Infuse Your World with More Color
Beginning her career in journalism, Fresia Valdivia eventually decided to pursue her love of art and began sharing her passion with others 35 years ago.
Over the years, she's taught a wide range of students with little to no artistic background how to create lively and vivid works of art.
Learn more about Fresia's experience and background.
What's your educational & professional background?
I took different art programs in Peru for four years and I also took courses in Chile and Mexico along the way.
I love to explore and I like to learn something new every opportunity that I have.
I was a teacher in the Peruvian Japanese Cultural Center for 17 years among other cultural centers in Peru. After I moved to the US I gave classes at the Miami Beach Senior Center and for an after-school program for the YMCA in Seattle.
All in all, I have been teaching for about 35 years.
Both my parents were teachers. I grew up admiring the capacity of sharing the knowledge with someone else.
After changing my career path from journalism I decided to follow my childhood dream and finally dedicate my life to art.
I love to communicate through art and celebrate my student's success.
What do you enjoy the most about teaching your classes at Seattle Central?
I enjoy seeing how my students develop new techniques and skills.
I have a lot of stories where people without any artistic background came to my class eager to learn.
With their hard work and dedication, I guide them through the magic path of art.
What is your most inspirational teaching or learning moment?
When one of my students is introduced to the world of art, there's nothing more precious than seeing their smiles and sense of pride after they complete their first project.
I treasure those moments because their success is my success.
- My favorite author is Isabel Allende
- Italy, because it's such a beautiful country with kind people and surrounded by art.
Would you rather have a tiger tail or tiger stripes?
I would rather have tiger stripes because they look like paint brushes.