Art Beast Teachers

 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 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.

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

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

 

LESLIE STAIR 

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 lesliemariestair@yahoo.com

Tonya Murrieta

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 teaches music classes at Art Beast and at at a local school. She also teaches private piano lessons.

Ariana teaches music classes at Art Beast and at at a local school. She also teaches private piano lessons.

Ariana hunt  

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 arianapianomusic@gmail.com to inquire about private lessons.

 Resha leads our Friday Workshops for Big & Little Beasties and hopes to start a photography business of her own one day.

Resha leads our Friday Workshops for Big & Little Beasties and hopes to start a photography business of her own one day.

RESHA JENKINS

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 now lives in 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 an Art Beast Coach and co teaches Summer Camps as well as planning and leading our Friday Workshops where she loves to encourage families to get messy and play with their art!

 Nicole Fong leads music and art classes as well as co teaching camps.   

Nicole Fong leads music and art classes as well as co teaching camps.

 

 

Nicole Fong

With a passion for music and the arts, Nicole enjoys playing guitar in her church worship group and utilizing her musical abilities to lead music classes that encourage children to explore musical instruments and sing in a group as well as moving their bodies. Nicole has experience one on one with tutoring 2nd graders in math and English, leading simple arts and music classes/activities and continuously learning from all that Early Childhood Education has to offer her. She has volunteered at the YMCA Daycamp, interned at Bret Harte Elementary in a second grade class and enjoys extracurricular activities such as rafting, cross country running and boxing. She focuses on finding ways to incorporate her passions into each of her classes. She is currently a student at Sacramento City College achieving her general education and seeking her career path of pursuit. 

Bryna Lovig

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 and her strong and compassionate approach to interacting with children have endeared her to parents and children alike in just a short time.

 

 

Diana Monroy

Diana is a freelance art teacher who has worked to create and run art programs both for classroom settings as well as after school enrichment programs. She can be found working with many community groups (and in support of many social justice causes) in Sacramento like Adventure Playground as well as supporting fundraisers and doing community outreach. She has two very artistic daughters whom she home schools with a passion. Diana works in many mediums including fiber arts and is especially interested in fostering a community of young artists who learn and grow by looking at art throughout history, creating a dialog in the classroom and creating meaningful artwork together. Diana’s giving spirit and extremely genuine nature has made her a well-loved member of the Sacramento community.

Nancy Hamaker

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!

 Contact Leslie to hear about our teacher rates and time opportunities.

Contact Leslie to hear about our teacher rates and time opportunities.

You?

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 artbeaststudio@gmail.com


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.
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