Our mission is to provide students with a guided experience to encourage and enhance the development and growth of individual artistic capability. Picasso stated that, “Every child is an artist!”; our objective is to bring that artist out in our students.
We offer a unique experience for our students by teaching them painting and soapstone carving. Many parents phone us inquiring about painting classes only, however after their children have completed a carving project, most of them say that they like BOTH mediums equally!
Even if a student has never had success with painting or carving before, it does not matter, as the classes are so small (maximum of 7 students per class). The students get a lot of individual attention. They sit around a horseshoe shaped table with the instructor in the middle which allows the instructor to keep an eye on every child`s progress, and the students can all easily see what the instructor is demonstrating. Our students are taken through each project step by step, ensuring success.
Many students have been with us for a long time. They get to know other students in the class well, and often form friendships outside of the classes! They also get to know the instructors well, and we get to know them and their particular learning styles.
We start in September and end in June with a month off around Christmas and time off around spring break. Students may START at any time, (space permitting) and may QUIT at any time.
~These classes run Mondays through Thursdays, 4:00 p.m - 5:30 p.m and 6:00 p.m - 7:30 p.m. On Thursdays, we also offer classes from 12:45 p.m - 2:15 p.m. The children usually take painting for 5 months and soapstone for 5 months. We do have some students that choose to do just painting for the year and some that do soapstone for the year.
These classes run Friday 4 p.m - 7 p.m, Saturday 9:30 a.m -12:30 p.m or 1 p.m - 4 p.m, Sunday 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m or 1 p.m- 4 p.m. During this time the children paint for 1.5 hours and carve for the remaining 1.5 hours. We have a number of students who come from out of town, a 1 - 2 hour drive away. These classes work really well for them and also for others who are too busy to commit to classes during the week.
Some children come once a week where they do painting one week and soapstone the next week.
We offer catch up classes for students who need to miss due to holidays, illness or other conflicts in their schedules.
If parents need to drop their children off early or pick them up late, we even accommodate that!
In the painting classes, we work mostly with acrylic, oil, watercolour and watercolour pencils. Usually each painting takes two lessons to complete.
Every painting for the 7 - 16 year old students goes home in a frame chosen to match each project. The 5 - 6 years old students (and sometimes students up to 8 years old) work on an alphabet book that is put in a beautiful binder.
There is an extra ONE TIME COST per year for these frames, canvases and/or binder but the actual framing is at no extra cost. The look on the students’ faces when they see their work in frames is amazing which truly helps boost their self confidence!
In soapstone, the students carve a bear in the first session, a giraffe in the second session and after that, they may request almost anything they want. They are provided with a rough cut to simplify the process.
**The soapstone is imported from Brazil and is of the best quality.**
In the sculpting/carving, we follow an age old traditional methodology. This process is comprised of four major steps which are:
In total, these four steps will take between 8 to 10 sessions of 1.5 hours/session to complete, resulting in a finished piece of which the students are very proud.