Art Department



Greta Marie Carlos, Art for Adults

Greta Marie Carlos: Adult Drawing and Painting

Greta Marie Carlos was born and raised in Southern California and has recently moved to North Carolina. She has been involved for more than 50 years in the art field including several one-man shows, memberships in many art groups and numerous art teaching experiences. She has taught calligraphy, drawing and painting, colored pencil and pastel techniques and theories, all in the Los Angeles area. Her many art commissions have included her specialty in animal and human portraits done in water-soluble oils and in oil pastels as well as other media.


Mike Ericsson; Art for Adults: Watercolor

Mike Ericsson: Adult Watercolor

Mike Ericsson is an award winning graphic designer & illustrator with over forty years experience mostly in the Cleveland, Ohio area with American Greetings, Plus Mark, Those Characters From Cleveland, Joann Stores, Telarc Int., The Creative Group, ad agencies and studios. Mike had always done figurative paintings and pastel portraits concurrently. He has been exhibiting artwork and winning awards since the early seventies. Now he works full time in North Carolina as a fine artist painting in oils, pastels and watercolors.

Christine Hand: Youth Art

Christine Hand is a North Carolina native who only recently moved back to the United States after living overseas for 10 years. Christine has a background in teaching preschoolers and elementary school children in art and languages as well as painting commissioned watercolors. She enjoys teaching classes in photography, watercolor and acrylic but also enjoys hosting birthday parties as well. Christine’s first love was photography, which began as a child, and has enjoyed photographing her journeys around the world. Christine is also fluent in Mandarin Chinese!

Tim Stiles; Student Art classes

Tim Stiles; Student Art

Tim Stiles: Arts for All and Youth Art

Tim has three Associate degrees in Applied Science in Architecture Technologies, Science in Civil Engineering Technologies, and Fine Arts which he was honored with the title ‘Graduate of the Year’. He earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Winthrop University, SC with a concentration in ceramics and painting. In 2011, he earned National Board Certification in Visual Arts. Tim started teaching at Gaston School of the Arts in 2008, and currently teaches General Art classes to students 2nd through 12th grads in the after school program and summer camps. He has been teaching in Gaston County Schools for 15 years and currently teaches art at Stuart Cramer High School. Tim has been married to his wife, Holly, for 14 years and they have 3 children ages 11, 7 and 2. Together they partner with Gaston County as foster parent and have been licensed since May 2014.  Tim, a native of Gaston county, is proud to share his love of the Visual Arts to students of Gaston and surrounding counties. His goal for each student would be to create visual art that expresses their ideas and interests by experimenting and most importantly having fun throughout the process!