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:
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).
6-8 year olds – Tuesday Nov 16 – Dec 14 from 5-6pm – SOLD OUT
6-8 year olds – Monday, January 10-February 7 from 5pm-6pm (facilitated by Eliesha)
6-8 year olds – Thursday, January 13-February 10 from 5-6pm (facilitated by Jayden)
9-12 year olds – Tuesday Nov 16 – Dec 14 from 6:30-7:30pm – SOLD OUT
9-12 year olds – Tuesday, January 11-February 8 from 5pm-6pm (facilitated by Jayden)
9-12 year olds – Thursday, January 13-February 10 from 6:30-7:30pm (facilitated by Jayden)
Cost: $130 plus tax
POUR & PAINT PARENT/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. Facilitated by Vanessa.
Saturday, December 4 at 1:30pm
Wednesday, December 22 at 1pm **Christmas break, parents do not need to attend but children must be 8yrs+
Saturday, January 22 at 2pm
Cost: $35.00 plus tax
PIZZA AND PAINT (5 years+)
Kids choose what kind of image they’d like to paint, they’ll receive step by step instruction to draw and transfer their image onto the canvas to create their own masterpiece. Pizza and a drink included. Facilitated by Vanessa.
Saturday, December 4 at 11:30am-1pm
Monday, December 20 at 11:30-1pm
Tuesday, December 21 at 11:30-1pm
Cost: $30 plus tax
Saturday, January 22 at 11:30-1pm
Cost: $36 plus tax *increase in all pricing will take effect January 2022
PAINTING CLASS (8 years +)
A more in-depth program focusing on 5 weeks of solely painting. Kids will learn basic techniques and colour mixing and then learn how to apply them into a painting. Due to the 5 week session students will have an opportunity to really build and enhance their skills at painting. We’ll get a chance to layer, apply detail, techniques etc. Facilitated by Vanessa
January 12 – February 9 from 5-6pm
For kids 8 years and older
Cost: $115 plus hst
NEW: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
January 11 – February 8 from 6:30-7:30pm
Cost: $115 plus tax
TEEN ART SERIES (10year +)
We’re excited to add this program to our line up! Adding more 3D art to the mix, this class will explore jewlery making, mosaic frames, galaxy painting, pour painting, sculpture. Facilitated by Eliesha
January 10-Feb 7 from 6:30-7:30pm
$158 plus tax
SKETCHING & SHADING (10 years +)
This is a 6 week session. Drawing is the foundation of art, this class will teach students about shading, value, size, proportion, and other tips for drawing. 10 years old+. Facilitated by Vanessa
Wednesday November 10 – 5:30-6:30pm – SOLD OUT
Cost: $120 plus tax
ADULT DRAWING & PAINTING CLASS
This is a 6 week session. Bringing in your own ideas for inspiration, you’ll create your own artwork. You can chose to work in watercolour, acrylic paint, pencil. We’ll provide individualized guidance and instruction throughout the session. Facilitated by Vanessa
Wednesday November 10 from 7pm-8:30pm
6 week program
$150 plus tax
This mini series is a sneak peek into our intensive workshops and retreats that will start in the new year. Throughout this series we’ll use creative reflection, movement and meditation. You can come to one session or all three.
November 16 -7:30pm-9ish: Holding – how to work with overwhelming thoughts and feelings
November 30 – 7:30pm-9ish: Exploring – anger and healthy ways to acknowledge
December 14 – 7:30pm-9ish: Releasing – ways to create space around emotions
Facilitated by Laura Mowbray and Vanessa De Groot
Cost: $25 plus tax for one or all three $60 plus tax.
What are the similarities between the creative process and life? We’ll walk you through a process of how we can take what we learn in the creative process and how we can apply that to our day to day lives. You’ll be exploring and experimenting using watercolour on a large scale surface to create an abstract artwork. Escaping the chaos of life, we’ll be using stretching and breathe to encourage and connect to the creative flow.
Dates: Wednesday’s January 12 – February 16 starts at 7pm
Cost: $165 plus tax
All supplies are provided
Facilitated by Vanessa & Laura
PAINT NIGHT @ Jobsite Brewery
Thursday December 2 at 6pm-7:30pm
Thursday January 20th at 6pm-7:30pm
Mixed Media Paint Night – We’ve got a few tricks up our sleeves to make this painting fun and enjoyable! No previous art experience required! Great for a girls night out, date night, or family event. We’ll be selling tickets based on “pods” – you’ll have your own picnic table where you’ll drink, eat, paint and be merry! Limited space available.
2 people per pod – $70 plus tax
4 people per pod – $120 plus tax
6 people per pod – $150 plus tax
Facilitated by Vanessa
ADULT POUR & PAINT PAINT NIGHT
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 previous art experience needed. All materials and supplies provided. Facilitated by Eliesha
Tuesday, December 28 at 7pm
Friday, February 4 at 7pm
$40 plus tax
BOOZE & BLING
Monday November 29th at 7pm – SOLD OUT
Monday, December 6th at 7pm (necklace pendant)
Friday, January 28 at 7pm (ring)
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
Cost: $35 plus tax
**PRICE DOES NOT INCLUDE YOUR GEM
**Limited space available
Location: Kind-heARTed Studio
Birthday Parties & Summer Camp
In these half-day sessions, 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 for at least an hour a day.
PLEASE BE ADVISED THAT SUMMER CAMPS ARE SOLD OUT FOR THIS YEAR
No mess, no fuss leave it to us! Parties are two hours in length – We go with the flow and take breaks when necessary to allow time for presents and/or food. You are more than welcome to bring any food, drinks or snacks with you. Please bring the necessary cutlery, candles, lighter etc with you that you need.
- Option 1: Abstract Graffiti – Using a wide range of tools (spray paint, dish soap, stencils, fly swatters, lids, etc) kids experiment to create an abstract design. Be ready to be surprised! As you never know what you’re going to get!
- Option 2: Step by Step Painting – We love to get suggestions from the birthday boy/girl on what they’d like to paint. Based on their suggestions we’ll come up with a painting just for them. We’ll guide party-goers step by step so they can create their own painting following along.
- Option 3: Kids paint what they want! They’ll receive individual instruction to create the masterpiece of their choice.
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.