Teachers & Classes

Lynne Thurston

Lynne Thurson

Lynne Thurston

Still Bringing Kids’ Arts her incredibly creative Movement & Music Classes twice per month!  Please see her bio on “Board Members”

Jessica Mingo

Jessica Mingo

Jessica Mingo has been drawing and painting ever since she could walk. Around age 12 she began adding crafts to her area of interest.
Currently, after graduating college (CSUCI) with a graphic design, and fine art degree, she is self employed doing her illustration company, and has a successful online store.
Besides working on paper-goods, web design, graphic design, fine arts, and teaching, Jessica makes jewelry, screen-prints, and dabbles in sewing. She also hosts annual craft fairs for people to network, and take home some of her handmade goods. Jessica loves being a part of Kids Arts, and has so much fun creating and learning with the kids!”

Maribel Hernandez

Maribel Hernandez

Maribel Hernandez was born in Michoacan, Mexico. At an early age she demonstrated irrepressible creative passion.
By age four, her favorite rainy-day activity was to make spiral and doll-shaped variations of hop-scotch designs.
By age 8, the young visionary was captivated for hours by watching waves of bird migration patterns in the sky.
She received her first colored pencil set from her grandmother as a souvenir from her journey to “El Norte” (the States).
Maribel’s continued use of vibrant color distinguishes her current style. Her work ranges from  design
 
 

Susan Compton Smith

Susan Compton Smith

Hello, my name is Susan, and I am so excited to be teaching at Kids’ Arts! I have loved the performing arts since the first time I set foot on a stage (I believe I was 4 years old), and I am deeply passionate about both theatre and education. I have been teaching theatre locally at the middle school level for a number of years, and I am delighted at this opportunity to share my knowledge and passion with the students at Kids’ Arts. In my classes we will explore many aspects of performance through storytelling, improvisation and theatre games, as well as exploring movement for stage with a bit of music and dance. I am looking forward to meeting everyone, and I will see you at the Art Barn!
Susan graduated With Honors from Ventura College in December 1993 with an Associate of Science Degree in Theatre Arts and an Associate of Arts Degree in General & Liberal Arts.

Brock Pollock

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Brock Pollock

Hello world, my name is Brock Pollock. I recently graduated from Berklee college of Music in Boston and am currently living in L.A. I am the bass player for the Adam Lasher Band. I have performed with a number of bands in Boston and have toured in Italy. In addition to bass playing, I write songs and make beats for myself and to sell to others.

 

 

Eco Shumaker

Eco

Eco Shumaker

Eco Shumaker has joined Kids’ Arts as a new visual art instructor. Eco completed her studies at the American College for the Applied Arts, earning a Bachelor of Arts in Fashion Design and Merchandising. After working in LA’s garment industry for a decade she turned her focus to raising her family here in Ventura and developing merchandise for her husband, a travelling musician.

Eco’s recent creative endeavors have been varied and successful! In 2004 she developed a beautiful line of hugely popular handbags with her partner at MidiQueen Handbags and spent the next 5 years guiding that project. An active member of the Buenaventura Art Association, Eco has shown mixed medium works in several exhibits from galleries to our local Art Walk events. Eco is a mother of two children but her experience mentoring kids reaches outside the home. She developed and hosted a kids’ art camp and worked as 4-H project leader for quilting, up-cycled clothing and mixed medium art projects.