Camp Instructor Bios


Allison is a local artist and graduate of Cornish College of the Arts, where she studied drawing, painting, printmaking, sculpture and photography. She has worked for Daniel Smith Artists Materials, The Seattle Art Museum, Pratt Fine Arts Center, The Seattle Art Academy’s teen drop in Friday night program, and worked as a Camp Counselor for The Camp Fire organization of Snohomish, WA. She was a nanny for many years, and her love of children is akin to her love of art. Her approach as a teacher is play based learning and exploration. Her philosophy is that children already know how to create, and it’s the teacher’s job to listen, facilitate and offer suggestions for how they can achieve their vision.


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 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.


Laura Caldwell is a Canadian artist, art therapist and community arts facilitator currently residing in Seattle. She received her undergraduate education in fine arts in Toronto, Ontario and her masters in art therapy in Montreal, Quebec. It was there that she discovered her love for community arts-based practices and working with undeserved communities, particularly children and youth. Her art practice includes painting, drawing, printmaking, alternative process photography, miniatures and fiber arts, the subject of which often include explorations of memory, domestic spaces and the natural world. In her role as an educator she emphasizes self-exploration, developing a unique artistic voice, and finding beauty in the imperfect. 


Gillian is a Seattle-based teaching artist and playwright with 20 years experience specializing in devised work and creative drama. Her favorite classes are those in which new worlds are invented, inspired by the environment and ideas in any room, in any moment. Her original works include The Nut-Brown Girl and Tigery, and Heavens-to-Betsey Get Lost in the Salad Bar (Seattle Public Theater), No Way Out(Live Girls Theater), My Pet and My Dead Pet (14/48 Projects) She also created and developed Youth Theatre Northwest’s Haunted Forest series and Annex Theatre’s Ghosty series.

She is a faculty member of Seattle Children’s Theatre Drama School and has served as an artist-in-residence with Book-it All Over!, Seattle Repertory Theatre, and Queen Anne Elementary. Gillian holds a BS in Theatre from Northwestern University, but that hasn’t stopped her from skating as “Madeleine Str’angle” with PFM Roller Derby.


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. 

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