Get to know René Moreno, Lower School Visual Art Teacher.
"Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up.” -Pablo Picasso
I earned a BFA from RISD (Rhode Island School of Design) and majored in Illustration.
Position and title at LatinI am the Visual Arts teacher in the Lower School. This is my 5th year at Latin. I was here as an assistant art teacher for 3 years while I worked on my teaching certification, and I am so happy to be back!
I also find a lot of joy in working with the kids. I love their eagerness to try new things and their enthusiasm for learning.
What are your favorite things about Latin? I am constantly inspired by my colleagues, who are excellent at what they do and are so passionate about their work. I also find a lot of joy in working with the kids. I love their eagerness to try new things and their enthusiasm for learning.
Why did you decide that you wanted to work at a school? As an illustrator, I visited schools and libraries to promote my books and I usually taught a little art project at those visits. I loved working with kids, so I decided to get my teaching certification.
Who is your favorite artist?
It’s a tie between Frida Kahlo and Vincent Van Gogh.
What was the last good book you read?I am currently reading a wonderful book called Everything Sad is Untrue, an autobiographical novel about an Iranian refugee growing up in Oklahoma. It’s funny and heartbreaking at the same time.
What are your hobbies and interests?I enjoy collecting children’s books, walking outside, listening to music, and practicing yoga.
What was your first job?After college, I worked several jobs all at once: I worked as a freelance illustrator for children’s books, worked as a waitress and barista, and also painted silk for a fashion designer.
What is one piece of advice you would want to tell your lower school self? You can do hard things!