Jodi is the owner of The Silly Smock, Inc. as well as one of the art teachers.
Jodi attended Art Center College of Design in Pasadena and majored in creative advertising. She interned and worked at several advertising firms in Los Angeles and New York and still does some free lance graphic design work.
After leaving the advertising world, Jodi went on to get a Doctorate in Physical Therapy and incorporates physical therapy concepts into her art classes (emphasizing motor development as well as creative expression). She furthered her education with classes in early childhood education and child development. Her passion is to bring a love of art to everyone through a gentle play based educational process.
Jodi was born and raised in Southern California, but has also lived in Arizona, Colorado, and New York. She is a wife and a mom to her 2-legged and 4-legged children. She is an animal lover and animal activist, an avid scuba diver and ocean lover, and an environmentalist. Her favorite form of art to create is sculpture and she especially loves to incorporates recycled materials into her sculptures as well as into her classes.
A creative educator with more than 5 years of experience. Marina received a Bachelor of Arts in Studio Art from University of California, Irvine. She has lead Fine Art classes at Camelot Academy of Art, Science & Technology as well as Young Rembrandts. She is a recognized leader in art education. Marina combines her understanding of learning strategies with creativity and patience to help children grow and achieve their goals while developing confidence and learning artful self expression.
Cameron Knuth is a California native, born in Laguna Beach and currently residing in Orange County. She began painting at the age of 19 and holds a BFA in Studio Art from The University of Arizona. Her artwork grew out of reflections of life on the Pacific coast and became an expression of her desire to combine the elements found in the coastal environment with her creative work. Her artwork has been shown at galleries in Irvine and Laguna Beach. Cameron has been working with children and art for the past ten years. Her experience includes both public and private art education programs.
Lissette has been teaching Art Masters in a local elementary school for the last 4 years. She enjoys teaching art because there is never a dull moment when working with children in a creative capacity. She loves that she gets to smile and laugh with her students while teaching them art which is also a great way to instill a self confidence which allows them to express their ideas.
Trinh is a Media Arts and Animation major. She enjoys doing all types of arts and crafts and really wants to share that love with children. Trinh believes that there is a little artist in every child and that it is all about having fun with art.
ABOUT THE STUDIO
The Silly Smock Arts and Crafts Playroom is an art studio, and art school. We emphasize child-directed art, which allows children to develop artistic abilities while also using art as a form of non-verbal expression. The more we direct them and confine them to step-by-step crafts, the more we are taking away their unique voice. We encourage you to come in, take a few steps back, don't worry about the mess,
and see what your child can do!
Parent participation is encouraged during open play, classes, and event nights,
but drop-offs are also available.
We have an open play time where kids of all ages can come into the studio and
explore all different types of art. We also have a variety of classes each month
(some individual classes and some month long series classes).
We offer classes for babies ages 8-10 months all the way up to teens
and even adult classes occasionally and
we do also rent the space out for birthday parties, baby showers, and other special events.
I thought of the idea for The Silly Smock because I am an artist and art lover who wanted to share that with my children (and now with your kids too). I understood the importance that arts and crafts have on a child’s physical, emotional, linguistic, and social development. Art is so full of colors and textures and endless possibilities. BUT, art can be messy and as a mother of two small kids I am barely on top of the mess made by clothing, and food, and toys. I really wanted my kids to experience art and paint with all different tools, and use play dough, and glue, etc.… But, I didn’t want to go through all the set-up (to protect surfaces from stains and messes) and cleanup for the spots I missed or couldn’t cover (like the ceiling and the dogs). I wanted to outsource the mess. So, I searched all around for art classes or art spaces for my son (who was around 1 year old at the time) to experience the fun of beautiful, messy art but I just didn’t find it. So, I came up with the idea of the The Silly Smock. A creative space where you can bring your kids to express their creativity and experience all the fun of making whatever type of artistic masterpieces their hearts desire, with every different type of medium, and you (the parents) can rest assured that your home now has one less mess to clean. ~ Jodi (owner)