Art Instruction

Students in grades TK-5th take Art lessons from Ms. Reiss once a week. They explore a variety of techniques and media, sometimes unconventional, while learning about different artists and the principles of design. Students exhibit their artwork both at the FV Art Show and our District Board Room. She is a Montara resident and when she is not teaching, she enjoys travelling, good food, hanging out with her pets or exploring new things with her family.

Education and Background

Martina is a Certified Art Therapist, Professional College for Art Therapy in Nuertingen, Germany. She holds a Master of Arts in Education from Ludwig -Maximilians University in Munich, with a concentration in Art and Psychology. She earned her Education Specialist ED/SDC Professional teaching credential in Art from San Jose State University.

Martina is a multi-media artist, who loves to paint, draw or use any available material to transform it into an art piece, although process is more important than product to her. She has worked as an art therapist and teacher for over 20 years in Germany, Switzerland, Texas, New York and in California. Her expertise lies in working individually or in groups with behaviorally and emotionally challenged children, adolescents and adults. Anxiety management as well as support for youth on the autistic spectrum through art is her passion.

Teaching Philosophy

Martina is able to meet her students at the place where they currently are, without judging, and guide them gently from there. She likes to explore idealistic concepts and their implementation between art education and art therapy. Involving the whole person in art, her philosophy is aligned with the artist Joseph Beuys: "Everybody is an artist," - whether in expressing themselves through art or identifying themselves with other artworks. There is really no limit in creative expression!