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Artist Business Coaching

Levels Taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced

Let me help you learn how to get your work shown, how to do artist resumes, apply for grants, and where to find and apply for fellowships and residencies. I can also help with your online and social media presence and come up with strategies to better connect with your audience and buyers.

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Kristen teaches



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Kristen delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 12+ and special needs

Teaching since:

Allow me to create a customized lesson plan for you (even across disciplines) based on your skill level and goals. We can go over specific software programs, do exercises designed to get you up to speed and feeling confident ASAP, or create larger projects such as a website/blog/social media presence, online store of your own designs, ads for your business, or an animated short that tells your story.

In our first lesson I will take time to get to know you, your background, your computer/software set-up, and your ambitions and I will help you move forward and design custom lessons that best suit your needs, budget, and schedule.

Since 2000 I have been teaching graduate and undergraduate university students in North America, Europe, Africa, and Asia. I currently live in Lilongwe, Malawi (*I like to help in developing countries) where I am helping in the education, art/culture, and humanitarian sectors.

I'm an American/Portuguese multimedia artist and educator who recently taught digital media to secondary students at Thalun International School in Yangon, Myanmar. I'm also a former Associate Professor of Digital Media at American University of Myanmar (2016-2018) as well as at The American University of Rome (2006-2016) where I co-founded and directed its Film and Digital Media Program.

Besides teaching tens of thousands of students on online platforms since 2014, I'm also a Course Facilitator for the UN-mandated University for Peace (Costa Rica) through their Centre For Executive Education.

My work is exhibited internationally and online and has received a number of awards. I received my MFA from Pratt Institute in Computer Graphics and Interactive Media and also hold a BFA in Painting from Massachusetts College of Art and Design.

I love taking complex topics and making them simple. My students have gone on to become confident professionals employed in creative fields, have started their own businesses, and/or have been accepted to graduate school to continue their learning.

Get the most for your time and money. I can help anyone improve their skills, often dramatically and in an unusually short amount of time. My super power is teaching you the most important skills you need to know so that you quickly and easily accelerate to an advanced level and gain confidence when others are still struggling with beginner basics.

I love working with people from all walks of life and of all skill levels. Let me meet you where you are, and help you move effectively toward your goals fast.

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Artist, Consultant & Coach
May 2000 - Present

OFFERING extensive expertise in creating dynamic, high quality multimedia content for international organizations that persuades and educates audiences, communicates core values and key achievements, and inspires donors and stakeholders to take action.
■ 20 years plus creating cutting edge web content, graphic design, illustrations, video, and animation for international & humanitarian organizations including The World Food Programme, UNICEF, Children International, The B52s, and Aid Myanmar.
■ Various senior leadership positions as a tenured Associate Professor of Digital Media, Program Director, and International Consultant at universities and organizations in North America, Europe, Asia, & Africa
■ Extensive field experience in Tanzania, Liberia, Ethiopia, India, and Myanmar
■ Strong cross-cultural and language skills - English, Italian, German, Spanish, Burmese. -Currently learning Chichewa after moving to Malawi in July of 2019.

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ICT Teacher
Nov 2017 - Jun 2019
Thalun International School

Associate Professor of Digital Media
Aug 2016 - Dec 2018
American University of Myanmar

Associate Professor of Digital Media | Program Director of Film and Digital Media
Jul 2006 - Dec 2016
The American University of Rome

Assistant Professor of Digital Media
Jan 2002 - Jul 2006
William Paterson University

Visiting Professor
Sep 2000 - Jan 2002
Pratt Institute


MFA -Computer Graphics and Interactive Media
Sep 1999 - Oct 2002
Pratt Institute
BFA -Painting
Sep 1994 - May 1998
Massachusetts College of Art and Design


Fluent / Native Proficiency
Limited Proficiency
Limited Proficiency


Diploma in Social Innovation
Oct 2015
University For Peace: Centre For Executive Education

"A social innovator is someone who intentionally nurtures the skills that cannot be outsourced, are intrinsically human, and are essential for the 'Conceptual Age' that we live in. A social innovator embraces the core values espoused by the United Nations: that we are one, human family living in a highly interdependent and fragile world. The complex issues that face us in the 21st Century–from climate change to poverty alleviation–require a new form of thinking. Becoming a social innovator not only means pursuing your own positive impact goals, but also generating meaning and reflection on your own life. The Social Innovator journey towards positive impact is more than just outward actions; it’s a deep reflection on the tools and skills needed to become a conscious global leader."

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■ Awesome Without Borders -Grant Recipient
Sep 2018
Harnisch Foundation. NYC. NY. USA.
Artist in Residence
Jun 2018
TAKT Berlin l Leipzig l Academy l Artist Residency. Berlin, Germany. 

Award: Special Recognition in Animation
Jul 2015
The International Film Festival for Environment, Health, and Culture. Jakarta, Indonesia.
Best Short Foreign Animation
Aug 2014
International Family Film Festival. Hollywood, CA.
Best Animated Short
Apr 2014
Cannes Short Film Festival. Cannes, France.

Photos & Videos

Animated intro video.
With my students at Thalun International School in Yangon, Myanmar

Introduction: This is a short 30 second video business card that presents who I am, what I do, and how I can help.
Sample Video Lesson: How to Make Your Blog Posts Go Viral With One Simple Free Tool
All About Blue: Sample Lesson From Life Hack With Color Psychology (Online Course)
Sample Video Lesson: The Only Tools You Need to Make Awesome Digital Images (That Will Never Go Out of Style)
With "Media, Art, and Social Activism" students at The American University of Rome

Teaching MBA students at Myanmar Metropolitan College. Mandalay, Myanmar

Teaching animation for MFA students at Addis Ababa University. Ethiopia.
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13 Reviews

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Babette Jul 27, 2019
Cartooning · Online

This was our first experience with online instruction and we are so pleased with the results. My daughter has become reenergized by Kristen's techniques and overall knowledge of her craft. She was continually making recommendations to elevate my daughter's abilities. Kristen met and exceeded our expectation. We will seek Kristen again for future classes.

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Dave Jul 26, 2019
Adobe Illustrator · Online

After taking Kristen's class, I was able to use Illustrator to create great graphics for T-shirts, posters and my podcast's Web site. This class was informative and easy to understand, and I would recommend it to anyone who wants to create computer art and graphics.

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Kathy Jul 25, 2019
WordPress · In studio

You might think such an accomplished, award winning artist and filmmaker couldn't be so down to earth, but Kristen Palana knows how to deliver a lesson in manageable portions and nurtures her students' growth in her naturally productive and encouraging manner. She is generous with her knowledge and solid advice, and is at the same time very concise and clear. Her delivery is upbeat, positive and practical, and she makes it her mission to help others grow in her areas of specialty. Having access to teachers like Kristen is a blessing, and I couldn't recommend her more!

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Jasmin Jul 23, 2019
WordPress · Online

The course is truly quick and easy to follow. A great introduction for me, as a first timer with blogging related issues. I would recommend it to anyone who is looking for an introduction to Word Press and wants to get setup and started quickly. It gives you enough basic information to start using Word Press and you can build further on this knowledge.

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Nicola Jul 22, 2019
Graphic Design · Online

Kristen Palana is phenomenal! She is definitely an expert in her field, and award winning, too! She breaks down complex issues into simple and understandable terms. I love that she is extremely helpful and truly cares about her students. You'll feel in good hands with her! Highly recommend her classes!

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Heather Apr 29, 2019
WordPress · Online

Kristen is an excellent teacher and I have learned a lot from her. She really is fantastic and any lessons she puts her name to are worth taking!

Stephanie Apr 26, 2019
Graphic Design · In studio

Kristen is a person I totally recommend! She is not only a great Artist but an amazing professor. She gave me many useful tips. She is also one of the finalists of the Guggenheim fellowship! Go for her, you won’t regret it.

Helen Apr 26, 2019
Illustration · Online

I'm normally pretty good with tech but I've had several huge mental blocks around digital graphics and illustration. Kristen is the ONLY online tutor who has got me through these blocks. She's 100% the best at telling you exactly what you need to know at the right time - inspiring you with what's possible but without overwhelming you with how far you have left to go! Highly recommended.

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Stéphanie Apr 26, 2019
Graphic Design · In studio

Kristen is such a great Professor! She was patient and gave me so many great tips on graphic design. I loved her dedication, creativity and great sense of humour. She is a talented artist but also an amazing teacher. She is also a finalist to the Guggenheim Fellowship. Thank you Kristen! I totally recommend her.

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Anneke Apr 25, 2019
Animation · Online

I love the way Kristen uses Photoshop for animation. Images from her own life translated to painterly animation, my heart always melts a little when I see them. Kirsten is a great teacher, just try it out, no words needed.

Deb Apr 24, 2019
WordPress · Online

Wow - Kristen nailed it with this course by providing easy/useful fixes to optimize my website. As always - lots of free and inexpensive resources provided and the directions are clear and helpful. Great course - I highly recommend!

Dalveer Apr 24, 2019
Graphic Design · Online

Kristen has great in depth knowledge about graphic design and her teaching style is very nice. Students can not only learn basic design but also understand modren design styles.Course content is very well explained and easy to understand. Combination of theory and practice help mastering the subject. Useful tips from her are really helpful in real world. Short and sweet leassons are easy to digest and sufficent examples help more in deep understanding.
Thanks a lot for all your wonderful content and efforts to make learning so much fun. Always ready to learn more amazing stuff from you.

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Michael Apr 23, 2019
Web Design · Online

Kristen has a wonderful teaching style, informative, creative and inspiring! Well done and looking forward to more courses.

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