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Art Classes for kids in Totland Park, located in beautiful Berkeley, California.

For summer camp, vacation camp, workshops and adult classes, visit the Westside Studio website.

JENNIFER BURKE 

Jennifer founded Berkeley's Young Artist Workspace (YAWS) in 1999 after realizing there was an unmet need for affordable, accessible art instruction for children. Over the last decade, YAWS has provided a wide range of low-cost visual art classes to thousands of Berkeley children, ages 4 to 17. Jennifer's training as an art educator has evolved through her work in the creative laboratory of YAWS and her desire to design projects that highlight the innate creativity and artistic potential within every child. By providing excellent materials and superior tools, Jennifer has seen her YAWS students make an awe-inspiring collection of heartfelt art pieces. In addition to her work at YAWS, Jennifer was the Elementary School Art Specialist at Prospect Sierra School in El Cerrito for 12 years. She also spent five years designing sets for two San Francisco children╩╝s musical theater companies and taught stage craft and set design to the participants of several children╩╝s theater groups. More recently, Jennifer has instigated several collaborative murals and guerilla art installations intended to give teenage artists a unique forum for artistic expression and activism. She also teaches adult art classes, teacher trainings, and a summerful of World and Fine Art Camps at Westside Studio in West Berkeley. 

Awards:

2010 - Best Art Classes - Parents Press

2011 - “Outstanding Women of Berkeley” awarded by the City of Berkeley Commission on the Status of Women.

2014 - Alameda County Arts Leadership Award

Photo by Angela Lang