Teaching Bio

Hi there. My name is Erika Avendaño Shorey, M.Ed. I’m the designer and teaching artist at Kita Bonita. I currently teach part-time at a local college and occasionally offer private lessons through WyzAnt. My specialties are in painting, digital art, and graphic design. I also have a love for paper and enjoy using handmade papers to create mixed media pieces.

So a little about my teaching background…

I taught art in the Boston area for 13+ years and now I teach in Georgia. My expertise is in traditional and digital art instruction. While in Boston I developed and taught high school digital art courses and developed specialized classes for high school English Language Learners.     

For over 6 years I worked as Artist In Residence for the city of Boston's "Park Arts" program, a 6 week summer series of workshops free and open to the public. In that time I led outdoor arts and crafts workshops for children ages 3-12 years old; as many as 80 children would participate within a 3 hour period. In another related program for the city, I taught outdoor watercolor workshops for both children and adults. 

I am experienced in individual and group instruction for all ages. I've taught art, crafts, technology, and even mixology classes. To read more about my specialties and reviews please click the WyzAnt link above. My LinkedIn profile has more details about my work history, click here to check it out.

If you would like to book an individual or group class, please contact me at or via the WyzAnt link above.



Art Instruction

- Arts & Crafts for children and adults

- Traditional Media: Drawing, Painting (watercolor, acrylic, oil), Collage, Mixed Media

- Digital Media

- Graphic Design, Art for English Language Learners, Multicultural Art, Art History, Critique


Technology Instruction

- Adobe Creative Suite (Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Bridge)

- General Computing: Importing photos, exporting, file formats, PDFs, email, file/workspace management

- Microsoft Products: Microsoft Word, Excel

- Apple Products: Pages, Keynote, Numbers, iPad, iPhone, MacBooks, iMacs

- Scanning, Photo Restoration

- Photo Editing/Retouching

- Custom Print Design (make custom calendar, cards, stationary)

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