at kind-hearted studio
Discover your inner artist! Located in Stratford, Ontario, kind-hearted studio provides all the necessary tools and guidance needed to create your own work of art (painting on canvas, watercolour, collage, drawing, etc). Join a class, participate in a workshop or book your own private party! Classes and workshops are available for all ages – no previous art skills are required.
We are currently offering the following classes:
Kids/Teens Art Classes
How to register:
Pop Up Play Date (3-5 year olds)
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May 22 – Build A Butterfly Habitat + Butterfly Life Cycle Kit: 1 DIY Habitat for their very own caterpillar to observe through the life cycle until they emerge into a Painted Lady Butterfly to release. Additional Take Home Activities
Sunday June 5 – Preschool Simple Science Workshop: A combination of exploration and DIY Stations with activities such as Make Your Own Grass Seed Buddy, Magnet exploration, Discovery Bottle + Mixing Colours with the colourful Chameleon (take home chameleon)
Explore & Experiment
This playful class engages kids in exploring with a variety of tools to create while experimenting with different mediums (print making, painting, oil pastels, collage, sculpture etc). 5 week sessions
Sessions for 6-8 years old:
Monday’s, May 2 – May 30 from 5-6pm **NO CLASS May 2-4 weekend
Tuesday’s, April 26 – May 24 from 5-6pm
Tuesday’s May 31 – June 28 from 5-6pm
Monday’s July 4 – July 25 from 5-6pm **Cost is $104 plus tax
Monday’s September 12 – Oct 17 from 5-6pm *No class Thanksgiving
Sessions for 9-12 years old:
Tuesday’s, April 26 – May 24 from 6:30-7:30pm
Thursday July 28 – August 18 from 5-6pm **Cost is $104 plus tax
Monday’s September 12 – Oct 17 from 6:30-7:30pm * No class Thanksgiving
Cost: $130 plus tax
Pour & Paint Parent and Child Program
Looking for something to do with your child? We’re about to get messy! We’ll be using glitter, spray paint, rubbing alcohol and lots and lots of paint! You’ll work together with your child to create a pour painting! No previous experience needed.
Saturday May 14 at 11:30am
Thursday June 16 at 5:30pm
Saturday July 16 at 11:30am
Cost: $35 plus tax
Sketching and Shading
A drawing program for kids – kids will learn how to draw a wide variety of things – landscapes, animals, nature. For all abilities.
Ages 6-10 years (for 10 years and older please see our adult class)
Wednesdays, June 29 – July 20 at 5:00-6:00pm
Cost: $92 plus tax
Pour & Paint Teens
Spray paint, fire and a great big mess! What else could your teen want? We’ll be using glitter, spray paint, rubbing alcohol and lots and lots of paint! No previous experience needed.
Thursday May 19 at 6:30pm
Thursday June 9 at 6:30pm
Cost: $35 plus tax
Digital Drawing (10 years +)
Learn the basic techniques of digital drawing! This is an exciting new program we’ve developed and are thrilled to offer it! Students must supply their own iPad and must purchase a program called Procreate prior to the beginning of the program. Facilitated by Jayden.
Monday’s, May 2 – May 30 at 6:30-7:30pm **NO CLASS May 2-4 weekend
Tuesday’s May 31 – June 28 at 6:30-7:30pm
For kids 10 years and older
Cost: $115 plus tax
Teen Series (10year +)
We’re excited to add this program to our line up! Adding more 3D art to the mix, this class will explore abstract mixed media painting, sculpture, spray paint & stencil and more. Facilitated by Eliesha
Thursday’s, May 12 – Jun 9 at 5pm
Thursday’s, June 23 – July 21 at 5pm
For kids 10 years and older
$144 plus tax
How to register:
We want to create a space and place where mom’s with newborns can meet and connect. This pandemic has left us feeling disconnected and lonely, especially if you’re home with no adult interaction. We want to foster an environment of mom’s connecting with moms. Tea, coffee and colouring will be provided. No baby focused activities will be provided at this summer session (but September we will).
Monday May 30 – June 27 from 9:30-10:30am
come every week or when you can
Cost: by donation
Pour and Paint
Grab a friend and some wine – we’re about to get messy! We’ll be using glitter, spray paint, rubbing alcohol and lots and lots of paint! You can’t mess this up! No artistic skills needed AT ALL! Can’t screw this up – the perfect paint night you’ll want to attend. No stress.
Thursday May 26 at 7pm
Thursday June 16 at 7pm
Thursday August 18 at 7pm
Cost: $40 plus tax
Sketching & Shading
Wednesday’s, June 22 – July 20 at 7pm
You’ll learn the basics techniques of shading and a grid method to help map out an image. You’ll receive lots of freedom to choice what you wish to draw and receive guidance and instruction as per needed.
Cost: $115 plus tax
Booze & Bling
Have you ever wanted to create your own jewelry? Well here’s your chance! Choose from one of 6 gemstones to create a beautiful pendant that you can keep for yourself or give away as a gift! Pick your own stone! Facilitated by Eliesha
Thursday June 23 at 7pm
Cost $35 plus tax
Mixed Media Abstract Painting
For adults 18+ years and older
Participants will work on creating a large mixed media abstract painting – you’ll be using a wide variety of medium and tools.
Mediums – oil pastels, newspaper, acrylic paint, charcoal, spray paint etc;
Tools – rollers, texture, fly swatters, lace, forks, etc.
Participants will be required to bring images of inspiration of styles of abstract work they like, along with an open mind as their painting will change in the process from week to week.
Wednesday August 3, 10, 17 at 7pm
**Materials that are not provided: canvas and acrylic paint.
Cost: $75 plus tax
This 6 week workshop explores how art resembles life. As any artist approaches a blank page or a piece of canvas, it’s a brave step, we never really know how it’s going to turn out. We have an idea of what we want but as we begin to create, we start to see things emerge and go with what’s working.
Just as in life, any new adventure or journey comes with a blank page, allowing you to write the story. It’s a brave step, and you can never really be prepared or guess what’s all going to happen.
What are the similarities between the creative process and life? We’re exploring our own creativity and the meaning of life. Led by Laura Mowbray (Yoga Instructor) and Vanessa De Groot.
Reviving the Soul – Weekend Retreat
Take time to fill your own cup, through meditation, yoga, journal and creative arts we’ll guide you through a mix of programming to reinvigorate and rejuvenate the soul. Morning hikes and ample free time allow you time to sit back and relax. We’re escaping to the quaint town of Tillsonburg, where we’ll have all our needs met on site – with panoramic views of the Big Otter Creek, the beautiful Mill’s Inn was built in 1878, historically a pea and barley mill transformed into beautiful restaurant and inn.
Birthday Parties & Summer Camp
**We are experiencing issues with our online booking system – spots are available in all camps. Please contact us to register
July 11-15 – SOLD OUT
July 18-22 – SOLD OUT
August 15-19 – SOLD OUT
August 29-Sept 2 – SOLD OUT
In these half-day sessions (8:30am-12:30pm), campers will have access to a wide range of art materials and let their own curiosity be their inspiration. Some guided arts and crafts projects will be provided, but participants will also have free time to explore on their own. Weather permitting, we will take kids to a nearby family-friendly park for outdoor games and play. Camps are for children 6 years and older (must be 6 by May 2022).
***These are not art camps. We will do an art activity daily, but throughout the day we will be doing many other activities.
No mess, no fuss leave it to us! We go with the flow and take breaks when necessary to allow time for presents and/or food. Birthday party options available for 5 years and older. We have a variety of birthday party options available with various time lengths and materials. For more information please send us an email and we’ll be happy to send you our birthday party package.
Painting Workshop (Grade 2+)
Step by step instruction for students to learn techniques to create their own painting. In addition to learning about composition, colour mixing and painting techniques – emphasis will be on how art resembles life, students learn:
- There’s many ups and downs so we must be kind to ourselves – we aren’t Picassos
- They’ll all be the same but different, and that’s great! Embrace you – your painting is yours you can add whatever you wish
- No such thing as mistakes. They can always be fixed but often those mistakes become the best part
Doodle Workshop (Grade 4+)
Doodling is a form of art that is non-representational and unplanned, the intention is to focus on each stroke as you make it. Letting go of expectation and self-criticism, and fear of failure. There is no right way or wrong way to do zentangle, its done in pen to embrace “mistakes” as in art mistakes are often the best part. In life, we’re given no erasers, we just make do. This meditative state of drawing engages students in the present moment, fully engaged in what they are doing. This is a great tool to utilize when feeling overwhelmed, anxious, or angry. Students will learn simple patterns that can be repeated in many designs, and will be given time to create their own drawings.
Self Talk: Inner Critic vs. Inner Cheerleader (Grade 7 – 12)
This workshop helps teens identify the impact of our thoughts and how it can impact our feelings and behaviours. It does so by helping teens develop an awareness of when thoughts and self-talk may be having a negative or irrational influence on the way they act. Students will be invited to participate in a discussion about self-talk – what is self talk, how does it sound, and what are some ways which we may talk to ourselves. Students will create their own character that represents their inner critic, discussion will focus on emphasizing that we all have an internal dialogue, despite not always being able to recognize it as such. Goals: develop an awareness of how thoughts affect our feelings and behaviours. Emphasis will also focus on self-compassion, how to treat ourselves and talk to ourselves when faced with a difficult situation.
Meet Our Facilitators
A grade 12 student at St. Mike’s, she has a passion for art and all things creative. She would like to continue her studies at University pursuing art in some form. For the last three years Jayden has worked at Camp Bimini as a camp counsellor. She’s excited to be sharing her skills and knowledge with the kids! Jayden will be teaching and facilitating our Explore and Experiment Series and Digital Drawing classes
After years of employment at the Stratford Festival, Eliesha has taken the brave step of returning back to school to follow her passion of helping and serving others. She’s currently completing her 8 month placement at Kind-heARTed Studio, as part of her Social Service Worker diploma at Durham College. During her free time Eliesha is creating jewlery and paintings – you can find her on instagram @starstuffbyeliesha. Eliesha will be facilitating the Teen Art Series, Paint and Pours and other programs as well.
As a little girl she often dreamed of one day owning her own art studio. Fast forward and here we are! As we grow and expand, Vanessa’s focus will move towards providing therapy services, however, there’s always a piece of her heart that wants to stay involved teaching and exploring. Vanessa will be facilitating birthday parties, paint nights, drawing and painting classes for kids and adults.