Laura Nickel is a Pittsburgh resident with a B.S. in Child Development. She has over 20 years experience working with children of all abilities and ages. She is a self taught artist, and has been working professionally as an artist for 15 years. She has also written and illustrated therapeutic books for children.
From the onset of her career she has felt that art and creativity should be the core of a holistic approach to learning. Her teaching approach comes from a strong understanding of the incremental stages of development. She likes to teach around themes to help students make connections and see the relationship of art across time and subjects.
Word got out about Laura’s approach and success in teaching art to children, and she now teaches art to adults and children of all abilities. Laura has always felt a close connection to the natural world. She often observes nature, contemplating the rhythms, colors, and patterns. She holds the impression in her soul, and then goes to the studio or classroom to bring nature indoors.
Her favorite mediums are watercolor, acrylic painting, and pottery. Her passion is to encourage people of all abilities and ages to tap into their creative side, and be able to express themselves without judging their own work. She likes her students to focus on the joy of creating and experiencing the process of art without inhibitions.