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Luba Petrova, the founder and director of Waynesville Art School, is a native of St Petersburg, Russia. From a young age, she showed a tremendous aptitude towards the arts, and studied under the tutelage of many artists and art historians in the prestigious Saint-Petersburg Academy of Paining, Sculpture, and Architecture.

After coming to the US in 1992, she continued to hone her skills as an artist. In 1997 Ms. Petrova was awarded a full scholarship to attend The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art (New York, NY) from which she graduated in 2001 with a Bachelor's degree in Fine Arts. 


Luba is a multimedia artist and photographer. She has lived and worked in Western North Carolina since 2002. It has always been Ms. Petrova's dream to pass on the wonderful training she received in Russia and in America. She is passionate about teaching and finds it to be a very rewarding experience and a big part of her life. She is excited to embark on the new adventure: sharing with others what she has learned and helping them to enjoy and develop their own art.

Julie Buchanan is a resident of Haywood county and a former Haywood County Schools Art Teacher. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Education from Western Carolina University.

After graduation, Julie worked in Jackson County teaching; owned a craft store, and eventually became a stay-at-home mom. She then worked for 20 years in Haywood County School system teaching elementary level art. Julie has been married to newspaperman Jim Buchanan for 32 years. 

Julie loves kids and is very excited to be teaching young artists again at Waynesville Art School