Celina Vallarta is a native Texan currently residing in South Texas. She is an art educator, writer, and an active artist. She has spent the past ten years focusing on creating architectural mosaic installations, creating private art commissions, and teaching art throughout the state of Texas and Chicago, IL. Celina has worked with children for over eight years. She is experienced in teaching both adults and the youth.Celina received her Bachelors in Fine Arts at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) in 2009 and was an intern at the Chicago Mosaic School. The Chicago Mosaic School is the principal source of education for Mosaic Arts in the United States. She worked directly under Karen Ami, the Founder and Executive Director of the Chicago Mosaic School. During her studies at SAIC, Celina focused on art therapy, ceramics, watercolor, mixed media sculpture, and mosaics. She personally investigated cultural identity through her artistic journey.After her education, Celina moved to Austin, TX where she was an Art Instructor at a private art school teaching both adult and youth courses. When working with adults, she focused on teaching mosaics. Celina was a board member of the Austin Mosaic Guild and taught mosaics privately. She recently moved back from Costa Rica after a year of volunteering at the Butterfly Conservatory in El Castillo, Costa Rica. During her time, she focused on creating a mural for the Butterfly Conservatory. Celina is driven to see beautification through artistic projects and a stronger arts community in the South Texas region.Celina grew up in a strong traditional Hispanic household and cooking was an integral part of identity. Cooking is not simply preparing a meal. It is an investigation of the cultural soul, peeling back layers of generational identity. When someone cooks for you, it is a humble gesture. They may be presenting their great grandmothers precious recipe that was passed on from generation to generation. For pleasure, Celina takes cooking classes whenever she travels to a new city and is constantly trying unique cuisines. Her favorite is Indian and Thai. Celina loves to travel and takes adventures at every opportunity. For the near future, her next journey will take her to Yosemite for the summer of 2018. She loves to take frequent trips to Pittsburgh, PA to see her nephew (6) and niece (5).Celina is a strong believer that we are all continuously learning and growing. Her classroom environment is safe, encouraging, calm, and inviting. She encourages creativity and mistakes are happy accidents in the artistic process. Creating mistakes in the art class helps us investigate a layer of creativity that we were possibly not aware of.