After having kids and being a stay home mama for a few years, I was looking for a way to creatively re-enter the work force. I really wanted to balance working and still be home with my kids. At that time, I was creating my own oil paintings and showing them in a local art gallery. I adore painting–it’s so therapeutic! But as a former art teacher, I was constantly being asked when I would teach a class. I truly love teaching art. So, I began brainstorming on what to do. I decided to run an art camp for the summer and see what kind of interest I could get. I just needed a space. So I started asking everyone I knew if someone would let me use a space for cheap.
One afternoon, I got a text from a friend with a name and phone number. I got the space and I just prayed for kids to show up. I put flyers in all of the schools, called people, created a Facebook page. I planned 6 weeks of fun, creative activities that taught art history and art fundamentals. The kids were happy, building confidence, making new friends, and learning art. By then, I found that I loved it. I had found my passion. And The Art Studio was born.
I did what came natural to me, which was art and teaching. I realized that I wanted to provide a studio that was expansive enough to cover a wide range of art formats and experience levels. In 2015, I opened my studio at 118 N Ross Street. I began offering art camps, art classes and art workshops.
My favorite part of this journey is the children. I get to see them grow into talented, confident individuals! My student’s parents have become friends. I have the opportunity to support our local schools and families and provide a need in our community. I am so appreciative to have great community support and a sense of belonging within it. I hope to get to know you soon!