I began Small Hands Art Studio (now Spark It Studios) in 2008 as a way to enhance children's knowledge of art and enjoyment of the process of art creation. I have produced art in some capacity for most of my life. I create art with my own children. I believe the creative process is the most important element of any subject, art, math, science, athletics. It is necessary to balance the mind.
With a B.A. in Art History, I have continued education in studio art classes over the last 15 years. I currently produce work in acrylics, watercolor and mixed media. Likewise, as an affiliate teacher at the Denver Art Museum during the summer, and Gallery Teacher at the Clyfford Still Museum, I try to keep a broad perspective in studying and creating art. I look forward to helping you and your children light their creative fire.Email Ansley
I’ve worked with clay on and off over the past 25 years. For the past three years I’ve taught pottery to toddlers through adults with Spark It Studios. I always get a kick out of people’s faces when they first discover the magic of clay. I whole-heartedly believe in mud’s innate power to unleash everyone’s creativity.
I have a M.A. in Cultural Anthropology and wrote my thesis about the similarities between clay workers across time and culture. With a little guidance and encouragement your kids will come home with some amazing and perhaps crazy functional and artistic pieces.Email Pam
Erin Lea-DoughertyDuring the school year, Erin teaches K-5th grade art at Westerly Creek. She is an artist as well, and bring her creative spirit and inspiration into all her project ideas. This summer she will teach Social Justice Super Heroes and Wonderful Monster Mixed Media.
Steve SchaffnerSteve teaches art at Hallett Fundamental Academy and Barrett Elementary. His focus for kids art in the classroom is to allow them their own space to explore and express their own vision of the world. We are excited to have him back this summer. He will be teaching two camps, Art of the Rainforest, and Express Yourself.