Alicia Arnold

Visual Art and Design Teacher

A former student took this photo of me on our field trip to The Crucible in West Oakland.


I believe the arts are fundamental to human existence. We use art as a language for communication, self-expression, and speaking our truth. Everyone has their own unique story to tell. I consider myself extremely fortunate because I have found a meaningful and special path in life: I am able to connect my interests as an artist and my passion for social justice through teaching. As artists, the ways that we think and do are powerful and important in developing our understandings throughout our education and our lives.  There are many exciting and innovative ways to integrate all academic subject areas into the arts and vice-versa, and this concept of arts integration has been a main focus throughout my practice as a teacher and artist.  It is an honor to work with you in the Visual Arts and Design Program at FADA. We, as artists, will continue to develop our language, thinking, and skills in order to share our stories and explore the world around us.

Prior to coming to FADA, I taught Visual Arts at an elementary school in East Oakland in OUSD. Before that, I lived in Philadelphia, where I taught Art and Design to high-school students with the Print Center and also taught younger students in various other capacities. I have experience teaching many different arts processes.

I have experience teaching painting (acrylic, watercolor, tempera, ink, oil), drawing (observational, figurative, portrait, still-life), printmaking (monoprinting, collagraphy, stenciling, linocutting, screenprinting), ceramics, typography, mural-making, graphic design, mosaic, sculpture, collage, bookmaking, digital imaging, photography, multi-media, and more!

My pathway to becoming a teacher has been exciting! For my undergraduate studies, I attended Tyler School of Art, a small art school that is part of Temple University in Philadelphia, PA. I majored in Painting, completed a second major in Italian, and minored in Art History. For my graduate studies, I attended the University of Pennsylvania. I completed a program with their Graduate School of Education  to earn my teaching credentials.