ABOUT US

Artistic Moments was established in 1998, to provide entertaining and educational art instruction in a non-competitive environment. We offer a wide variety of courses to meet the artistic interests of all students. Our relaxed and unique instructional style encourages each student to feel successful with their completed compositions. 

 

We supply all necessary materials for the scheduled session. Classes are conducted on-site, therefore, clients need not be concerned with student transportation. All clean-up and set-up is performed by the instructor and/or support staff. Our minimum is six students, and our maximum is 100 students per class.

 

Classes run for a minimum of 1.5 hours. However, some courses require additional time; therefore, 2-hour, 2.5-hour, and 3-hour classes are commonly scheduled. Clients may also request to schedule more than one session, per course offering. We also offer full-day and week-long classes. We encourage our clients to schedule dates with us far in advance, to ensure that we are able to accomodate your needs. To be fair to all of our clients, we schedule on a 'first-come, first-served' basis.

 

Artistic Moments feels that every student has artistic ability. We provide service to all students regardless of artistic ability, race, sexual orientation, religion, gender, and/or disability. Artistic Moments is an equal-opportunity educational company.

OUR STAFF

Kris Mastley Holtmeyer

Founder, Owner, Lead Instructor

Kris is a multimedia artist and the founder/owner of Artistic Moments. She has extensive experience working with students of all ages, as well as specialties in accelerated and special education. Her program experience includes: corporate events, business grand openings, parks and recreation, community education, public and private school districts, charter schools, home-based schools, public and private daycares, senior residences, senior centers, continuing education, special education programs, art clubs, private parties (including birthdays and anniversaries, holiday parties, reunions, baby showers, bridal showers, bar mitzvahs and bat mitzvahs), scout troops, hospital/clinic events, fundraisers, art fairs, art crawls, Intermediate District #287 Gifted/Talented (WSSS), and the Minnesota Council for Gifted and Talented (MCGT) Students. 

 

Kris also volunteers her time as an advisor for MNYC Youth Outreach Program and other non-profit organizations, promoting the visual arts in the Twin Cities metropolitan area. She is also a certified Reiki Master Practitioner.

Ross Breneman

Teaching Assistant

Ross is a multimedia artist and enjoys working with charcoal and acrylics. He owns Earthrise Exposures, a photography company based in Minneapolis. He shoots portraits, nature, cityscapes and products, focusing mainly on high-contrast and vibrant imagery. He loves photography post-production and has advanced knowledge of Lightroom and Photoshop. Ross offers portrait and event photo services on his website, and also has colorful photos for sale for your home. Visit www.earthriseexposures.com to view his photography portfolio or learn more about scheduling a photo service. 

Keli Gerling

Teaching Assistant

Keli attended the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities and has a B.A. degree in Psychology. She is employed as a Data Analyst for a national company in the Minneapolis area.  She is a multimedia artist and favors working with acrylics on canvas and photography. Keli finds great enjoyment in teaching new art media to her four-year old daughter, Ayla. She is looking forward to introducing her newborn daughter, Hailey, to the visual arts. She enjoys working with students of all ages and has been with Artistic Moments for over 20 years!

May Ling Kopecky

Teaching Assistant

May Ling Kopecky, a multimedia artist and musician, has been creating art ever since she could hold a pencil. She began to take classes at age five. Her instructor, Kris Holtmeyer, helped nurture May Ling’s skills over the years, and she has been an assistant teacher and substitute teacher for Kris’ classes. She specializes in hyperrealism, and much of her art is inspired by her past experiences and travels around the world. May Ling predominantly works in acrylic, watercolor, ink, and graphite, but she also has made animations for her musical compositions. She attended the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities, where she earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. May Ling does commisssioned artwork and offers private art lessons to students of all ages. For more information, please visit www.maylingkopecky.com.

Nichole Lee

Teaching Assistant

Nichole attended the College of St. Benedict and St. John’s University and majored in Psychology. She enjoys working with a variety of media and students of all ages. In particular she enjoys working with origami because it challenges the mind to discover unique ways to fold paper into a new form. She also enjoys ceramic painting and being able to add her own character to pieces of art.

Angela Liesmaki

Teaching Assistant

Angela enjoys creating oil and acrylic paintings, pencil sketches, architectural drawings, and photography. She has been able to build upon her artistic skills through her education at St. Olaf College and the College of Design, UMN. She is a licensed architect and employed in the Twin Cities.  Angela feels that it is important to incorporate art in life and education as a way to express the human soul, and that is why she loves working with artists of all ages. She is very passionate about all forms of art, especially architecture.

Katie Liesmaki

Teaching Assistant

Katie studied Social Work and Family Studies at the College of St. Olaf and enjoys working with students of all ages. She recently completed her Master's degree in Occupational Therapy (OTA Program) in Phoenix, Arizona and has now returned home and resides in Minneapolis. She thoroughly enjoys working with a variety of art media.

Angela Marchessault

Teaching Assistant

Angela is a business student with a love for tutoring and multi-media arts.  She has worked with students of a variety of ages and enjoys discovering how best to teach and help students find success.  She works with digital art in her free time and has a dream of illustrating a short graphic novel.

Cindy Mastley-LaVine

Teaching Assistant

Cindy has always been interested in the fine arts whether as an artist or a patron of the arts.  She is a multimedia artist and enjoys working with both wet and dry media.  She believes that art encompasses the use of many types of media, including floral arranging, which is her forte. She thoroughly enjoys designing and constructing artistic arrangements. Cindy's theory is that art is an adventure into one's heart and soul; where creativity is born!

Kati Phillippi

Teaching Assistant

Kati loves art, especially cake decorating/cupcake art, paper crafting, abstract painting. She believes art is the clearest window into one’s soul, and art allows us to share what we may not be able to put into words. Kati enjoys working with students of all ages. In addition to composing artwork, she is an avid writer.

Harry Pulver, Jr.

Teaching Assistant

Harry Pulver Jr. has attended St. Olaf, MCAD, and Pratt Manhattan School of Design.  As a professional illustrator for over 20 years, his clients include, The Children’s Television Workshop, Scholastic Inc., and the Wall Street Journal.  He has also coached for Destination Imagination, and taught at Watershed High School, The MN Council for the Gifted and Talented Conference and Intermediate District #287 West Suburban Summer School.

Michelle Weiss

Teaching Assistant

Michelle is a licensed teacher and works with elementary-aged students in the Minneapolis area.  She studied Elementary Education and Studio Art at St. Olaf College.  She enjoys working with a variety of media but specialized in the art of Printmaking in college.  She thoroughly enjoys the process of Printmaking and experimented with Intaglio and Lithography in her college studio.  She now creates artwork using oil and acrylic paints and is becoming familiar with this media.  Her projects are geared towards younger-aged children.

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