Araksya Mkrtumyan Crafts Class Instructor
Araksya is a self-taught artist and teacher. She moved to US in 1999. Settling in Atlanta, Araksya started crafting more and more to help her grow accustomed to living in a new country once again. Araksya always loved arts and crafts. She has many accomplishments in this field, such as graduating from a knitting school (in USSR), helping design costumes for private institutions, being invited as a visual artist to Artfolio, and participating in other festivals around Atlanta area. She graduated with honors from Jerusalem Academic College for teachers. After she came to US, she has worked with kids in a variety of educational settings: private preschools, elementary schools, Montessori schools. She asked to create and lead an arts summer camp for a well-known Montessori school. She believes it’s important to expose kids to the arts early on and help them explore different materials and use their hands to create. Studies show that visual art activities work on several important skills in a child’s development:encouraging creativity, increasing fine motor skill function, developing problem-solving skills, boosting self-expression, and receiving acceptance from others using multicultural art.