Rene Czika is the founder of Created by Kids, a company that reflects both her creative ambitions as well as her life long passion for teaching children. After graduating from Columbus College of Art and Design with a BFA, Rene moved to Tempe, AZ and began working for a small company teaching pottery techniques to children of all ages.
A year later, after relocating to Washington, DC, she became an assistant teacher at Silver Spring Day School, where she truly fell in love with being part of a team in classroom setting. Both students and parents alike raved about the after school clay program, and after teaching in DC for 3 years Rene made the decision to move to NYC and start her own educational business.
With these experiences in mind, Created by Kids was born, offering services to children throughout Brooklyn. Of her unique, fun and innovative classes, Rene says, “I feel lucky to integrate both imagination and creativity into a child’s development. I am fortunate to be doing what I am passionate about and am excited to continue to expand my business in new directions.”
Adrienne Hloderwski is a New York native, born in Syracuse and moved to New York City nearly 6 years ago. She has a Bachelors in Anthropology and a Masters in Education which has inspired her love for community and work with children. Adrienne is also an avid potter and has a lifetime of experience sewing, crocheting, stamp and wood carving, jewelry making, and working with stained glass. Adrienne loves working with children of all ages, abilities, and backgrounds and looks forward to fun and creative classes at CBK!
Aly Tippett is overjoyed to be teaching at Created by Kids! She vividly remembers how forming fragile ideas messily and tangibly through art enriched her life as a child and to this day the ability to make and learn is her most extraordinary joy! In school she studied Child Psychology and Developmental Psychology with a focus on Children’s Books and Printing, and experiences art to be a rare form of creative agency, which encourages brave and boundless compassion in all directions. She aims for nothing less than to provide this experience to young thinkers and makers in whatever medium they crave— and of course to send them home with a precious new treasure to hold and delight in!
Lauren has found sanctuary at the intersection of creating and working closely with children here at Created By Kids! Grateful to be part of our studio’s community and to teach ceramics, Lauren is continually watching children bloom through the creative process. After receiving a BA from Sarah Lawrence College and an MA in secondary ed from Bard College, Lauren moved back to the city and can be found further investigating the wonders of encaustic arts in her free time.
Austin has been taking art classes since the age of some of CBK’s youngest students. This experience of being introduced to visual arts at such an early age has shaped the person he is today. Austin’s creative focus has always been drawing and painting. However, he has also taken courses in printmaking, figure studies, pottery, animation, and art history (at Parsons in NY and DuCret School of Art in NJ). Since college, Austin has gone on to collaborate with various artists on multiple projects including a series of interior wall murals. In addition to creating art in his free time, Austin also participates in co-hosting/producing nonprofit art events for his surrounding communities. Austins passion for teaching children the fundamentals of art that were so vital to his own artistic journey is what ultimately brought him to Created By Kids
Haley's background lies in math and science but she's got the creative bug! She has worked with both textiles and weaving and enjoys working with kids. Haley will also be teaching Science where Created By Kids will create some amazing reactions!