Katie Simpson

SPECTRA Teaching Artist
Mariposa Arts
Visual Arts

Available only to Schools

I’m an artist and educator from Santa Cruz, with an MFA from the City College of New York, in Studio Art, and a BA from Portland State University, in Drawing, Painting and Printmaking. I love combining drawing, painting, printmaking, and other media – and my work focuses on nature in various ways. I love teaching art to people from Kindergarten through College, and my teaching has focused on drawing, painting, printmaking, and bookbinding. In the classroom I foster fun communities with teachers and students alike. I am super excited about art and nature, and I’m ready to get my students excited too!


website: kmsimpson.com
email: simpson.kathleen@gmail.com
phone: 503-679-3078

Program title: Introduction to Watercolor
Grade(s): K-2
Workshop/Residency Program Fees:
Hourly rate: $345

Are your fees negotiable? No
Additional fees (kiln, materials, etc.): Yes

Program Description and Learning Goals:
This course thoroughly explores watercolor paint. The focus starts on using materials (paint, brushes, paper), and gives students tools, technique, language, practice and confidence to make creative artistic decisions. Students will explore color, learning primaries and secondaries as well as practicing color mixing. Through the course students will develop an understanding of watercolor materials and processes. Discussions will include cultural and art history as well as VAPA Standards. This course can reflect topics being studied in school. Advanced Watercolor also available for grades 2-5.

Program title: Painting
Grade(s): 1-4
Workshop/Residency Program Fees:
Hourly rate: $45

Are your fees negotiable? No
Additional fees (kiln, materials, etc.): Yes

Requires (classroom type, rehearsal time, etc.): Multi-purpose room, sink requested, tables and chairs.

Program Description and Learning Goals:
In this course students will learn and practice painting techniques. They will identify and explore primary, secondary and tertiary colors (along with other color theory basics), discover and practice the properties of different kinds of paint, and create many wonderful works of art. The course includes daylong projects as well as multiple day projects. Discussions will include cultural and art history as well as focusing on VAPA Standards. This course can reflect topics being studied in school.

Program title: Drawing
Grade(s): K-3
Workshop/Residency Program Fees:
Hourly rate: $45

Are your fees negotiable? No
Additional fees (kiln, materials, etc.): Yes

Requires (classroom type, rehearsal time, etc.): Multi-purpose room or regular classroom.

Program Description and Learning Goals:
This course will introduce students to various drawing techniques and help them practice drawing in an encouraging, challenging and fun way. Students will learn and practice using drawing tools and materials to create activities and compositions that help them exercise their visual perception, creative decision making, enthusiasm for art, and hand eye coordination. Discussions will include cultural and art history as well as VAPA Standards.

Program title: Visual Arts
Grade(s): K-8
Hourly rate: $45

Are your fees negotiable? No
Additional fees (materials, etc.): Yes
Requires: Zoom or YouTube videos (or a combination)

Program Description and Learning Goals:
Fun and exciting Visual Arts lessons available via Zoom or YouTube video. These lessons can focus on Drawing, Watercolor Painting, Book Arts, or combine these topics. Weaving is also available as part of a combination of other classes. I love working with teachers to create the right curriculum for their students. These classes will introduce students to various techniques in an encouraging, challenging and fun way. Students will learn technique and practice creating using various art materials, which will help them practice using their visual perception, creative decision making, enthusiasm for art, hand eye coordination, and connection through creating. Discussions will include cultural and art history as well as VAPA standards.