Faculty and Staff

 Tenaya Sims

Full-Time Program Primary Instructor

Founder of Georgetown Atelier

Tenaya has worked professionally as an industry artist, teacher, gallery artist, and business owner. Tenaya began working in the video games industry at Crystal Dynamics (Eidos) while in high school. After graduating from Carnegie Mellon University, he continued working in this field at Treyarch (Activision). After feeling compelled to produce physical artwork, and to reach an equivalent level of mastery as the the historical painters that inspired him, Tenaya left the video games industry to apprentice full-time with artists Jeff Watts and Juliette Aristides for a duration of 5 years. Tenaya began his teaching career working with incarcerated youth while apprenticing with artist Juliette Aristides. While this job was originally intended to finance his own studies, Tenaya found through working with these youth, that he had a passion for teaching. After completing his studies, Tenaya began teaching adults at a variety of venues. When a dedicated student base formed, he founded his own academy called Georgetown Atelier. Tenaya owned and ran Georgetown Atelier for 7 years as an independent organization, until merging with Gage Academy of Art in August 2016. Over the past 8 years, Tenaya has exhibited his work at a variety of galleries and venues, most recently at Krab Jab Gallery in Seattle, WA, and Abend Gallery in Denver, CO. Tenaya was selected as a ‘main show’ artist of IX ARTs in 2017, in Redding, PA, and will be exhibiting there in October 2017. He will be showing at the Salmagundi Club in New York in June 2017, and at the MEAM Museum in Barcelona, Spain, as part of the 12th International ARC Salon Exhibition. In 2016, Tenaya won Best in Show for the 12th International ARC Salon Competition.


Ginger Mills


Classical Part-Time Program Instructor

As a graduating student of 2014 (Comprehensive Classical Program), Ginger’s outstanding accomplishments while attending Georgetown Atelier have earned her a place on the instructor roster. In previous catalogs, and on the Georgetown Atelier website, Ginger’s work has been highlighted as hallmark example of ‘before and after’ student improvement. When Ginger joined Georgetown Atelier in 2011, she had little formal art training, but had a lot of passion for learning and a good work ethic. Since then, her abilities have skyrocketed. As a 3rd year student, Ginger began unofficially mentoring 1st and 2nd year students, as they naturally sought her input because of her expertise, communication skills, and positive demeanor.

Brian Snoddy


Illustration Part-Time Program Instructor

Brian has been a professional illustrator for over 25 years, and has produced work for a long list of clients. He’s worked on Saturday morning cartoon shows such as Conan the Barbarian, Disney’s Gargoyles, Garfield and friends, X-men, Jim Lee’s Wildcats, and Exo-squad. Brian has also done more then 100 illustrations for Magic: The Gathering cards. Brian co-founded Privateer Press, and co-created the Iron Kingdoms universe and the War Machine fantasy tabletop battle game. He has also worked as a concept artist for several years in the video games industry, notably for Airtight Games. Brian currently works for Flying Frog Productions as a staff artist.


Brandy Agun


Drawing and Painting Spotlight Series: The Torso

Brandy has been studying art for the past 20 years beginning with classes at the Portland Art Museum in Portland, Or.  She studied for 10 years at the Gage Academy of Art in Seattle, Wa focusing primarily on the figure taking many drawing and anatomy courses.  There she also developed skills as a pastel painter and drawing with mixed media under Terry Furchgott.  To deepen her skills Brandy studied classical drawing and oil painting for 3 years at Georgetown Atelier in Seattle, Wa under Tenaya Sims graduating in 2012.  During that same time she studied anatomy and ecorche at the Seattle Sculpture Atelier under Matt Buckner.  In 2013 Brandy began teaching traditional oil painting in her studio in Snohomish, Wa and in Woodinville, Wa.  Brandy now teaches at the Georgetown Atelier.


Anthony Waters


Digital Painting Part-Time Instructor

Anthony Waters is a concept artist and illustrator. He’s known as a monster maker and environment designer, and has worked for many companies including Microsoft, Hasbro, Red 5 Studios, the WB, Nihilistic Software and Animal Logic. His work has been featured in Spectrum: the Best in Contemporary Fantastic Art, ImagineFX, and in numerous articles and how-to books on digital art. He’s written two books, the Art of Magic: the Gathering–Art from the Rath Cycle, and the Little Book of Pain. He’s been working as a lecturer and instructor since 2006, most recently designing the hybrid on-line/in-class course model for the Laguna College of Art and Design, where he continues to teach as an adjunct professor.