About the Founder
Nichole Talbott is a Colorado native who moved to the Bay Area in 2011 after finishing her masters program in Arts Educations at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Nichole has a career background in multi-media production where she obtained bachelors degree from Chapman University in Orange, California in , Communications, with a Emphasis in Advertising, concentration in Design. She worked for 8 years in advertising & marketing with non-profits. Feeling unfulfilled she left this profession in 2008 with a strong desire to combine her love of helping people become the best version of themselves, her natural innate ability for teaching and her passion for art. She made the decision to become an arts educator and use the arts a s a catalyst to build community, create opportunity, and make change.
In her short time Oakland Nichole has taught or run programs for schools and organizations throughout the Bay.
Oakland Leaf -Teaching Artist
San Fransisco Children's Art Center - Teaching Artist
Richmond Arts Center - Teaching Artist
City of Walnut Creek- Center for Community Arts - Assistant Director
Unity High Charter School - Art Teacher
Yes Nature to Neighborhoods - Art Director
Semillas Children's School - Preschool - Teacher
Attitudinal Healing Connection (Art Esteem) - Teaching Artist
As an arts educator I strive to provide a foundation for my students that will help them as they mature as artists and as individuals. My approach to teaching is an inquiry-based model that is based on self-exploration, modeling and guiding. Students are given the space to explore their interests and develop their own ideas. They are challenged to use critical thinking skills to come up with innovative solutions. Creating an safe environment that inspires experimentation, risk taking, working together and building community.
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