Painting. Drawing. Mixed Media. Creative writing. Expressive Arts: Linking Socio-Emotional Learning with creativity.

BIO: Semilla Sanchez 

Semilla considers herself a multitalented artist with a hand in multiple mediums. She is driven to push possibility and believes everything has the potential to be art. She has been creating in some form or another her whole life and experiences art and creativity as tools for how life moves through her (emotionally, physically, mentally, spiritually).  

She is predominant in using art as a healing modality to help others actualize and empower themselves through dance, expressive arts (visual mediums, dance, creative writing) and mixed media. Socio-emotional learning (SEL) is a healing salve when applied through the arts. Children and adults thrive when given tools to express themselves freely. They become creative explorers opening up possibility. 

She is most at home expressing herself through dance, painting, drawing, mixed media and creative writing/poetry and time in the garden.  

Teaching philosophy: 

Life is art. She believes everyone is creative and strives to support children and adults to explore their innate creativity. Everyone learns differently and art is a great tool for translating our unique experiences. She is both a student and a teacher, incorporating a beginner’s mind to new experiences helps us stay open to learning. Play is a great tool for this, and she infuses it every chance she gets, keeping art as a fun problem-solving experimentation.   

Teaching experience:  

Her past professional experience is in leadership, teaching adults to work as a team to create safe work environments. She is new to teaching in schools, however has been teaching art and expressive arts in multiple forms most of her life for friends and family. She is TAT Certified (Teaching Arts Training) 2022 

Favorite Quote:  

“There is a vitality, a life force, an energy, a quickening that is translated through you into action, and because there is only one of you in all time, this expression is unique. And if you block it, it will never exist through any other medium and will be lost.” ~Martha Graham 



Lesson Plan:

 Expressive Arts & Dance

Art in Motion. Using music, movement, dance, and art as a channel to move creativity in the body and onto canvas. Explore healthy expressions of socio-emotional learning (SEL) through art and movement. Using a variety of color mediums (crayon, oil pastel, magazine paper, glue stick) to create through intuitive imagery.

Visual Expressive Arts

Feeling Color. Use color to explore feelings and give children a creative outlet to express their
emotions. Address a variety of themes around socio-emotional learning (SEL), by teaching self-
awareness, healthy expression of emotions, interpersonal skills, empathy for others, and self-