They love to paint!
That's why we began Firstlight. We know people who love to paint, so we wanted to create a nurturing, encouraging, fun and exciting place for artists of all ages to come learn how to do what they want, and make some really cool stuff.
Registration is On-going! Check our schedule of classes. You may join a class at any time.
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Personalized art instruction
for kids, teens and adults.
Here's the deal. If you're an artist, you want a private art lesson. You want a mentor. Someone who will tell you the things you want to know. Private lessons, however, are not only expensive, but also leave a lot of downtime for the teacher while the student works.
In a room with only 10-12 other students, you can have that same one-on-one connection. There is time for personalized lessons, and time for artists to work in-between the instruction. Our teachers visit each student while they work, and get to know what they're doing. We answer the questions that lead to self expression and to greater confidence. You also get to make some friends!
Why our students love it
1. Encouragement, not criticism
2. Freedom - flexible, self-expressive classes
3. Long-term, on-going approach
4. Serious training with questions answered
Foremost, we encourage artists. We do this to the point where we have actually eliminated the words, mistake, correct, right & wrong, in the classroom. Encouragement, however, is not just saying good things; it is saying good things that are absolutely true. We only speak truth when we praise, and we work with students to improve their work when they ask for help. This is encouraging to them.
Freedom to express and choose your way of doing things is critical to enjoying art. If you don't enjoy it, then you won't continue. It's pretty simple really, but many art courses are actually designed to be discouraging. Others are focused on making a quick picture to take home. Neither approach creates confident artists.
We have always believed that art training should be big-picture oriented, long-term, and all about the artist - as opposed to all about the teaching. Most art instruction has been set up as short courses. Each class teaches one thing, like drawing or watercolor. After the class, you're on your own. Our vision, however, is to walk along side of artists and work with you; providing the real-world practical instruction that leads to awesome self-expression.
That's why we offer small, on-going classes that are student focused, with the goal of long-term personal development. Our 3-D learning model lets students express themselves, and develop their own unique style, as they discover new ideas, learn specific techniques, and gain time-saving insights. Our classes are really fun too!
"I realized not only that she was being taught the same things I learned in art school, but that she was getting it - at only age 9."