It’s probably a good thing Amanda’s mother never dissuaded her from watching cartoons or playing video games, since that’s exactly what she’s now making herself. Doodling random art during class in elementary and middle school slowly turned into sketching of her own characters and stories in high school.
After graduating from Skyline High School she earned a degree in Multimedia and Web Design at the Art Institute of Seattle. Turns out that she’s not a fan of web design, and drawing is her true calling. Amanda is now working on finishing her Production Animation Degree at DigiPen in Redmond. “It’s a wondrous thing when watching the newest animated film or playing the next great video game can be classified as research”.
Amanda’s focus is heavily on character design and development, but the grinding of her instructors gave her a good rounded knowledge of painting, sculpture, 3D modeling, and animation. All of which she addresses in her Manga classes at Museo Art Academy.
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Ashley was born and raised in the Pacific Northwest and has been exploring art for as long as she can remember. Ashley has found creativity in all aspects of life and over the years this has led her down an interesting artistic path. Choosing to pursue art in college was a scary, but necessary choice. She knew she had to follow her passions. Ashley attended Western Washington University in the winter of 2006, focusing on graphic design and fine art. After two and a half years of the graphic design program, she came to the realization that the virtual world was just not for her and switched her major to reflect her full dedication to fine arts. It was also during this time she began teaching art to home-schooled children on the weekends.
Ashley graduated from Western with a Bachelors of Fine and Performing Arts in Mixed Media with her concentration in Handmade Printmaking. At Western, she became practiced and proficient in drawing, painting, fibers, design, installation, bookbinding, art history and hand manufactured print. Her printmaking concentration was focused in multiple run woodblock relief and multiple run lithography. During her time spent in Bellingham, Ashley participated in three different shows selling work, and completed a commission for Western’s Outdoor Center, which is permanently located on campus. Since graduation, Ashley has been working on her own art as much as possible and was fortunate enough to begin working at Museo Art Academy right after graduating. In her free time, she also participates in the local performing arts at her Community Theater. Ashley has experienced great satisfaction and gratification in finding herself immersed in the arts everyday, not only in her professional but also her personal life. Ashley’s passions and dedication will, without a doubt, continue to inspire and drive her further into the fantastic world of art.
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Although Kate grew up on the dusty plains of north central Texas, her teaching experience spans from the Pacific Northwest to Europe. While in college, Kate taught English in Kiev, Ukraine, where she quickly discovered her passion for teaching. Soon after returning to the States, Kate received her Bachelor’s Degree in Art Education.
Upon completing her student teaching in Nampa, Idaho, she accepted a position with the Kimbell Art Museum in Fort Worth, Texas in the education department. Kate was an indispensable member of the education staff at the Kimbell, bringing a unique blend of traditional and nontraditional teaching methods, and a high degree of proficiency in several different art media.
Her favorite medium, by far, is intaglio printmaking, and she is a member of Printzero Studios. Kate is honored to be a part of the Museo Art Academy team and is excited to work with her students.
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Lee graduated with a Bachelors in Studio Art from Gustavus Adolphus College in Minnesota. She then went on to get her MFA in Sculpture from the University of Washington, as well as a certificate in Natural Science Illustration.
Some of Lee’s past jobs have included working in a bronze foundry, museum exhibit fabrication, and sculpting concept vehicles for a defense contractor. She has taught welding, mold making, puppet fabrication, and ceramics for a variety of institutions.
Lee is inspired by the scientific world, mythological tales, and the stories we tell in order to understand the unknown. This curiosity makes her ask ridiculous questions and create humorous art as an answer.
In her spare time, Lee can be found helping out local film production company GrittyFlix. She helps with prop building, design, production assistance, and occasionally as an actress. She is also working on a science fiction graphic novel.
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Jeremy Cline grew up in Maine and began his love of drawing at the age of 6. He was able to develop his artistic skills at the Summer Festival of the Arts in Maine, where he eventually taught as an adult.
When he was 17, he had the opportunity to live in India at the United World College with students from 80 different nations. During this time he studied art with Indian sculptors and Tibetan painting masters.
After graduating from Middlebury College in Vermont, Jeremy moved to Seattle and worked as a teacher at the Clay Animation Network and Art in the Park. He has 10 years of teaching experience and believes that the skills and knowledge gained through arts education are invaluable for raising creative, compassionate, and happy children. Jeremy is very happy to be a part of Museo Art Academy.
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Kellie is, in many ways, still a kid at heart. She has always enjoyed the things that most kids enjoy, like playing make-believe, day dreaming, and using her imagination to create and innovate. She loves adventures, challenges, exploring, and learning new things, and most especially loves to make art! Some of her favorite things to create are friendly characters that do the same things as she does: exploring, learning, discovering, and more! Now that Kellie is all grown up, she utilizes her childlike nature to help other children have similar opportunities for learning, creativity and growth.
Kellie graduated from Brigham Young University with her Bachelor’s degree in Visual Art, emphasizing in illustration. Since she was young, she enjoyed creating homemade paper dolls, designing her future dream home, and anything else creative she could think of. It wasn’t until college that she discovered that her love of creating could be channeled into illustrating for children.
Halfway through her college experience, she took a break to serve an 18 month mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Sao Paulo, Brazil. During that time she discovered a love of people and teaching. Since returning from her mission, she has continued to teach, starting at the Missionary Training Center in Utah and now teaching children here at Museo Art Academy. Here she gets the best of all her worlds: the creative imagination of childhood, the opportunity to teach, and complete immersion in the world of art!
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