Lauri Cragg    Lauri is  a Houston-based artist specializing in water-based media.  She holds a B.A. in Studio Art and Psychology from Southwestern University and holds a Masters in Occupational Therapy.  Lauri has attended the Glassell School of Art through the MFAH.  She is the Founder of the studio and has been teaching all ages for over 20 years.

Lauri Cragg

Lauri is  a Houston-based artist specializing in water-based media.  She holds a B.A. in Studio Art and Psychology from Southwestern University and holds a Masters in Occupational Therapy.  Lauri has attended the Glassell School of Art through the MFAH.

She is the Founder of the studio and has been teaching all ages for over 20 years.

  Ellen Anne Burtner   Ellen Anne is Lead Teacher at the studio. She has a BFA focusing in oil and egg tempera painting and printmaking from Southwestern University. She discovered the joy of creating in a cooperative environment while interning with two artists in NYC. Ellen Anne started assisting Lauri Cragg with classes three years ago and under Lauri’s instruction explored watercolor, pastel, and collage. Ellen Anne continued her printmaking education with classes at the Glassell Studio School after graduating which inspired her to start the Printmaking and Drawing classes at MDUMC. She now helps teach Multi Media, Collage, Printmaking, Watercolor, Pastel, and Drawing, as well as assisting with the student age classes. She takes every opportunity to include animals in a project as well as the color purple! 

Ellen Anne Burtner

Ellen Anne is Lead Teacher at the studio. She has a BFA focusing in oil and egg tempera painting and printmaking from Southwestern University. She discovered the joy of creating in a cooperative environment while interning with two artists in NYC. Ellen Anne started assisting Lauri Cragg with classes three years ago and under Lauri’s instruction explored watercolor, pastel, and collage. Ellen Anne continued her printmaking education with classes at the Glassell Studio School after graduating which inspired her to start the Printmaking and Drawing classes at MDUMC. She now helps teach Multi Media, Collage, Printmaking, Watercolor, Pastel, and Drawing, as well as assisting with the student age classes. She takes every opportunity to include animals in a project as well as the color purple! 

  Cheryl Lasater   Cheryl graduated from Texas A&M with a degree in Environmental Design and interned in Architecture until becoming a registered Architect. She met and married her best friend, Jeff, during this time and continued to work in architecture until the birth of their first child. Cheryl has always enjoy creating, drawing, painting, costume making (for their 3 kids), diy, gardening, etc. A friend introduced her to Lauri Cragg's Art Studio several years ago. It has been privileged for her to help teach Multi Media, Drawing, and Printmaking classes in the MDUMC Music and Arts Center. 

Cheryl Lasater

Cheryl graduated from Texas A&M with a degree in Environmental Design and interned in Architecture until becoming a registered Architect. She met and married her best friend, Jeff, during this time and continued to work in architecture until the birth of their first child. Cheryl has always enjoy creating, drawing, painting, costume making (for their 3 kids), diy, gardening, etc. A friend introduced her to Lauri Cragg's Art Studio several years ago. It has been privileged for her to help teach Multi Media, Drawing, and Printmaking classes in the MDUMC Music and Arts Center. 

  Mary Lipnick   I come from a very artistic and creative family.  I never felt like I had any artistic ability until I started taking art classes from Lauri Cragg about 14 years ago. Lauri helped me unleash my inner artist!  I started with basic drawing classes and progressed into painting with watercolors, acrylics, mixed media and pastels. As I learned more about pastel painting I fell in love with it, and now it is my medium of choice. About 3 years ago I started assisting with the adult pastel class and have enjoyed not only helping our students learn about pastels but also continuing to develop my own style of painting through teaching.  I also assist with the kid’s classes.  Kids have no fear and are so creative.  It is truly an amazing experience to help them develop their artistic abilities and watch them grow as young artists.

Mary Lipnick

I come from a very artistic and creative family.  I never felt like I had any artistic ability until I started taking art classes from Lauri Cragg about 14 years ago. Lauri helped me unleash my inner artist!  I started with basic drawing classes and progressed into painting with watercolors, acrylics, mixed media and pastels. As I learned more about pastel painting I fell in love with it, and now it is my medium of choice. About 3 years ago I started assisting with the adult pastel class and have enjoyed not only helping our students learn about pastels but also continuing to develop my own style of painting through teaching.  I also assist with the kid’s classes.  Kids have no fear and are so creative.  It is truly an amazing experience to help them develop their artistic abilities and watch them grow as young artists.

  Carolyn Haddad   Carolyn Haddad has a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from University of North Texas, where her media specialty was photography. This led her to work in several photojournalism projects and later fashion photography projects in Houston and Paris, France, where she was the Guest Paris Editor for Vanity Fair magazine.  After returning to Houston, then two more stints in France, she began to concentrate on acrylic painting.  Her most recent work is with mixed media. She has a long association on the staff of several non-profit arts organizations in Houston such as FotoFest: The International Month of Photography and Houston Center for Photography.  Various contract projects include work for the Menil Collection, the Children’s Defense Fund, and the Anchorage Museum.  She has maintained a strong interest in education after teaching horseback riding for many years to all levels of students.  

Carolyn Haddad

Carolyn Haddad has a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from University of North Texas, where her media specialty was photography. This led her to work in several photojournalism projects and later fashion photography projects in Houston and Paris, France, where she was the Guest Paris Editor for Vanity Fair magazine.  After returning to Houston, then two more stints in France, she began to concentrate on acrylic painting.  Her most recent work is with mixed media. She has a long association on the staff of several non-profit arts organizations in Houston such as FotoFest: The International Month of Photography and Houston Center for Photography.  Various contract projects include work for the Menil Collection, the Children’s Defense Fund, and the Anchorage Museum.  She has maintained a strong interest in education after teaching horseback riding for many years to all levels of students.  

  Jessica Cragg Dugan   Jessie grew up in West Houston then attended Southwestern University, obtaining a BFA in Painting & Printmaking. She then went to graduate school at Parsons School of Design, focusing in Accessory Design. After working as an accessory designer in NYC for companies including rag & bone, Henri Bendel, and Tory Burch, she moved back to Houston with her husband Kyle. She now has her own accessories brand JESSIE DUGAN (jessiedugan.com) and teaches Multi Media at MDUMC.

Jessica Cragg Dugan

Jessie grew up in West Houston then attended Southwestern University, obtaining a BFA in Painting & Printmaking. She then went to graduate school at Parsons School of Design, focusing in Accessory Design. After working as an accessory designer in NYC for companies including rag & bone, Henri Bendel, and Tory Burch, she moved back to Houston with her husband Kyle. She now has her own accessories brand JESSIE DUGAN (jessiedugan.com) and teaches Multi Media at MDUMC.

  Donna Reed   Before MDUMC developed the Music and Arts Center, students gathered in Lauri Cragg's private studio for classes. Donna was one of those original students, carving out time for art from her full-time position as director of Children's Ministries at MDUMC. Donna has studied with Lauri, Ellen Anne Burtner and others.  Several years ago, following her retirement from the church, Donna was asked to combine her theological education with her love of art, resulting in the addition of Spiritual Art Journaling to the Lauri Cragg Studio lineup. Donna has used her intuitive creativity and multi media expertice inspire the Collage and Journaling classes for the last three years.  Donna lives in Baytown with her husband Sonny.  When not in her art studio, Donna serves as the volunteer Director of Children's Ministries at First UMC La Port.

Donna Reed

Before MDUMC developed the Music and Arts Center, students gathered in Lauri Cragg's private studio for classes. Donna was one of those original students, carving out time for art from her full-time position as director of Children's Ministries at MDUMC. Donna has studied with Lauri, Ellen Anne Burtner and others.  Several years ago, following her retirement from the church, Donna was asked to combine her theological education with her love of art, resulting in the addition of Spiritual Art Journaling to the Lauri Cragg Studio lineup. Donna has used her intuitive creativity and multi media expertice inspire the Collage and Journaling classes for the last three years.

Donna lives in Baytown with her husband Sonny.  When not in her art studio, Donna serves as the volunteer Director of Children's Ministries at First UMC La Port.

  Pam Ferworn   Pamela Dixon Ferworn, a native of Canada, is a Houston-based artist specializing in watercolors.  She has a B.Sc. in Neuropsychology & Linguistics from the University of Calgary and a Masters Degree in Speech-Language Pathology from the University of Alberta.  Pam’s love of art was inspired by her grandfather, Cliff Leach.  However, it was not until she moved to Houston in 1996 that she began to take art classes through the Houston School of Art & Design and the Watercolor Art Society of Houston (WAS-H). Since that time, Pam has focused on watercolors and has had her paintings featured at WAS-H monthly shows.  She continues to study art through WAS-H, tutorials and workshops. 

Pam Ferworn

Pamela Dixon Ferworn, a native of Canada, is a Houston-based artist specializing in watercolors.  She has a B.Sc. in Neuropsychology & Linguistics from the University of Calgary and a Masters Degree in Speech-Language Pathology from the University of Alberta.  Pam’s love of art was inspired by her grandfather, Cliff Leach.  However, it was not until she moved to Houston in 1996 that she began to take art classes through the Houston School of Art & Design and the Watercolor Art Society of Houston (WAS-H). Since that time, Pam has focused on watercolors and has had her paintings featured at WAS-H monthly shows.  She continues to study art through WAS-H, tutorials and workshops.