Meet the GLAF Art Class & Workshop Instructors

All of the award winning GLAF art class instructors have art backgrounds, many years of experience, and are considered leaders in the art community.  Frequently exhibiting at the GLAF Gallery, they also exhibit outside of our Gallery. Please check their websites for a look at their beautiful artwork and join us for enlightening classes sure to improve your skills. Classes are small so individualized instruction can be given. Chat with other artists, share techniques, and get creative at one of our GLAF art classes.

Sharon Larson

After graduating high school in Rockford, Illinois, where I was born and grew up, I attended Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, Illinois, graduating with a BS in Elementary Education and Special Education. I have taught in the northwest suburbs of Chicago and was a Walworth County Literacy Volunteer in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin.

Ever since I was a young girl I have loved art and animals. My life long love of drawing, painting and animals has been the inspiration for my art. For painting I choose a medium based on what I think the subject would look best in; mostly watercolor, oils or pastels.

For subjects I draw on my life experiences with family, city and country life, animals of all kinds and my own fox hunting experiences. Over the years I have studied with many teachers and artists in watercolor and oil such as Ingred Albrecht, Gale Bennet Art Study, Giverny, France, Ovanes Berbarian, Rose Edin, Nita Engle, Estelle Fedelle, Irving Shapiro, Frank Webb, and Alice White.

I have always loved beautiful times, objects and ideas and try to capture these impressions in my paintings. My paintings are represented in corporate and private collections.​


Ken Cottingham loves to teach art. He has taught art to both students and adults for more than 40 years. He started out as an art teacher for grades K-12, after graduating from Millikin University in Decatur, Illinois.  He taught for 10 years in Illinois, during which time he added graduate work at the University of Illinois in Business Administration and Art to his resume.   He accepted a position as Art Supervisor for West Allis School District in the Milwaukee area, where he spent the next 25 years over-seeing art programs and teachers.  He also served as the State President for the Art Education Association during this time.  Ken admits that he only was able to paint occasionally during those years.

He didn’t get back to painting full-time until he left the school district.  It has become a major part of his life since 1997, when his neighbor invited him to join the Geneva Lake Art Association.  Ken has been painting ever since.

Now he is teaching again- this time an adult oil painting class.  Each Monday evening from 6-9pm, Ken comes loaded with supplies, including music, books, paint, canvases, brushes, and other mysterious things.  As an instructor, Ken says helping people achieve what they want to paint is his goal.  One of his students says, “Ken has been the best person to teach me what I need to know about art.  He has great patience a quality that I admire in a teacher.  We come in with an idea and he helps us accomplish it.”

Ken’s love is oil painting, but he also works in pencil, colored pencil, sculpture, and even watercolor on occasion.  He doesn’t specialize in one genre, but paints what interests him, be it landscapes, wildlife, portraits, or still-life.  He prefers to work from his own photographs, using the richness of oil to bring the image to life.  Ken’s work shows his skill as a painter, but in his heart, he is still a teacher!  

Ken Cottingham


Pam Ring has been a collage artist for over 30 years. For 5 years she was the display artist for the Westchester, New York, AC Moore Co., an arts and crafts store,. Most recently she was the artist-in-residence for the Shades Repertory Theater in Haverstraw, New York. Her work has also been licensed for holiday greeting cards. Although largely self-taught, she has studied under many well known mixed media artists, notably Claudine Hellmuth, Bev Braxton and Kelly Killmer.

Ms. Ring states that her collages are the ultimate in "green" art, for she uses found material in all her pieces - ephemera, billboard papers, flea market finds. She works in small formats so that her work is affordable to all who appreciate and desire to own original works of art.

Her work is readily identifiable - bright colors, easy to navigate compositions and whimsical juxtapositions. She recently expanded her work to include collaged jewelry.

Ms. Ring works out of her home studio in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin, where she lives with her husband and 3 dogs.

Pam Ring


Artist/Art Educator
Delavan, WI
Visual Art Instructor -1990 to present-St. Andrew's Parish School Delavan, WI
Education: University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee
BFA University of New Mexico, Albuquerque 
Teaching Certification University of Wisconsin - Whitewater 

Exhibited in university, state, and local art shows
Worked in various media: painting, drawing, sculpture, jewelry, printmaking, decorative art, illustration, design

Worked in various studio groups in New Mexico and Wisconsin
2001 Herb Kohl Education Foundation Fellowship Award Recipient

Exhibiting Artist Member- Gallery 223- Geneva Lakes Arts Foundation- current president

Current work in progress: ink and acrylic images on wood .

Inspiration:  I am always inspired by nature and use those shapes and lines I see to create my pieces.  I focus on both the positive and negative shapes and spaces created by nature.

Nicholette Marsicano


I received an Art/Art Education degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1986 and taught Kindergarten through 8th grade in Wisconsin Public Schools throughout the following 32 years. Although I am also a certified Reading Teacher/Specialist and taught in that capacity during some of my years teaching in the Wisconsin Public Schools system, the bulk of my teach career has been as an Art Teacher.

In addition to teaching Art in the public school system I have taught individual and small group Art lessons to both children and adults, including parent/child classes. I work in a variety of mediums and enjoy teaching and working with people of all ages. My focus as an instructor is to foster the individual creativity of each student as I introduce specific skills they can apply to their Art.


Christine Sotos-Barrera

I am a long-time resident of Lake Geneva. After my retirement in 2017 I joined the Geneva Lake Arts Foundation, of which I am an active member. I am excited to be teaching Art Glasses at Gallery 223!