Jim Peters - Director/Instructor

email: jim@theartacademyofcolorado.com



Jim is double-digit Emmy Award Winning Artist with the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. He holds Television Promotional awards including 2 National Gold awards, 2 National Silver awards, and 1 International Bronze Award from the Television Broadcasters Designers Association. Included in his accolades are People's Choice Awards from the Brighton Cultural Arts Commission's Art Cafe for work exhibited in the mediums of pencil and oil. As well, he holds a certificate of appreciation from the United States Air Force Recruiting Service for his artistic contributions to The Air Force Thunderbirds flight team.

Jim earned a degree as an Architectural Specialist in Wisconsin. He studied design under several Architects in Wisconsin. Among them included working with the State of Wisconsin Department of Local Affairs and Development.  Let Jim refocused his attention to Fine Art and attended the University of Wisconsin, Madison taking courses in Art and Communications. 

In 1983 he relocated to San Diego, California where he became a freelance illustrator for the David Scroggy Agency. While there, he served such clients as Dole, Dupont, Ektelon Sports Equipment and Bilstein. His work has appeared in major publications such as Flying, 4-Wheeler, and Hot Rod Magazines. He was a member of the San Diego Aerospace Museum while the Museum was under the direction of Capt. Edwin D. McKellar Jr. a former Navy and Blue Angel Pilot. At Captain McKellar's request, Jim was invited to display his work as part of the Museums exhibits.

Jim moved to Denver, Colorado in 1986 with a call from one of the nation's premiere animation houses. He became fully engulfed in the field of computer graphics and animation. His primary role was the design of graphics for broadcast television. As the company grew, their focus switched to litigation animation. Jim then began working on projects for the Department of Justice and the Federal Aviation Administration in select high profile cases. 

Jim ultimately entertained an offer from 9KUSA to be their Animation Director. He went on to serve as Art Director for FOX10 in Phoenix, Design Director for FOX31 in Denver, and Design Director for FOX 9 KMSP in Minnesota. FOX then promoted Jim to Corporate Art Director for their newly formed entity, FOX Television Stations Graphics HUB in Tampa, Florida. Jim oversaw branding and helped direct promotional efforts for all 27 FOX Owned and Operated Stations including the FOX-owned MyNetworkTV Stations. Jim was also integral in the promotional efforts of 21st Century FOX pilot programs and worked with third-party entities in the production of imagery and promotion for FOX television pilot programs.

Anastasia Bliss

Instructor - Ceramics




Anastasia Bliss was born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia. The daughter of the world-renowned photographer, the late Arington Hendley, she was immersed in art from birth.

She moved to Colorado after having finished her BFA in ceramics from Georgia State University. 

She saw a potter giving a demonstration when she was only four years old and was mesmerized, drawn to the process instantly. 

She began working on the pottery wheel at the age of 14 and started showing her work professionally at just 15 years old.

Having lived in a very culturally diverse city, her curiosity, along with her love of other cultures and travel blossomed. 

Anastasia took a year off from college to live and teach in Taiwan, where she fell in love with the art and architecture of Asia. She traveled to far-flung parts of the globe, adapting Moorish design and elements of nature, along with many other Eastern themes into her artwork. 

These can all be seen in the designs which she carves into many of her wheel-thrown pieces. 

Anastasia especially loves to create functional pottery, feeling that her artwork should be used and enjoyed from a practical as well as an aesthetic standpoint. 

She began her teaching career at the age of 23 and derives joy and energy from interacting with her students, as well as artists of all media.

Anastasia has won awards for both her artwork and her teaching.

She currently lives in Lochbuie, Colorado with her daughter and two cats, happily working each day in her home studio.