Karla Kelman


Wife of 17 years and mother of two, Karla (Kay) Kelman is an artist and art educator at Southlands Christian Schools in Rowland Heights, CA. Originally from the Caribbean, her family migrated to Brooklyn, New York in the early 1990s during her middle school years. Prior to the pursuit of her degree in Graphic Design at Oral Roberts University and Oklahoma State University, her art experience was self taught. At the age of 9, she stumbled upon a tourist on her tiny island of Grenada creating a plein-air painting. The movement of his brush strokes upon the canvas mesmerized her and in that moment, she fell in love with the craft. Her hope is to paint that same passion for the arts upon the hearts and lives of her students and everyone who crosses her path.

She holds an Associates in Liberal Arts, Bachelor’s in Biblical Studies, Bachelor’s in Graphic Design and Teaching Credentials in both the states of Oklahoma and California. Her mantra in regards to the arts is “I did not find art, art searched a tiny island and found me.

Vision Statement / Mission:

“Bringing value to art education by making meaningful, relevant connections.”​

Taking the class out of the room and into the real world through community connections and service to others.

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