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Art Staff & Teachers

We love art!

Art Staff

Ken Slater

front desk

Ken is currently the Volunteer Coordinator at the Fred Oldfield Western Heritage and Art Center. Chances are you will see his smiling face when checking in for Fred’s Creative Kids Art Classes. He helps keep registration organized and assists students in getting to the correct classes. His background includes 20 years in the Air Force, retiring in 1977 and moving to Puyallup. Ken has worked as a mechanic at Daffodil Bowl, taught Computing for Senior Citizens and opened an Artist Supply store with his wife. He is happy to be involved with the Fred Oldfield Center and looks forward to answering your questions and helping you enjoy your art experience.

Discovering Art Teachers

JuJu Slater

Discovering Your Art (intermediate) Teacher

Ms. Juju first had the desire to do art as a young girl, but it was not realized until she was living in Germany from 1975 to 1977. At that time she studied with an old master art teacher. He saw the talent she had and took her under his guidance and instruction. Juju started teaching in the storage unit for the Air Force apartment building. She returned to the states and shortly thereafter started teaching from her home. She has continued to take art classes from many of the local artists. She has taught as many as 4 classes a week with as many as 10 students at a time. She is proud to count some of the up and coming artists as students of hers at one time. She can honestly say that the teacher (herself) has become the student. You are never too old to learn.

Discovering Art Teacher

Mary Wolfe

Exploring Art Teacher
Discovering Your Art Teacher

Surprisingly, Ms. Mary grew up in a non-art family. As an adult, when she started pursuing her art passion, she found real enjoyment in sharing the creative process with others. She finds joy in talking with parents who encourage their children’s creativity. Art is entwined in every aspect of our lives and she enjoys showing children and adults alike how to release their inner creativity.

Mary has been painting for over 40 years with students ranging in age from 4 to 101. She continually attends workshops and experiments with new mediums and techniques to share with her students.

Exploring Art Assistant Teacher

April Vander Hoek

Exploring Art Teacher

Miss April has a lot of experience both in and out of the classroom setting working with young children. She enjoys helping to teach children about the wonders of art and explore that they can be successful in their art.

Exploring Art Teacher

Diane Lang

Exploring Art Teacher

Ms. Diane is a mother of two grown daughters and grandmother of four with a bonus grandson. In her free time, she finds enjoyment in watercolor painting, sewing, and reading. Having worked in various settings with children she has always found enjoyment in their enjoyment. Through the art classes she teaches, children will build on a foundation for future art appreciation and be encouraged in their creative confidence. Her class goal in the art projects completed by each child will be based on the teaching of the seven elements of art.

Exploring Art Teacher

Astrid Vander Hoek

Guest Art Teacher

Miss Astrid was born and raised in Puyallup. Since she was a young girl she had a passion for the arts. Through taking classes since a young age at Fred Oldfield’s, as well as other art studios, has become one of the greatest contributors to her teaching. She loves working with her students to give back and further jump-start their creativity.

Exploring Art Teacher

Darlene Anderson

Discovering Your Art Teacher

Miss Darlene is thrilled to be an art teacher here at the Oldfield Center. She holds a Master’s Degree in Education and is a Visual and Theatre Arts specialist. She also has a B.A. degree in Theatre Arts along with over 23 years of experience working in professional theatre as a teacher, director and visual art specialist. Darlene has a very strong passion for teaching the arts to children. She has been a very dedicated volunteer art docent at Meeker Elementary for the last 6 years to ensure that all students have the opportunity to experience art. She loves to see her students discover their love for arts and to truly see the beauty around them.

Summer Art Camp Teacher

Julie Blakemore

Summer Art Camp Teacher

Julie was born and raised in Adna, WA. Like many future artists, her parents nurtured her creativity and gave their blessing to move to Seattle to start her journey. She graduated from the University of Washington with a bachelor’s degree in art education and later received her Master’s degree from Bank Street College, New York. For 43 years she taught art in public and private schools in the Northwest, retiring from Kennedy Catholic High School in Burien in 2013. She has exhibited at many shows and galleries around the Northwest and studied extensively at Gage Academy in Seattle to hone her skills.

Art Teacher

Aletha Deuel

Mastering Your Art Teacher
Continuing Adult Education

Born in Phoenix, Arizona, Aletha is at home with the colors of the Southwest, mid-west, and Northwest, having lived in all three. Aletha has received many awards in juried shows and has had numerous one and two-person gallery shows around the Pacific Northwest. Her work is found in both private and corporate collections. She loves to work on location as much as possible. Aletha will always remain a student of Art. Aletha is a dedicated teacher at the Fred Oldfield Western Heritage Center.

Art Teacher

Elisa Hardesty

Exploring Art Teacher

Elisa was born and raised in Northern California but is proud to call Puyallup, Washington home. She grew up in a very artistic family exposed to a vast array of art mediums throughout her life. Elisa is the mother of two very energetic children and has spent countless hours volunteering in the community and has especially loved her time working with children as an art docent for the last 10 years. You may know Elisa as the head of Puyallup Rocks, but her reach doesn’t end there as she has also served hundreds of local families as a doula, personal chef and artist. She has played a vital role in bringing free rock painting to the art center during spring and fall fair. Elisa is excited to join the team here at the Fred Oldfield Western Heritage and Art Center; she is forever a student of the arts and continues to be an advocate for keeping the arts alive.

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What Our Art Students Are Saying

“I have been coming to Fred’s for 9 years or thereabouts. My daughter began when she was 6 or 7 and she is now 15 and still enjoying her time creating and learning new techniques. The environment has been encouraging for my daughter as an artist and I have been invited to contribute and be part of things as well. We volunteer during the fair every year and have attended art shows and others events.
Thank you.
Keep up the good work!”

T. McMeekin

“I really enjoy having my kids attend Kids Creative Art class. They are in 1st and 4th grade and it’s so nice that they both can attend on the same day and time. They really have great instructors and teach them so many different things and work with so many different mediums. They use clay, and many different types of paints like watercolors, acrylic and even different types of ink. It is worth every penny and then some! I highly recommend it!”

L. Gonzalez-Terrile

“My two children have been attending the weekly art classes for almost two years now and have loved every second of it. April and Diane are amazing teachers who are patient, kind and thoughtful. They both see your children for who they are and work with their strengths and weaknesses to produce great artwork and more importantly a positive art experience. The once a month Saturday art classes are always a favorite for my 10-year-old daughter. She not only gets to create a beautiful painting that is definitely wall worthy, she has a blast doing it!”

Megan F.