Laurie Rivlin Caspert
Down-to-earth. Creative Soul.
One of "The Greenest of Them All."
Laughs Out Loud. FunArt Expert.
Laurie's life has always been about creating. A Cornell graduate, she successfully ran her own graphic design studio for thirteen years before discovering an even greater passion – teaching art to children. She's taught hundreds of kids in the ten-plus years she's been teaching after-school art classes in her studio in NJ and as Creative Arts Director at a sleepaway camp in Massachusetts, before starting a summer program in her own studio. Laurie feels fortunate to have the opportunity to work with so many children on a regular basis throughout the year. She has a natural ability to look at things differently and create incredible artwork out of "nothing" – and loves sharing this with others. She calls her approach "fun art" (as opposed to "fine art"), a roll-up-your-sleeves, messy kind of art kids love. The emphasis is on fun and the creative process.
To Laurie, it's all about self-expression, while promoting self-confidence and pride. "It always amazes me when given the same materials, each child's project turns out uniquely different." She loves watching them learn and grow, and the joy on their proud faces when they have completed one of their art projects on their own, is priceless. A mother of 3 (incredible) teenagers, Laurie definitely understands kids. Patient, passionate, innovative, energetic, and eco-minded, she has truly found her calling.
Known for her easy-going nature, infectious laugh, and can-do spirit, she is ready for her next adventure. With her latest endeavor, The FunArt Bus, she has come up with a unique approach to bringing fun and creativity to children everywhere. This inspired girl, along with her brother Rich (aka "the bus driver"), is taking her studio on the road, and coming to your neighborhood. She looks forward to sharing her passion and enthusiasm, while spreading her love for art and the environment. She hopes it is not too long before there is a fleet of FAB buses in the tri-state area. And one day soon, she dreams of having her own craft show for kids on TV – to bring good, creative home-grown family fun to people everywhere.