Who We Are
First opened in 2012, in the heart of the Mission District of San Francisco, and then opened its doors at the new location in San Anselmo in 2018 to fill the ever growing lack of art opportunities for our young children.
The Little Tree staff, are highly skilled professionals, with insight in Early Childhood Development and Art Education which together provide the best structure for providing young artists the appropriate support to create and learn in a safe place. We come each day with enthusiasm to share our educational skills with the families of Little Tree. Being sure to take the time to listen to the individual child, giving our full attention through the learning process. We believe in demonstrating through our teaching process, how to respect, use manners and show kindness through modeling it with our students.
Nichole Farnum-Founder, Director and Lead Teacher
Nichole Farnum, the Founder and Director of Little Tree Art Studio in 2011, who has also worked in Early Childhood Education for fifteen years in Minnesota, Park Slope Brooklyn, and San Francisco at many well-known and respectable schools. Nichole Farnum, has a BA in Early Childhood Education with a minor in Art Education from Minnesota State University and her Masters in Special Education from Fordham University in NYC.
Lucy Pecora- Lead Studio Teacher
Lucy Pecora, raised in Marin County, has joined bay area artists together in such curated experiences as the roadside attraction inspired Marin County Mudshow, and A Starcleaner’s Reunionin homage to the work of illustrator Cooper Edens. Lucy has studied the traditional arts of nomadic peoples in such remote places as Timbuktu, Mali and the Himalayas of Ladakh. Lucy also lends her art and fabrication skills each year to the building and dismantling of a temporary community in the desert for Burning Man’s Department of Public Works.
Tina Andropoulos- Pre-K and Lead Textile Teacher
Tina Andropoulos, a textile teacher at Little Tree and a self-taught artist living locally in San Anselmo with my daughter, husband and way too many pets to list here. I love showing kids how to use their hands and their natural creativity to make something beautiful. My interest in art started at about 5 years old, when I painted some rocks and tried to sell them door to door. Since then I have tried just about every craft there is - but I always come back to my passions: jewelry, fabric, and fiber. My current obsession is making found driftwood into small looms for woven pieces.
Sophie Yarker- Teacher Assistant
Bogi (Boglarka) Pataki-Barothi-Teacher Assistant
…."I believe the most inspired work comes from a place of passion. If you love what you do, it will shine forth in your creations."
A Hungarian born artist. She grew up in a creative environment spending a lot of time in her artist/ art teacher father's home based studio. She finds inspiration and beauty all around her-in people, nature, living. Tribal arts, the Art Nouveau period, fairy tales and children books also have a great influence on her works. She studied traditional art for over 9 years and received her BFA with a major in Textile Arts and art teacher qualification, from the "Ioan Andreescu Academy of Visual Arts" in Cluj Napoca, Romania. Besides the art passion she loves being outdoors and practice yoga. She calls San Anselmo home for the past 9 years where she lives with her husband, 2 children, her dog and guinea pig.