Cre8 Art School is dedicated to continually developing relevant curriculum that resonates with, elevates and inspires our students to see the world through a different lens.

We offer after school enrichment classes and intersession camps for children, in addition to special interest art series for children, teens and adults. We have a perpetual passion for art and love inspiring the same desire in our students by encouraging them to see and then respond to their world and what interests them in a creative and innovative way. This continually develops our students creative problem solving skills as they strive to create original and meaningful ideas. Together this results in increased confidence in themselves and everything they do.


All of the teachers at Cre8 Art School are committed to giving our students the best chance to discover and develop their own creative potential and to find ways to share those gifts with
the world.

They are chosen for their love of children, teaching and art. Our teachers are highly creative and are often practicing professional artists in their own right, so they are able to share their own first hand knowledge and experience in art. All our teachers are CPR certified and have current police and working with children checks.


Erica Jung
Founder/Owner & Teacher

Erica is originally from Connecticut and holds a Bachelor’s in Fine Arts in Painting from University of Las Vegas and a Master’s in Art Education from Boston University. After receiving her degree from UNLV, Erica established herself in the field of Murals creating works for esteemed clients such as Rady Children’s Hospital, Rock Bottom Restaurant, Jada Yacht Charters, Baldwin Builders, Africa and Beyond and The Navy to name a few. After continuing her education at BU and teaching for several years, Erica founded Cre8 Art School because of her love and passion for teaching and art combined. She enjoys seeing children, teens and adults alike grow their creativity and curiosity while drawing, painting, sculpting, printmaking and working with various other creative materials. If you can’t find her at Cre8, she’s probably frolicking with her family, hiking in the hills or creating art in her home studio. Erica LOVES what she does, and it shows in the laughter and smiles all around you when you come to Cre8 Art School.




Heather Rushton
Artisan Teacher

Heather Rushton is a California based mixed media artist currently selling her work nationally and internationally through her online company HRushtonArt. In addition, she published her first book “Moonbeams and Fairy Kisses” featuring her whimsical and highly imaginitive mixed media art. She studied Fine Art at Cal State University, Long Beach as well as Visual Design at FIDM in Los Angeles. In addition to working with Cre8 Art School, Heather has volunteered her time teaching art to grades K through 6 in the Arts Attack program at Flora Vista Elementary School for over 9 years.


To view Heather Rushton's art - please visit her website at:




Angela Burris
Artisan Teacher

Angela's artistic career began in Caracas, Venezuela, where she was born. She studied Graphic Design at the Instituto de Diseño de Caracas and also a Bachelor's from Drexel University in Philadelphia, PA. Since then, she has continued her art education by studying under renown San Diego artists and also by getting a post baccalaureate degree in the area of Academic Drawing and Painting from Laguna College of Art and Design (LCAD) in Laguna Beach, California. In addition to her formal training with favorite traditional media (such as oil painting, watercolors, charcoals), she enjoys exploring with mixed media and working with encaustics. She also finds it very rewarding teaching arts to others, specially children and older adults. Angela believes that teaching the arts to children foster their imagination and different ways to solve problems (create new ideas) which she feels will be very valuable resources for them as adults, making them future innovative leaders and agents of change. 

On December 2012 she won first prize in the inaugural exhibition “Capturing the Wonder of Women” at the new space of the Women's Museum of California, in Liberty Station, San Diego. The show was curated by UCSD faculty Li Huai and juried by distinguish art critic Robert Pincus. 
Since 2013, she works full time in her studio at her home in La Mesa, CA.


Diane Doster
Artisan Teacher

California has been Diane's home her entire life.
She holds a bachelors degree in Social Science with an emphasis in Child Development and a credential in Parent Education. She is a trained Reggio Emilia teacher. Her experience includes being the Director/ Teacher of two parent cooperative nursery schools with a focus on creative learning and nurturing children's self esteem. Art and play have been her favorite tools for learning.
Her life work has been centered on children, including being a face painter, child advocate and PLAY specialist.
In her free time, she loves being with her family, hiking, birding and traveling.




Lisa Reid
Artisan Teacher

Lisa Reid has lived in Orange County most of her life and is relatively new to San Diego county. A lover of art since she was a child, she enjoys encouraging and motivating children to explore and appreciate their own unique abilities. She attended Cal State Long Beach as an art major but didnt begin to teach until after having a family. Back into the work force Lisa taught preschool for Capistrano Unified School District. She then began teaching at Art Masters for 11 years in cities such as Irvine, Tustin, Mission Viejo and Ladera Ranch among others. In addition she taught art as well as preschool at the City of San Clemente for 3 years. She is also the artist for San Clemente's theater programs and city special events. In her spare time Lisa enjoys painting murals and acrylics, walking with her husband, exploring the city and spending time with her family including two little granddaughters. 




Bjorn Minde
Artisan Teacher

Originally from Boston, MA, Bjorn has spent the last six years in San Diego as an Interactive Art Director and tutor. In addition to digital media and graphic design, his passion for art includes painting with acrylic and black ink on wood canvas. When he is not wielding a paint brush, Bjorn can be found camping and hiking throughout California and the Southwest.


Examples of his digital work can be found at , as well as his personal art pieces at: 




Tara Castro
Artisan Teacher

When I was a young girl, my father often drove us across the US en route from one destination to another. From the passenger seat, I felt my inner world merge with that of the outer. As I watched new and unfamiliar landscapes scroll by, I would see corresponding new and unfamiliar inner landscapes pass through my mind. Every place is unfamiliar and transitory which generates curiosity about one’s surroundings, which in turn makes one curious about oneself. I started to give form to this network of curiosity noticing the relationship between my ideas and the outside world. What better way to explore this than art! My initial work charting the topography of my mind was through metal sculpture, taking classes at UCSD Craft Center and attending metal workshops across the country. Painting followed shortly after, then ceramics. I'm so excited to be sharing all my learnings with the students I teach.




Kelly Shaffer
Artisan Teacher

Kelly is a local art enthusiast and aspiring elementary school teacher with a passion for helping children tap into their creative power in any way, shape, or form. Creativity in the form of mixed media art, painting, and music making has been a deeply healing component of her life, and she believes every person can and should tap into this healing (and fun!) power. Aside from teaching at Cre8, Kelly works as a substitute teacher for school districts all over San Diego County and will be obtaining her Teachers Credential at San Diego State University in Fall 2018. Kelly loves to paint, practice running and yoga, and soak up the local art scene with family and friends.