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Welcome to The Roaming Studio
Live, Online Art Classes on Zoom 

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We started teaching online ten years ago, founded by artist and teacher Leah Kohlenberg, and we've taught hundreds of students and groups around the world.  We know how to optimize the online art class experience. 

We keep classes small (no more than 30 students per class), make sure we address all students' questions during the class, and break down the demos into do-able steps that are easy for students to see and follow online. 

Meet The Team


Leah Kohlenberg

Founder, Lead Trainer

Leah Kohlenberg is a former journalist turned artist who has been painting for 20 years.  She founded The Roaming Studio in 2010, and has since taught hundreds of individuals and groups around the world.  Her paintings are in public and private collections worldwide.  She teaches the Core Curriculum, Beginning Drawing and Watercolor Painting with the Roaming Studio.   She is inspired by the city and often focuses on the urban environment in her work.

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Marie Sandgathe

Landscape painting/pastels

Born and raised on a rural farm in Oregon, Marie graduated with a degree in Business with a minor in Fine Arts, and she's studied for three years with The Roaming Studio. Her inspiration comes from the love of the outdoors, fishing and hiking.  Marie now teaches Landscape Pastels and Oil/Acrylic painting for the Roaming Studio

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Emma Bergman
Drawing, Painting

Emma Bergman, from Great Falls, Montana, started taking art classes with The Roaming Studio when she was 12 years old.  During her high school years, she taught a kids multimedia art class in her garage each summer.  She's now a freshman at the University of Montana-Bozeman, enrolled in the studio art and archictecture program.

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Kirista Trask, Abstract Art

Holly Lehren, Video Editor

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Holly Lehren is an award-winning student filmmaker at The New School, an Assistant Editor Intern for TASTE, an international food documentary series, and the former Artistic Associate at Luna Stage in West Orange, NJ. She graduated with honors in 2019 from Muhlenberg College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and Theatre. She is a 2020 and 2021 Fulbright Scholarship Semi-Finalist for South Africa’s Open Study/Research Award to study documentary filmmaking in Cape Town, South Africa. 

Kirista Trask is an abstract artist, gallerist and creative community maker living in Astoria, Or. Kirista’s work translates subtle moments and landscapes into swirling abstraction, blending saturated, opaque colors with translucent washes to evoke moment as an emotional experience. You can find Kirista on online at 

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