Anna Ryan Expressive Arts
Artist. Teacher. Seeker of Play!
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Welcome

Anna Ryan Expressive Arts offers group, private, and semi-private art classes for children and adults in Novato, CA, Marin County. Mixed media abstract paintings are for sale in the shop in both high quality fine art prints and original paintings – Whimsical, playful, and energetic artwork for children and adults. 

Hi! My name is Anna Ryan. I am an artist, teacher, and seeker of play! I teach art classes for children and lead expressive arts workshops for children and adults of all ages. I also have the pleasure of working one-on-one with individuals, offering personalized creative adventures. As an artist, I am continuously seeking moments of awe and wonder, exploring numerous materials and techniques to bring fresh energy into my work as well as into my classes. I am fueled by the fearless curiosity of children and the willingness of my students to express and communicate through art. I currently offer classes at Northbay ArtWorks in Novato, California.

I provide a fun and supportive space free of assessment and “right” answers, and offer an invitation for individuals to recover and preserve their natural instinct to play, invent and gain trust in their creative intuition. By focussing on the process of art, rather than the product, my students have an opportunity to reclaim their territory of personal expression and to ignite the parts of themselves that often get buried beneath the to-do lists of everyday life.

I welcome children who have been led to believe that they are not “good enough” to make art. I invite tweens and teens who crave a creative outlet to express themselves and are searching for a space to connect with peers. I encourage adults who are ready to uncover their creative passions yet feel paralyzed by the fear of making mistakes. I offer you an opportunity to bring inspiration into your creative work and to dive deep into the aliveness of your creative process!

With over twenty years of teaching, I have filled my apron pockets with a rich collection of experiences and tools. I carefully prepare classes and workshops, mindfully choosing themes and materials specific to my students’ needs, hopes and dreams. My classes and workshops incorporate nature, movement, writing and storytelling. I create alongside my students, making “mistakes” and discoveries along the way, introducing numerous and untraditional tools to keep the process fun and surprising. I am dedicated to breaking the rules of how art “should” be made and pushing the boundary of what art “should” look like.  

Welcome to the Studio.

Artist • Teacher • Seeker of Play

 

CLASSES & Workshops

I carefully prepare classes and workshops, mindfully choosing themes and materials specific to my students’ needs, hopes and dreams. I create alongside my students, making “mistakes” and discoveries along the way, introducing numerous and untraditional tools to keep the process fun and surprising. 

 

Art Shop

As an artist, I am continuously seeking moments of awe and wonder, exploring different materials and techniques to bring fresh energy and playful spirit into each piece. I am dedicated to breaking the rules of how art “should” be made and pushing the boundary of what art “should” look like.

 

ABOUT anna

Becoming an artist and art teacher was not only a continuation of my personal love of art, but also a continuation of my hunt for meeting points: middle grounds where it is safe and celebrated to show up and share your story.

 

 

Featured Classes, Original Paintings, and Prints

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