Our Teachers

Meryl Hamilton

Co-founder & Teacher

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.

Eryn McCarty

Co-founder & Teacher

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.

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.

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.

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!

Roberta Sutton

Studio Manager &
Teacher – Adults & Kids

Roberta loves teaching students of all ages, with a special enthusiasm for principles of painting and drawing and history of art. She also paints commissioned oil portraits of local landmarks and families. After running a free gallery and BnB in NYC, she is joyous to call Ocean Beach home. She earned art history and studio art degrees from Binghamton University.