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.”
Tamsin Green is an artist and teacher originally from Australia! She is passionate about the development of her students both artistically and fundamentally, striving to inspire creativity. Her desired medium to work in is painting however, she is also influenced by printmaking, textile arts, and ceramics. She has an MA in Fine Arts and has taught students of all ages, from collage level to elementary school, throughout the USA and Australia. She is excited to be a part of the CBK family and help cultivate the next generation of artists.
Malia Polsky has been creative since she can remember. Growing up it was dance and musical theater later transitioning into cinematic pursuits with a focus on costume design and jewelry. Currently a working ceramicist she is elated to be sharing her eclectic skill base with the next generation of artists at CBK.
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
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!
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!
Dari Litchman is an artist and instructor living in Brooklyn, NY. She has taught art for 20 plus years, starting way back in summer camp. She went on to receive a degree in Art Therapy and a BFA in Fine Arts from The University of the Arts in Philadelphia. She is also a ceramic artist under the name Dot + Loop. Dari loves making things and can often be seen sewing, knitting, decoupage-ing, decorating, embellishing, cutting, and gluing. She is partial to rainbows and glitter. Lots of glitter. Dari lives with her husband and 11 year old daughter and a rescue dog named “Mister P”
Kari is a transplant from Los Angeles who is so excited to join CBK’s creative staff! She studies history and music at Hunter College. When she isn’t at school, or teaching ceramics and art science for CBK, she’s participating in and enjoying musical theater.