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Meet Julie Contadino of Jac of HeArts – How Great Thou Art

Today we’d like to introduce you to Julie Contadino.

Julie, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
As a lefty, I always tend to see things from a different perspective and “out of the box”. Little did I know 20 years ago that my life experiences and education planted a strong foundation for my teaching career. After graduating with my degree in psychology and having 3 amazing children, I fell in love with motivating children (and now adults too) I returned to school for teacher certification. Strangely, I was repeatedly offered jobs as an art teacher and I declined. In the past, in my limited perspective I thought I would be teaching only core subjects, such as math, science, reading, etc.

After substitute teaching for the 2nd year during the economic downturn, I decided to take a job offer as an art teacher. 10 Years fast forward, I still use my background in traditional education and have blended it with out of the box techniques at a S.T.E.A.M. focused school (Navajo Elementary) while building my brand, Jac of HeArts – How Great Thou Art.

Jac of HeArts – How Great Though Art is designed to motivate life-long learners to grow their creativity and love for art so they can think “out of the box”, apply their ingenuity, and paint their dreams in color.

Jac of HeArts is where imagination and creativity awaken. We believe it takes teamwork to make dreams work!

As Einstein explained, ” We cannot solve problems with the same thinking that we used that created them.”

As a lifelong learner, I have received additional training and certification in the arts and personal development in public speaking, neurolinguistics programming, entrepreneurship, coaching and mentoring. By investing in myself, I have learned to recognize and shift my limiting beliefs to empower myself and others. My first book is being released late Spring 2018 and my YouTube channel is under construction. Having a new perspective changes everything.

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
When you have a gift, it comes naturally and that part of the journey is smooth. You do it without thinking and everything comes together with ease. On the flip side, in the past, I found that using my creativity and imagination was like going to Costco hungry. I wanted to consume everything and I had to learn to balance my resources; both financial and the amount of energy expended.

I now focus on new perspectives to coordinate with what direction to turn. I reframe all my life experiences to serve myself and others.

To have the greatest momentum, impact, and to give back, I strive to be the highest version of myself. I find balance by keeping my tank full with health, spirituality, a supportive community, and a clear vision. Finding likeminded people to share this road takes patience and discernment. I soon realized if I carried my imagination and creativity over to connect in my relationships with people, then…the opportunities are endless.

Knowing who to work with and recognizing other talents creates amazing possibilities and perspectives for myself and my students. It truly takes teamwork to make dreams work.

Jac of HeArts – How Great Thou Art – what should we know? What do you guys do best? What sets you apart from the competition?
Jac of HeArts – How Great Though Art services are designed to motivate life-long learners to grow their creativity and love for art so they can think “out of the box”, apply their ingenuity, and paint their dreams in color.

Jac of HeArts is where imagination and creativity awaken. We believe it takes teamwork to make dreams work!

As Einstein explained, ” We cannot solve problems with the same thinking that we used that created them.”

How did I get my business name? My company is called JAC of HeArts – How Great Thou Art, because Jack translates to God is gracious “of HeArts”, all hearts and my initials are JAC. Art is everywhere and it connects everyone to everything…from cultures, to feelings, to expression, to food, to academia, to purpose and more… you begin to see a bigger picture. We may not always know what is around the corner, but our purpose requires creativity to make the best of it.

What I do that is different than other artists and teachers, is I teach to your level. Your imagination and creativity are required. Even when students think they lack the ability, it does exist deep inside. My job is not to teach you to copy me, but to awaken your creativity and imagination using different perspectives. My job is to teach you to trust yourself, build confidence in your skills set, trust your instinct, and most importantly to learn from the experience during the art workshops so you can also apply what you learn into your real life. How you do anything, is how you do everything… (T.Harv Eker).

I currently offer group art classes for children, families, and adult art workshops and private sessions. My services help lifelong learners tap into their potential on and off the canvas so to speak. I actually teach using various mediums, combined with unique techniques, inspirational quotes, facts from around the world, and perhaps most importantly humor. The art techniques I teach are broken down in to manageable steps. The goals are unique and individualized for every student.

One of my favorite quotes comes from a book called Beautiful Oops by Barney Saltzberg. It says, “When you think you have made a mistake, think of it as an opportunity to make something beautiful.” This is perfect acceptance to move forward with something unplanned or that we did not anticipate. Often inflexibility causes people to stop learning and limitations are set. With my growth mindset approach, students are given time to tune into their own authentic purpose and abilities.

In addition to my teaching style, visuals arts stimulate neural connections, improves academic performance, promotes self-expression, creates cultural connections, increases fine motor skills, develops visual-spacial skills and critical thinking skills, provides accountability, teaches perseverance and collaboration,

What I am most proud of with my company, JAC of HeArts, is it empowers students to identify and change patterns, beliefs, and goals to help them step into their own power and live their life by design. My students always create their artwork and vision boards beyond their own expectations and that makes my heart happy. When life-long learners have a new perspective, it changes everything for the better, and that is something we are proud of.

What moment in your career do you look back most fondly on?
With children, I think the proudest moment is having inspired our entire Saguaro Complex in the Scottsdale Unified School District to duplicate a recycled instrument program based on our S.T.E.A.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics) success from our 3rd to 5th graders. Their work then created momentum for our community Dad, Watch Dog Dads to help create a new project creating genuine 3 string guitars made from recycled cigar boxes.

With adults, the proudest moment I recall was during one of my vision board classes. A Mother became empowered to stay strong for her children by shifting her focus. We discussed the power of words, vision, and hope for things to change in her favor and they have started shifting so.


  • $37 per Adult Vision Board Workshop
  • $17 per Child Children’s Art Class
  • $27 per Family for Mommy and Me Art Class

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1 Comment

  1. Tim

    January 28, 2018 at 5:58 pm

    What a inspiring perspective and thoughtful connecting effort. My initial thoughts gravitate to enjoying a family experience through Julie and her refreshing approach & spirit!

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