Hello Art Studio

Hello Art Studio Teaching Philosophy

At Hello Studio, it’s our belief that young children are natural artists who love to create marks on paper and find joy in their achievements. Art lessons can help children develop art making and creative thinking skills to better express their unique views of the world. Older children and young adults can become critical of their own efforts, and worried about how their art looks.  Many stop making art altogether. It's my goal as an art teacher to foster creative skills and confidence as children grow, so that understanding, creating, and appreciating art remain a source of joy through the teen years and beyond.

The Importance of Drawing

contour line drawings of hands from observation by children ages 8 - 11

Drawing is probably the most important art skill, and it's as much about seeing as creating. I teach my students to see the world like an artist does, noticing rich detail and comparing shapes and sizes, varieties of perspective, value, texture and color. When we learn to see like an artist sees, we find joy in the little things and develop an appreciation for beauty. Also, 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. 

A Variety of Media

While drawing is important, we at Hello Studio 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 artistic passions lie.

Creative Freedom

Encouraging creative decision making is very important in the development of the whole child. We don't have students copy finished teacher samples here, 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. 

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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, I demonstrate techniques, give advice about using materials, and encourage students to practice and experiment before starting a final piece. I do not dictate how the finished art should look, and I do not alter students' work in any way. In the end students have created unique, original works of art to be proud of.  

Along the way we have great fun and friendships are made. It's my honor and pleasure to guide students in their artistic development, and to accompany them on their creative journeys.

Come join us! We’d love to see you.

Christine Thornton
Hello Art Studio teacher and owner