Hello Art Studio

Building Skills and Nurturing Creativity

Our Approach to Teaching Art: Focus on Both Skills and Creativity

At Hello Art Studio, we believe that young children are natural artists who love to create and discover. As art teachers, it’s our goal to cultivate this early love of art, helping children develop both the technical and creative thinking skills to effectively express their unique views of the world as they grow. How is this done?

Still Life Drawing by Izzy

Still Life Drawing by Izzy

The Importance of Drawing

Drawing is as much about seeing as creating. When we learn to see like an artist sees, we appreciate beauty and find joy in the little things. One of our goals at Hello Studio is to teach students to see the world like an artist does, noticing rich detail, comparing shapes and sizes, taking in varieties of perspective, value, texture and color and so forth. Once we've learned these habits of seeing, it's much easier to make lines on the page that match what our eyes are noticing, and what our imagination is conjuring.

Paper Mache Mask by Granger

Paper Mache Mask by Granger

A Variety of Media

While drawing is important, we also believe that it's valuable (and fun!) to experience creating with a wide variety of media. By developing these fundamental skills at a young age, children become confident in their wide range of abilities, and can better discover where their own artistic passions lie. At Hello Studio, we offer instruction in drawing, painting, printmaking, collage, clay, paper mache, fiber arts and more.

Creative Freedom

At Hello Studio, we don't have students copy finished teacher samples, something that differentiates us from many other studios.  When students copy a teacher-made sample, every step of the process has been predetermined, and discovery is limited. Instead, at Hello Studio we introduce lessons with carefully planned, visually rich Power Point presentations featuring both famous artists and the art of children. We conduct lively discussions about what we see, encouraging brainstorming and thoughtful reflection. Children are taught to develop their own unique voices. When we break out the art supplies, techniques are demonstrated, advice is given, and students are encouraged to practice and experiment before starting a final piece. We do not dictate how the finished art should look, and we do not alter students' work in any way. In the end students have created unique, original works of art to be proud of.  

Come Join Us!

Along the way, we have a great time and friendships are made. Many of our students attend classes year after year. It's our pleasure to guide students in their artistic development, and to accompany them on their creative journeys!

We’d love to see you in the studio.

Christine Thornton
Hello Art Studio teacher and owner