An architect by training, Tina Ottmar spent years honing her artistic abilities, mastering both the precision of drawing a blueprint sketch and the creativity of crafting an original design. In 2009, wanting to give her grandmother a creative outlet at her senior home, Tina began offering art classes with ever changing projects. Today, at Artsy Smartsy, Tina has expanded her offerings, offering classes for kids and adults to explore new artistic skills. Each class uses high-quality materials and delves into age-appropriate theory and practice, educating children how to craft a masterpiece and teaching parents not to lick the stones.
With a focus on entertainment, Abrakadoodle can transform any party (starting at $199) into a chance to expand minds and glitter-slicks with 1,800 choices of creative games and lessons. Themed experiences include Action Painting, Race to Outer Space, Flower Power, and A Journey to the Stars. The expansive schedule features classes (one hour, $16) in painting and drawing, as well as imagination-fueled camps (two hours, $24) in superhero, pirate, and princess make-believe.
Klash Drums handles nearly all aspects of the art of drumming. They'll custom-create drum sets from a selection of woods, acrylic shells, and other materials, and in case buyers don't know how to drum, the staff will teach that art to them or anyone else who asks. The store also offers a selection of drums from makers such as Yamaha and Pearl.
The designer of eight Peanuts and Diggin' Dinos statues that dot various sidewalks in St. Paul and also the recipient of praise from publications such as the Minneapolis Star Tribune and the St. Paul Pioneer Press, Shane Anderson began his artistic journey doodling expressive cartoons on the covers of his middle-school notebooks. With an eye for detail and bold colors stitched into each of his whimsical drawings, Shane creates layered 3-D work, such as an original painting for the St. Paul Winter Carnival, as well as graffiti-esque pieces that appear on city walls or the exterior of his mother's refrigerator. His distinctive style inspires students of all levels, who glean artistic tidbits from him as they learn to sketch from their own inimitable perspectives.