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Divya Kato


When in doubt, draw!

Mrs. Kato is an artist and educator who has been working in Japan for over seventeen years and drawing since receiving her first pack of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle crayons.

From an art scholarship to The Royal Masonic School, to the Fine Art degree that led her to Tokyo to study traditional Japanese arts and set up an atelier and drawing school, art has been the golden thread running through her life.  

She is a Fellow of The Royal Society of Arts, a Companion of The Guild of St. George, Founder of the When In Doubt, Draw drawing programme and the award-winning Big Draw Japan drawing festival.

Mrs. Kato's work in art education spans preschools to universities, corporations to cross-cultural collaborations and her work as an artist exists in collections both in Japan and abroad.  

She draws inspiration from the Reggio Emilia approach to childhood education and the key principles of teachers as learners, the hundred languages of children, the classroom as a third teacher and involving the local community.


Mrs. Kato loves large-scale, collaborative art projects.  Creating the first murals for North Peak and Phoenix House with our wonderful students have been the highlight of her year and she can't wait for the ones to come!

During the pandemic, Mrs. Kato became a mother of two to Ollie and Georgie: arguably her best creations to date.

Divya Kato
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