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Art Instructors

Art Instructors


Nancy Kopp



Nancy is passionate about teaching art and has been for over 30 years. Nancy received her Bachelor of Science degree from Bowling Green State University in Ohio and is certified to teach Art K – 12th grade. She has taught in Perrysburg, Ohio Public Schools, Cincinnati Public Schools and Divine Word Seminary School.

In 1984, Nancy decided to quit her job in advertising to start a business called The Art Workshop out of her home. It was started as an art enrichment program for children and soon grew to include adults.

When her student base reached 50 students per week, she moved her business to The Fine Arts Center in Wyoming, Ohio. There she was the driving force behind all Art programs, both through the school year and during the summer for 15 years.  Now located in Funke Fired Arts in Hyde Park for the past 5 years, the business has continued to grow and flourish in this all artist facility.

The Art programs Nancy offers are some of the most diverse and creatively inspiring art programs to be found in the Greater Cincinnati area. Nancy ‘s teaching experience includes working with children as young as 2, teens, adults, special needs adults, children, and teens, and home schooled children. Several of her students have gone on to become professional artists and art teachers. She has also served as a volunteer for 20 years on the Wyoming Art Show committee managing the Student Art Exhibit and the Imagination Station, which features free art activities for children.

She lives in Wyoming with her dog Benji and enjoys playing and creating art with her own grandchildren that live right down the street.

Katie Swartz

Pottery Wheel Instructor


Katie Swartz is a native Ohioan, born, raised and educated here. She received her Bachelors in Fine Arts and her Masters in Education from DAAP at the University of Cincinnati. She joined The Art Workshop in 2013 and is a bright and cheery addition to our teaching staff especially during the summer!  Katie also crochets and throws pots as much she can after her days spent at her current teaching job at Stivers School for the Arts in Dayton, where she is the studio art and art history teacher.

Katie also enjoys spending time with the sugar in her life, his kids, cooking, walking her dog, imagining what outfits to make for her cat Bill, if he would only try them on, and planning her next adventure in some distant land.

Ryan Dougherty

Pottery Wheel Instructor


Ryan received his BFA in Graphic Design / Visual Communication from Kansas State University where he graduated in 1999.  While there, he studied ceramics under Yoshi Ikeda which helped him develop a strong passion for working with clay. Ryan is a freelance graphic designer/mixed media painter, his work can be found at He has been teaching wheel throwing and hand building since 2000. With extensive experience teaching beginning techniques to advanced pottery wheel, Ryan’s patience with children and wonderful techniques have made him a very popular teacher.  His teaching experience includes The Kansas City Clay Guild, Kansas City Community Center and DK Clay in New Orleans.  Now teaching with us at The Art Workshop since 2011, he lives in Mariemont with his wife and 2 beautiful children.

Ron LaCour

Cartoon and Comic Book Instructor


“I teach what I wish someone had taught me as a kid, how to see artistically… dissect, distinguish and deliver with creativity.” – Ron LaCour

Ron LaCour is a native Cincinnatian, graphic artist and illustrator. He has taught kids since 2003 and is inspired by the enthusiasm and joy that cartoon classes generate.  His training is in fine art, so drawing principles and concepts are a big part of his lessons. Through teaching watercolor painting, cartooning, sequential art and visual story-telling he is able to explain to others the methods and aesthetics of the art form he loves so much.  It’s his personal drive that keeps him going and his optimism that fuels his creativity.

He obtained an Associate Degree in Graphic Design and is employed by Nash, Finch Company of Cincinnati.  His competitive drive has led him to work in animation, conceptual arts, marketing and teaching. Ron is currently working on illustration projects including a graphic novel adaptation of Edgar Allan Poe works and a childrens book entitiled “As the Chicken Flys.”  We are excited to have Ron and his enthusiam for cartooning and kids at the Workshop. Come and give Ron’s classes a try!

Carmen Ostermann

Pottery Wheel and Art Instructor

Carmen Teaching

Carmen Ostermann received her Bachelors in Fine Arts and K-12 teaching certificate in DAAP from the University of Cincinnati. Her family is originally from Alberta, Canada and she grew up in the USA, Japan, and the Philippines. Carmen’s artwork is primarily sculptural; she works with clay, wood, plaster, paper, and various other materials. She spent her time student teaching at The School of Creative and Performing Arts and at the Fairview-Clifton German Language School. She also taught Saturday Art Classes at DAAP in the University of Cincinnati. Carmen is extremely enthusiastic about teaching art and is ecstatic about being part of The Art Workshop Community.