Meet Our Teachers

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Ameen Dhillon
Classes taught include: Art Exploration, Drawing and Painting, Printmaking, Art Books, Mixed Media Sketchbooks

Ameen Dhillon graduated from the Emily Carr College of Art and Design in Vancouver, B.C. in 1989. Her paintings, drawings and prints have been exhibited in numerous solo and group exhibitions in the USA, Canada, India and China. She returned to Emily Carr as an artist in residence as well as a lithography instructor. After 20 creative years she is excited to share her passion for art with children.

“A favorite quote of mine by Paul Klee states: art does not reproduce the visible; rather, it makes visible. One of my goals is to encourage kids to slow down and carefully observe their surroundings, to look deeply and really understand what makes this world so beautiful and interesting. I encourage my students to use their imaginations as well as the subjects in front of them. To notice all the different shades of green in the garden and blue in the sky. To discover the elements of line and shape through the use of a wide variety of professional materials.”

Little Hands Creations
Classes taught include: Machine Sewing

Founded by Chelsea Cook, Little Hands Creations is a team of teachers offering Sewing and Arts & Crafts classes at elementary schools and community centers throughout Seattle. Classes are built to stimulate and teach both advanced and beginner students! Sewing classes are structured in a way that students can pick their own projects and advance at their own speed, whereas the Arts & Crafts classes advance together, working on the same project. Chelsea is a Seattle-based freelance costume designer, shop manager, and small business owner. She has been sewing for over 20 years, starting out as a self-taught child, and now has her degree in Costume Design and Garment Construction from Cornish College of the Arts. Chelsea has been working in educational theater and with children for many years and loves to encourage their passion of sewing, and all things crafty and creative!

Shannon Hillinger
Classes taught include: Art Around the World

Shannon Hillinger is a longtime homeschooling parent, with a background as a nanny, early education teacher, and artist. Shannon uses a variety of techniques to help engage children in active learning, taking an interest and lead in their education, promoting life long learners. With a particular focus on hands on learning, Shannon has taught a wide variety of subjects like science, art, and world cultures.

Nicole Klinemeier
Classes taught include: Physical Science Lab

Nicole has worked with children and youth of all ages through churches, after school programs, and camps. She has a BS in Math and a MA in Youth and Family ministry. She wants you to come make some mistakes with her while we learn together.

Parkour Visions
Classes taught include: Parkour

Parkour Visions is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. We promote and share the benefits of parkour and play with people of all ages through educational programming, design advocacy, leadership cultivation, and community building. Parkour is a movement art. Practitioners use obstacles to navigate space creatively and/or efficiently. Parkour applies skills such as running, jumping, climbing, and crawling to go under, over, and through obstacles. At Parkour Visions we practice outdoors in built and natural environments. We believe that parkour and play-based movement arts are the most powerful pathways to lifelong physical, emotional, and social health. Parkour provides a path over the many obstacles blocking people from engaging in lifelong movement practice, including affordability, access, knowledge, and need for encouragement.

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