School Administration + Instructors

CAROL CANNON

  • Interim Licensed School Director #162-2231
  • Licensed Private School Agent #162-3317
  • Licensed Decorative Painting Instructor #6249-7863

Carol is a professional fine artist and writer with over 25 years of international contract work in decorative painting and restoration. She holds a Masters in Art Business from Sotheby’s Institute of Art, as well as a degree in Illustration from The School of Visual Arts and a degree in Creative Arts Therapy from The New School. Carol spent six years as the Interior Renovator for The Frick Collection, where she completed comprehensive restoration work throughout the Collection and Library buildings. In her fine art practice, Carol combines big ­brush painting with an awareness of The Five Elements. She is also an active legacy builder for an artist’s estate.

 

EDWARD FARRELL

  • Executive Director
  • Licensed Private School Agent #162-4347
  • Licensed Decorative Painting Instructor #15419-9847 

Drawing on over two decades as an adjunct AWSS instructor, Ed guides students and studio staff through a varied array of projects, mediums, and techniques. A degree in studio art from Brown University launched a 30­ year career in the decorative arts, including an artistic & architectural assistantship to renowned artist Richard Haas and 20 years as a master artisan at The Alpha Workshops. Ed’s advanced class instruction encompasses scale drawing, color matching, gilding, 3­D carving, and the traditional art of Negoro Nuri. His distinguished designs and decorative work grace cultural institutions, restaurants, residences, hotels, educational facilities, and licensed products. A talented singer, musician, and culinary enthusiast, Ed also studies opera and cooking.

 

RICHARD MONTOYA

  • Licensed Decorative Painting Instructor #14539-10884

 

ERIK SAVAGE

  • Studio Project Manager
  • Licensed Decorative Painting Instructor #9791-10540

 

RUSSELL VAN PETERSON

  • Studio Project Manager
  • Licensed Decorative Painting Instructor #10129-9919

As head of Alpha’s offsite Finishes & Fabrication studio since 1996, Russell manages site-­specific design installations for large-­scale interior treatments and custom art commissions. His AWSS class offerings include mural composition & execution, historic faux finishes, and advanced Venetian plasterwork. During his tenure at Fiorucci as Assistant Art and Display Director, Russell created original murals, silk­screened displays, and handpainted store windows. Three decades’ experience as a freelance decorative artist for residential and commercial clients also included professional work for General Patina and Morningstar Studios, a custom wallpaper studio. Russell holds degrees in Fine Art from both Westminster College and The University of Utah and explores conceptual tensions surrounding lifecycle processes through mixed ­media pieces.