Today I had the opportunity to spend a couple of hours with an exceptional young woman, not only because she is talented but because she is wanting to use her skills to teach art in her studio where young artists can be fully supported in a nurturing, creative, environment.
Her name is Jess Malousis and for her young years she has packed in an enormous amount of experience both in education but also in the Arts. She did a dual degree in Creative Industries majoring in Visual Arts and Secondary Education. She worked with a Special Education Unit throughout University and and started teaching a Special Education Class after she graduated. Then she found herself teaching full time at a primary school where it would not be an exaggeration to say she was thrown in the deep end. She is not afraid to dive into new adventures and to try new techniques and this makes it all the more exciting for her art aficionados be they young or old.
After a number of years of working in schools and teaching in a gallery she decided that it was time for her to set up on her own and pursue her own vision for an art school and the kind of art she wanted to teach there. The arrival of her first child confirmed her choice and direction as she has her studio at home and can be a dedicated mum but also a dedicated teacher. She is very much a believer in the need to teach fine art and to show people who have an interest in learning that it can be learnt and it can be achieved. She feels that by doing this she is empowering people to create and to develop their know how and so she formed "Artful Snippets Studio & Art School" – a mixed media art school in the leafy suburb of Salisbury.
I asked her who came to her classes and I liked the age spread in her answer. The youngest was 5 and the oldest was probably well into their 60s. Lots of people have come to the school which has been in operation for approximately one year, whether it is high school students wanting some help with their portfolios or people who regard art as a hobby and have finally decided to learn a little more about it. She does just that – she provides the snippets of learning whether it is in drawing, in fine art, ceramics, watercolours or oils to allow each and every one of her budding artists to gain confidence while gaining technique.
In fact this lovely artistic bunch are getting so good that they will soon be exhibiting their art work at a big exhibition which is being planned for the 14th of November. Mark this date in your calendar and I will write another article closer the date of the exhibition with all the details of the venue, the times, and the artists. Can you imagine the thrill of seeing your work exhibited, of putting a price on it, of being proud of how you created it. Savouring the inspiration that started you off down a track, with Jess accompanying you every step of the way to enhance the effort and the result.
I could not think of a better way to learn and if you are undecided about spending your time doing something creative now is the time to leap in there. There is no need for any experience or qualification, indeed Jess was at pains to say that she wanted to provide the set up which promoted art creativity without the need of a tertiary education. So if you are looking for a supportive environment as a young artist or even as person interested in art "Artful Snippets" might be just the little haven for you.
• $30-38 per class. Cheaper rate for more classes purchased up front.
($300 for 10 weeks; $140 for 4 weeks; casual classes are $38).
Children's & Teens Art Classes
• 3:30 – 4:30 (Younger children, 5 yrs and up) $20-25 per class.
• 4:30 – 6pm (10 yrs and up) $30-35 per class.
• Cheaper rate for more classes purchased up front.
Workshops & Courses- school holidays/ specialised. Life Drawing Classes for beginners or advanced students Wine and Cheese Arty Evenings
BYO wine and come join us for a relaxing social night whilst creating.
Contact Jess on Mobile: 0498 835 023 for more details.
Fantastic piece Marina. I know my mother would love the training; she has always liked painting. Also, I'm going to show my lovely wife that camel when she gets home; she is going to be so impressed. Once again, thanks for the articles and I'm looking forward to your warning on the exhibition. Regards, Tony