Clarissa E.

Education

Pratt Institute
BFA in Communications Design

Childcare Experience

After-School Babysitter
Brooklyn, NY, 07/14 - Present
Girl, age 7; Boy, age 4

Lead Instructor
Manhattan, NY, 06/14 - 07/14
Girls, ages 5-12; Boy, age 5

Camp Counselor
Holmes, NY, 07/12-08/12
Girls, ages 13-16; Boys, ages 13-16

Day Camp Counselor
Poughkeepsie, NY, 07/11 - 08/11
Girls, ages 6-11; Boys, ages 6-11

Professional Experience

Receptionist, Clerical Assistant
Brooklyn, NY, 09/13 - 05/14

Line Cook
Holmes, NY, 07/13 - 08/13

Social Media and Design Intern
New York, NY, 01/13 - 03/13

About Me

As a recent graduate of Pratt Institute, I take great pleasure in sharing my creative skills with other people. I illustrated my first children’s book in high school and have always been diverse in my interests, taking on many art forms such as print-making, tie-dye, ceramics, painting, drawing and knitting. After one summer working as a camp counselor at Omega Teen Camp, I realized that art is an integral part of our development as social, compassionate, creative human beings. At camp, I was co-creating a safe, imaginative community with these young people while also offering them a space to experiment artistically and play with what they learned in the classes I led.

I want to offer my empathy and support in helping children develop their social skills in a creative environment. I take pride in building safe spaces for kids to feel like they can be themselves and explore their inner worlds, and I like to start connecting with people by being open and communicative. I always bring something to do with the kids when I babysit, anything from a ball of yarn, to a good book, to a box of oil pastels. Being outside and active is a passion of mine just as much as reading, journaling, or making art.

I have professional childcare experience with…

Pre-school aged children, Elementary school aged children, Middle school aged children, Multiples

I will be SmartSitting while…

Building my freelance illustration and design portfolios and promoting my work to art directors.

In 5 years, I hope to be…

A well-known illustrator/designer making art every day of my life!

Activities & skills I love to teach & share with children…

cooking, embroidery, knitting, story-telling, origami, ceramics, collage, coloring, drawing, painting, art-making, writing poetry and journaling.