Meet the Team
INSTRUCTORS & PROVIDERS
Fernando Gonzalez - Co-Director & Creator of Les Tapies
Fernando Gonzalez has been connected with the TASIS Schools in Europe for the past 45 years in a variety of capacities, including Head of School, Director of Institutional Advancement, and presently serves on the Boards of the TASIS Foundation, The American School in Switzerland, and TASIS England, where he is Chairman.
A graduate of Harvard University where he studied Visual Studies, he went on to study architecture at The Graduate School of Design. He has combined his passion for architecture with his love for education by restoring many of the buildings on the TASIS campuses, and Co-Founded TASIS Dorado, widely considered to be the top school in Puerto Rico. He restored Les Tapies for the past 46 years and began the Arts & Architecture program in 2004 and the Art Teacher Workshop in 2007, which evolved into ARCH.
Alyssa DeLaBruere - Co-Director and Instructor of Painting, Printmaking & Mixed Media
Alyssa is a teaching artist based in the beautiful Green Mountains of Northern Vermont. An accomplished painter, printmaker, mixed media artist, and teacher, Alyssa attended the University of Vermont where she studied fine art and art history, then continued her education further at Johnson State College and the Vermont Studio Center where she obtained duel certification in both elementary and art education. While in Vermont, Alyssa teaches all ages and media out of her teaching studio: Atelier Art Studio. Currently she is enthusiastically engaged in a multi-year art activism and public engagement project entitled Postcards from the Parks in which she is visiting National Parks across the country to use art to bring awareness, action and projection to these national treasures. 2019 will mark Alyssa’s eighth summer teaching with John Smalley at Les Tapies and is very excited now combine her teaching with her new role as Co-Director of ARCH with Fernando Gonzalez.
John Smalley - Instructor of Drawing, Painting & Printmaking
American artist/teacher/musician John Smalley founded, with Fernando Gonzalez, the Les Tapies Arts & Architecture Summer Programs and has been Co-Director since 2004. He was Head of Visual Arts at TASIS The American School in England for thirty years and was responsible for the development of a number of innovative educational initiatives there, including the school’s very successful Fleming Art Gallery and Visiting Artist Program. He has taught both AP and IB Studio Art and is an avid proponent of integrating art history and theory into studio art courses. A firm believer in art teachers practicing what they teach, he also co-directed The Les Tapies Art Teacher Workshops from 2007 to 2015. He is a painter, printmaker, draughtsman, and photographer who now divides his time between studios in England and the South of France.
Chris Goss - Culinary Arts, Cooking of the Region & Wine
Chris's passion for food and feelings has guided the continuum of his career as an entrepreneur, restaurant developer, luxury resort director, and hospitality industry consultant. While progressive food, drink, design, branding, and service are his medium, it is the art of inspiring positive and purposeful workplace culture that is his canvas. From the legendary Magnolias of Charleston, SC to Fifth Group Restaurants in Atlanta, GA and the revitalization of Stowe Mountain Resort, VT, his passion for food, wine, culture and organizational transformation has been constant. As founder of Awakened Hospitality, a specialized consultancy offering coaching, mentoring, training, and development to service leaders and business owners to focus on his greatest contribution - inspired workplace culture.
Jennifer Bukowski - Yoga, Mindfulness, & Meditation
Jennifer is a 200 HR Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT) and the owner of Just Be Yoga & Wellness Collaborative. She offers weekly Gentle Yoga classes to adults and children on her farm in Chester, New Hampshire. Her class is described more as an experience because it includes Community Building, Yoga Philosophy, Guided Breath Work, Gentle Warm Up Movements, Static Poses, Relaxation and Meditation. She likes to say “What I offer is physically gentle but emotionally challenging.” She travels off-site to bring wellness to Public Schools, Outpatient Rehabilitation Organizations, Retreats, Businesses and Private Homes through her "Yogi-Takeout & Petite Retreat" offerings. In 2018 she excitedly joined the team at Les Tapies to pair her yoga and meditation experience with arts and cuisine in the beautiful backdrop of the Ardèche Mountains. Jennifer believes the work she does has chosen her and by offering healing, empowerment, peace and joy through her teachings, she hopes to guide every person she works with to reach their fullest potential.
Perrin Tingley - Co-Chef, Kitchen and Garden Manager & Everything Else
Perrin is a native of Rhode Island and lived on both coasts of the US before moving to England in 1988. A history teacher, she spent 30 of her 35 years teaching at TASIS England, focusing mostly on Ancient and European history. As a ‘Founding Mother’ of the Les Tapies Art & Architecture program, along with John Smalley and Fernando Gonzalez, Perrin has been serving as the program’s primary cook since its inception in 2004. She has also cooked for various adult programs there. Having been so taken with this extraordinary part of France, the Ardèche, Perrin and her husband John Smalley bought a house in the area and spend as much time there as possible.
Amy DeLaBruere - Creative Writing, Photography, & Life Drawing Model
Although she calls Northern Vermont home, Amy is currently a student at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut, studying English and Art History. As both a visual artist and a published poet, Amy uses her art as a way of combining the two and believes in the integral role that words play in the life and message of the artist. In addition to her studies, she holds several positions revolving around the arts, including the documentary photographer for the official Yale University website, a docent at the Yale University Art Gallery, and archival assistant in the Gallery’s prints and drawings department. She specializes in poetry writing, black and white film photography, and digital photography, but also works in drawing and printmaking, in addition to modeling for life drawing sessions. Amy has experienced Les Tapies as both a student in the high school summer arts program and now as an instructor—Summer 2019 will be the second year Amy teaches with ARCH.