Art for Kids School Instructors

Lauré Smith

Lauré Smith

Lauré Smith received her BFA degree in Illustration at Parsons School of Design in New York City. She later returned to the beautiful Pacific Northwest to attend the Art Institute of Seattle earning an AA degree in Visual Communications. As a student in elementary school, she was chosen for an "Enrichment Art Program" where she was exposed to a more in-depth art education at a young age. She believes strongly in the necessity of art in elementary school and understands a lack of art education for kids is a missed opportunity. To fulfill this need, Lauré spent nine years as an "Art Start" teacher at Christa McAuliffe Elementary where her children attended. It was in that role where she discovered how much of a joy and privilege it is to be able to teach, share the art process and encourage her students. Seeing her students become excited about the lessons and thrilled with their own unique creation is a big part of her love for teaching art to children.

Although she enjoys drawing the human form, especially faces, her passion is drawing animals (Lauré has Australian Shepherds who she trains and competes in dog agility with). From t-shirt design and signage, to murals and logo design, she loves the creative process and is thrilled to be part of AFKS!

Shareen McKee

Shareen McKee

Shareen McKee is originally from Southeast Asia; she grew up mainly in Indonesia, later moving to Singapore to receive a better education, only moving to the United States in 2010. She received her B.A. in Fine Arts from The Evergreen State College in 2013. Besides focusing on various types of media such as painting, photography, metalworking and sculpting, she minored in topics such as child psychology and art therapy. Prior to Evergreen, she attended a highly regarded Arts school for 3 years, La’salle College of the Arts in Singapore, where she earned her Diploma in Fine Arts, focusing on watercolor and oil painting.

Her first exposure to teaching students started in high school where she was the aide to her art teacher. He is a well-known Batik artist in the region and he had her help him conduct workshops centering on traditional Asian art forms. Since then she has loved helping others hone or learn various artistic forms. She hopes to receive her Master in Teaching within the next few years to better develop her career in teaching, as well as to better serve her future students.

She has participated in several Arts Walks in Olympia to strengthen her connections with the local art community and is now well known for her watercolor portraiture. She has a very American retro-vintage style which comes across in a lot of the art work she has produced in the recent years, and now has clients from around the world.

You can see some of her work at www.facebook.com/shareenmck

Lenore MacLeod

Lenore MacLeod

Lenore MacLeod was raised in an artist family, and has been in love with art ever since she could pick up a paint brush. She has been teaching art education to children and adults since 1998, before she even graduated high school. Lenore received her BFA in Graphic and Web Design from the University of Idaho in 2008. Even at home, Lenore can be found drawing, knitting, or coloring on the walls (with washable markers of course!)

Jennifer Bloom

Jennifer Bloom

Jennifer Bloom has pursued portraiture full time, commissioning many works each year for private clients. Since arriving in Seattle in 2006, Bloom has exhibited in many of the eclectic galleries and art walks in Seattle and is a regular vendor yearly at the Seattle Kennel Show and Vashon Sheep Trials. For more information visit Bloom's website at www.hauteportraiture.net or contact her at 206-661-4538. Her studio is open at select hours for viewing and meetings for commissions. By appointment only. When she is not painting she is teaching art to young minds in the Seattle area for Art For Kids School.

Brad Niemeyer

Brad Niemeyer

Brad Niemeyer is an award winning fine artist, illustrator, graphic designer, writer and art teacher. He holds a BFA in Drawing and Painting from the University of Washington (1989). Brad served as art docent for a Wellington Elementary PACE classroom from 2012-2016 where he received the Golden Acorn Award from the Northshore School District PTA for outstanding volunteer service. He has worked as a graphic designer for Boeing, Chateau Ste. Michelle Winery, Bensussen Deutsch & Associates and DNA Brand Mechanics. His large format expressive figure drawings have won awards regionally. Brad has illustrated for many print and online projects. He is a contributor to creativepro.com, writing a series of articles on breaking through creative blocks. “When I am not teaching art you will find me drawing, watching my son play baseball, cycling, practicing tai chi, walking our dog or fly fishing.”

Stacy Roland

Stacy Roland

Stacy Roland grew up in Texas and started her art career in college with large scale acrylic canvas paintings, because everything is bigger in Texas! She studied Fine Arts at the University of North Texas and studied the spectrum of painting, drawing, sculpting, jewelry making and photography. While raising her two great kids, Stacy worked in the school district as a para-educator in the elementary schools in Federal Way, WA. and in Phoenix, AZ. She also had a side business of painting murals for clients, mostly she painted children’s room, anything from a secret garden to a full-scale football field. She went back to the Art Institute of Phoenix to continue her education in graphic design. After working in the graphic design field and as a web producer for several years, she realized she missed being around children and their joy and is pursuing her Masters of Arts in Education. She believes you are never too old to learn something new, it keeps you young!

Katelyn Moody

Katelyn Moody

Katelyn Moody is a local artist and Evergreen College graduate with a degree in Fine Art with an emphasis in teaching. Her mother has said she’s been drawing since she could hold a pencil and teaching art is a natural career for her talent and love of teaching. When someone asks Katelyn what kind of art she specializes in – her answer is always that she has a passion for mixed media. She studied acrylic and oil painting in college and has since found a love for calligraphy. When not teaching and waitressing at Sushi House she enjoys growing dahlias, creating temporary henna tattoo designs, playing guitar, and brewing homemade kombucha. Katelyn’s philosophy that any project or skill practice, given a little bit of time and attention, is beautiful.


Amanda Hanson


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


Deb Martz Moody


Deb has a degree in art education from Oregon State University and brings with her a love of art and children. She is known locally for creating The State of the Arts Gallery in downtown Olympia. She ran the gallery for 25 years before she sold it in 2016. Before this she was the Artist n Education Manger for the Washington State Arts Commission. Her background also includes teaching art to k-12 and a Survey of Visual Arts course at the college level. Her own art is mixed media with encaustic (bees wax with resin) and can be seen at www.debmartz.com.

Ashley Cotton

I was born in Jacksonville Florida and was raised in a military family where we traveled around the world. I have always loved the Arts and graduated from the University of West Florida with a Bachelors in Fine Art. I then started working at Paint and Sip establishments and working with kids in after school Art Enrichment programs. I continue to strive in my personal art world with my solo exhibitions, and Art Fairs. I love pushing myself to achieve greater and more interesting things and I enjoy sharing that wonderous feeling with all.