A love for teaching art = rewarding experiences

“My first love is teaching art. Art has transformed my own life. I felt a calling to bring the fulfillment and self-empowerment of creativity into the lives of others. Beyond the traditional “art school” setting that is often rigid and strict, I knew there was a huge need for a nurturing, encouraging, and positive approach to artistic self-expression. I enjoy sharing my passion, knowledge and love of art with my students. Every day is a joy seeing the enthusiasm of my students.”  

– Tamara, Owner and Instructor, TC Artworks 


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Meet Tamara

Tamara Clary Clark received a BFA from Virginia Commonwealth University and an Art Education Certification from Meredith College.  She has attended numerous teaching workshops in Art Education, decorative finishing and business management.   

For several years she served as a K-12 art teacher for Wake County Public School, Mecklenburg County Public Schools, and Charlottesville City Public Schools. 

Tamara formed her company TC Artworks in 1995, and then in 2016 opened her studio location TC Artworks in Raleigh.  From 1995 – 2016 Tamara worked with thousands of clients creating beautiful decorative finishes on ceilings, walls, floors & cabinetry for commercial & residential properties. Tamara also transformed over 53 commercial spaces serving as a commercial interior designer & contract manager.  Her work was featured on Extreme Makeover TV Show, American Biker TV Show, seen in local newspapers and magazines.

During the past 21 years Tamara has also taught children and adults in numerous Art workshops and Art camps.  

Thousands of happy youth have enjoyed TC Artworks over the years. 

Meet Stephanie

Stephanie Shively earned a BFA in Photography from the State University of New York at New Paltz and a MFA in Studio Art from the University of South Carolina.
Stephanie’s artwork is fueled by her personal experiences as a woman, mother, and military spouse, which she transforms into a universal visual language through a variety of mediums including photography, printmaking, collage, books arts, and installation. 
She has ten years experience working with children and teens ages 5-18 as an art instructor and substitute teacher. For the last five years, she has taught photography and art appreciation at the University of South Carolina, Jefferson Community College, and Wake Tech Community College.
In 2016, Stephanie opened an art studio and gallery, Stitches and Pics, in New York, where she curated exhibitions and taught a variety of workshops and classes including painting, drawing, printmaking, photography and fiber arts, to children, teens, and adults. After her husband transitioned out of the military in 2018, she closed Stitches and Pics, and relocated to North Carolina to be close to family.
Stephanie is so excited to join the TC Artworks team!  

Meet Lu

Luella Harris originates from Minneapolis, Minnesota. Lu & her late husband Doug moved to Raleigh in 1987. They raised 3 beautiful children, Christopher, Mathew and Jill. Lu & Doug spent many years as youth leaders in their church touching many lives. 

If Lu looks familiar you may have shopped in her retail store in Cameron Village. Lu & Doug owned Certain Things, a high end women’s clothing boutique,  in Cameron Village for over 24 years. 

We are so excited to have Lu teaching with us at TC ARTWORKS. She completes our team! Always bringing love, hugs and joy to our students. 

Lu enjoys spending her free time with her grandchildren Alexandra & Logan.