Art House Lab

about me

My name is Kelli, (pictured here with my family). Art-making and working with children are two of my most favorite things! I have been creative and have loved drawing for as long as I can remember. My childhood was filled with hours of drawing and make believe. In 2nd grade I began private art lessons, at the suggestion of my teacher, and continued them every Saturday into middle school. In college, I took as many fine art classes as I could while completing my BA in Graphic Design, and a MS in Marketing. However, the last two decades have seen drastic changes in the field of graphic arts; those changes made me realize that I would rather work with my hands, not tied to a computer. For more than 8 years I volunteered my time educating grades K-12 in the galleries at the MFA in Boston. Teaching children to think and see like artists is inspiring. Watching my own two children grow and learn has made me realize how transforming one little spark of inspiration can be to a child's perspective—about their abilities, and about themselves. That little spark is magic!  

“Create whatever causes a revolution in your heart. The rest of it will take care of itself.”

—ELIZABETH GILBERT, AUTHOR OF ‘BIG MAGIC’

Art House Lab

I believe that if we raise the bar on our children’s education and experiences, they will meet our expectations every time. That being said, our kids today are over-scheduled and stressed. It is my hope that Art House Lab will serve as a comfortable, happy environment (whether in person or online) where kids can experiment with rich, engaging materials to create, and make choices without the added pressure of making it perfect. Feel free to drop us a line and share your thoughts and best practices when inspiring kids to create. We’d love to hear from you!