Arts in Society (AiS) Grantee Awarded $30k 2022 Cycle

Our Instructors and Coaches

Jana L. Bussanich, Artist, Author, and Instructor who makes fine art watercolor paintings.

Jana teaches watercolor technique and color theory online and In-person —she is the founder of the Yellow Couch Creative, Community, and Classroom and works with artists interested in developing their pedagogy, art practice, and art business.

The author of Watercolor Technique and Color Theory Essentials of Watercolor Technique and Color Theory Essentials: Cultivate an Art Practice That Works For You and Your Art (2021).

Bri Austin

Bri Austin earned her bachelor's of fine arts at WSCU in 2018. She teaches watercolor technique and color theory essentials, and journal-making workshops for Jana L. Bussanich Art, Yellow Couch Creative. She designs and makes jewelry, journals, tapestries, and paints!

Bri is passionate about the human need to connect to our creativity and loves to facilitate spaces to strengthen that connection.

Leslie McCrea, Leslie McCrea Art

Colorado Springs-based independent artist, Leslie McCrea, paints mainly in water media: watercolor, ink, and acrylic. Leslie finds subtle beauty and nuanced charm where least expected. Her art conveys the beauty of the ordinary through her quick journal sketches and paintings in watercolor.

Exploring the intersection between life and art, drawing, and painting requires a certain slowness of seeing, of Being, necessary for recording. Leslie loves the creative process, where she finds goodness, beauty, and truth. She strives to live the way she creates.

Mo Morrow, Epiphany Designs 

Mo Morrow graduated from Colorado College with a Major in Studio Art after studying painting in oils under James Trissel and Bernard Arnest. She has found expression over her lifetime in both 2 and 3-D media including ceramic sculpture and functional ware, and fiber art. Mo spent 25 years creating polymer clay cane worked jewelry to integrate color and form. She turned to watercolor as the ultimate medium to express her deep love of the natural world. When not painting or teaching here in Colorado Springs, she heads an equine program at a wilderness retreat center in the Wind River Range of Wyoming.