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About the Educators

di riepsamen wild at art kids

Hi, I'm Di Riepsamen, director of Wild at Art KIDS! 

I’m not only a passionate primary school teacher with more than 8 years of experience in the field of visual arts but also a firm believer in the endless creativity of young minds. Having found my love for teaching arts while living in Bendigo, I’m now back in Melbourne, excited to welcome your children into the Wild at Art KIDS Studio.

Hi, I'm Jodie, art teacher at Wild at Art KIDS! 

I am a mum of three with a Bachelor of Arts in Visual Arts and a background in fine art, graphic design and multimedia.

I’ve worked in the fashion and advertising industries and have experience in teaching. I am a passionate artist with a particular talent for sketching and drawing.

I love to be creative, am supportive and nurturing of children’s ideas, and like to see children grow their skills and talents. I am a calm, friendly, and attentive teacher who loves to see children have fun and explore their interests and expression in many art forms.

Empowering Young Artists: A Journey of Discovery and Expression

Philosophy: Child-Driven Learning

I’ve always been passionate about placing children at the heart of their own learning. This means letting them drive their investigations, answer THEIR questions, and discover things for themselves. I’m all about getting the kids out of their seats, and into ‘doing’ – really thinking for themselves. Because, let’s face it, children are far cleverer and capable than we sometimes think. Wouldn’t you agree?

Visual Arts: The Freedom to Create

What I love about visual arts is that it offers a level of choice and creativity unlike any other subject. There’s no right or wrong in art. Unlike a mathematics problem or spelling, nobody can get art ‘wrong’. It’s about expression, imagination, and breaking the rules! Have you ever noticed how kids find joy in things that don’t have right or wrong answers?

Our Proud Moments

My proudest moments come from the faces of young artists discovering their talents. When a student, or should I say, an artist, tells me, “This has been the best class ever,” my heart swells with joy. Or when they say, “I didn’t know I could draw a panda so well!” these moments become treasures.

We Plant the Seeds, They Grow the Art

In the Wild at Art KIDS Studio, I love planting a seed or two of ideas, techniques, and examples. But what each artist decides to do with that seed is entirely up to them. They are the ones who cultivate and grow their art. And isn’t it exciting to see what they come up with?

Your children are the artists and I look forward to welcoming them to

Wild at Art KIDS logo - children's art studio in Taylor Lakes

- where the art may be wild, but not always!

Di Riepsamen

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