Art Beast Teachers


Leslie Stair

Leslie has taught classes at Art Beast for 5 years. She also created and runs the Club Beast program and leads in-house process art training workshops for educators.

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 MLIS and over 15 years of experience working with children and families in libraries and community centers. Leslie has been a lifelong lover of the arts who has dabbled in many mediums and has her own shop on Etsy called ArtsyMommas. She's taught classes at Art Beast since 2012 and coordinates our classes and outreach activities. Leslie also plans and leads classes for all ages at libraries, businesses, community centers, and private events. Leslie teaches classes at Art Beast as well as at local libraries and the Coloma Center (for Zen Martial Arts). Leslie says she loves sharing stories and songs with children and finding playful ways to use art and movement to build confidence and creativity in people of all ages. Contact her at or follow her on Instagram.

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Tonya Murrieta

Tonya has taught at Art Beast for over 4 years and teaches private art classes at her home studio.


Tonya is an artist and mother who truly enjoys inspiring children of all ages to express themselves through the creation of art. Tonya is a Sacramento State graduate with a degree in Art Education.  She has loved making 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, designing jewelry and knitting. She has an Etsy shop (Shadylane25) where she sells her hand made jewelry and knit accessories. Tonya brings loads of teaching experience (she teaches private art classes for older children at her home studio, Shady Lane Art School.) to Art Beast as well as being a strong role model and mentor to children.


Bryna Lovig

Bryna co teaches Club Beast during the school year at Art Beast.

Bryna is a mother and a crafter with loads of experience working with young children. She has wrangled groups of them since she was 11 years old and spent 2 years assisting in a public Waldorf kinder classroom. She has been a teacher at Art Beast since 2016, mainly co-teaching with Ms Leslie for our drop off program, Club Beast. Bryna's strong, calm and compassionate approach to interacting with children has endeared her to parents and children alike.



Michelle is teaching a fun and engaging yoga class on Thursday mornings for all ages.

Michelle Kizner has worked with children of all ages since she was a teenager. She has been an educator in extracurricular science programs, a high school biology, and homeschool support teacher. She also runs outdoor education programs for children. Michelle completed yoga teacher training in 2014 and has taught yin, vinyasa, and hatha yoga for adults as well as family and children's yoga for many ages. Michelle loves to garden, cook, and, get outside. She is an animated storyteller and loves singing songs and dancing. 

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. 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 an Art Beast Coach, Library Gig Teacher, Camp Assistant and leads our Friday Workshops where she loves to encourage families to get messy and play with their art!

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Nancy will be a guest teacher once a month for Teeny Tuesdays. On the first Tuesday of each month, Nancy will share stories, a simple art project and a selection of Usborne books for families to peruse. Any book purchases made at Art Beast will help Tubman House get more books for the families there.

Nancy Niederberger is a mother of two and passionate advocate for literacy. She loves reading, sewing, drawing, and spending time with her family. Nancy is an independent consultant for with @usborne_books and hosts Art Beast's book fairs (@nancyknowsbooks/@UBAMNancy)

Be sure to visit Ms Nancy anytime she brings a book fair to Art Beast. As always, when you purchase any books from Nancy either at the studio or online, proceeds benefit Tubman House & Art Beast Development Center. Join us each month (we will have a break in January) to flip through a selection of books at Art Beast or go online to and select Art Beast at check out!


Ariana Hunt

Ariana is a piano teacher and teaches music at a local elementary 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 to inquire about private lessons at




Jill will be teaching hula hoop this Spring!

Jillian is a hoop performer who supports herself as a Pre-K teacher in East Sacramento. She has been teaching for 8 years and teaching hoop lessons for almost 5 years. She teaches with the motto, "ANYONE can have fun with a hula hoop!"  She began her own hoop journey nearly 7 years ago in Santa Cruz and has been learning and growing with her hoop ever since. She runs a small business called Traveling Mermaid Entertainment and hoops and face paints at parties, events, and festivals.

Fill out an interest form on this website to hear about our teacher rates and schedule opportunities.

Fill out an interest form on this website to hear about our teacher rates and schedule opportunities.


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 Art Beasties. We would love to add more movement and dance into our curriculum. Here are some ideas: Yoga, Ballet, Hip/Hop, Improvisational Movement, or more! Please contact Leslie at

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.