Arielle has been surrounded by the arts her entire life, beginning by helping her family run an art gallery and studio space in a quaint New England town in Connecticut, where she grew up. She continued pursuing her love of art by attending Endicott College to study Creative Arts Therapy on the North Shore of Massachusetts.
During school Arielle worked her summers and winters at various internships which included, practicing art therapy at alternative schools, working at therapeutic horse farms, assisting the Child Life Specialists at Yale Children’s Hospital, and traveling with an artist group to put on paper making workshops for veterans in D.C.
She resided in Massachusetts for a number of years after school where she was an encaustic painter, focusing mainly on shoreline landscapes. It was there that she fostered her love of the sea and became an avid stand up paddle boarder and snorkeler. She then decided she was in need of an adventure and made an epic cross-country road trip across the United States where she explored, hiked, and rock climbed in numerous wild locations around America. On that trip she fell in love with Portland, Oregon and called that place home while completing her Masters of Arts in Teaching (Art Endorsement) at Lewis and Clark College.
She is very enthused to be in this beautiful place with such a lovely community of learners and educators (who are also learners themselves). She hopes to instill in her students that education is a life-long journey. Arielle believes that art is a means of communication between our internal and external worlds. She thinks that everyone is inherently an artist and hopes to foster skills in her classroom to help her students to use art to start a dialogue, experiment with materials, express themselves, observe, find their voice, self-evaluate, make connections, learn from their mistakes, reflect, embrace diversity, persevere, have an opinion, appreciate all types of beauty, break away from stereotypes, value aesthetics, see another point of view, and to take innovative chances.