LIVE Classes ZOOMING Everyday! Enroll TODAY!

“As fear was gripping our world, and uncertainty was entering not only our lives but the lives our children, Mark Kistler opened his world up for us. Through his daily YouTube live broadcast in the spring and this summer’s Art Camps, my kids have learned more than just how to draw REALLY well. They have grown in so many ways through his teaching and encouragement. It is more than just an art class..he taught them to laugh again, gave them confidence, increased their ability to focus and problem solve, showed them that even while staying home we still can bond with a community. Art enriches our lives, don’t miss out on this opportunity of a lifetime to learn from a truly gifted teacher. We look forward his Art Academy this coming school year and know there are fun days ahead!”

– Misty, Kaitlyn and Jonathan


2020/2021 School Year
2021 Summer Art Camps
2021/2022 School Year

Mondays – Fridays
LIVE from Houston Texas

10:00am – 10:50am Ages 6-8  “Mini-Marshmallows Genius Beginner Group!”

11:00am – 11:50am Ages 9- up “Intermediate/Advanced Turbo Talented Artists Group!”

12:00pm – 4:00 pm Rotating Featured Guest Artists throughout the month.  Days and times vary.  We will be posting our Monthly class schedule here.  Featured Guest Artists photos, biography’s, course titles and outlines, sample students art pieces are posted below.

Family Art Nights LIVE!
6:30pm-7:30pm Monday-Friday!
Family Workshop, ALL ages

Students may log-in to one or ALL sessions, once a week or EVERYDAY! That’s 60 hours a month of Award Winning expert visual art instruction by one of the world’s most famous Art Teachers! PLUS additional Zoom live lessons from our roster of nationally acclaimed Artists and Art Teachers!

Emmy Award Winning Art Educator Mark Kistler has taught millions the JOY of drawing! He will teach and INSPIRE your family too!

Joining Mr. Mark are Award Winning Nationally Acclaimed Artists, and Art Educators, including:

Bill Foster
NASA Ground Control Officer to
The International Space Station

Clive Goddard
Children’s Author and Illustrator
Cartoonist, Private Eye
Chairman of the Professional Cartoonist’s Organisation (PCO)

Ed Heck
New York City
Pop Art

Joel Gori
Harrisburg , PA

Brandon Ray
Houston, TX
Paper Animation
Paper Brain Productions

Ryan Shaw
Spring, TX
Character Development
Cartoon University

Tim Decker
Milwaukee, WI
Former Disney Animator
Former Simpsons Animator
Character Drawing

Emily Albright
Houston, TX
3-D Pop-Up Art, Folding Art, Painting

Lauren Taylor
Houston, TX
Painting/ Mixed Media

Clinton Millsap
Houston, TX
Founder Millsap School Of Art

Jack and Patricia Moore
Houston, TX
NASA Artist, NASA Educator
Reaching For The Stars Through ART!

Thomas Cleveland
Houston, TX
Founder of Art School “The Artist Within”
Mixed Media

Blythe Zemel
Boerne, TX
Multi-media Artist
“Fine Art Photography” (with your smart phone!)

Jamie Hazelwood
Milwaukee, WI

Matt Smith
Smith vs Smith Comics

Erin Brown, MA, MFA
aka author Erin Brown Conroy/EB Conroy
The Art of Writing

Course Curriculum:
Over a million Mark Kistler How-To-Draw Books have sold worldwide. Mark Kistler’s Daily LIVE ZOOM Art Classes feature his books in the following sequence of instruction:

Your First 30-Days of Drawing!
Course book suggestion: “You Can Draw In 30-Days!”

Drawing In Perspective!
Course book suggestion: “Drawing In 3-D!”

The 99 Pencil Power Levels!
Download free PDF chart here.

“Hour Of Pencil Power!”
Download free PDF book index here.

Your first 199 Days Of Drawing!
Course book selection: “199 Days Of Drawing!”
Download free PDF book index here.

Drawing From YOUR Imagination!
Course book selection; “Mark Kistler’s Imagination Station!”

To The Moon and Mars and BEYOND!
NASA Team ARTemis Collaborates With Mark Kistler for this in depth behind the scenes series of drawing lessons.
YouTube/MarkKistler #NASA #DrawARTemis

The Never Ending Mural Of The Secret Cloud Civilization!

Enrollment Options

This enrollment option includes FULL Zoom access to all of Mr. Marks ZOOM LIVE classes, PLUS full access to ALL our special weekly and monthly Featured Guest Artists. Your enrollment fee will be billed automatically each month. Your access will be valid during the current school year!

Are you only interested in enrolling for a single month? Choose this option. Your access will be valid 30-days from your date of purchase (September – May, excluding school holidays)

This enrollment  option includes FULL Zoom access to all of Mr. Marks ZOOM LIVE classes, PLUS full access to ALL our Special weekly and monthly Featured Guest Artists. Your access will be valid 90-days from your date of purchase (September – May, excluding school holidays)

This enrollment  option includes FULL Zoom access to all of Mr. Marks ZOOM LIVE classes, PLUS full access to ALL our special weekly and monthly Featured Guest Artists. Your access will be valid from your date of purchase through May 28th, 20201.

School wide and District wide licenses available Please email info@markkistler.com

What Supplies Will We Need?

I’m delighted your family is enrolling in my Fine Arts Academy!  I have so many wonderful lessons planned for you!

ART SUPPLIES: for my classes basically just paper, pencils, blending stomp, and sketchbook.  However I’ve listed some additional optional tools and helpful web links to order.

ALL ART TEACHERS ART SUPPLIES LISTS are posted below in their biography and class description block.

Supplies your family will need to participate: I suggest a full set of each item listed below for each participating member of your family.

Paper, any paper will do, I suggest a spiral bound hardback sketchbook for each participant
Pro Art 8 1/2-Inch by 11-Inch Spiral Bound Sketch Book, 80-Sheet

Pencils, any pencils will do, I suggest an hb 9mm mechanical pencil.
PENTEL Sharp Mechanical Drafting Pencil, 0.9 mm, Yellow Barrel, 2/Pack (P209BP2K6)
Erasers, any eraser will do, I suggest a click eraser
Pentel Clic Retractable Eraser with Grip, 3 Pack

Dusting Brush, I suggest..

Stomp, I suggest..

Take a sneak peek at some of the drawing lessons that Mark may draw in your class!

Why: Because learning how to draw in 3-D builds important creative thinking skills, powerful problem solving skills, and a solid foundation for future art success (careers in children’s book illustration, digital 3-D game design, digital 2-D and 3-D animation). Many of Mark’s alumni students are successful digital game designers and animators with resume projects including Shrek, Madagascar, Kung Fu Panda, Bugs’ Life, Toy Story, Marvel Comics, Leapfrog Toys, etc.

Each session each day is different. Each hour students explore new adventures. These themes include:

  • The Revenge of Ninja Banana!
  • Xtreme Skateboarding Dinosaurs!
  • Fluffy Bunny Rabbits Playing DS-Nintendo!
  • Mermaids and Spitting Sharks!
  • Horses, Kittens, Tigers
  • Kittens, Bunnies and Robot Squirrels
  • Alien Creatures That Crawl
  • Koala Kingdom
  • Tree Root City
  • Underground Wormopolis
  • Mermaids and Sharks
  • Moon Base Alpha
  • Marching Mummies
  • Pyramids and Penguins of Ancient Egypt
  • Kangaroos and Crocodiles
  • Marshmallow Metropolis and the Adventures of Super Marshmallow
  • Fantastically Fabulous Fish
  • Jumbo Jellyfish’s Expedition
  • Outrageous Octopus and the Lost Treasure
  • King Arthur’s Camelot
  • Space Hamsters
  • Sharks that BURP!
  • Dynamic Drooling Dinosaurs
  • Radical Robots of Planet Pluto…(ooops, Dwarf rock in space Pluto)
  • Furry Fat Cats
  • Unicorns and Flying Trolls
  • Multi-eyed Monsters
  • Bugs that RULE!
  • Ants Wearing Pants
  • And many more!

On some days, Mark will feature the work of successful children’s book authors and illustrators, exploring unique drawing in 3-D styles such as:

  • Dr. Seuss
  • Michele Gagne (Odd Numbers)
  • Tedd Arnold (Parts)
  • Chris VanAlsburg (The Z Was Zapped and Polar Express)
  • Bill Watterson (Calvin and Hobbes), Gary Larson (Far Side)
  • Suzy Spafford (Suzy’s Zoo)
  • Lynn Johnson (For Better of For Worse)
  • and many more.

With parents supervision and participation ALL students sign a “Virtual Learning Safety Pledge”. This pdf document is a printable family worksheet to be reviewed as a family and posted on your refrigerator or other common family space. This safety guide applies to all internet virtual learning programs. It covers proper polite respectful SAFE etiquette when using the text box, microphone, or camera.

STUDENTS HAVE THE OPTION TO MUTE CAMERA AND MICROPHONE AT ANYTIME. We have learned over our 11 weeks of 2020 Summer ZOOM Art Camps, that some families prefer not to have their children on camera at any time. This is perfectly acceptable. For families who choose to allow students camera and microphone access, know that Mark Kistler has conducted over 2,000 LIVE online Art Workshops over the last 10 years. He has been 100% successful in teaching in a very safe turbo family G-rated learning environment. Unlike LIVE YouTube, Facebook or Instagram, our ZOOM classes are 100% private exclusive access to enrolled families only.

Bill Foster
La Porte, TX
NASA Ground Control Officer to
The International Space Station

Mark Kistler is excited to invite Bill Foster as one of our distinguished featured guests to our Fine Arts Academy. As  Mr Mark draws a space exploration lesson,  Mr Bill will be on ZOOM live with us, answering students questions about NASA Ground Control and The International Space Station.  This is a LIVE webisode you don’t want to miss!

Bill Foster has worked as a contractor in the NASA Mission Control Center at the Johnson Space Center for over 40 years, supporting as an Engineer for the first 17 years and as a Ground Control Officer (GC) since 1997.  He was the lead GC for Ascent and Entry support on the final 42 Space Shuttle missions.  Following the loss of Columbia on the STS-107 mission, Foster enlisted the help of Star Trek Scenic Arts Director Michael Okuda to create the Spaceflight Memorial Emblem which now hangs in every active control room in the MCC along with the emblems for the Apollo1, STS-51L (Challenger) and STS-107 (Columbia) missions.  Foster currently serves as the lead GC for the Boeing CST-100 Starliner Spacecraft as part of the Commercial Crew effort to ISS, the lead Ascent/Entry GC for the Artemis program to take US astronauts back to the moon and on to Mars, as well as an International Space Station GC.  In addition to the Spaceflight Memorial Emblem, he initiated the effort to created special graphics for the Flight Directors based on their selected team names, which are displayed in the Mission Control Rooms when they are on console, and personally designed many of them.  He has been married to Debbye Foster for the last 36 years and lives with their two children in La Porte, TX, a few miles north of the Johnson Space Center.  He also has two other children from a previous marriage who live in Anthem, AZ and Round Rock, TX, with two children each of their own.

Clive Goddard
Oxford, England
Children’s Author and Illustrator
Cartoonist, Private Eye
Chairman of the Professional Cartoonist’s Organisation (PCO)

Clive Goddard is an Oxford based children’s author and illustrator as well as being a cartoonist for Private Eye and Chairman of the Professional Cartoonist’s Organisation (PCO).

As an illustrator he drew all the pictures for around 30 non-fiction books for Scholastic including the Horribly Famous series. His first children’s novel ‘Fintan Fedora the World’s Worst Explorer’ is a comedy adventure story set in the Brazilian rainforest which was inspired by his own love of travel and comedically disastrous experiences. (ie. Being chased by an angry ostrich in Swaziland, getting heatstroke in Namibia, food poisoning in Thailand, being robbed in China and having his rucksack soaked by a leaky toilet in the Netherlands.)

The book won the Stockport Schools Book Award and the Hounslow Book Award and now has three sequels taking our chaotic hero, Fintan Fedora to Russia, China, South Africa and Australia.

Clive’s school visits offer creative writing and cartoon drawing workshops as well as a very silly, but encouraging whole-school assembly.

More information at www.clivegoddard.com

Monday, Oct. 5th @ 4pm

WEEKLY Featured Artists!

Emily Albright
Houston, TX
3-D Pop-Up Art, Folding Art, Painting

Thursdays 1:00pm – 1:50pm

My personal journey began with sketching as a child, then to working on graphic designs for T-shirts as a teen.  As an adult, I have designed and painted larger-than-life wall murals and now I love teaching art classes. I reside in Houston, Texas and I am a homeschool mom of 3 (2 graduated and 1 to go). And a proud U.S.Marine Mom! When not putting my latest art onto paper, I can be found “pumping iron”at the gym with my husband of over 20 years. My family is very committed to saving animals and you can find our house is always full of foster animals from our local animal shelter! Beware, you just may see or hear a puppy in a live class!
Lesson Themes:
Draw. Paint. Create.
Fold Out Art
Cute Animals Character Illustration

ART Supplies:

Pop up and fold out classes:
  • Pencil
  • Eraser
  • Markers
  • Glue stick, no liquid glue
Watercolor painting classes:
  • Watercolor paper
  • Watercolor paint
  • Paint brushes
  • 2 jars of water
  • Napkin

Lauren Taylor, M.Ed
Houston Texas
Painting/ Mixed Media

A native of Houston, Texas, Lauren Taylor is both a practicing artist and art educator with fifteen years of classroom/studio teaching experience. She graduated from the prestigious High School for the Performing and Visual Arts and received a B.A. in Art History, Magna Cum Laude from the University of Houston. She completed a Master of Education degree with specialty in Curriculum and Instruction from Texas A & M University. Lauren has taught at some of the most prestigious public and private schools in the Houston area, including the Glassell Junior School at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. Her pedagogical approach fosters effective, creative development of impactful curriculum and implementation with a “whole child” approach.

“I view my students as young artists learning not just technical skills, but the means to express themselves visually. Their artwork is the creation of an individual with ever-expanding self-awareness. My students and educational institutions benefit from an instructor who is: a practicing visual artist, a passionate lifelong creative learner, an innovator and “imaginator,” fueling dreams with complete dedication and enthusiasm, and a pedagogue that is continuously researching and implementing best practices in art curriculum.”


Wednesdays 4:00pm – 4:50pm

Art From Space!

Grades 3-6

Students will have an opportunity to learn about outer space and space technology as we create various pieces of art with a focus on technique. There will be opportunities to reflect and share our work and creative thinking as we go. At the end of our sessions, students will have created many cool space-themed projects and have more art (and some astronomy!) knowledge.

Session #1: Planets in Colored Pencil: Focus on line, shape, emphasis, contrast, texture, form, basics of drawing skills and shading.

Session #2: Rocketry Sculpture Challenge: Focus on texture, 3-D form, and basics of sculpture.

Session #3: Space History Painting/Printmaking: Focus on line, shape, emphasis, contrast, texture, form and basics of painting. Look at the artwork made for the space program by Andy Warhol and Robert Rauschenberg.

Session #4: Constellations and Collages: Focus on shape, contrast, texture, and composition skills.

Supply List

  • Sticky foam sheet assortment
  • Construction paper assortment (includes black)
  • Heavyweight cardstock paper
  • Drawing Paper/Pad
  • Colored pencil set
  • Drawing pencil and eraser
  • Permanent Marker (Black)-fine and ultra fine tip
  • Yarn or string
  • Oil pastels
  • Tape
  • Glue/Gluesticks
  • Scissors
  • Hole punch
  • Watercolors
  • Set of tempera or acrylic paints (including white and black-acrylic preferred)
  • 1 canvas, size 11” x 14” (economy quality is OK!)
  • Paintbrush/Water Cup/Paper Towel

Student Work Samples

Lauren’s Work Samples

Matt Smith

Matt Smith is a Canadian/British cartoonist, filmmaker and educator. He has lived all over the world in countries like Malaysia, Japan and Kuwait. He currently lives in Glasgow, Scotland with his wife and two cats where he draws comics and runs comics-making workshops. Matt likes to create comics about his own life, focusing on family, travel and cats.
In the past three years, Matt has taught comics lessons to thousands of students in North America, Europe, Asia and Africa. You can find more information about Matt’s lessons at SmithvsSmith.com/workshops-lessons.

Matt’s interactive instructional books:
Let’s Draw Some Comics!: A Guide for New Cartoonists
Let’s Draw Some Comics 2: Create Your Own Characters!

Instagram: @smithvssmithcomics
Facebook: @smithvssmithcomics
Twitter: @smithvssmith


Lesson on Friday, September 18: Let’s Draw Some Comics!
In this interactive workshop, you will learn everything you need to know to create your own comic stories! Cartoonist Matt Smith will show you how to draw expressive characters, draw sound and show movement. Every drawing style is welcome.

You will need: a pencil, an eraser, a sharpener, LOTS of scrap paper for practice drawing and if you have a printer at home, please print a copy of Matt’s blank comic book panels (if you don’t have a printer at home, that’s ok, please just have a ruler to make your own comic book panels).

Matt’s Work Samples

MONTHLY Featured Super Duper Special Guest Artists!

Tim Decker
Milwaukee, WI
Former Disney Animator
Former Simpsons Animator
Character Drawing

Tim Decker’s resume is a creative journey through worlds of wonder and adventure. He has worked as an animator/animation director for numerous well-known TV shows, Hollywood films and video games including:

– The Simpsons
– Alvin and the Chipmunks
– Steve Spielberg’s Knowledge Adventure
– Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
– Disney Interactive

Now, he teaches the next generation of animators how to tell funny and fantastical stories with cartoons, claymation and puppets at two colleges in Milwaukee.

He fulfilled a lifetime professional goal when he created animation for some of Disney’s most beloved characters in the games created for the company from 1996 – 2003. “It was amazing,” said Tim, who began teaching in MATC’s Animation program shortly after its launch in 2005.

His students now reap the benefits of that extensive professional experience. They must meet class project production schedules and deadlines, like the industry demands. Tim’s teaching philosophy is simple. “My time with students is to open the door to imagination and creativity.” His students have wowed You-Tube viewers with “Little Shop of Horrors”.

Brandon Ray!

Brandon Ray
Houston, TX
Paper Animation
Paper Brain Productions

B.Ray A self-taught animator that likes cheese tasting, beard grooming, and pretending to be a musician. If you’d like, you can call him B. Ray (pronounced like, “Beehray”). That’s basically how he rolls.

Most recently animated the opening for the 2013 Only in Houston Awards honoring Alfred Cervantes of the Houston Film Commission. Before that, he animated a single sentence from Sam Pink’s novel “Rontel” for Electric Literature.

B. Ray has been doing a web series for the past couple years called Paper People Jokes (people send him jokes and he animates them with stop-motion construction paper). In fact, the series was a Shortlisted for the Vimeo Festival + Awards in both 2010 and 2012, which was pretty cool considering that there were 15,000 other entries it was competing with.

B. Ray’s animated works have been featured on Nickelodeon’s Channel Frederator three times, as well as numerous international film festivals and screenings. His animations have also been chosen as a Staff Pick by Vimeo on four different occasions.

In 2008, B. Ray met his childhood hero “Commander” Mark Kistler and had him make a guest appearance on a 5-part animated series.

Now, take a look at some actual 1-hour class session lesson paper cut animation movies!

Now, take a look at these ACTUAL STUDENT Paper Cut Animated Movies…YOU CAN LEARN TO DO THIS TOO!

Ed Heck
New York City
Pop Artist

Fresh. Bold. Engaging. These words often come to mind upon viewing the artwork of Pop Artist Ed Heck. One is immediately disarmed by the naive charm of these brightly colored works on paper and canvas.

Ed Heck’s enigmatic canvases were first exhibited in New York City in 1999 and were an instant hit. The viewer response was overwhelming. Reactions ranged from surprised appreciation to pure delight.

Ed Heck’s artwork appeals to a varied audience, from fine art newcomers to serious collectors. His eclectic style combines animation-like subject matter with an evocative use of color. Coupling a wry sense of humor with generous doses of irony, his images lead us into a place uniquely Heck, filled with weird and wonderful characters, odd landscapes and quirky visual point of view, quite unlike anything else we’ve seen before. Welcome to the world of Ed Heck!

Thomas Cleveland
Houston, TX
Founder of Art School “The Artist Within”
Mixed Media

Thomas Cleveland wanted be an artist since he was 5 years old. He, like most children, loved to draw. He just never stopped. His passion honed by persistence and training have rewarded him with numerous awards and a contract with the United States Mint as a Master Designer in it’s Artistic Infusion Program. He founded The Artist Within Studio School to share that passion with others who feel in them selves a drive to create. His nurturing and down to earth approach puts his students at ease in their quest. Thomas has learned that creating art is a journey to be enjoyed and traveled a lifetime.

Thomas was born in Hugo, Oklahoma and attended Texas A&M Commerce formerly ETSU. He launched his art career in Houston, TX in 1984. His client’s have included such household names as: Coca Cola, General Motors, Nickelodeon, McDonalds and more. He began teaching art in 1997 and founded The Artist Within Studio School in 2004.

Take a look at the some of the work by students of Thomas Cleveland:

Ryan Shaw
Spring, TX
Character Development
Cartoon University

Practically ever since he was able to pick up a pencil, Ryan Shaw has been drawing. After many years of “cartooning” with pencil and paper as a hobby, and with the encouragement of friends and family, he decided to turn his love of drawing into his occupation. He worked hard to improve his skills, becoming a cartoonist, graphic designer, and published children’s book illustrator.

To date, Ryan has illustrated nine children’s books for 4RV Publishing and LongTale Publishing, and in 2009 won 1st place in the nationwide ABC’s Children’s Book Competition. From 2010 through 2014 he taught drawing and illustration techniques for kids in grades 2 through 8 at Creative Writing and Illustration Summer Camps for iWrite Literacy Organization.

It was through teaching at these camps that Ryan decided that he wanted to focus his talents more on inspiring kids directly to open up their creativity and imagination through drawing. In 2013, Ryan created Cartoon University (or “Cartoon U”) to help teach kids the building blocks of drawing cartoons through the use of shapes. With Cartoon U, he has created How to Draw books for kids of all ages that build upon this technique. Ryan is super excited to be a part this year’s group of art instructors for Mark Kistler’s Visual and Performing Fine Arts Camp!

Ryan is member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators and the non-profit iWrite Literacy Organization. He resides in Spring, TX with his wife Maddi and two dogs Sherlock and BeeGee.
The goal of Ryan’s lessons are:

* To inspire kids to expand their creativity and imagination through drawing.
* See for themselves the satisfaction in creating their own art, and cartoon characters
* Build their confidence to open doors to art, writing, and other activities they may have not thought were attainable.

Joel Gori
Harrisburg PA
Actor/Director/Theater Arts Educator

Joel co-Starred with “Commander Mark” Kistler in the 1985 65-episode Children’s PBS Television Series, The Secret City. Millions of viewers around the world know Joel as the 3 character roles he played “Cyndi The Dragon”, Zebtron The Robot”, and “MetaMan The Scientist”.

Joel Gori is a movement-theater artist. His solo shows for young audiences physicalize literature; emphasize the creative process and imagination. He has been a rostered artist with the Pennsylvania  Council on the Arts for more than 30 years and through this arts-in-education program has performed and conducted workshops for thousands of young audience

He is the artistic director of the Metamorphosis Performing Company which creates and tours interactive, issue-oriented programs to colleges, professional organizations and corporate America.  He has taught at the college level, preschool through high school and with senior citizens.

His Summer Fine Arts Camp CLASS:

Theater and the Actors Imagination 

In this class students will learn how to think like an actor and learn to work as an ensemble (team).  They will work on pantomime, improvisation,characterization and story drama. Young actors will learn to be confident in  their ideas and develop divergent and elaborative thinking. And have loads of fun doing it!

Jamie Hazelwood
Milwaukee, WI

At the ripe ole age of 6, Jamie Hazelwood discovered a whole new world in animation and hasn’t left it since! From the classic hand drawn Disney films to the amazingly detailed recent stop motion films, inspiration has never stopped for Jamie!

Following his love of drawing and film, Jamie studied at the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee in Art and Animation under the tutelage of Disney Animator Tim Decker. During his time at UWM, he specialized in stop motion and created the short “The Misadventures of Nigel and Reginald: The Necessity of Narcissism”, following the tales of two arrogant bumbling treasure hunters in search of fame and adventure.

Continuing his education in Animation, Jamie went to the Milwaukee Area Technical College to learn the craft of 3D Animation and helped create the short “Bradley Acting Badly” which takes place all inside a mischievous character’s head! Upon his graduation, he was awarded the Lamp of Knowledge trophy, given to one student who best represents the program through hard work and dedication handpicked by the department professors. Jamie is very excited to be included in this years group of “Superstar” arts educators at Mark Kistler’s Fine Arts Camp this year! He has a billion brilliant claymation ideas to share with this years campers!

Ann Gordon
Fort Wayne, IN

Ann Gordon started her career by working in the computer graphic industry. She soon realized, she wanted to inspire children to use their talents and realized their potential as artists. 

After getting her education degree, she started molding the lives of her students. She has been teaching visual arts for the last 20 years, from pre-school all the way to high school. 

She is the board president of FAME, the Foundation for Art and Music in Education. The mission of FAME is to foster and perpetuate creativity through multicultural arts education. Each year she is in charge of putting on an arts festival that showcases the talents of young people through different cultures through the arts. It is the single largest weekend festival in Northern Indiana.

She wears the FAME motto close to her heart “Believe in the value and power of the arts to kindle the imagination, encourage creative thinking and enhance human development.”

In her spare time she love to garden and spend time with her husband George and their dogs. She has two grown sons, Spencer a high school biology teacher and Simon an electrical engineer.

Blythe Zemel
Boerne, TX
Multi-media Artist
“Fine Art Photography” (with your smart phone!)

Blythe Zemel has been an active artist since she could walk. She attended the High School for the Visual and Performing Arts in Houston, TX and went on to get her B.A. in Art History and Studio Art. She went through her Texas teaching certification program at ACE for Art Education in EC-12th. She has been teaching art for 20 years.

As an active studio artist, she has done everything from running an internationally bought clothing line to painting murals to car hoods to restoration work, but she feels her real talent as an artist is with a camera in hand. Her work has been featured in numerous magazines and newspapers, on National Geographic’s Editor Picks, published in their story on Macro, and she is currently working on a documentary with an accomplished Executive Producer in Los Angeles.

Currently, she runs a mobile/remote arts program locally north of San Antonio in Boerne, TX. Her program travels to various locations bringing in art supplies and curriculum to students in homeschool co-ops, private schools, and in other community space settings.

She specializes in mentoring upcoming artists, art teachers, and working with special populations that require a healing touch and approach.

She runs a studio and shop space upstairs at the Sanctuary for the Vintage Soul called Two Lane Trading where she features artisan made goods, Out of the Box Project Boxes, a “Learning Lab”, and other fun goods.

Wednesdays @ 1pm

Blythe’s Student Work Samples

Clinton Millsap
Houston, TX
Founder Millsap School Of Art

Jack and Patricia Moore
Houston Texas
NASA Artist, NASA Educator
Reaching For The Stars Through ART!

Erin Brown, MA, MFA
aka author Erin Brown Conroy/EB Conroy
The Art of Writing

Erin has been a writer, speaker, senior editor, and personal writing coach (fiction and nonfiction) for 20+ years working internationally with entrepreneurs and writers to:

  • Share powerful ideas with crisp, strong text that connects.
  • Write the book, site, article, and more using clear steps and surefire methods.
  • Create the online course that people enjoy and want to share.
  • Get concise ideas across to readers within high emotional connection.
  • Open the door to more followers with loyal, high-interest engagement.

Mark Kistler is excited to invite Erin Brown as a featured guest presenter to our Fine Arts Academy!  The Art of Writing can help you narrate your drawings with the wonderous power of words!

What Parents Are  Saying About Mr. Marks ZOOM Art Classes!

“Mark makes art fun and easy!  His skill as a ZOOM Art Instructor is FANTASTIC!  The passion he has shines through in every lesson.  He is enthusiastic and funny, and teaches art concepts effortlessly, in a way that kids (and parents!👍) can understand and immediately apply to their own art!  I highly, highly recommend his ZOOM Art classes! All three of my children participated in his summer camp, and loved every minute!“.

P.S.  Amorelle says she loves how you drew her with her long hair, and also to remind you that she is not AmorellE, but that Amorelle rhymes with ISABELLE.

Also…, I think it will be a very long time before anyone in our house can say hair without someone else yelling HAIR!!!!  😂😂

Love it, blessings on you guys, and thanks again! “

– Beth-Anna Van Dellen, 2020 Summer Camp, Week 8

“Mr. Mark taught me to draw first during ‘The Secret City’ PBS Children’s art series in the 1980’s.  Fast forward to these last 7 weeks of Summer Art camp, and I’ve been able to re-learn everything from my past and propel myself into the future all while breaking through the worst art block I had ever had. Mr. Mark pours his passion into every class, and before you know it, all four hours of the camp day are over, but what do you want to do after? Draw MORE, of course! These classes are amazing, and well worth the financial investment. It’s fun for the entire family! Try it, you will have an amazing creative time! “

– Mellodi P

Northern California

“Like so many others my age, my first love for drawing and the arts started with Commander Mark’s Secret City. He was (and is) my hero! Never in my wildest dreams would I have thought that 35 years later, my kids would be getting live interactive lessons with him!!! Mark’s online summer camp was the BEST art camp experience my kids have ever had, and honestly, it’s the best online classroom experience I’ve ever witnessed. It was so well organized, and every single one of the talented teachers made sure to engage the kids, and shared so much of their wonderful talents with them. My kids cried when camp ended because they’d loved the experience so much. And now, I have a room full of the amazing artwork they created. It was such an amazing experience- I can’t recommend it enough. We’ll definitely be participating in your NEW Online Fine Arts Academy! We will be bringing more friends and family with us!!!”

“Myself and my two boys have been on Mark Kistler’s Zoom Art Lessons this whole week. I came across Mark’s work through his Draw in 30 days book during the COVID 19 lockdown here in Scotland. This book literally changed my life. I didn’t think I could draw before this but boy did Mark prove me wrong. He is right if you can draw your name you can draw in 3D. After completing the book, I searched for Marks YouTube channel and came across his hour of pencil power. My sons joined me on taking part in this daily activity. It became part of our lock down routine but also part of our escape from the worries around us. When the opportunity to participate in the summer camps came up, we were so excited and signed up straight away. We had been looking forward to being on for weeks and we were not disappointed. My sons and I drew and laughed at Marks stories, sitting side by side at our kitchen table. What a great way to reconnect and have fun with your children I promise you that. I am also a teacher and Mark’s ability is second to none, he copes with everything so seamlessly and really make you feel part of a really wonderful child friendly experience. I for one love being “Emma from Scotland”. We have loved drawing with Captain Mark, so much so we have signed up for his Fine Arts Academy! Suddenly winter in Scotland doesn’t really feel like it will be a problem or long this year. All we will need are our pencils and paper and our imaginations. Thank you Mark we love drawing with you, it changed our lives! We will never forget our year of drawing in 2020. We would recommend Mark and his drawing to everyone. Emma, John and Jacob from Scotland.”

Thanks Emma

Our 13-year old absolutely loved the ZOOM drawing lessons! Mark is a brilliant combination of cheerful energy and skillful direction. Each drawing is 10-15 minutes, which is perfect for building art abilities while keeping the attention of busy young minds. The family sessions were a delightful bonus; I surprised myself at what I could draw!
—Kara Mash, Sugar Land

Your Zoom Art Classes have been amazing! Juliana has looked forward to logging in and participating every chance she gets. And I have enjoyed being able to participate a couple of times myself. Thank you for doing what you do!! You have awakened a passion for art in our house!!

Theresa M. – Roswell, NM

Mr. Kistler,

First, let me start off by saying that my experience with one of your books has fundamentally changed my entire perspective on learning how to draw. Because of this, I felt compelled to write you a letter of appreciation.

I’ve wanted to learn how to draw ever since I was a young child. Like many young children, I was discouraged when I was little because my drawings didn’t look how I wanted them to look. In my self-critical eye, my drawings didn’t look like much of anything, and I never had an art teacher who encouraged me to persist. I convinced myself that drawing must be a talent…that you can’t learn to draw unless you have the innate ability to do so. So, I stopped drawing, and did not pick up a drawing pencil again for many decades.

About five years ago, I picked up a “learn to draw for beginners” book by a different author. I did some of the exercises, but it never really “clicked” because the explanations in the book were written at a level far beyond what a beginner wants or needs to know. I almost felt embarrassed when my feeble sketches came nowhere close to resembling the expertly-drawn examples in that book. I was discouraged by my perceived lack of progress and abandoned my lessons before really getting anywhere. That same “drawing is a talent” opinion only strengthened in my mind after that failure as an adult.

However, about 6 weeks ago, I came across your “You Can Draw in 30 Days” book on my Kindle. The first thought in my mind was, “*I* can draw in 30 days? Pfft! Prove it!” Since we’re all in some sort of lockdown, I figured I could devote a few minutes per day to see if you were right. So I purchased your book, took out my long-dormant sketch pad and pencils, and dove into the first lesson.

My skeptical attitude was completely gone after that first sphere lesson. There’s something about your teaching style that immediately clicked with me. You present concepts in an easy-to-understand, non-threatening manner that instantly put me at ease. I didn’t feel badly if my initial sketches didn’t resemble the reference as closely as I would like them to. Your positive attitude comes across both through your writing and in the drawings you chose for the examples. I never felt as if I should give up just because my sketches weren’t quite where I wanted them to be. I could almost hear you encouraging me through the book to try again, to really study the lines in the exercises and give it another try. I went from never drawing to spending a couple hours per day on it. I flew through all 30 lessons in the book in 2 weeks and went back to repeat many of them.

Now, on the other end of the book, I know for sure that drawing is, indeed, a learned skill. I’m starting to see the shapes in everyday objects and have begun to sketch them as well. This would have never happened if it weren’t for your book. Thanks to the confidence this book gave me, I know that my nascent skills will continue to improve if I put in the effort every day. After approximately 35 years of WANTING to learn how to draw, this middle-aged man can now say that he IS learning how to draw! I have learned more about drawing from that book than I have from any other source.

Simply put: Thank you for publishing these books. I will always remember that you were the one who was responsible for giving me the confidence I needed to pursue a lifelong desire.


Greg Scott

Greg and I our in our fifties-not too old to learn new things, though! We enjoy staying young and strong in spirit through our new ritual of drawing each evening with Mark Kistler and new friends on his ZOOM Fine Arts Academy! During this stressful time of Covid home isolation, Mr. Mark has inspired us to take a much needed break from the real world and explore joyful creative possibilities with our IMAGINATION! His LIVE ZOOM webcasts are wonderful for ALL ages and ALL artistic skill levels. We just love how Mr. Mark engages each of us participants often, personally, every lesson. Greg and I have discovered It’s an ideal “Date Night!” 5-nights a week!

Terry and Greg Bradburn

You’ve got to try Mark’s live Zoom classes! Mark’s energy and ability to engage kids and adults alike really comes through in a live session. Live drawing together is so much better than recorded lessons (although those are really good too).

Since we’ve been home a lot more during the pandemic, we started watching Mark’s live Facebook drawing sessions. We took Mark up on his offer to join a free Fine Arts Academy Zoom session. Our whole family was drawing together and having so much fun with Mark! We’ve signed up and everyone is always excited by what they’ve drawn during each class. From a 6 year old, to teenagers, and even us parents, are all having a great time and are seeing real results from Mark’s drawing lessons. Come join us on the calls – you’re going to love it.

The Carrasco Family