Arni is as talented a teacher as she is an artist! She leads our Saturday morning art classes at the PlayGarden and art experiences at summer camp with attention to each and every child, accentuating their strengths, inspiring their creativity and teaching life lessons along with artistic techniques for drawing, painting and sculpting. Each child is listened to and lifted up by her gentle and joyful attention.Can't hold a paintbrush? No problem, Arni will adapt the materials to make the project work. Having trouble knowing where to start or stop? Arni will help guide you with open ended suggestions or prompts. Not only do her classes include children of all ages and abilities she also welcomes the caretakers and parents to participate. She leads the whole group through art explorations , learning about other artists and how she creates her own art. The adults leave knowing more about how to enjoy making art with their children, the participant brings home a piece they are proud of and the walls of our buildings have become a gallery of stunning group art projects too!

— Liz Bullard, founder and executive director of the Seattle Children’s PlayGarden