Hi! Welcome to Paint Is Thicker Than Water!  

My name is Jennyann Carthern. I'm an Illustrator & Teaching Artist Sowing Radical Seeds in the Arts & After School Programs one day at a time! 

I've been an Artist for as long as I can remember and a Teaching Artist for over 12+ years in nonprofits and after school programs throughout Solano County and the SF Bay Area. 

My mission at Paint Is Thicker Than Water is two-fold. 

I'm committed to helping Children, Teens  & Adults  Wake Up Their Sleeping Giants, to a world surrounded by self expression and creativity. Through Painting, Drawing, and Illustration. I also committed to helping After School Programs Integrate the Arts into learning, by providing their staff leaders with support through trainings, workshops, and helping them build better business practices , along with support to New Teaching Artists!  

What I Offer


I harness a strong sense of color, line quality, imagination, and fun in my work. I generally work in a traditional matter while using technical tools such as photoshop and Illustrator. I'm uber professional, and serious about the work I  make for others and I always commit to getting the project done.


Arts Integration & Better Business Practices

I provide Arts Integration Training for After-School Programs to inspire leaders towards arts-based learning tools and strategies. Along with Better Business Practices and Mentoring & Teaching Artist Support!

Conflict Resolution & Mediation Practices

I work with programs to restore behavior management through mediation practices. With a focus on building stronger student and teacher relationships. Strengthening teacher understanding, listening, and collaboration with students. 

Workshops & Classes

I provide private and group art classes for youth and adults that include lessons in painting, drawing, mural design, and so much more throughout the year!

My Journey In Arts Education

(c) Jennyann Carthern

My journey into teaching came through a back door. While I was on a two year leave of absence from the California College of the Arts where I received a BFA in Illustration. It started with a chair I painted called Time Out Because. It had an Illustrated story I created on it about my two cousins. Who were toddlers at the time. Anyhow that chair opened the door for me to teach. 

It was at that time that I said yes to a position as an Art Instructor for a local community center. My reference came from the chair I painted, and the teacher who suggested me. My job was to design classes and summer camps for youth based in the arts. Well I hadn't taught before, so the fear tickled every part of my body, but I ignored it, and that's when teaching began to weave itself into my practice as an Artist. 

You see, teaching became a part of my Art. While I picked up books, and extra classes in arts ed, upon returning to school. Something magical began to happen. I started to imagine my lesson plans as artworks that I was designing, and curating for my students. 

Then I started thinking about my learning experience growing up. My early years were fun, as my elementary school was very hands on. That's the time I discovered I wanted to be an Artist when I grew up! Learning happened through song, rhymes, movement, Art Making, and sharing. It wasn't until later in my education that learning meant sitting down, and memorizing facts and figures. So since I wasn't good that. I was told I had a learning disability.  

Today I know that I didn't have a learning disability, but my ability to learn depended on whether it was hands on, visual, interactive and fun. 

So, I took this knowing, and put it to the test. I explored ways of teaching academic curriculum with my students, through experimental and collaborative learning. What happened was miraculous. Students started to learn through fun, art, movement and collaboration,  just as I did in elementary school, without knowing they we're learning. It also stayed with them because I looked for ways to make it meaningful and memorable.  Today this practice of learning, is my Teaching Philosophy. I want to create classes that are fun, engaging, and hands-on, and memorable, that allow for experimental, investigation, and curiosity.

So when you sign up for one of my classes, sit back and enjoy the ride!