During the week, participants engage in skill-based instruction, hands-on structured projects, and open studio time to explore and experiment. Our instructors are practicing artists who create a fun, responsive, and supportive studio environment for all young artists to share and celebrate art. Monthly themes and project activities incorporate drawing, painting, sculpture, textiles, and mixed media art inspired by the art of local and contemporary artists of various intersections of identities, cultural experiences, and backgrounds. Spring Session: Tuesday, January 10, 2022 — May 23, 2022 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. Joseph (Joey) Rose Avalos-Pangilinan is a Mexican American artist and educator currently living in the San Francisco Bay Area.His work promotes space as a form of catharsis, in hopes of healing those who connect with his subjects by unpacking broader conversations on themes such as trauma, familial/cultural connection, and vulnerability. In 2021, Joey received a BA in Studio Art and a Minor in Education from San Francisco State. This past year, Joey has been an artist in residence at local elementary schools throughout the Bay Area, supplying colorful and vibrant pedagogy that supports the development of our young, future artists.