NeoArtSchool was established in 1982 by Linda Demirel Barnes to encourage students to use art as a means of self-discovery, problem solving and enjoyment while seeking the intrinsic value of the art process and product.
Our award winning school artwork has been featured on television, in movies and in print. Our curriculum includes technique development and creative exploration combined with environmental awareness -- to recycle, reuse, rethink and recreate with more than just traditional art materials. Maintaining high quality artwork in hand with student comfort and safety has always been paramount to our success! Thank you for your support!
About Linda Demirel Barnes
Linda Demirel Barnes is the head teacher and the reason that former students choose to return to classes at NeoArtSchool. She provides a down-to-earth, nurturing environment in which students can relax and find their creative muse.
Linda was born in England, where her family's humble economic status inspired creative resourcefulness. She decided to become an art teacher when she was 7 years old due to her love of learning and affinity for the school environment.
Linda studied art at the University of Wisconsin - Madison, University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill, and received her Bachelor of Arts in Art Education from the University of Washington in 1981. She is the mother of three grown children and a grandmother of two.
Linda's art philosophy and teaching style have been featured in many local venues including Pacific Magazine and television shows. She has led participatory art demonstrations at Folklife, Bumbershoot and other festivals. She has also provided children's artwork for movies.
About Magic Demirel
Magic Demirel earned her Masters in Teaching at the University of Washington in 2012, following earning her Bachelors in History at UW in 2009. Magic has been a Neo Artist since she was born; her mother is Linda Demirel Barnes! Magic has spent her summers at Neo Art camp as a student, assistant, and now as a teacher. She loves engaging the children and helping them expand their imaginations. Growing up at NeoArtSchool has taught her how important art is in a child’s life and she knows first hand what a vital role it plays in a child’s education.
"Ivan has hugely enjoyed Neo Art this past week, as he did in the summer; the work he's brought home is fabulous - he feels justly proud of it, and it's a pleasure for us to display. So - thanks!"
Events & Workshops
After School Classes
Children's classes vary by season and include an array of art experiences such as: drawing, painting, clay, wood sculpture, paper mache, batik, fabric arts, bookbinding and using recycled materials to make whimsical creations. All supplies are included in the class fee.
Spring Break Camp:
April 11, 12, 13, 14, 15 (Monday - Friday)
A refreshing break from regular school! Camps are offered during Winter and Spring breaks. Students dabble in many different art forms over the course of the break; each day is a different art experience. Classes are available on a per-day basis, allowing families to customize art camp around family events and travel.