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About

Hi! I’m Rachelle Doorley (pronounced Raquel!), the founder of TinkerLab. I create easy and fun art activities that children and adults love – all in the spirit of exploration, experimentation, and play.

In addition to creating content for this website, I’m a maker, mom,  and author of three kids creativity books, TinkerLab: A Hands-on Guide for Little InventorsTinkerLab Art Starts: 52 Projects for Open-ended Exploration, and Creative Adventures in Cursive.

I’m also the founder of TinkerLab Schoolhouse, the online kids creativity and art club, offering weekly art plans for families and teachers.

You can learn more about me at RachelleDoorley.com

I’m delighted you’re here!

About Rachelle

I’ve been making art for as long as I can remember. Mud pies, easel painting, and junk building were my jam. I grew up in Los Angeles where the city was my playground and Hollywood charmed with with its boundless creative energy.

In college I studied costume design. I traveled around the world, working in the costume and set departments of Hollywood films. Later, I returned to graduate school to study arts education and taught art in K-12 schools and museums. I became a mom in 2008 and founded TinkerLab in 2010.

With young children, creativity and imagination thrive in the wild forest of interdisciplinary learning.

As an educator and mom, I became aware of how easily children move between disciplines: An art project turns into a science activity or reading morphs into a puppet show. When kids create, disciplines like building, drawing, storytelling, and blur together into…play. Once I embodied this magic, TinkerLab was born.

I live in Northern California with my husband, Scott, and two kids. Fun fact! We’re frosh dorm Resident Fellows on Stanford campus, which keeps things interesting!

My goal is to uncover easy and meaningful ways to create art with kids so l can shorten the learning curve for you!

About TinkerLab

TinkerLab is a popular art and creativity website visited by thousands of readers every month, from all over the world, and followed by over 300K visitors on social media. The website offers easy kids art activities and STEAM projects – all in the spirit of exploration, experimentation, and play.

We believe making art should be fun, easy, and meaningful. TinkerLab activities are:

  • Fun for kids
  • Easy to set up
  • Child-led
  • Open-ended
  • Process-driven
  • Well tested by kids, over and over again

Makers enter our world at all levels of curiosity and expertise, and we believe everyone should feel comfortable creating.

Tinkerlab featured on

TinkerLab has been featured in Real Simple magazine, Family Fun magazine, Publisher’s Weekly, Americans for the Arts, Washington Post, Visual Thinking Strategies, PBS Parents, Apartment Therapy, ABC Bay Area Life, Kiwi Co, Baby Center, and Palo Alto Online.