by Judy Stringer
Splott Graphics is now offering art classes for children via its Splott Studio venture.
Mindy Soulsby, who owns Splott Graphics with husband Dan Soulsby, teaches the classes, which began in October. A graphic designer and illustrator by trade, Soulsby said her experience leading an Art in the Park class through Hudson Community Education and Recreation last summer inspired her to start the business.
“I just loved it,” she said. “I never actually thought of myself as an art teacher but when I look back all of my biggest influences in life, they are my art teachers. So, it is kind of cool that it’s come full circle.”
Soulsby, in fact, was recently accepted into a master’s programs for art education.
Splott Studio classes are held at Splott Graphics’ 34 Ravenna St. store and explore a variety of techniques and skills, including drawing, painting, collage and sculpture. Art materials are provided.
Most of the classes to date, Soulsby said, have been targeted at children aged 4 to 6 and 7 to 11. Soulsby is developing specialty workshops – focused around sketching, for example, or painting – for older kids and even adults. Class size depends on the age group but generally caps around eight to 12, she said.
Splott Studio also does private lessons and birthday parties and will be offering a variety of summer camp-type opportunities for budding artists. For more information, visit splottstudio.com. ∞