Camp Instructor Bios
BARBARA ALFEO, KID STUDIO and Creative Critters INSTRUCTOR
Barbara Alfeo has been working with kids as an art educator for three years. Before moving to Seattle, she taught at the Cantor Art Center and DeYoung Museum. Her background is in art history, and her teaching style uniquely connects critical thinking about visual culture and art-making projects. She has her masters and is ABD toward a PhD in Contemporary Art History from Stanford University, and her dissertation is about feminist art and aging. She couldn't be happier to be making messes and talking to very young artists about what they see!
Mike Berry, Maker ManiA, Creative Critters and Forrest Friends instructor
Originally from the Pacific Northwest, Mike recently returned from Albany, New York, where he taught for 10 years at the Free School (an urban alternative school). There, Mike found that origami is a wonderful catalyst to work in other subjects besides art. He has used origami to help teach math, science, cultural/social studies and other subjects. When not working with children at Seattle ReCreative, Mike loves to focus his energy on weight training and exercise, teaching and practicing martial arts (holding a black sash in Jeet Kun Do), teaching origami, and folding paper as his form of art expression.
Marva HOlmes, Craft Camp and Parade Camp Instructor
After 15 years teaching preschool and prekindergarten students Marva decided it was time to shake things up. She started back to school almost 30 years after graduating with her BA in Children's Theater from Central Washington University. Before she was a classroom teacher, Marva worked as an administrator and arts specialist at Seattle Children's Theater, Studio East, and many other locations in the Seattle area. In her spare time you can see Marva participating in art parades. Marva has been in multiple Fremont Solstice Parades, Burien Arts-a-glow , and Buskers in the 'Burg . Marva is the parade leader for Seattle ReCreative in the Greenwood Sefair Parade. She was Seattle ReCreative's first intern before joining the staff.
KATIE STEWART, CREATIVE CRITTERS INSTRUCTOR
Katie Stewart has enjoyed working with children since she was in high school, babysitting and nannying her way through Smith College and beyond. Originally from the East Coast, she worked as a Teaching Assistant and Lead Counselor for Glen Urquhart School's GAIN @ GUS-- a program that hosts intelligent, motivated kids from the poorer areas of Boston-- where she taught art and theatre classes as well as assisting in the classroom. Here in Seattle, she has taught theatre classes for Youth Theatre Northwest and Stone Soup Theatre.