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ArtStart Founders and Experts

Jane Hely and
Alanna Swanson

We’re Jane Hely, an Early Childhood Teacher and Alanna Swanson, an Early Childhood Educator. We each have over 40 year's experience, much of which has been in the same community kindergarten settings. We have a wealth of knowledge to share regarding the creation of engaging environments and meaningful experiences that genuinely support a child's learning journey. In the last decade, our focus of interest has been on the development of an art program that lives within the day-to-day routine of a Kindergarten or Child Care setting. We now want to instill in others the confidence that you too can easily offer more to your children than just the run-of-the-mill easel painting and basic art activities. You can give the work that you do with children legitimate artistic context.


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