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March Break Extended 2019 Oakville

Posted by Tracey Dreesen on Wednesday, March 13, 2019, In : Art 

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Why Art is good for Kids

Posted by Tracey Dreesen on Friday, February 22, 2019, In : Art 
We love art so much at our oakville studio.. here's an article we found at that has some great info!

Benefits of Arts to Kids

In: Raise Smart Preschool Child Articles

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Children naturally love art – painting, drawing, making music, the theater.  Unfortunately, when schools cut back on budgets, the arts are usually the first to go.  It seems that schools do not appreciate the importance of art in building a kid’s brain.


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Summer Camp Oakville

Posted by Tracey Dreesen on Monday, June 11, 2018, In : Art 

Tell me, what does your kid love to do with their magical creative time. They all have that time whether it's to literally do some crafts and art with crayons, markers, play dough and clay.. but there are so many wonderful creative things that kids do to recharge and take that very special time they need to let their minds drift away!

When my oldest son was 2-3 years old he loved trains.. he would build trains with lego and gently (and not so gently) drive them around the hous...
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Robot Birthday Party!

Posted by Tracey Dreesen on Saturday, October 6, 2012, In : Art 
I love our Robot Birthday theme, inspired by our very own "Speckles the Robot" and his friends Freckles and Knuckles. Kids love them too, and this art party is suitable for kids of all ages.

The birthday guests do the background first, using a sponge brush and acrylic paint on the canvas. I do not add water, as we need the background to dry fairly quickly so that we can add the body shapes.

While the background dries, the kids sketch-out and colour how they will do their robots. They then bl...
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Ten Reasons Why Art is Good for Kids

Posted by Tracey Dreesen on Tuesday, September 18, 2012, In : Art 

1) Art Teaches Problem Solving. Making art demonstrates that there can be multiple solutions to the same problem. Art expands our experience and encourages open-ended thinking that creates an environment of questions rather than answers.

2) Art Prepares Kids for the Future. Creative, open-minded people are highly desired in all career paths.
Art and creative education increases the future quality
of the local and global community. Being creative is a lifelong skill th...

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art classes, mixed media and model building with LEGO - fall classes

Posted by Tracey Dreesen on Sunday, September 16, 2012, In : Art and LEGO 
Fall classes for children are about to begin.. art fundamentals, mixed-media, book arts, comic book arts and our popular model building classes which use LEGO bricks!

The summer was a great time for experimenting with the things we would use this fall in our programs and there is still space in most of them, but we are a new studio and that is to be expected. I am offering single classes in the model-building to allow parents to try it out for $25/class, if they love it they can continue with ...
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The Art of Printmaking

Posted by Tracey Dreesen on Saturday, July 14, 2012, In : Art 
I saw several examples of this simple printmaking method on Pinterest, and found it to be the perfect solution for teaching kids about the art of printmaking without the use of sharp tools. The results are beautiful, and even the simplest design looks fantastic as a print series or a card.

The kids had so much fun scratching their images into the styrofoam, spreading the ink onto the tray and onto their handmade printing plate and then pressing down onto cardstock. The reveal is the most excit...
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Boys Love Art, LEGO and Star Wars!

Posted by Tracey Dreesen on Saturday, July 14, 2012, In : Art and LEGO 
The first week of camp, our LEGO enthusiast boys took part in the Bricks & Brushes Camp built models and created with loads of bricks, but also created these fabulous mixed-media 3D canvas paintings. We had a couple of avid Star Wars fans as you can see!

We created these masterpieces by planning our design, making LEGO men out of plaster using a mold, painting on a 5x7 canvas using acrylic paints, then gluing our characters into the scene. We finalized our works of art using inexpensive frames...
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About Me

I am the Art Director and Owner of a new studio in Oakville, Ontario. It's been a dream come true bringing a childhood and lifelong dream to fruition! My studio offers Art, Mixed-Media and LEGO brick building classes, it's all about creativity here, and our mission is to keep all children engaged at their own level. Thanks for stopping by to see what we are up to now!


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