About Karina

Karina Arshakyan was born in Armenia and emigrated to the US in 2001. She earned a degree in child psychology and art. Her 4 daughters were her first full-time students, and have all become successful artists/musicians.
Karina’s cross disciplinary approach to art education encompasses many fields including the natural sciences, music and movement, allowing students to explore the patterns and shapes of the natural world. Karina fosters analytical thinking, creativity and self-esteem in children and creates a strong basis for a lifelong relationship with the arts. Karina’s curriculum is tailored to fit the needs of each individual student. Each class explores the possibilities of multimedia artistic expression through not only drawing and painting but also sculpture, crafts and folk art techniques.

To learn more about Karina’s daughters, Click below:

Lucine- Visual Artist and Designer, Vocalist and Violinist, Historian
Tatev- Jazz and Classical, Vocal, Piano, Composer, Music Instructor
Sona Yeghiazaryan- Active Visual Artist and Designer, Frequent Exhibitions, Full-Time Art Teacher, Jersey City


  • Pre-K-3 Modified Alternate Route Program.
  • Montclair State University, Upper Montclair, N.J
  • B. A. of Porcelain and Faience artist
  • B.A. Early Childhood Education
  • Armenian State Pedagogical University- Child Psychology and Pedagogy


  • Certificate of Teacher of Students with Disabilities 2010
  • Art Teacher Certificate with Advanced Standing 2009
  • Certificate of participation in SIDS workshop 2007
  • Pre-K-3 Certificate of Eligibility with Advanced Standing. N. J. Aug. 2006
  • CPR & EMS training 2008
  • Certification of completion, Behavioral Assistance Training Program Jan. 2005

Related Experience

Art and Art history teacher, creativity facilitator Sept. 2007-2012
“All Bright Center”, “ Wizard of the Mind “, “WondeRay Academy” NJ
• Designed lessons that develop student’s analytical thinking and creative

Art-Smart Program Teacher Sept. 2007-present
Child Development Center “Rollie Pollie” Palisade P ark N.J.
• Used individual approach to help the students overcome anger and
tension in order to build children’s self-esteem and sense of self awareness,
stimulate personal growth
• Help children to transform negative emotions into creative energy and explore inner experience through art facilitation

Psychotherapist, Children’s group session at S.O.S. West Milford, N.J. Feb. 2004-May 2006
• Coordinated sessions trough creative use of fine art and music.
• Provided home and center-based individual art therapy for difficult children
• Participated in parent’s counseling program at shelter

Managed a recreational program at a summer camp for children of perished soldiers
of a war between Armenia and Azerbaijan. (1990-1998) 1995-1997
Camp “Martik”, Armenia, Armavir
• Hired and trained new staff when necessary
• Organized puppet shows and made the language learning process fun