A number of area artists teach at Purple Turtle Art Studio for both regular classes and special events. Keep checking back to see who has joined the team.

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Le Hale

Le is an artist and art educator and owner/founder of Purple Turtle Art Studio. She earned her BA from West Virginia University in 1993 and her Art Education Certification from Sam Houston State University in 1999.

Le opened the Purple Turtle in the fall of 2000 and has been enjoying it ever since. Before the Turtle, she taught the visual arts at Johnson Elementary School for five years. Previous to Johnson, she worked for many summer art programs: Girl Scout Camp, Brazos Valley Art’s Council and Boy’s and Girl’s Club of the Brazos Valley. Le also taught for two years at Art’s for Everyone, a non-profit program and later served on its board of directors.


Jane Sherman has always been an artist at heart. When she found oil painting eight years ago, she discovered that magical place where the world disappears and time stands still. She studied painting, drawing and printmaking at Fleisher Art Memorial in Philadelphia and apprenticed under the renowned Philadelphia artist James Dupree. Currently, she has started painting plein air, and you might spot her around town with her easel set up, painting, and oblivious to the world around her.



Lisa Urban

Lisa Urban is a former artist-in-residence for The Arts Council of Brazos Valley and the City of Navasota. Before moving to Texas for the residency, she grew up in Kansas. As an artist she likes to create surrealistic worlds using oil paint on canvas.

Lisa’s work involves knitted objects within her scenes, and as such she is an avid knitter. She has been knitting for almost 8 years now, having picked it up in college, and considers herself to be advanced. Of all the things one can knit, her favorite is socks!
Her teaching experience including three years of assistant pre-school teaching, running two summers’ worth of camps in her hometown and most recently teaching after school art for the Arts Council.



Conneley Sears

Conneley Sears is a College Station native currently attending Texas A&M University. She is a senior genetics major. Conneley has experience tutoring at the elementary and high school levels, and enjoys generating students’ excitement for science and academics.

Russell Marcontell 


BA, Sam Houston State University

MFA, San Miguel De Allende, Guanajuato, Mexico

Russell has been teaching Drawing, Design and Art History to students from kindergarten through college level and beyond for the last 14 years.  He has taught at the Children’s Museum, the Frame Gallery, Extra Education for the city of College Station and studio classes at Blinn and Sam Houston State University. I have been instructing at the Purple Turtle since 2014.

Teaching students with little or no drawing experience is one of his favorite things to do. He starts with the concept of , “there are no mistakes”.  His goal is to give students the tools to understand the process of drawing and strengthen their own personal sense of creative awareness by using basic techniques and a variety of media.