I am one of the lucky few who has been able to experience Studio Arts from multiple perspectives; first, as a student, later as an assistant, and now as a seasoned instructor.
I was six years old when my parents first signed me up for camp at Lakewood Arts Academy – the earliest incarnation of Studio Arts Dallas – and the gigantic papier-mâché spoonbill bird I created that summer has been a staple of my childhood bedroom ever since. Over the years it has been joined by clay-and-feather fairies, papier-mâché cat puppets, and oil paintings produced under the tutelage of the great instructors there.
Even before I began working alongside the artist who teach there, it was so apparent to me that they and the rest of the Studio Arts staff genuinely loved their work. You cannot fake the energy, joy, and engagement that our instructors bring to each class. Studio Arts Dallas also develops high-level artistic skills in a welcoming, low-stress environment. As a student, I considered the school my creative refuge; this is a place that just exudes inspiration and serenity, and I see so many first-time students and their parents sense that as soon as they walk through the door. Here, students learn the elements and principles of art through unconventional means, developing their imaginations as well as their artistic abilities.
We help kids produce some amazing work, and we provide a creative environment that simply doesn’t exist elsewhere in Dallas. As a former student who has been involved with Studio Arts since 1996, I have to warn you: there’s a big chance your child will get attached to this place.