Leslie MacInnes


Art has been a constant in my life since I was a child. Many afternoons were spent painting at my easel.

Eventually, I was encouraged to explore art in college and received a BFA in Graphic Design and Packaging from Art Center College of Design. My favorite medium to work in is metal - I have spent the past 20 years creating small-scale sculpture and precious metal jewelry in my studio.

It is invigorating to teach art to the different grades from kindergarten through third grade at St Joseph School. Children create the purest form of art. They have no inhibitions or preconceived notions of what art “should” be. Every day I teach, I see new and refreshing approaches to projects.

Art is essential to the well being of us all. It enhances our cognitive, social, emotional and physical development. Students in my classes develop essential art vocabulary, learn about contemporary and classic art and artists as well as experience a variety of media. I strive to build each child’s confidence as a young artist! I have taught pre-school through college level art and specialized in elementary art for the past 9 years. This is my third year as the Art Specialist at Saint Joseph School.

My husband and I have lived in Issaquah for 25 years. We are raising our two teenage daughters among a bunch of critters including two cats, a corn snake and a bearded dragon! We spend much time outdoors hiking, rowing, skiing, gardening and fishing in Alaska. Our family spends most summers on a small Island in Alaska where there are no roads, cars or stores. We cherish the long days, being on the water, and especially the tight-knit community of artists and fishermen.