Kids Art Studio – Fanning the Creative Fire
by Phil N Rossner
“Every child is an artist, the problem is staying an artist when you grow up”
– Pablo Picasso
It has been said that art is as natural as sunshine and as vital as nourishment and, in the case of Shanna Hamilton’s “Kids Art Studio,” never a truer statement has been made. Started three years ago out of her home in Sunriver, Shanna has been teaching children how to discover their creative spirit through the courses she teaches — school art programs, birthday parties and art camps.
A professional artist and member of the Federation of Canadian Artists, Shanna is passionate about her work. When she originally arrived in Sooke from Niagara Falls with her young son, she didn’t know anybody and had to start again from square one. Her inner strength and determination led to her volunteering her time and skills to teach the kids of Sooke School District how to paint. Through this introduction to the community, she forged ahead with her vision and now not only offers school programs, but also art programs for teens as well as private classes, paint nights and art-inspired social events for adults.
Shanna always knew she wanted (and needed) to be self-employed as she found regular jobs — where she didn’t have the opportunity to use her artistic expression — to be boring and unfulfilling.[sam_ad id=”29″ codes=”true”]As for the technical side of running a business, Shanna reflects, “the biggest challenge I have is in the marketing. I am limited because I am a profitable business and therefore unable to advertise my art programs through the schools. Most parents in the community don’t even know these programs are available for their kids.”
While, like any business, things can at times become very challenging, she states that “the love and support I received and continue to receive from these amazing children is what motivates me to keep going.”
Her bottom-line advice to aspiring entrepreneurs is, first off, “to believe in yourself and no matter how hard the challenges are, keep going… never give up!” and secondly “allow others to help and guide you, but don’t allow other peoples’ judgments and/or opinions to stifle your growth.”
In retrospect, when asked if would she do it all again, given the amount of effort and determination it took to get where she is today, she has no reservations.
“Most definitely, but I would be better structured and put together a team right away as well as allow others to help when needed. I am still learning, growing and finding new ways to improve.”
Albert Einstein was quoted as saying “It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge.” With her experience, drive and love of teaching art, Shanna Hamilton aptly fulfils the essence of Einstein’s observation.
- Website: http://www.shannahamilton.ca
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/shanna.hamilton.942
- Facebook: Kids Art Studio
- Email: email@example.com
- Phone: 778-352-2500
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