Our Staff

Shawn K. Carson 
Founder, Chief Executive Officer 
Head Art Instructor

Shawn has a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the Center for Creative Studies in Detroit, Michigan.

In 1994 he co-founded and became Head Art Instructor of the “Houston School of Art & Design” where he worked for 20 years. He is now making a leap of faith and starting an art school of his own, with a unique vision combined with 30 years of knowing how to bring out the best in struggling artist.

He has taught children from age 6 to age 85 along with special needs children as well.  Many of his students were able to enhance their artistic portfolios for college or professional art careers. Each student that has come to him to build a portfolio has been accepted to the college they applied to.

He has created illustrations for 10 books, including two children's books by Jim Walkow. Currently, Shawn is working on an illustrated book of his own about the story of Noah. He has also worked as a freelance artist for many advertising agencies, such as: Nestle, FKM, Astroworld, Pep Boys, Harrahs Las Vegas and numerous other private individuals and corporations. 

He has many strengths in the diversity of his artistic styles and use of different medias: including oil, alkyds, colored pencil, graphite pencil, water color, gouache, computer graphics, and photo restoration. He can create a wide variety of artistic expressions including photo realism, graphic design, cartoons, loose sketches, abstracts and other editorial styles.

His strength as a teacher is getting the best out of each student regardless of their talent level, getting them past those moments of frustration or confusion and on to creating satisfying if not stunning works of art. He has enough knowledge and patience to help anyone who wants to get better.  

Heather Carson
Co-Founder, Office Manager
Children's Art Instructor

Art has always been a passion of Heather's since she was a little girl.  She never dreamed she would marry an art teacher and have the opportunity to work closely with her husband and establish their own art school together.  Heather first began working with children at the age of 15 as a Teacher's Assistant at Lakewood Church.  She's held leadership positions working as a Children's Pastor at New Beginnings Christian Center and leading a large American Heritage Girls scouting troop.  

She's developed many skills in teaching, administration, accounting and web design.  In her spare time she loves art journaling and painting in alkyd oils.  She also loves drawing, creating and sewing her own dolls. She is excited about what God has in store for Carson's Art School.  If you need any assistance concerning registering for classes please feel free to contact her.  

You can view some of the dolls Heather has made here: .  

Becky Hansen

Teacher, Kids Program

We have worked with Becky for over 15 years. She started out as a Student of Shawn Carson. Soon she was helping out with the children's program. She is wonderful with kids and they love working with her.