Teaching Artists

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Warith Taha is a mixed-media visual artist who believes strongly in art’s power to foster understanding, build community and create change. An Oakland native, Warith has had the opportunity to work both here in the Bay Area and abroad to bring art to populations of traditionally under-served youth. Warith has served as a Teaching Artist to a number of local arts organizations such as ProArts, The Imagine Bus Project, MOCHA and most recently became the Art Education Specialist to the Crissy Field Center in San Francisco. Warith graduated from Boston College in 2009, with degrees in Sociology and Studio Art. After graduating, Warith relocated to Beijing, China where he worked with the children of migrant workers, facilitating curriculum focused on art, social justice and English as a second language. Warith’s art often explores themes of identity, history, and otherness.

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Paula Malesardi Hansen’s work resides at the interstice of art, design and education. Paula moved from New York, where she was born and raised, to San Francisco in 1998, after receiving her Bachelor of Fine Arts from School of Visual Arts. Her work has been featured in exhibitions and events at galleries and alternative spaces including Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Adobe Books Backroom Gallery, Southern Exposure and New Image Art. Paula is currently earning her Integrated Learning Specialist Certificate through the Alameda County Office of Education.

Paula translates and shares her experience as a visual artist and designer through teaching artist residencies with Pro Arts. She leads Oakland high school students in the Youth Fellows program, which synthesizes arts education, hands-on art making and mentorship, culminating in gallery exhibition and scholarship opportunities for her students. Paula also collaborates with Transitional Kindergarten and Kindergarten teachers at Oakland public elementary schools to envision, design and teach lessons that integrate visual art with science, math and language arts curricula, while fostering social-emotional development. One of Paula’s 5-year-old students thinks that, “Art is the culture of good things”, and she agrees.

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Bre Gipson is a multi media artist based in Oakland, California.

She received her BA in Art Practice from University of California, Berkeley and is currently in pursuit of a MFA in Visual Studies at Pacific Northwest College of Art in Portland, Oregon. Bre has exhibited internationally and has exhibited at California African American Museum in Los Angeles.

Bre creates environments that explore natural phenomena and parallel landscapes. Mystified by the possibilities of what may or may not exist, Bre is interested in investigating the unknown and exploiting our changing beliefs of what is real.

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Sam Weinberg as a multimedia artist from Pittsburgh, PA by way of Baltimore, MD where he received his BFA and a Masters in Art Teaching from the Maryland Institute College of Art. He moved out to Oakland in 2011 to participate in the artist residency program at the LoBot Gallery in West Oakland, and has been working and teaching here ever since!

Sam is a photographer and videographer, as well as writer, collage artist, and builder of things. He loves sharing the experience of art-making with young artists and teachers as he works with TK through 12th grade students at 4 schools across Oakland. A graduate of ACOE’s Integrated Learning Specialist Program, he works closely with classroom teachers to develop curriculum that integrates visual arts with core academic material. Knowledge and experience are not compartmentalized in the “real world” so why should a classroom be any different? All knowledge is power!

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Kate Kuaimoku is a fine art framer, preparator, printmaker, sculptor, and maker. As a Seattle native, Kate holds a BFA in Printmaking from the University of Washington. Upon graduation she headed to the Bay Area to pursue gallery work with George Lawson Gallery, Galeria de la Raza, Swarm Gallery, and Creative Growth.

As an artist, Kate’s practice focuses on sustainability and ecology and act as strong anchors in her work. Her installation and sculptural work spines from using reclaimed materials and refuse to make interactive pieces for the public. Kate has shown work in Palazzo Pio in Rome, Italy, Roll-up Gallery, ArtBeats, StArtup Fair in San Francisco, and most recently in her two-person show “I’ve got you, babe” at Pro Arts Gallery in Oakland. As a teacher, she focuses on integrating resource recovery into her classroom curriculum as an opportunity to teach about recreation and waste management.

Moira McDonald 

Moira McDonald is an Australian-American photographic artist working, living and making in the San Francisco Bay Area. Moira earned her Bachelor of Fine Art in Photography from California College of the Arts via Parsons School of Design and received her Master of Fine Art at San Jose State University. Her photographic inquiry is centered in the action of summoning the photographic image is articulated with a diverse dialect and approach while she systematically creates photographs through simplified analog processes. Moira’s photographs have been exhibited throughout the United States and internationally and has worked as a Photography Instructor at San Jose State University and Harvey Milk Photo Center in San Francisco.