Art Beast Staff

Meet the dedicated employees who make Art Beast so much fun

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Andrew

Co-Assistant Director

Art Beast Coach

Teacher

Camp Teacher

Andrew has been an Art Beast coach and teacher since 2012 and is now one of two Co-Assistant Directors. He studied Fine Arts, graduating from CSUS with a minor in Apparel Marketing and Design. Andrew has done nearly everything at Art Beast from maintaining the space to managing the piles of paperwork at the front desk, and teaching camps and classes. Andrew’s gentle spirit, constant smile and love of all things super-hero has made him a favorite among staff and families alike at Art Beast.

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Nancy

Co-Assistant Director

Art Beast Coach

Music & Art Teacher

Camp Teacher

Library Gigs

Junior Coaches Volunteer Coordinator

Nancy is a student at Sac State, a drum line instructor at a local high school, and she is the Co-Assistant Director at Art Beast. She has worked and taught several music and art classes and camps at Art Beast since Spring of 2013. As an avid creator, she is also the designer of the many whimsical creatures and scenes that fill our front windows and studio. Whatever her pursuit, Nancy brings much originality and fun into the experience of her classes and camps.

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Sonya

Art Beast Coach

Camp Teacher

Birthday Party Host

Studio Upkeep/Materials

Sonya has worked since the Summer of 2014 and has been hosting birthday parties almost as long. In her spare time she enjoys baking and at Art Beast you can find her detail cleaning on the floor or making the space more colorful. Her kindness, warmth, and joy in creating with children ensures that a wild and wonderful time will be had by all at Art Beast.

Erika

Art Beast Coach

Birthday Party Host

Workshop Teacher

Assistant Teacher

Camp Assistant

Library Gigs

Erika has been an Art Beast coach since the spring of 2015. Her positive approach and empathetic personality adds a great vibe to our environment! She is currently studying at Sacramento City College to pursue the nursing field.

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Hannah

Art Beast Coach

Birthday Party Host

Teacher Assistant

Camp Assistant

Hannah is an upbeat and hard worker who has been with Art Beast since Summer of 2016. You can find her detailing the studio, refilling supply bins, or hosting a weekend birthday party! Hannah loves science and is currently attending Sacramento State for a biology major.

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Nicole

Art Beast Coach

Music & Art Teacher

Birthday Party Host

Camp Teacher

Library Gigs

Nicole started working at Art Beast in 2015. Currently, Nicole is working on her general education at Sacramento City College. She loves drawing, playing guitar, and writing poetry. Nicole says her favorite thing about kids is their kindness and creativity.

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Resha

Art Beast Coach

Workshop Teacher

Teacher Assistant

Camp Assistant

Library Gigs

Resha is a loving mother of a very energetic young toddler who has been working at Art Beast since the Spring of 2017. She is passionate about photography and loves leading messy workshops. 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.

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Courtney

Art Beast Coach

Library Gigs

Workshop Teacher

Camp Assistant

Social Media Coordinator

Courtney began at Art Beast in the Spring of 2018. She is also a Reiki Practitioner here in Sacramento. Courtney loves wearing Birkenstocks with socks, traveling, hiking, reading, crocheting, knitting, and eating. Her cat and dog help her daily in achieving her dream of becoming a Hobbit.

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Gabby

Art Beast Coach

Workshop Teacher

Camp Assistant

Gabby started working at Art Beast in 2018, she can most likely be seen on the studio floor organizing and doing detail work. She's an animal lover, music lover, and aspiring artist. Her hobbies include listening to music, singing, and acrylic/watercolor painting. Listening to music and singing are without doubt her favorite art mediums. Music has been her go-to when she feels upset for as long as she can remember. Some of her favorite genres are jazz, soul, blues, R&B, hip hop, psychedelic rock and reggae. Artists such as Amy Winehouse and Vincent Van Gogh inspire her to convey her emotional struggles into soulful art.

Taryn

Art Beast Coach

Library Gigs

Workshop Teacher

Camp Assistant

 

Taryn is a student at Sac state studying to become an accountant. She enjoys music-both listening to and playing the flute. Taryn started working at Art Beast in the Spring of 2018 and you can usually find her getting the studio tidy or putting on a puppet show in the drama den.

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Eva

Art Beast Coach

Music Teacher

Camp Assistant

Organizational Guru

Eva Ruiz started working at Art Beast in 2018 and is a student at Sacramento State. She is studying percussion performance and wishes to continue her education by applying for the credential program after her graduation.

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Penelope

Art Beast Coach

Library Gigs

Music & Art Teacher

Workshop Teacher

Camp Assistant

Penelope

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Leslie

Teacher Coordinator & Mentor

Story & Art Teacher (on & offsite) 

Outreach Coordinator/Program Planning

Process Art Trainer/Consultant

Club Beast Teacher/Creator

Volunteer Coordinator

 

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 degree and over 15 years of experience working with children and families and  has been a lifelong lover of the arts who has dabbled in many mediums. Leslie has taught classes at Art Beast since 2012 and coordinates our classes and outreach activities as well as running Club Beast and providing process art training to educators. Leslie loves most all art forms but particularly photography and needle felting. She loves to spend time walking around Midtown with her family, reading and eating great food!

 Art Beast Coaches and Teachers 2018   

Art Beast Coaches and Teachers 2018