Meet Our Instructors
Amanda Hanson graduated from Central Washington University in 2013 with a BFA in Studio Art specializing in drawing and painting. She mainly works from home as a freelance children's illustrator. The main focus of her artwork is animals and plants, especially those found in the Pacific Northwest. She sees art as a teaching tool to bring awareness to lesser know species of animals. Watercolor and ink are the primary mediums she works with, but she also likes to experiment with a wide variety of other mediums ranging from drawing with pastels to making small sculptures out of felted wool.
Amanda started teaching fiber art classes a couple of years ago to both kids and adults and discovered a passion for art education. Since then she has started teaching watercolor courses for an enrichment program at her local Senior Center. In her spare time she volunteers with various organizations around Centralia. One being the Lewis County Spring Youth Fair in which she is the Jr./Sr. High Art Superintendent. Her goal is to provide opportunities for young artists in rural areas throughout the county. Amanda is delighted to be joining Art For Kids School. You can see some of her artwork by logging onto www.facebook.com/AmandaHIllustration
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Rachel Diatta is passionate about sharing art making and the creative process with young learners. She received an AA in Fine Arts and a BA in the Arts & Humanities. While completing her degrees she interned at a local children's museum and also had the opportunity to study abroad where she procured research on the cultural arts and crafts in Asia and Africa. Her academic foundation in the arts is partnered with her career in teaching.
Along with the arts she also discovered a passion for teaching and began working with students in a Montessori classroom. She was a teaching assistant and lead teacher for six years where she developed a deeper understanding of child development and pedagogy. Throughout her academic and professional career she has been able to observe firsthand the benefits of the arts on the overall development of young learners and is happy to contribute in developing the artistic and creative skills of all learners with AFKS.
Rachel's artwork has been recognized in Phoenix, Clark College's award-winning art and literary magazine and from Archer Gallery's annual exhibition as an art student annual award recipient.