Meet The Atelier Staff

Todd Burroughs

Todd Burroughs is best known for his realist drawings, oil paintings and passion for teaching. He has received numerous awards and honorifics for his paintings

While attending Columbia College Todd was introduced to classical art making techniques and shifted his study from Abstract Expressionism to Classical Painting methods. He focused on oil painting techniques at the Atelier Alternative in Chicago. It was at this time that he began his life-long research into art-making processes.

In 2000 Todd Burroughs returned to Michigan where he earned an honors degree in Historic Preservation and Fine Art, that same year he began teaching painting and drawing. His teaching experience includes teaching at museums, art centers and The College for Creative Studies. Todd’s advocacy for youth education in the arts and accessible studio practices for adults has a proven history of results. He regularly shares his knowledge through lectures and teaching from the studio.

His studio practice is primarily focused on realist oil painting and drawing. In recent years he has expanded his artwork to include terraced photography.

His paintings range from the monumental, eight feet by twenty feet to the minute, three inches by five inches and embrace a broad range of drawing and painting methodologies.

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Vincent Cervantez

Vincent Cervantez is a traditional oil painter and illustrator from the metro Detroit area. After obtaining foundation skills in art making in community college, Vincent attended CCS where he met Todd Burroughs. In pursuit of obtaining the skills of a traditional, realistic oil painter he continued what he calls a radical education.

Vincent began working under Todd’s guidance at the Birmingham Bloomfield Art Center to learn the Venetian technique where he won the President’s Choice Award for his piece “Final Touch.”

In addition to working with some of the most talented painters in Michigan, Vincent also worked with the talented artists at the Florence Academy of Art in New York. From this experience, he saw that traditional art making was widespread and influential in our modern world.

Due to this radical education, he found that there was a thriving community of traditional artisans if he just turned the soil and broke from the art school setting. In this way, he is able to create an enchanting world in his works and grow as an artist.

His faith in this timeless tradition of realistic art is preserved by its relevancy and influence.

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Amy Foster

Amy Foster is a celebrated and sought-after figure artist in Metro-Detroit. She is a graduate of the College for Creative Studies in Detroit, where she received a well-rounded education in the fields of illustration, graphic design and the fine arts. Amy has been a freelance artist and drawing instructor since 1999.

While she occasionally paints and sculpts, her true passions are drawing and the figure. Her enthusiasm for the human form is contagious and inspiring… male or female, youthful or mature, portrait or full figure, clothed or tastefully nude.

She is known for teaching accuracy and speed, inspiring those she works with to continuous improvement. She has a long history of sharing her love and knowledge of drawing with artists of all ages.

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Clinton Snider

Clinton Snider was born In Oklahoma in 1969, and moved to Detroit in ’72, where he has lived and worked. He honed in on his interest for the urban American landscape after moving downtown to attend the College for Creative Studies in the early 90’s, where he received a Bachelor of Fine Art. His work examines issues of social and environmental transformation in rural and postindustrial landscapes.

Clinton has exhibited works throughout Metro Detroit, Nationally and Internationally including the Detroit Institute of Arts, The Cranbrook Art Museum, and The Kunstwerker in Berlin.

He has been represented by The Susanne Hilberry Gallery, and his works are part of many public and private collections, including The Detroit Institute of Arts, and the Kresge Foundation.

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Claudia Selene

Claudia Selene has spent her life immersed in the arts, including the visual arts, music, dance and acrobatics. She studied classical drawing, painting, sculpture and anatomy in Chicago, at the Ravenswood Atelier, the Palette and Chisel Academy of Fine Art and the Drawing Workshop. Her work has been shown in galleries in Illinois, Michigan, Indiana and Arizona.

Claudia spent two years as a research assistant in a neuroscience lab at Rush University in Chicago. What she learned there about the way the brain processes new information and develops mental and muscular skills, has informed the way she teaches and practices art. She is currently teaching students of all ages and skill levels.

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Golsa Yaghoobi

Golsa Yaghoobi is an award-winning painter and printmaker based in Detroit. Among her awards, fellowships and honorifics are The OMNI Center for Peace Scholarship and the King Fahad Scholarship.
For more than ten years Golsa has been an accomplished educator. Her experience includes teaching drawing and design at The University of Arkansas and The College for Creative Studies. Recently she held an artist residency at Centre Culturel Irlandais in Paris, France.

Golsa’s paintings, drawings and prints have been exhibited across the USA and internationally. Her paintings were selected for inclusion in the international exhibition The Veil: Visible and Invisible Spaces. Her art is held many private and public collections including the prestigious Richard Wiseman Collection

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