Our Instructors (Archive)

All instructors at Green Forest Art Studio are highly skilled, practicing artists who have been selected for their ability to relate to students of all ages and for their interest in working with children.  Each has been thoroughly trained in our teaching methodology in order to provide a consistent experience and to create a supportive, non-competitive learning environment.  Each teacher brings a passion for drawing and painting and shares with students based on their expertise and personal experience.

Chai Chang holds a B.F.A. in Fine Art from UC San Diego, where she majored in Studio Art and minored in History of Art and Visual Culture.  She is a Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship recipient and her works also include First place and Best in Show (Charcoal) and First place and Best in Class (Watercolor) at the San Diego County Fair Student Showcase.  In addition to teaching fine art to children, she is a practicing artist skilled in illustration, photography, printmaking, carpentry, and woodworking.

Linnette Tompkins has a B.F.A. from the Pratt Institute in New York where she majored in Illustration Art and minored in Art Education.   She has extensive teaching experience in the arts including working as an art teacher for developmentally disabled adults and teaching art to children of different ages in both California and New York.

Rosanna Castaneda attended Academy of Art University in San Francisco and specializes in Oil Painting, Charcoal Drawing, Pen and Ink Drawing.  She is also skilled in graphic design and illustration.

Sara Rode

Simone Shin

Nok Tam

Rachel Hollister

Brandy Tompkins


Our Director

Emma Peng, Green Forest’s Art Director, has over 14 years of professional experience as a children’s art teacher and art director.

Her passion for children’s art education led her to study with full scholarships at both the National Taiwan University of Art (Fine Art Major) and Taipei University of Education (Masters in Art Education).  Her artistic accomplishments include artwork commissioned by the President of Taiwan as gifts to foreign diplomats.

In Taiwan, Emma founded 4 fine art studios that grew to over 1,000 students, with 18 instructors.  After moving to the U.S., Emma founded Green Forest Art Studio and currently resides with her family in the East Bay.