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.  

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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.   

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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.

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Daisy Dick- Teacher Assistant

Daisy Dick, I’m a current student at Drake High school and I fill my afternoons as a dancer and teacher of Rocco, in Fairfax CA. I enjoy working with children and have abundant experiences teaching and working local summer and after school programs with children of all ages throughout San Anselmo, including the Lost Art Sewing School and Camp Kid Marin. I love all types of art; sewing, sculpture, theater and drawing but am currently fill planner with Zentangles and an extensive amount of doodling!

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Sophie Yarker-Teacher Assistant

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Payton Alonzo-Teacher Assistant

I am a senior at Sir Francis Drake Highschool. I have always had a passion for the arts as I am in AP Art and on the Ross Valley Arts Commission. I am always finding ways to stay active and love the outdoors as well. Working with kids continues to be a passion of mine.

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Lucy Pecora-Lead 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.