Creative Sonoma

Dawn Thomas

Artisan: Ceramics, Other; Dance: Other; Design: Graphic Design; Folk Art: Other; Functional Art: Other; Literature: Fiction; Media: Audio, Film, Other; Visual Arts: Illustration, Mixed, Other, Painting, Photography, Printmaking, Sculpture; Kinetic Sculpture artist (
Dawn Thomas


Dawn A. Thomas



Objective: To help build a vital Sonoma County Arts community as an experienced artist, and a teacher who provides a competitive and comprehensive Arts/Maker education for my students.


Education and Credentials:

Single Subject Art Credential – Sonoma State University – NCLB  1/2007

CLAD Multiple Subject Teaching Credential – Sonoma State University  5/2004

Medialink Web Design/Technology Certificate – Bay Area Video Coalition  6/2000

5th-year Graduate Certificate in Art, U.C. at Santa Cruz    6/1990

Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Art, U.C. at Santa Cruz    6/1989


Kinetic Artist Event Awards:

SFMOMA’s soapbox derby, Best Pun trophy, 2022

Best Theme Cart Design, the Cotatitarod, Cotati, 2019

1st Place Engineering for Team Pineapple, Kinetic Grand Championship, Eureka, CA 2018

Grand Champion for Team Pineapple, Obtainium Cup, Vallejo, 2019

1st place speed for the Pineapple Handcar, Willits Kinetic Carnivale, Willits, 2015

Best Engineering for the Whittaker Paddlewheel, Rivertown Revival, Petaluma, 2014

2nd Place for Red Couch Pedal-powered railcar, Wunderkammer Handcar Races, Santa Rosa, CA 2013


Teaching Experience: Santa Rosa City Schools, 2006 – current

Art/Maker/Teen Living/Digital Media, Santa Rosa Middle School, 2007-2022

Students explore the foundations of Art and Making, and develop a personal portfolio. Teen living/culinary involves cooking, career exploration, interior design, sewing, and communication and conflict resolution skills. Digital Media explores digital storytelling and culminates in movies, webpages and other digital fulfillment. From 2007-2015 we produced a weekly cable news broadcast for the school.


Art 1, Montgomery High School,  2014-2015

Our beginning Art curriculum asks students to develop their drawing skills, and to utilize the Elements of Art and Principles of Design. Exercises lead to projects which offer student-selected content, but hold students accountable to develop technical skills.


Art / Project Make Teacher, Hilliard Comstock Middle School, 2007-2013

In 2013, we launched our district’s first middle school Project MAKE! elective, which is an award-winning (2014 Jack London Award) interdisciplinary, exploratory STE(A)M class (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math.)


Art Teacher, Piner High School, 2007-2008

Art Teacher, Summer School, Montgomery site, 2007

Art Teacher, Elsie Allen High School, 2006-2007


Educational Awards:

Jack London Award for Educational Innovation (Project Make!) 2014


Other Experience: A practicing Artist, I have shown with Art Trails, and at various Sonoma County venues. I have been an exhibitor at Maker Faires for 4 years.