Started Jamie's Painting & Design. Developed original artwork that was transferred and displayed on ceramic tiles, plates, and ornaments. Products were sold and shipped throughout the the US through traditional brick & mortar stores, online, and in direct mail print catalogs.
Due to the economic recession the production and distribution portion of business took a large hit. I started volunteering in my children's classes teaching art lessons from Art in Action. Due to my extensive art background I was able to modify the lessons and improve on my reaching skills.
My family and I relocated to El Dorado Hills. With the production and distribution part of my business not recovering as planned I continued to teach art in my daughter's classroom, this time a program called Arts Attack. Teaching another art program gave more experience working with children and allowed me the opportunity to experiment with new art lessons and techniques.
After having the opportunity to teach my original art lessons at a local summer camp I came to the realization that I had more of a passion for teaching art to children than I did running a production and distribution business. I decided to transition my business. I had an art studio built at my residence and I began teaching my original art classes in September of 2013.
I added summer art workshops, started teaching after school enrichment art classes and a number of different home school organizations. As my business started to experience rapid growth I realized I needed help. Through a mutual friend I was introduced to fellow artist, Tara Wister. Tara was a wonderful addition to my art studio, teaching art lessons and collaborating on new ideas and concepts.
In Fall of 2017 I was asked by the PTC President at Lake Forest Elementary School in El Dorado Hills to write an entire art curriculum for the school to consider using as a replacement to Arts Attack. The school wanted to replace their existing art program with one that was up to date and followed the California Department of Education Visual Art standards.
After months of research and development I finished writing the Color Wheel Art Curriculum. It is a comprehensive art program for TK - 5th grade students. The art lessons are designed to be taught by art docents (parent volunteers) or teachers. Lake Forest became the first school to pilot my curriculum for the 2018- 2019 school year.
I continued to teach my original art lessons through home school programs, after school enrichment art classes and in my art studio. In addition, lake Forest signed a 2-year commitment to continue using the Color Wheel Art Curriculum in their school. The program continued to be tested and new art lessons were added.
The year started well, adding new 1-Day art workshops and sold out art classes. Two grammar schools were in talks with me to implement the Color Wheel Art Curriculum into their schools in the Fall. Sadly, everything changed in March of 2020 when we were put on "lock down" as our country dealt with the Pandemic. My art studio, art classes and negotiations came to a halt. While still on Lock Down I created "At Home Art Kits' for children and adults to create art in their homes. In September I was able to open up my art studio to small art classes, siblings and children that were in bubbles or pods. The art studio was re-configured for 6- feet apart desks, individual desks and art supplies. And sadly, due to the Pandemic and restrictions Tara Wister took another job.
As of March of 2021 the art studio is back open and I am enjoying creating original art projects with my students. When California opened up in June we were able to finally remove our masks and enjoy sharing our art supplies. During the summer I had over a 100 art students in my studio and taught 11 art workshops. In September I will opened the studio back up with new art lessons and a re-vamped art studio.
2022 was a very busy year with full art classes every day of the week. Summer was crazy with art workshops 5 - days a week during the month of June. In August we did a re-vamp of the art studio, replaced the floors, finished the mural and painted anything that was not moving. Fall was busy with the addition of my drop -in Friday Fun Paint Days and I was thrilled to start teaching afterschool enrichment again at Lakeview Elementary.
2023 started with a big change for me, I was hired as the art teacher at Rescue Elementary. I had my own classroom and was able to teach my own art lessons to 500 students, one day a week. I continued to teach art classes in my studio and afterschool enrichment at Lakeview Elementary. Over summer I offered a large variety of art workshops and added afternoon classes. I was thrilled to welcome Miss Tara back to help with the art workshops. This Fall I will continue to teach at Rescue, Lakeview, Lake Forest,my studio and I am excited to announce I will be teaching at John Adams Academy. I am hopeful to add a few Friday Fun day Paint Days to the schedule this winter.
20224 had another huge change with me accepting another art teacher position at Our Lady of the Assumption. I once again had a classroom I had to clean and organize over Christmas break and hit the ground running mid - January. For the first time (other than Covid) there will not be any weekly art classes offfered in the art studio, due to my very busy schedule at 3 schools. This summer I will be offering 1 and 2 - day art workshops in June and July. The schedule should be posted mid - Feburary.
If you are interested in signing your children up for upcoming art classes please feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or 650.759.0102.