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WESTSIDE - Staff & Teachers

Laura Fishkin
President & Co-Founder
Director of Education & Personnel

Laura Fishkin has over 15 years of experience as an art instructor. She began teaching alongside her Mother at age 15 both classes and camps from home, and in a variety of locations. Disillusioned with the post modernist artistic influence on art schools in the USA today, Laura continued her art education on her own.

Evie and Laura officially began Masters School of Art (MSOA) in 2003. MSOA was born out of a desire to see an art school with an emphasis on technique in the USA. 

Laura is a well rounded artist with skill in a variety of media including but not limited to: Oil, Acrylic, Watercolor, Mural Painting, Pen and Ink, Color Pencil, Photoshop, and Drawing. She is skilled in a range of subjects including people, animals, landscapes, seascapes and cityscapes. She is adept to all skill levels, and is dedicated to quality results and student growth. Evie and Laura Fishkin have both drawn from others techniques and developed their own techniques and curricula in the classroom which laid the foundation for MSOA today.

Email Laura: [email protected]


Evie Fishkin

Vice President & Co-Founder

Evie Fishkin, who has a B.A. in Fine Arts, assisted her daughter in beginning an art school that favored not only representational art, but all the arts. She is visionary and driven to see the school develop. Evie is very creative, and has an unusual ability to motivate students. 

Her new book, i'm not stupid, I'm Right-Brained: Understanding Right Brain Intelligence and Gifting, is now available. She has taught art for 12 years at schools and in her home. Being an extremely right-brained person and having the classroom as her lab, along with her research, has given her a unique perspective on those who are right-brained. 

Evie has written several other books she hopes to publish in the near future. Writing and teaching are talents she possesses. 

Email: [email protected]

Stephen Teague
Westside Director

Stephen Teague
MSOA Certified Instructor

Stephen Teague, known professionally as Stevo, has been an artist all his life. Drawing was second nature while he was growing up, and any math tests were always turned in with multiple doodles in the margins. While he was thinking about the future, an inspiring high-school art teacher challenged him to pursue art as a career.

After graduating in May 2010 from Gladstone High School with National Arts Honor Society honors, and having several Teacher's Assistant credits under his belt, Stevo started teaching at MSOA in the Fall term of that year. Five years later he graduated through the college program with a Teacher's Certification.

In his spare time he loves learning about all kinds of nerdy things, hiking various hills, and trying not to be the worst pool player in the NorthWest.

Email: [email protected]

Lisa Barnes
Director of Administration


Lisa has been working with MSOA since Fall 2004 but has had a passion for the arts from a very young age. She started drawing from a book of animals as a child and hasn't stopped working on art since. Another one of her passions is writing, and has had a poem published in the National Library of Poetry. While writing is a favored pasttime, she also enjoys color pencil, specifically color pencil portraits.

Lisa loves the balance between her left and right brain, which means she's not only into art, but also enjoys working in administration. She started MSOA as their administrator back in 2004, and has been working in the adminstration field for almost 30 years, supervising and managing many administrative departments in a variety of businesses.

Favorite Bible Verse: Psalms 3:3 But You, Oh Lord, are a shield about me; My Glory; and the One who lifts my head.

Email Lisa: [email protected]

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