The Studio

Our philosophy is simple: we encourage students to express themselves freely through visual art while helping them to develop their fine art work through the use of a variety of mediums and techniques.  We teach the fundamentals of drawing and painting, foster an appreciation of art and artists, and allow for creative expression.  We won’t have students create cookie-cutter art nor copy paintings from books.  Students are taught how to see the world around them and apply their learning to their work.  Classes by age rather than skill level so that each person is able to reach his or her full potential.


Do you feel passionate about getting inspired and creating? Me, too! It's the endless possibilities that lay ahead when sitting in front of a brand new drawing pen or a paint palette. That's me, Cara Franke. I am The Arterie's lead teacher and studio owner and I get excited when my students share a similar love of art. When I opened The Arterie, I knew I'd wanted a relaxed and supportive, judgment-free environment, where there's no such thing as perfection.  I have taught for over 17 years in both public and private schools, and realize the importance for all students to experience creative expression and artistic freedom. I am formally trained in watercolor painting, hold a Bachelor of Arts degree in Art History and Art Education from the University of California, Santa Cruz and completed my graduate work in Art Education and Fine Arts at CSUN.  My knowledge and experience in art coupled with diverse interests and continued curiosity allow students the opportunities to grow as artists.


When not in the studio, I can be found at the beach, in the middle of a good book, working on my personal artwork, or hanging with my husband, son and our gaggle of pets.