Local art students dipped their brushes in vibrant colors and painted flowers, butterflies, bees and birds on the studio walls at Time For Art Kids, which opened in Cary’s Lochmere Pavilion in April.
Other touches that reflect the young artists can be spotted throughout the space, where owner Dina Silveira offers art classes for kids ages 2 to 13, along with camps, birthday parties, ladies’ nights out and special events.
“I always want the kids to feel like this is their place,” Silveira said.
Five years ago, Silveira started teaching art to a few kids in the dining room of her Cary home. As her business grew, so did her need for more space – she added two additions to her house.
The mother of four realized that Time For Art Kids had gotten too big for the neighborhood. Her business needed its own space with separate rooms for classes, parties and special events.
“I realized that I wanted more. I felt very restricted,” Silveira said. “There are so many ideas in my head that I want to do.”
It’s just about the relationships with the kids. Seeing these kids is what brings me joy. I just love them. For kids, it’s important to have anything creative that they like doing.
Within the eight weeks of each session for the 6- to 11-year-old class, I try to touch on the most common types of mediums. For example, we’ll do a watercolor, an acrylic, oil pastel and chalk pastel. I also do different things like mixed media.
I have to make sure my lesson is challenging for the 11-year-olds and adaptable for the younger ones.
The campers bring in something they created every day for an art show-and-tell. It opens them up, and they feel proud.
We paint birdhouses or picture frames, but nothing I do is just painting a frame. For example, I incorporate different types of mediums, such as modeling paste or glossing medium.
We also do an art lesson that involves painting on canvas or blocks of wood.
It has definitely opened the doors for me to be more creative and introduce more classes. I’m bringing in other teachers and adding special events. For example, I did a cupcake and canvas class where they painted a cupcake and then I gave them cupcakes during the two-hour class.
I have themed parents’ nights out, like the recent glow stick dance party.
I’m also having special guests teach a class in their specialty, such as screen-printing or jewelry-making.
I love interacting with the kids, talking to them and joking with them. I love seeing the smiles on their faces when I do it, and I love being able to use the face as a canvas.
Everyone’s different. There’s no planning ahead; to me it’s just fun. It’s a huge hit at the parties.