Our Instructors & Staff
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!
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 Manager 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 (beeswax with resin) and can be seen at www.debmartz.com.
Andrea Spragens has a BA in Communication from Humboldt State University. During college she specialized in social development of adolescents and the impacts of media. After college she put that desire for helping children grow in their self-confidence and communications skills to work. From being a ropes course facilitator, outdoor experiential leader for at-risk teens, and program coordinator for the Boys and Girls Club, she has always had a passion for encouraging children to challenge their own expectations and expand their life experiences. These skills combined with a strong office manager background, make Andrea the perfect fit for being our Administrative Director. Andrea believes that art has the power to be a transformative outlet for children by being fun, educational, and character building.