Key Developers


Ashleigh Norman, MFA SFAI

The ‘right brain’ developer and lead writer of lessons.


Phil Shemanski, CPA MS (Tax)

The ‘left brain’ developer and Renewing the Renaissance founder.

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Video Artists

070e8ffDrawing: Sarah Ammons UMSS0LH5Watercolor: Christine Oliver

Oil: Cynda Valle


Sculpture: Kent Kidwell

Contributing Artists

A really big thank you to the all the artists–living and dead–who have contributed to great vastness of art history and contemporary art. You inspire us to create our own art and to see the beauty in even the most banal. Thank you.

Renewing the Renaissance artists, without whom this site would never have been born. Thank you for your patience and support throughout this process and for continuing to create and share your artwork with the world.

Videographers & Support Staff

Shawn Darling

Mike Mahoney

Bryn Robertson

Tim Erskin, KMVT

Rene Mendoza, KMVT

Bobby Chastain, KMVT

Shelley Wolfe, KMVT


Website Creation, Advice, and Testing

Sarah Ammons Kaaren Marquez
Ryan Carr Oscar Ramirez
Mabisa Chhetry Jason M Rhodes
Cesar Karamazov Fernanda Rodriguez
Jay Mandyam Onur Yildiz
Shreyas Mandyam, MMediaWeb Tom Zephyrs


Our “Village” of Supporters

They say, “it takes a village,” and it couldn’t be more true. Thank you to our village of supporters out there–you’ve been with us through all the paint, sweat, and tears it took to complete the Beginner’s School and we are forever indebted to you. We value your advice, your opinions, your guidance, and most of all your open minds and ears as we’ve worked together to create this. Indiegogo crowdfunders, your contributions significantly impacted our development and we couldn’t have done it without you.

Maneeza Aminy

Jahye Aronson

Caitlin Becker

Gwen Behrstock

Janet Cahill

David Colvin

Laura Corben

Steven Crawley

Jane Ferguson

Susan Fink

Geri-Ann Galanti

Dee Gibson

Jeff Grabow

Laurie Green

Patricia Herzog

Daria Hodapp

Bette Houtchens

Claudia A. Howe

Carole Hunter

Harold Jaffe

Nancee Jaffe

Karen Jaw-Madson

Robert Kalof

Laurie Kasparian

Karen Kaye

Amanda Keating

Robert Kranz

KHRG Law firm LLP

Janet Loeb

Christina Ma

Amy MacDonald

Rahat Marfatia

Lydia Martin

Vicki Martin

Susan Mielke

Linda Naiman

John Norman

Kim Norman

Lynne O’Hara

Raymond Osofsky

Jennifer Pence

John Phelps

Safa Rashtchy

Bonnie Rickles

Richard Sasaki

Joan Shemanski

Naomi Shemanski

Sheri Shemanski

Laura Shumaker

Perry Simon

Cole Smothers

David Spector

Michael Teng

Mark Tramiel

Sanjay Uppal

Irma Velasquez

Sylvia H White

Ellen Whorton

Dennis Wilkins

Michael Wohler

Michelle Wohler

Pearl Wolffs

Nathan Zebedeo

Laurie Zoloth


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