An award winning art school which opened up in Girvan at the start of 2015 is proving immensely popular with waiting lists having to be created in order to meet the demand.
The Little Art School opened up in the refurbished townhouse in Knockcushan Street in January and classes have been filled up by adults and children alike from those keen to develop their artistic skills.
The business is the brain child of Joanne Robinson and was launched on New Year’s Day in 2014. The company developed Little Art School’s in Ayr and Troon and Joanne herself was the recipient of the Association of Scottish Businesswomen’s Most Innovative Start-Up Award in October 2014.
The idea behind a Little Art School began when Joanne realised there was a gap in the market for those children who wanted to draw and paint and when one of Joanne’s children had to change school two years ago she offered to go into the classes to teach them drawing skills.
After a few visits to the school, Joanne was approached by mothers asking if she would consider running art classes as the children had really enjoyed their visits to her class. Since then, Little Art School has been on a trend of upward growth and shows no signs of slowing down and now the people of Girvan are reaping the benefits.
Joanne and her team which includes Ciare Dunn and Melissa Haddow are currently offering several term time classes at the Townhouse for children and have a whole host of classes lined up for the Easter Holidays.
On Sunday’s from 11.30am-12.30pm they run a Little Artists Club for children in P1-P3 which teaches children the basics of how to draw and paint and introduces them to lots of different painting techniques in a fun and relaxed environment. This class is currently full but there is now a waiting list for a new class for P1-P3 children, running on Sundays from 10am-11am.
Also on Sunday’s from 1pm-2pm, there is a foundation class for P4 and P5 children which is designed to to improve skills and confidence in art techniques.
And from 2.30-3pm on Sunday’s, the Little Art School carries out a Level One drawing and painting course with this course open to any child in P6 all the way up to fourth year in Secondary school. The course offers a structured route for young people who want to learn a new skill or to develop an existing talent and the mix of ages in the class is said to be working really well. Places are available in both of the Sunday afternoon classes.
The Easter Holidays will offer children the perfect opportunity to draw and paint some of their favourite characters from the movies. First up from 9.30am-12.00 on Tuesday 7th April there will be a class in Lego Superheroes and that is followed by a class in Narnia from 1pm-3.30 that same afternoon.
On Friday 10th April there will be “Frozen Friday” classes from 9.30-12.00 and again from 1-3.30pm.
Monday 13th is called “Minion Monday” giving those kids that are fans of Meet the Minions the perfect opportunity to paint or draw their favourite characters, whether it be from 9.30-12.00 or from 1pm-3.30.
On Wednesday 15 April, those who are in Primary 7 and above will get the opportunity to “Paint the Hunger Games”, either in the morning from 9.30-12pm or from 1pm-3.30pm.
The following day sees the school offer a Paddington class in the morning and then a Percy Jackson class in the afternoon for those in Primary Five onwards.
The Easter Holiday classes are wrapped up on Friday 17th April with a class in Rainbow Fairies from 9.30am-12pm and an afternoon class in How To Train Your Dragon from 1pm-3.30.
As for adults, the Little Art School is running a very popular beginners class in drawing and painting on Tuesday mornings from 10.30-12pm. This is a chance to learn how to draw and paint in a relaxing environment with masses of encouragement. Absolute beginners who can’t draw a line are very welcome; as the Little Art School believe they can teach anyone how to draw and paint. The class is currently full but there is now a waiting list for a new Adult Beginner class, running on Tuesdays from 1pm - 2.30pm.
All materials are included in the Little Art School’s courses and you don’t even need to bring a pencil.
They also offer free workshops in schools and to Brownies, Cubs etc or any community group and if you are interested in these workshops email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Joanne said : “We are loving being part of the Girvan community and I hope that the Little Art School can grow in Girvan over the next few years.” You can find out more about the Little Art School by visiting their website at www.littleartschool.co.uk.