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Renée Sala - Crafty School of Art

Discipline: Visual Arts
Homebase: Victoria
Languages: English

Renée Sala has spent her entire life being a crafty kid! Her mother's pottery studio, her father's building sites and her own curiosity and imagination have been her inspiration to develop Crafty School of Art. She spent most of her twenties traveling the world and learning about new cultures and their arts, and taught ESL in South Korea for three years. Upon her return it was straight into art school at Camosun College in Victoria (after having completed a Diploma in Applied Arts and Sciences at VIU in 1997). She started her pottery business, Renée Sala Studio, while in art school in 2005, graduated in 2006, and became a full-time production potter in 2007. These wonderful experiences all came together with Crafty in 2009, and Renée sincerely feels that passing along her skills and enthusiasm for creating art is what she does best. Renée now provides large-scale school-wide art programs creating lasting collaborative art projects with entire schools using clay, felt or painting. She also offers after-school classes in her home-based studio, seasonal camps at local rec centres, event activations and private workshops for community groups. Crafty is busy and growing and Renée loves all of the hard work and creativity that fill her days!


Renée did a wonderful job of bringing an art project into our classroom that everyone could both be challenged by and succeed at. She was well organized in the presentation of her lesson and the multiple supplies necessary for the activity. She demonstrated a great awareness of demonstration time versus time on task allowing the students to remain engaged for the entire time. Renée connected well with the students as she was respectful, kind and had a firm manner with the students which all responded to positively. Amy Taggart, Teacher, Oaklands Elementary
It was a pleasure to work with Renée Sala on our Centennial project. Her energy and knowledge assisted us in choosing a project that would both honour our history and reflect our beliefs. Her ability to collaborate with others, her flexibility and her commitment to both our vision and the project were exemplary. Renée Sala facilitated an atmosphere of creative magic in our school. Holly Holt, Principal, Oaklands Elementary
Renée is remarkable in that she carries out her work with children like a 'trained teacher'. I have had many comments from the teaching staff about Renée's patience with children, her ability to help them be passionate about art work, and Renée's innate ability to 'teach'. Raman MacArthur, Principal, Wishart Elementary

Project Examples

Crafty Custom Programs

Renée is pleased to work with your school to create a project that reflects your school specifically! She will listen to your ideas and vision and construct a plan that encompasses a realistic outcome and budget. She can work with and teach a variety of mediums and is happy to explain the options available to you and your fellow staff members.

Crafty Felt-Making Workshops

Renée from Crafty School of Art will come in and educate the kids about the magic of wool! They'll learn the process the wool goes through from shearing to dying, and then felting. Grades K-3 will learn a traditional Wet-Felting technique (different projects for each Grade!), and Grades 4-6 will learn how to Needle-Felt (again different projects for each Grade). It's a fantastic, tactile medium with immediate results!

Crafty Clay Mural and Clay 'Take Home' Workshops

The students will be led, class by class, through two separate sessions. The first session is the 'creative clay' session and the kids will learn about clay, where it comes from, how it changes in the kiln, what the possibilities are, and they'll each make their own tile or creature from scratch. The next session is the 'glazing session', and again the kids will learn about the materials and how they work. The finished tiles are then made into beautiful panels to hang in your school, and the take-home projects are wrapped up to take home!

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