Our Teachers

Each teacher at Green Forest Art Studio brings a passion for drawing and painting and shares with students based on their expertise and personal experience.

Meet the Team

Accomplished & Passionate Instructors

Our teachers are practicing local artists that are passionate about art and passionate about helping their students become artists.  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.

Traditionally Trained, Lifelong Learners

  • All instructors at Green Forest Art Studio are highly skilled, practicing artists with either a Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) or Master of Fine Arts (MFA) degree or equivalent.  They have been selected for their ability & enthusiasm in working with students of all ages.
  • Our teachers are continually developing new skills.  They know materials, art history, art processes, and they have the attitude that there is always more to know, and they don’t have all the answers. They are equally as excited about discovering something new with a child. They are learners, researchers, and guides in the artistic process.


Teaching Staff

Carla Proctor

  • BFA, Major in Art studio and Minor in Art History, UC Davis (Emphasis on Ceramic Sculpture)
  • 5+ years teaching experience
  • Studio Manager @ Green Forest Art Studio

Linnette Tompkins

  • BFA, Majored in Illustration Art, Minored in Art Education – Pratt Institute in New York
  • 20+ years 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
  • Studio Manager @ Green Forest Art Studio

Joanne (Jonghee) Song

  • Bachelor of Arts in Western Art – Hannam University, South Korea
  • Certificate of Completion: Art Therapy – Chungnam National University, South Korea
  • Degree in Fine Art, Berkeley City College
  • 13+ years experiences as an art teacher and art therapist
  • Art Teacher @ Green Forest Art Studio

Benjamin Duax

  • BFA, Painting, Hunter College, New York, NY (Five Year Honor Thesis Program)
  • Master of Fine Art, Glasgow School of Art, Glasgow, Scotland
  • Art Teacher @ Green Forest Art Studio

Simone Shin

  • BFA, Illustration / Fine Art, Art Center College of Design, Pasadena, CA
  • Bachelor of Arts Degree in Anthropology, Boston University, Boston, MA
  • 11+ years experience teaching art
  • Published children’s book illustrator

Herbert Danielson

  • BFA, Ohio Wesleyan University, Delaware, OH
  • Masters in Fine Arts with a Drawing concentration from the New York Academy of Art – New York, NY
  • 5+ years Art Teaching & Art Advisor experience
  • Awards: Terra Foundation Giverny, France Residency

Michelle Tam

  • BFA, San Jose State University
  • 5+ years Art Teaching 
  • Art Teacher @ Green Forest Art Studio

Hannah Smith

  • BFA, Pictorial Arts, San Jose State University – San Jose, CA
  • Graduated cum laude from San Jose State University
  • Favorite medium is oil on canvas; current projects are working with Gouache, watercolor, and acrylic
  • Hannah’s love for painting and drawing began at an early age when she had the opportunity to participate in an after school art program with an inspiring instructor.  Her goal when teaching at Green Forest Art Studio is to inspire young artists. 

Emma (Yi-Chen) Chan

  • Art Director at Green Forest Art Studio
  • 16+ years of professional experience as a children’s art teacher and art director
  • Studied with full scholarships at both the National Taiwan University of Art (Fine Art) and in the Masters program at Taipei University of Education (Art Education).
  • 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.

Come Visit Us

 Parents are invited to schedule a Free Introductory Class for their child. Teachers will use this class to assess the appropriate curricular level for the student. For students, this class serves as an opportunity to participate and then decide whether they would like to enroll.

Contact Information

Union City / N. Fremont Studio
(near Ardenwood, Forest Park, Warwick, Delaine Eastin)
Green Forest Art Studio
32627 Alvarado Blvd.
Union City, CA 94587

South Fremont Studio
(near Mission San Jose, Irvington, Warm Springs, Niles)
Green Forest Art Studio
1974 Driscoll Rd
Fremont, CA 94539

(415) 595-4680



Studio Hours


Union City / N. Fremont Studio

  • Mon: 3:30pm - 8:00pm
  • Tues: 3:30pm - 8:00pm
  • Wed: 2:00pm - 7:00pm
  • Thurs: 4:30pm - 7:30pm
  • Fri: 3:30 - 6:45pm
  • Sat: 9:00am - 7:00pm
  • Sun: 10:30pm - 3:00pm

South Fremont Studio

  • Mon: 3:30pm - 8:00pm
  • Tues: 3:30pm - 8:00pm
  • Wed: 2:00pm - 7:00pm
  • Thurs: 4:30pm - 7:30pm
  • Fri: 3:30 - 6:45pm
  • Sat: 9:00am - 7:00pm
  • Sun: 12:00pm - 3:00pm

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