In our small classes, teaching artists engage students in skill-based instruction and hands-on project activities where they can share and celebrate their work. Our instructors are practicing artists, and child whisperers who create a fun, responsive, and supportive studio environment for all young artists. Class activities include storytelling, studio time, games, movement, self-guided projects, and ongoing reflection to build trust and understanding. *Please review the class descriptions on our website http://www.kala.org/education/after-school-programs/. Tuition fees are a flat rate regardless of participant arrival/departure. Spring Session: Tuesdays, 1/9/24- 5/21/23, 2:45- 5:30 pm Thursdays, 1/11/24- 5/23/23, 2:45- 5:30 pm Instructors: Natalie Palms is a multidisciplinary artist, working primarily in textiles. She studied Art and Social Behavioral Studies in her hometown of Los Angeles before moving to Oakland. She received her BFA in Individualized Studies at California College of the Arts in 2015. Upon graduating, she began teaching K-8th art in numerous schools throughout the Bay Area. As a multiracial woman, creating a classroom environment focused on social emotional learning, anti-racism, and sharing culturally diverse artists is important to her. Jennifer Mazzucco is an artist and educator in the San Francisco Bay Area. She holds a BFA in illustration from the University of Hartford and Masters degree in teaching from Pace University. Joseph (Joey) Rose Avalos-Pangilinan is a Mexican American artist and educator currently living in the San Francisco Bay Area. In 2021, Joey graduated from San Francisco State Univeristy with a BA in Studio Art and a Minor in Education, and received the 2021 Martin Wong Scholarship for Painting/Drawing. This past year, Joey has been an artist in residence at local elementary schools throughout the Bay Area, supplying colorful & vibrant pedagogy that supports the development of our young, future artists.