Jiao Ying 焦莹
Principal & Art Teacher
Founder and Principal of Jiao Ying Chinese Culture and Art School in Portland Oregon
Outstanding Teacher by US Children Art Center and Oregon Humane Society
Owner/Director/Teacher of Art World School & Jiao Ying School
Miss Mimi Yan has been assisting Principal Jiao Ying in teaching and running Jiao Ying School since 1997 and In 2018, she established new locations that retain the same successful fine art program with the addition of a new after school program, under the name of Art World School. She has been awarded many regional, national, and international art awards herself. Some of those achievements include winning 1st place in the APACSA poster design contest in 2000, 2nd place twice in the Federal Junior Duck Stamp Competition in 2001 and 2002, and 3rd place for the 1st Annual National Co/Motion Alliance For Justice Poster design contest in 2003, where she was the only winner of Asian descent and of Oregon to be awarded in the contest and was invited to Washington D.C. to accept the award personally from then Congressman David Wu and Senator Wyden. As the only winner from Oregon, she was also featured on public broadcast and interviewed for publication. Her education includes a Bachelor degree at Pratt Institute and masters degree at Portland State University, where she studied fine arts, graphic design, as well as art history. Besides her work at Jiao Ying School, her work experiences include working at Pratt Institute and teaching students of all ages at Jin Cai International Elementary School in Shanghai and New Oriental headquarter in Beijing (The largest educational training center in China). Her student works have also won top awards from international and national contests such as the Federal Junior Duck Stamp Competition, Humane Society Poster Design Contest, and has been collected by the World's Children's Museum as well as been published in promotional material by art companies such as Blick and Sakura of America. She strives to continuously research new teaching methods, mediums, and organize effective as well as enjoyable art education programs for all students.
English/Mathematics/Arts & Crafts
Rosemary was born and educated in San Francisco, California and has a B.A. in Fine Arts from the University of San Francisco (Lone Mountain). She is also AMI Montessori certified from Primary Northwest Montessori Institute, in Portland. Rosemary combines her training in Montessori education with a lifelong interest in arts and crafts in her work with children and families. She is a grandmother to four children, aged 4 to 11 years.
English/Math/Yoga/Fine Art/Arts & Crafts
Natasha is a full time Montessori teacher at a Beaverton Montessori school and also teaches physical education at the elementary level. One of the activities she enjoys most with the children, is teaching them about yoga, meditation, and mindfulness and has started teaching these same practices at Art World School to elementary age children. She moved to Portland, Oregon from Brooklyn, New York 7 years ago and had been in the film industry before realizing she wanted to give back to her community through working with the youth of the Pacific Northwest. She is also now teaching an english/calligraphy and math integrated art classes at Art World to the same elementary aged children.
Fine Art/Arts & Crafts/Clay/Calligraphy
Mari was labeled an artist when she was in the first grade. Her teacher asked if she would be responsible for decorating the bulletin boards for the holidays and she gladly accepted. Since her father worked for Hallmark Cards she had plenty of opportunity to copy and illustrate the cards that he brought home. Her first art class was at Portland Art Museum where she learned more about drawing and painting. She earned a B.S. degree from Oregon State University in Art Education K-12. Her first job was teaching at Christie School as an art therapist. Gradually her career moved toward graphic design where she learned many design programs and worked for a variety of industries. She has traveled abroad and loves museums, photography, architecture and being in the outdoors. Her inspiration comes from the beauty in nature.
Architecture/Fine Art/Chinese Mandarin
Majoring in Architecture at Washington University in St. Louis, Steven has been practicing art since he was five. He found his love for architecture at a young age through arts and crafts and progressing to model building and design. Designing structures from gardens spaces to observatories to full theaters, Steven has a passion to integrate eastern philosophies of architecture and art into a western setting. Through his architecture work, he's achieved the Scholastics Gold Key award and he even had his architectural photography hung up in the Kemper Gallery in St. Louis. In addition, he's also very proficient in fine arts such as painting and drawing.
He holds a great emphasis to the ideals between function and form and strives to find the perfect balance between these two concepts within his architectural designs. His mastery in craft creates a great emphasis on cleanliness and efficiency with material and design. In his classes, he teaches students about the kinds of designs they can make within the constraints of a realistic atmosphere. He tries to inspire the students in the same way he was inspired to pursue architecture through design and creativity.
Fine Art/Arts & Crafts/Clay
Madi is a Portland, Oregon native who received her B.A. in Studio Arts and Art History from Pacific University in Forest Grove, Oregon. From a young age, Madi has been passionate about art and teaching. She taught as a painting instructor to both children and adults before moving to New Orleans to volunteer with an Americorps program. There, she taught elementary and middle school students within the New Orleans school system and enjoyed walking around the historic city taking in the history, art, and design. She has since moved back to Portland to continue to help her community. Madi feels that art is more than just a visual expression, it is also healing and encourages personal growth. She strives to teach those values through multiple mediums, including pen & ink, painting, polymer clay, and jewelry making.
Fine Art/Clay & Ceramics/Arts & Crafts/Calligraphy
Sophia is a Portland based photographer, ceramist, and visual artist. Her New York based education, and work experience ranges from studying photography at the School of Visual Arts, to working with Traction Artist Management, and Greg Kadel Studios. In New York she worked on sets shooting with Victoria Secret, Lone Signal, and Target. After this she interned with the Iowa Cedar Rapids Museum of Art before relocating to Oregon. On the west coast she found her voice as an artist and community member. She became active with the Oregon Student Association and her interest in student advocacy and engagement blossomed. She has done extensive volunteer teaching for organizations such as the Sol Foundation in Honduras, college coach, founded the Human Rights and Civil Rights club, volunteered with VoteORVote. She has also taught English as another language, worked in student government, and received various awards for her work in student government.
She has continued her freelance art work, and is currently finishing an additional degree at Oregon State University in visual art and systems of power. Her philosophy in life is to live in a way that allows me to engage with my art regularly, and serve her communities. Her ultimate dream is to work for, or run a community center that is a safe space for children/adolescents to explore art of all kinds.
Fine Art/Clay/Arts & Crafts
Seul is a multidisciplinary artist, illustrator and visual designer. She has an extreme passion for art and design. She studied Fine Art and received an Associate degree from F.I.T. in Manhattan, New York. She also has 3 years of art teaching experience. Seul has also received a certificate in Graphic Design at P.N.C.A., located in downtown Portland. She's always dreamed of becoming an art teacher, values feedback about her work, and endeavors to create work most positively and effectively. She strives to learn new things to expand her area of expertise. She is into digital art recently, and building her career in illustration. She said, "I love to teach art to kids because I get inspired by them and art is the best method to nourish our souls".