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Rachel Simpson
Rachel Simpson

Specialist - Art Kindergarten through 8th Grade

Rachel Simpson has always been a part of art, ever since she was a child. The community of Bellingham, the outdoors, travel, diversity, and her family, are all a big part of her life, and inspiration. Rachel has a plethora of experience in many forms of fine arts; from art history, visual arts, drawing, painting, sculpture, ceramics, mixed-media, screen-printing, and photography, to recycling art, dyes, fibers/fabrics, textiles, sewing, costumes, masks, art installation, and collaboration. In 2007 she enrolled in Whatcom Community College, then went onto Western Washington University and Woodring College of Education and gained her degree in December of 2013 in Fine Arts in Education K-12. In the fall of 2013, she was given the opportunity to travel abroad to England to be a fine arts student teacher at an international private school called Box Hill, in Mickelhelm, Dorking, Surrey, UK. There, she was able to meet and work with a fine group of teachers, staff, & wonderful students from all over the globe. She has a wide range of experience in teaching fine arts, and after school arts programs. In December of 2013, she graduated from WWU with a certification in arts education, with the support of her family. Since then, she’s been continuing her love of fine arts and education in many ways: Teaching Artist and V.P. on the Board of Directors at Allied Arts of Whatcom County, a Professional Artist showing her art at local business/exhibits & on the Bellingham Downtown Art Walk in her shared studio – Imagine Studio in the Bay Street Village, volunteering with & organized art shows with the Sylvia Center for the Arts, and Teaches Art with the following additional places beyond The Franklin AcademyRachel’s Whimsical Arts (kids art camps and after school art), Allied Arts of Whatcom County, Museum of Northwest Art, (MoNA) in La Connor, WA, Pratt Fine Arts Center in Seattle, WA, schools throughout Whatcom County, and at Whatcom Community College, (WCC) in Bellingham, WA.

“Art is and always will be a part of my life. I bring forward all of my experiences, skills, techniques, and passion to many students. To me, art and teaching/learning is always a part of us, providing a feeling of newness if we look for it. Everyone should have the chance to learn new things, and be a student in life. Learning through hands-on experience, gaining valuable life skills, being a part of a community, meeting new people, and exploring through nature and our environment is all a part of living life to its fullest. If you can have a moment in time that was unique, an experience that affected your life, then you have felt that newness that I speak of. This is what is important to me in both art and education. Be kind. Let’s Shine!” – Rachel Simpson

A favorite saying, “Art encourages children to think, developing skills and confidence as they go.” – MaryAnn F. Kohl & Barbara Zabaroski. “Creativity is contagious, pass it on!” – Albert Einstein.


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