Art Beast Teachers
Leslie is a mother, artist and children’s librarian with a passion for bringing stories to life through art and encouraging families to get messy! Leslie has a Masters of Library Science degree and over 15 years of experience working with children and families. With an undergraduate degree in Photography, Leslie has been a lifelong lover of the arts who has dabbled in many mediums and has a shop on Etsy (ArtsyMommas) where she sells handmade storytime props and educational items and her photography. Leslie has taught classes at Art Beast since 2012 and coordinates our classes and outreach activities. She also leads a baby storytime at the Belle Cooledge Library, teaches a fitness class for 3-4 year olds at Zen Martial Arts and spends time volunteering and crafting for her daughter's school. Contact leslie with any questions about anything she does at firstname.lastname@example.org
Artist and mother Tonya truly enjoys inspiring children of all ages to express their selves through creating art. Tonya is a Sacramento State graduate with a degree in Art Education and has been a teacher at Art beast since 2013. She has loved creating art with a variety of materials as well as sewing since she was a child. For the past decade, her creative focus has been mosaics, dimensional art, and a passion for knitting. She has a an Etsy shop where she sells her hand made knit & crochet accessories. Tonya brings loads of experience teaching art to children of all abilities. Currently, she teaches private art classes at her home studio and after school enrichment art classes for NCS star academy. For more information you can find Tonya's Facebook page here, Shady Lane Art School.
Ariana is a musician and mother and has been a music educator for over 20 years, teaching music and movement classes and piano lessons to students of all ages. She studied classical piano performance at UC Santa Barbara and has specialized training in early childhood education and early childhood music. She has been teaching classes at Art Beast this past year (2017) as well as working at a local elementary school. Ariana brings a warm, welcoming vibe to all that she does and she brings the joy of music to children in a playful and highly engaging way. You can contact her at email@example.com to inquire about private lessons.
Resha is the mother of a lovely and lively toddler and started working at Art Beast in December of 2016. She is a proud graduate of our sister organization-Tubman House, who recently moved into her very own apartment ending her period of homelessness! Resha says she has always been creative and artistic in her “own special way” and she has already completed several courses towards a major in Photography. The first thing you will notice about Resha is her wonderful smile and engaging and kind personality. She is currently planning and leading our Friday Workshops where she loves to encourage families to get messy and play with their art!
Nancy is a Sacramento native who has always enjoyed art and music exploration! She is currently seeking a degree in Music Education at Sacramento State and teaches a local high school drumline in Elk Grove. She has been teaching drumline since the fall of 2009, has been working at Artbeast since 2013, and is now one of two assistant directors. Nancy is excited to bring back the drum circle for another season of cacophony!
We provide weekly 20-30 minute classes with a focus on process-art, movement, and music. Teachers need a patient and inviting personality with passion and experience for what they'd like to teach to our Artbeast. We would love to add more movement into our curriculum. Here are some ideas: Yoga, Ballet, Hip/Hop, Improvisational Movement, or more! Please contact Leslie at firstname.lastname@example.org
What You’ll Find in Art Beast’s Teachers
- Experience working alongside children 0 to 7
- A patient, joyful spirit
- Ability to respond to each child’s needs in creating a welcoming space
- A warm, friendly hello
- Love for building an inclusive community of families
- Crazy for the arts
- Dazzled by the possibilities present in each child
- Values all individuals and all types of family structures, and shares stories and songs that reflect families and children of many cultures and family types.
- Promotes gender equity by ensuring stories, songs, and other artistic expressions portray both girls and boys equally as protagonists, and by portraying both girls and boys as brave, adventurous, heroic, gentle, loving, mischievous, and spirited.