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. Spring Session: Tuesdays, 1/4/21- 5/31/22, 2:30-5:30pm, 21 sessions 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. She has recently launched her own business creating accessories she hand dyes and prints, while curating and leading textile focused workshops for children and adults throughout the Bay Area. Erina Davidson is a printmaker and teaching artist at Kala’s Artists-In-Schools program, Saturday Teen Studio, and the After School Studio Program. She received her BFA in Printmaking from Rhode Island School of Design in 2013, where she was an undergraduate teaching assistant with a focus on intaglio and screenprinting. She was previously a printmaker in residence at Second State Press in Philadelphia, PA and has made work at the Dirt Palace in Providence, RI where she contributed a window installation in 2015. In addition to being a part of the youth art programs, she is also currently a studio assistant in Kala’s print studio.