Instructor Bios

I love the community I teach in. I am dedicated to teaching art so that students learn the language of art. Can learn to see the world around them. I believe that art is like sports for the mind. It's engaging, collaborative, and a way for students to express themselves. It also allows students to visualize success. I believe that learning the basics of art lead students to succeed in math, science, teamwork, new media, computer science, and collaboration.      

Wade Gardner -
I'm an award-winning filmmaker dedicated to giving back to the community. I love owning and teaching at Artful Journey. I Love coming up with fantabulous art camps, and classes. The relationship the school has with EPRD is special. It has allowed me to teach in a wonderful studio. Knowing that our partnership creates a safe, fun, and vibrant place for students to be expressive.
I am also the founder of the award winning documentary film festival, DocuWest. Which is produced by Artful Journey - Yay. 

My current feature film, was released in 2018. It has been accepted in numerous film festivals around the world. While attending film school I collaborated on two short films that were accepted into many film festivals around the country. I also co-created, co-wrote, directed and produced a 20 episode animation series, "The Pitch," created exclusively for the Starz premium movie channel.

I earned a BFA in Film, Theatre and Television from the University of Colorado, graduating magna cum laude in 2005 with an emphasis in writing and directing. I went back to school in 2009 and earned an MBA from CU.