Hi, this is me, Tina Gibson, the face and heart behind Room for Colours.
Born and raised in Germany, I always felt the urge to travel the world and explore different cultures. After working as a kindergarten teacher and social worker for many years, my British husband and I had the opportunity to work and live in China.
Initially working as a primary teacher for German students, I started teaching Art to international students. This was probably a real changing point in my life as I quickly realised how important art education is to students of all ages. Shy students found a way to express themselves, strong students were able to challenge themselves, and for me, the most impressive part was that students who struggled in other subjects had the option to shine and thrive.
In 2016 we decided to move with our two children to Budapest/Hungary. I wanted to bring my art teaching skills to a new level, so I took a two-year art teaching course at the Farber Castell Academy in Germany.
That was the time when Room for Colours was born. An Art and Creativity school to make sure everybody feels free to express themselves through art.
In Budapest, I worked with International schools, Drama schools and many private students. Together we created murals, stages and personal masterpieces. Every project was unique and special. I also had the opportunity to start workshops for adults to remove their fears of not being good enough at painting or drawing.
In December 2019, we moved back to Germany, the most exciting move back to the known unknown, where I could teach art lessons and work at an International School again. Room for Colours offered a summer camp, and many artists could show their love during weekly courses.
In August 2021, my family and I had the opportunity to move to the beautiful city of Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) in Vietnam. Inspired by my Art History studies at a British University, I am creating new online resources to inspire teachers, students, and parents to explore the world of Art and Creativity.