Thien Pham

Job Title:

Art Teacher


Fine and Performing Arts


Phone: (510) 577-9100 ext. 


Started at O'Dowd:



I have a BFA in Illustration from the Academy of Art in San Francisco.

Originally from:

San Jose

Why I Teach:

I teach because I love it. The moment that someone learns something new or is better because of something you say, that moment is the single greatest moment anyone can be a part of.

Most powerful teaching technique:

I really like one on one teaching, i do a lot of it. Art is so personal and specific to the individual that for me teaching student individually is the best.

Why are the subjects you teach important?:

For student sometimes creativity is so frustrating, because trying create something you only see in your head can be hard, its important for me to provide student with enough tools to allow them to realize anything they want to create.

Favorite quotes:

"I don't want to achieve immortality through my work... I want to achieve it through not dying." - Woody Allen

Favorite trivia:

Recommended visual media:

We Bought a Zoo

Recommended reads:

Level Up by Thien Pham and Gene Yang Sumo by Thien Pham

Hobbies or outside interests: