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Artist and designer Tobi Kibel Piatek has years of experience teaching, and teaching about, talented and gifted kids and senior adults.  Her lively and colorful classes stimulate ideas and encourage students to learn new skills, enjoy the process and think critically as they work on challenging and interesting art projects. She has a degree in Fine Arts from Pratt Institute. 

As an artist, writer, editor, educator, photographer, designer, and a technical geek, my work has always been a combination of creativity, art, writing and technology.

Whether I am teaching a class of young artists, designing a presentation, writing curriculum, leading a workshop, developing an online course or an eNewsletter, or creating a book for young readers, I take special pleasure in combining my skills, experience and passion for teaching into unique learning experiences designed to teach skills, build confidence and enhance creative thinking.

My resume includes teaching Creative Writing and Creative Thinking Skills to gifted students in Portland Public Schools, editing and producing The Thinking Teacher, (Ideas and Resources for Teachers of Able Learners)  a newsletter to help educators teach as if every child is gifted (they are!), developing and teaching courses (online and in person) and designing learning tools materials for students of all ages.

 I have been an artist in the schools, an art teacher, a graphic designer and a digital photographer. I also designed and sold handmade jewelry at the Saturday Market for ten seasons. I never go anywhere without my digital camera, and I spend way too much time using my computer tools to create fine and graphic art.



Multnomah Arts Center
Markham House

Young Rembrandt's: The Power of Drawing

ASTD - eLearning SIG (special interest group)

SCBWI – Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators

Willamette Writers – Member, conference and seminar presenter

Teacher Education Online

Intercultural Communication Institute


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