Artful welcomes Studio Cat
Artful is excited to announce that its newest tenant, Studio Cat, has moved into Studio 4.
Studio Cat offers a wide range of classes for children and adults. Among the January classes are Winter Break Workshops for kids, including book making, printing and open studio; Mommy and Me Art Time, in which mothers get to work on an art project while their preschoolers are guided through a play-based art class; and a Vision Board Workshop for adults, to clarify their goals for 2018.
Recent New York City-transplant Jacqui Brown founded the new studio, which she named Studio Cat in a “funny play on words for Studio 4 in French.”
Brown is excited by the energy and vitality of the local art scene here. Asked about her goals for the studio, Brown spoke of using art to build analytical thinking skills and helping adults and children de-stress. “Creativity is a tool for problem-solving while the process of creating is very relaxing,” Brown said. “Everything is changing with technology and global issues. The biggest advantage we can give our children, and ourselves, for the future is the ability to think and problem solve. The arts exercise and develop those tools.”
Brown studied fine arts in college and pursued a film career. After having kids in NYC, she began teaching art in a small independent school. That grew into after-school classes and a summer camp in the Hudson Valley.
“Teaching springs from my love of art and the process of creating,” Brown explained. “I like to think of myself as a facilitator or a guide as much a teacher. It is rewarding to see growth and creativity come out of the process of making art. Artful is the perfect location, I love being a part of the Artful mission to make creativity and inspiration more accessible to the community.”
Find more information about Studio Cat and the classes it offers at studiocat.weebly.com and on Facebook at StudioCat at Artful.
Shannon Morris is the executive director of ARTFUL.