After a lifetime of scribbling, painting, drawing, and creating, I graduated from the University of Washington with a B.A. in Art History, and later earned an M.A. in Zoological Education from Miami University's Advanced Inquiry Program. I have spent over 7 years teaching art in the Northshore School District, nearly 5 years engaging the public in conservation awareness education at Woodland Park Zoo, a combined 5 years participating in a neighborhood cooperative preschool, and several years leading both Camp Fire and Girl Scout groups with a focus on environmental art and cultural experiences. This unique background provides me with a deep understanding of how to engage students in fully integrated learning opportunities. I endeavor to encourage a love of the world and all the living things that call Earth home. Focusing on honing observation skills, looking deeper into the natural world, and experimenting with a plethora of mediums, I lead students through a multicultural experience.
I have written and illustrated an online children's book with a focus on introducing birds and Northwest Coast Native style art to youth. I am a published peer-reviewed author as well. During my graduate studies I wrote and subsequently achieved publication of an article detailing the play behaviors observed in children utilizing Woodland Park Zoo's playgrounds. I also recently have been awarded the Golden Acorn award, recognizing my efforts spent improving the lives of elementary students through STEAM focused activities.
When I am not painting or teaching, I enjoy birdwatching, nature hikes, sketching at the zoo, traveling, reading, listening to music, watching comic book and science fiction movies, and attending comic conventions. Yes, sometimes I dress up in costume. :) I live in Bothell with my husband, two children, dog, cat, gerbil, crested gecko, and bearded dragon.
To learn more about me and my work, please visit my website at www.sarahcrumbart.com