Our Teachers

Meryl Hamilton,  

Artist & Co-Founder

(Teacher - Adults & Kids)

A native New Jersey artist, Meryl was drawn to painting and drawing when she was a young girl.  This led her to an  Interior Design from  Philadelphia University.   After a move, career, and lifestyle change, she relocated to San Diego in 2015. She's continued her art education in both New York and San Diego.  Meryl dabbles in all types of art, but specializes in mural work, painting, and drawing.

Nicole Schaeffer

(Teacher - Adults & Kids)

Nicole has been an artist her entire life. She began seriously painting and drawing in high school and developed her skill set further by taking classes in college in drawing, painting, three-dimensional art, and color theory. Nicole currently has her Associates degree in Studio Art and hoping to continue her education in Child Development and more art classes. In the meantime, Nicole spends most of her days creating functional wheel thrown ceramics at The Artist Outpost and at the Spanish Art Village in Balboa Park. 

Christa Burrell

(Teachers - Adults & Kids)


Christa graduated in painting and printmaking from SDSU and starting teaching alongside Meryl and Eryn in 2016. She is a lover of all two-dimensional and traditional mediums, but her favorites are charcoal, ink, pastel and oil painting. In the last decade, she's pursued her interests in horticulture and plant sciences and is currently working towards her MA in conservation biology, in which she hopes to inspire conservation through art and civil engagement. A sucker for graphic novels, Pixar, Tove Jansson, and Studio Ghibli, Christa is a huge fan of illustrative storytelling and imaginative characters (monsters and beasts, especially).

Jules Alksne
(Teacher - Kids)
Jules is originally from Northern California, Santa Cruz. She moved down to San Diego to get her Bachelors of Science in Biology from UCSD and Art History minor. She has been drawing and painting since she was little and has an Associates in Visual Arts from Santa Barbara City College. Her favorite mediums are pastel, oil and charcoal. In her free time she enjoys taking figure drawing classes, painting flowers and landscapes in plein-air, jewelry making and surfing. She has worked as a surf instructor for children for the past 4 years, and loves teaching and inspiring kids to find their own unique passions!

Kenzie Smith

(Teacher - Adults & Kids)

Kenzie is very passionate about all things clay!

She has had her hands in clay since she was a young girl but it wasn’t until high school and community college that her passion and skill really developed. Born and raised in Santa Cruz, California she finds inspiration in the organic curvature and the beauty of the natural world  She also loves teaching, sharing her passion with both kids and adults and building community around her favorite medium. 

Eryn McCarty,  

Artist & Co-Founder

(Teacher - Adults & Kids)

Born and raised in Southern California Eryn has been playing with every type of art she could her hands on since she was a little tyke.  In college Eryn took on classes in sculpture, painting and beyond and has continued her art education through classes in her adulthood.  

Riley Henning

(Teacher - Kids)

Riley is a self-taught artist from Atlanta, Ga. She specializes in acrylic and watercolor painting. Riley is currently a graduate student at the University of San Diego working on her master's degree in environmental and ocean sciences, so she loves to incorporate the natural world into her artwork and teaching! She has been teaching children's art classes for two years.

Fun Facts

- two time vendor at the Wesleyan Artist Market 

- favorite art projects are animal portraits and plein air watercolor landscapes

- art instagram is rh_arts_ob

Alyssa Stewart
(Teacher - Kids)

Alyssa has been an artist for as long as she can remember. Through drawing, painting, and playing music, she’s found creativity to be one of the most important parts of life and is passionate about spreading the joy of art to future generations. Owner and founder of Create Blyss, she specializes in creating custom pet portraits and indoor murals for clients. She is pursuing her Bachelor’s degree in Entrepreneurship at San Diego State, and is taking art classes at the university as well. Outside of work, school, and art, Alyssa enjoys spending time with her family, taking her pup to Dog Beach, and roller skating on Mission Bay.

Instagram: @createblyss

Sloane Mackay
(Teacher - Kids)

Sloane is San Diego native and has lived in Ocean Beach here whole life. She graduated high school in the summer of 2019, and is going to Mesa with the goal of transferring to UCSD. She has been doing art for as long as she can remember and have been taking art classes since she was about 10 years old. A few of her favorite mediums are paint, pencil and ink, and her favorite type of art to make is portraiture. She has been interning at the Artist Outpost pretty much since the beginning and has  recently taken on responsibility as a teacher.

Fun Fact: Sloane takes circus acrobatics classes.”

Molly Zager
(Substitute/Guest Teacher
Adults & Kids)

Molly was born and raised in Baltimore, Maryland, where she started creating art at a very young age in the basement of her childhood home. In high school, she began to take more intensive art classes, which inspired her area of study in college. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Studio Art from The University of Vermont in 2014. During her time there, Molly studied printmaking, pottery, drawing, digital art, sculpture, and acrylic painting.

Molly discovered her love for watercolors after her move across the country to California. Her goal is to capture fleeting subjects (food, florals, plants, etc) and immortalize their beauty in a painting. 

She began training as a floral designer in 2015 at a florist located in Point Loma, where she currently works. Molly loves using bright colors, multiple textures, and loose organic shapes in her designs. 

Molly is currently living in Ocean Beach, San Diego. 

Tamara Appel

(Teacher - Kids)

Tamara is a local artist who specializes in printmaking and painting.  She studied fine art at UCSD and SD Mesa College.  Tamara loves the beach more than anything in life.

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