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Interested in a piece of art? A workshop? A school program? One on one coaching? Have something to share with me?

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My email is: dar(at)darsworld(dot)com

You can also call me: 908.720.2066

New Hope, PA


The official web site of Dar (Hosta) James, artist, author, illustrator & educator.

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About Dar

Photography by LG Patterson of Recess, Inc.

Photography by LG Patterson of Recess, Inc.

Hello, friends...

I am Dar {Hosta} James. I am an artist who does many things.

I am a painter of trees, a writer and illustrator of children's picture books, a designer, a teacher of both children and adults, a speaker on creativity and education and a creativity coach.

I graduated from the University of Missouri with a BA in Contemporary Literature and Creative Writing. My graduate work included a secondary education certification in Language Arts and, after a brief stint as a high school teacher, I went on to continue working in education through my writing and art as a visiting author, an artist in residence and a national speaker on creativity and education. I am the daughter of an artist and my exploration in visual arts has been life long and self-motivated; my two favorite traditional mediums are cut paper collage and acrylic on canvas.  As a certified Kaizen-Muse Creativity Coach I counsel people from all walks of life in order to help them connect with their own creativity and live an authentic life in which they feel they are the best versions of them selves. I am also a workshop instructor in a variety of venues, teaching playful art classes for both children and adults, both live and online. In October, 2016, I became a Certified GOLDEN Artist Educator for GOLDEN Paints.

I live in New Hope, Pennsylvania in a quaint, old house, surrounded by trees and lots and lots of frogs.

Here at Dar's World you can:

• Schedule a school program

• Arrange a workshop for your group or organization

• Commission or purchase a painting

• Inquire about Creativity Coaching

• Collaborate with me on a special project (email your ideas

• Take an online course with me