Kristina Maldonado Bad Hand

Kristina Maldonado Bad Hand is a Sicangu Lakota and Cherokee artist that hails from Taos, New Mexico. Her passion for community and social justice has led her to speak on matters of equality and cultural representation in pop culture. She has spoken on such matters at colleges, schools, conventions, and art festivals.  She studied Media Arts and Animation for four years at the Art Institute of Colorado and is an entrepreneur with big dreams. Kristina has started two businesses. Bad Hand Illustrations in which she works freelance in illustration and as a graphic designer specializing in branding, product and logo design. And áyA Studios LLC. a publishing and media company that focuses on the empowerment and enrichment of independent artists. She has 10 years of experience in after school and summer programs. Most notably for her work with Pop Culture Classroom in their comic-based literacy curriculum and as a Community Liaison with Jeffco Indian Education; providing social-emotional, cultural and academic support through arts to American Indian students K-12.

Kristina grew up traveling, singing and dancing with her family at powwows. She spent most of her high school career independently experimenting with mixed media, participating in youth art shows, painting murals and doing set design for her high school drama class. She entered the realm of comic and book illustration in 2013 and has been published seven times since. She remains strongly connected to her artistic network and community and can be found helping out with special events and story-based learning projects.

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Kristina Maldonado Bad Hand is available for full or part-time residencies.

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Explore: Creative Aging, Digital Arts, Media Arts, Professional Development, Storytelling, Visual Arts, Acrylic, Animation, Comic Books, Drawing, Graphic Design, Mixed Media, Murals, Native Americans, Painting, Social Emotional, Water Color, bopk


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  • Intro to Graphic Design

    Workshop or Residency for grades 8th through 12th

    A detailed course on how to design a logo, create branding and develop a product.

  • Artist’s Journey

    Workshop or Residency for grades K through 12th

    Artist talk on the discipline of artistic mastery and how a love of art can be applied and interwoven into other career fields.

  • Character Creation

    Residency for grades 3rd through 12th

    Students learn to create a character from sketch to paper model or mask. Students will then create a short stop motion animation with their character. Recommend residency 3-6 weeks

  • The Voice of Comics

    Residency for grades 8th through 12th

    A dive into the history of comic books and how they can be used to bring awareness to environmental, historical and cultural issues. Students will learn how to read not only the story but the artwork and tones. At the end of class, students will be asked to create a short comic on an issue they see within the world and come up with an action plan to follow the awareness that the comic art would bring. Recommend residency 3-6 weeks

  • Customized Program

    Workshop or Residency for grades K through 12th

    Is there something in my skill set that you would be interested in customizing for your school or program? Perhaps American Indian History told through the Arts? Or a mural about your school culture? Let’s talk and plan something unique.