Sarah C Barnes

Hi!

I’m Sarah Barnes. I am an illustrator, designer, teacher, and mom to 4 beautiful girls. I love creating a little bit of sunshine everyday through my artwork. I hope my art brings a bit of happiness to your world today.

 

 

Nautical Pattern

Nautical Pattern

Illustration, Surface Patterns


rainbow

rainbow

Illustration


Sunshine

Sunshine

Illustration


cloud

cloud

Illustration


Happy Bees 2

Happy Bees 2

Surface Patterns


Honeycomb

Honeycomb

Surface Patterns


happy Bees 1

happy Bees 1

Surface Patterns


Tropical Leaves

Tropical Leaves

Surface Patterns


Triangles

Triangles

Surface Patterns

Hi there, I am Sarah Barnes and I am a multidisciplinary designer and illustrator based in Southern California. Art has always been what lights up my soul.  I have been a teacher since 2005, mainly in elementary but a few years teaching electives to middle school students. Even though both my Bachelor’s and Master’s degree are in education, art classes were my favorite past time. I have continued to grow my art talents through college course, online courses, and taking as many workshops as I possibly can. I often would tell my middle school students that  art is a skill not a talent, and it is so rewarding to truly live out that mantra on a daily basis.

My favorite art form is digital! I LOVE drawing digitally. Adobe has been apart of my life since early in my college career. I started using Photoshop  in college when my dad graciously bought it for me to try out. I did as many projects as I could using the program to learn as much as I could! When I got my first teaching job I learned flash and Dreamweaver and created the first classroom website at my school. When my first daughter was born I threw myself into learning about digital scrapbooking and learning how to make repeat patterns and elements in Illustrator. I designed many teacher websites for my friends. I also became super interested in digital planners which had me learning how to make interactive PDFs and incorporating them with the goodnotes app. When I needed worksheets for my classroom, I learned how to use InDesign. I am constantly trying to improve my skills with these programs as well as searching out and finding new ones to explore as well! I’m am also versed in WordPress, basic HTML and CSS, Figma, Affinity Designer, and some more that I can’t remember but would probably say yes if you ask!

I love things that make me smile and that bring a little sunshine to the world, hence my instagram handle is @itsmyownsunshine. I love my instagram community! I started the account just as a place to put my artwork and it took off, within months I grew followers who were incredible. I love sharing my work with others as well as making connections to people from around the world. Make sure you come and join me on Instagram!

My world is surrounded by creativity. I have 4 beautiful daughters who are just the most amazing humans ever! I love sharing the creative process with each of them from basic crayon skills with my 1 year old to comic book creations with my 10 year old. Besides my children and my husband, I have a few loves in my life . . . . reading, sitting on the beach, stationary and art supplies, and tv shows that involve magic and fantasy.

The goal for my art is to make myself smile. If I can do that I consider myself a success.

Education

Multiple Subjects Credential


California State University Fullerton

Single Subject Credential


California State University Fullerton

Masters in Educational Technology


California State University Fullerton

UCI Writing Project


University of California, Irvine

Bachelor of Science, Child and Adolescent Development


California State University Fullerton

Experience

Art and Digital Media Teacher

2017 – Present
Irvine Unified School District, Middle School

Courses Taught: Digital Media, Visual Arts, Graphic Design, Yearbook, and Digital Photography using the Adobe Creative Suite
California CUE Conference Presenter on Educational Technology
Collaborate with other teachers to build a strong curriculum
Model Growth Mindset, Perseverance, and Grit for my students
Participated in Vital Link’s Career and Technical Education Conferences for Digital Arts.

Freelance Illustrator and Graphic Designer

2016 – Present

Designed WordPress websites to be used by elementary school educators
Content Creator for Teachers Pay Teachers selling coloring book pages and clipart
Photoshop work for Apex Web Tech
Designed surface patterns for sale on Spoonflower

Elementary School Teacher

2005 – 2017

Various School Sites in Capistrano Unified and Irvine Unified
Lead Technology Coach for IUSD
Leadership Team opening a brand-new school in Irvine

Portfolio Project 1

Portfolio Project 1

Hey There!! If you are interested in purchasing any of my designs on items such as pillows, mugs, and more. Please check out my various Print on Demand Shops. If you are interested in coloring pages, please check out my Etsy shop.

All designs and some that are not shown are available to be licensed out. If you are interested in licensing a piece of art, please email me at hello@sarahcbarnes.com

Get in Touch

hello@sarahcbarnes.com

Freelance Available

Orange County, CA

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