abroad and in the Japanese aesthetic, Matt traveled to Japan and continued his studies in clay at the Tokyo National University of Fine Art. Upon completion of his DFA there, he returned to the Northwest to pursue his own studio practice and to continue the teaching he’s long enjoyed.  Matt has taught various 2D and 3D media in many of the areas colleges and art centers and is happy to now be focused on Shoreline Community College. 

Claire Emiko Fant*

Shoreline Community College: AAS in Multimedia and Web Design
Seattle Central Community College: Certificate in Architectural Drafting
University of Puget Sound, BA: Philosophy

After receiving her BA in Philosophy from the University of Puget Sound, Claire Fant followed her passion for art and design, freelancing as an architectural draftsman, sign-painter, calligrapher, and graphic designer, eventually landing in the Digital Media Program at Shoreline where she found her niche in the marriage of design and technology in web site design. Her specialty includes user experience/interactive design backed by solid front-end coding with HTML, CSS with a sprinkling of jQuery, JavaScript and PHP. She is also a partner in DonnaClaireDesign. Claire is dedicated to her students with whom she enjoys sharing her abiding interest in design for the web. 


Chuck Schultz

Seattle Central Community College, AAS: Graphic Design, Vocational Teaching Certificate

Chuck is a Graphic Designer and Illustrator. He has been Art Director of Outdoors NW magazine since January 2007, in a freelance-contract capacity. At Outdoors NW, Chuck is responsible for editorial design and layout, ad design, website updates, the company’s e-newsletter, digital editions, and all of the company’s marketing pieces. Chuck also has other freelance clients including one he has worked with for over 20 years.

He has been both a long- and short-distance hiker and spent six months on the Pacific Crest Trail in 1979. Favorite hike: Shi Shi Beach on the Washington coast. Favorite weekend getaway: Lake Chelan, Washington.

A Graphic Artists Guild life member, Chuck was the first Seattle Chapter president. He also has served as National Rep, ExComm Member-at-Large, National Vice President, and is currently Secretary.

Dennis Bishop

Green River Community College, AAS
Coursework in School of Communications–Washington State University 

Dennis Bishop comes to Shoreline Community College with a life-long passion for education. His business of over 20 years, Bishop & Assoc., Inc., is focused on teaching and training adults. He has published books and software as well as the online training site, Pixel Street Studios. Corporate training clients include The Boeing Co., Disney, US West Cellular and Kansas Cellular. His current focus is on 3D animation and digital imagery where as an instructor, he strives to inspire students to explore their creativity through storytelling with digital imagery and animation. As a business person, he is able to encourage students to develop creative and business skills essential to success in the business world.

Bob Hutchinson

Ohio State University, BFA: Graphic Design
University of Washington, MFA: Painting/Animation

Bob Hutchinson was part of the pioneer generation of animators in Seattle who, confronted with limited resources, established a vital presence by creating their own centers of animation and film where experimentation was the norm.

Upon graduating with a BFA in graphic design from Ohio State University, Bob migrated to Seattle, where he obtained his MFA in painting from the University of Washignton. He found his calling when he took an animation class from Ron Carraher at the U. Bob eventually developed a technique of chalk board animation that led to an Emmy for the short, “Chalk Trio” in 1979. He started 2nd Saturday Cinema which ran a series of vintage and experimental live action and animated films out of a shared studio for 10 years. For the past 15 years Bob has taught classes in graphic design, multimedia and animation.

Kris Boustedt

Apple Certified Trainer: Final Cut Pro
Eastern Washington University, BA: Film 

Kris Boustedt has been working with film since 1998 and is an award-winning director, editor and screenwriter.  In the past seven years, he has had eighteen narrative projects (features, shorts and webisodic content) broadcast and exhibited all over the world in addition to creating media for corporate promotions and non-profit fundraisers. Clients include The Phoenix Suns, FareStart, Allied Waste, The World Cyber Games, PhRMA, Seattle Radiologists and The Seattle International Film Festival. With advanced certifications in post production technologies and years of solid, hands-on experience in all phases of filmmaking, it is Kris’ mission to help students cultivate their unique cinematic voices and, through rigorous practical experimentation and academic exploration, encourage and support them in their technical, artistic and entrepreneurial development.

Claire Putney

San Diego State University, BA: Printmaking and Photography
University of Washington. MFA: Studio Art

Claire Putney is an American artist born in Boulder, CO in 1979. She completed her Bachelor of Arts in Printmaking and Photography at San Diego State University, although the majority of what she learned during that time was in the open desert of southeast California. Before applying for graduate school, Putney spent one year as a visiting artist at Hoover High School in San Diego, CA through the Price Community Builders Fellowship. In June, 2007 she completed her MFA in Studio Art at the University of Washington, and has continued to teach studio classes at Edmonds Community College, Snohomish Art Center, Bakersfield College, and California State University Bakersfield.

Putney's drawings are based on the physical and emotional experience of geographical space. While in the Seattle area, Putney has had the pleasure of participating in a number of group and solo exhibitions, had her work purchased for the City of Seattle Portable Work Collection, and has contributed to the University District Public Art Project. Her work has also been exhibited in San Diego, Los Angeles, Chicago, Lincoln, Tallahassee, Minnesota, and Boulder. Putney spent the past year and a half as the Assistant Curator at the Bakersfield Museum of Art in California and project facilitator for the Creating Community project through the Arts Council of Kern. She currently owns and runs Topophilia, a drawing studio located in the Equinox Building in the Georgetown neighborhood of Seattle.

Lauren Greathouse

Washington State University, BA: English, BFA: Photography
Louisiana State University, MFA: Photography

Lauren Greathouse was born and raised in the north Seattle suburb of Lake Forest Park. She received her BA in English and BFA in Photography from Washington State University in 2003. In 2007, she earned her MFA in Photography from Louisiana State University. After graduation, as the film boom came to the south, Lauren spent 2 years as a still photographer on various film and television sets in and around Baton Rouge, Louisiana. She returned to the northwest in 2009, and shortly after, began teaching for the University of Georgia’s study Abroad program in Cortona, Italy. She has since taught for the program on three other occasions. Her most recent body of work focuses on the changing landscape of the Northwest and was the result of a GAP Grant from the Artist Trust of Washington State. Currently, Lauren teaches photography classes at Everett Community College and at Shoreline Community College.

Gary Georger

Gary is a studio potter who has focused on functional pottery and the fine arts for over 20 years. Educated in painting and works on paper at university, he latter pursued a career as a studio potters. He was an active participate in local galleries and an instructor of ceramics in Seattle before his travels took him to Turkey.  There he pursued a graduate program of Ceramics and Glass at Dokuz Eylül University.  Gary is an established artist and enthusiastic educator who has taught the arts and shown his works in solo and group exhibitions worldwide.

Nicholas Enevoldsen

Nicholas Enevoldsen is an emerging artist living and working in the Seattle metropolitan area. At the Laguna College of Art & Design, in Laguna Beach, California, he received a BFA in Studio Art along with various awards and scholarships, including the coveted “Passport to China” scholarship in 2006. After graduating, he devoted four years of intensive study at the Florence Academy of Art in Florence, Italy. As a student, he was appointed 'Principal Instructor' for the Intensive Drawing Program and awarded the “Fourth Year Prize” providing an additional year of specialization. 

Nicholas has since completed his MFA at the Lesley University College of Art & Design, in Cambridge, Massachusetts and relocated to Seattle where he actively draws and paints and serves as 'Adjunct Professor' at Shoreline Community College and ‘Instructor’ at the Kirkland Arts Center. 

Melanie Enderle

Originally from Texas, Melanie earned her M.A. from University of Reading, England and worked at the Philadelphia Museum of Art before gaining her Ph.D. in Art History from University of Washington and making the Pacific NW her home.

Melanie is delighted to be teaching at Shoreline Community College. She has taught at several other colleges and universities in Washington State and at China’s Sichuan University. Melanie has also worked in education at Seattle Art Museum and the Women’s Museum in Dallas, Texas.

Melanie is a passionate teacher, and enjoys connecting students to art. She aims to make art history accessible, engaging, and universally applicable in order to give students a relatable context that is meaningful and relevant to their lives.

As an art historian, Melanie focuses her research on issues of gender in 19th and 20th century art by examining the portrayals by male artists of women subjects. She has written and presented papers on her sociocultural-based research at institutions around the world, including Scotland’s St. Andrews University, the Huntington Library, Santa Clara University, the Pantheon-Sorbonne University in Paris, and upcoming at the London Centre for Interdisciplinary Research.

Ilana Zweschi

Ilana Zweschi is an artist based in Seattle, Washington who makes abstract paintings, drawings, and video art that arise from systems intended to capture meaningful and meaningless actions. She attended Skidmore College for her undergraduate degree, graduating summa cum laude in 2011, where she was an Art Major and a Mathematics Minor. In 2014 she received a Master of Fine Arts from the State University of New York at Albany with a concentration in painting and printmaking and received the Departmental Thesis award for her oral defense.

Ilana has exhibited nationally and internationally, showing in exhibitions such as Out of Sight: A Survey of Contemporary Art in the Pacific Northwest and Time and Space in South Korea, and was featured on the back cover of the October 2016 International publication of FreshPaintMagazine. Ilana has also been a teacher for several years, guiding students in painting and drawing both locally at Cornish College of the Arts and Shoreline Community College, and on the East Coast.

Ryan Weatherly

University of Washington, MFA – Painting

Ryan is a Seattle based artist an art educator primarily focusing in painting and drawing. He began his formal training at Iowa State University largely in the area of printmaking and later moved to Seattle to study painting at the University of Washington. Since completing his MFA he has continued his studio practice as well as continued teaching art. Currently Ryan teaches at Shoreline Community College, Gage Academy, University of Washington and DigiPen Technical Institute. He is dedicated to his students, education, and his studio practice.

Sam Scott

Sam was born and raised in Seattle, WA. He began working with clay while in High School in 1968, and then received his BFA in 1975 from the University of Washington. He has taught at the University of Washington, Everett Community College and has been at Shoreline Community College since 1999.

Sam’s work is widely exhibited and resides in many collections including: the American Museum of Ceramic Art, Shimpo's Corporate Collection, and the International Museum of Contemporary Ceramics in Buenos Aries. Sam’s work has been extensively published in books including: Making Marks, Best of 500 Ceramics, China Paint and Overglaze, and Ceramics Today. He has written articles included in Ceramics Monthly magazine Oct. 2017, the book Glazing Techniques 2015, Pottery Making Illustrated magazine Jan/Feb 2012, and Porcelain Artist Magazine 2011.

Selected awards include: The Zanesville Prize, Finalist, Ohio (2014); 22nd Annual Strictly Functional Pottery National, Purchase Award, Pennsylvania (2014); 18th Strictly Functional Pottery National; Purchase Award by L&L Kilns, Pennsylvania (2010); Objects of Virtue Guild Award, California (2009); 4th International Biennial of Contemporary Ceramics Special Jury Award, Buenos Aires (2009); Clay on the Wall First Place, Texas (2007); and the 2007 Vasefinder Nationals, First Place, Nevada (2007).