Over the course of four years, Joanna Harvey helped 800 elementary school students to unleash their creativity on paper or canvas. At Bubbles and Brushes Art Studio, she and her team of teachers help people of all ages to do the same. Among the events they curate are adult art parties and Mommy and Me classes—at which parents and children work together on projects. Joanna provides all necessary supplies and pays the going rate for high-quality muses. A certified art teacher, Joanna also graduated with a degree in marketing and a minor in art history from Auburn University in 2002.
Though Bubbles and Brushes provides aprons, students are encouraged to wear old clothing they are comfortable gifting to the Guggenheim to display when they become famous.
What services does your business offer and what makes your business stand out from the competition?
We are more than a studio that simply provides lessons and recording; we are intentional about maintaining positive relationships with students and their families, the local schools, and the surrounding community. Not to mention, we don't do contracts, and lessons roll over when given 24-hour notice.
Do you provide any materials? What should your students expect to bring?
We provide all music sheets, books, instruments, and amps to be used during the lesson. We do recommend that a student bring their personal guitar or bass from home.
What was the inspiration to start or run this business?
We started Storyboard Studios because the thought of bringing music lessons and a recording studio to a community that had few positive options was too exciting to be left alone. Our studio wants to be a part of a musician's journey as they continue to create a story for their music.
What do you love most about your job?
We love watching a student or an artist go from little knowledge or talent in their desired instrument to a level that they never thought was possible to reach.
Before she'd ever considered starting her own studio, Design N Unwind's owner found herself in an unfamiliar place: an art class. With a paintbrush in one hand and a glass of wine in the other, she realized that not only was it fun to explore her creative side, but that she wanted to share that experience with others. So, instead of renting a stretch of billboards and letting hitchhikers doodle on them, she established Design N Unwind. There, themed classes put students in charge of painting with simple, step-by-step instructions that can be followed by anyone, regardless of whether they've practiced art before or not. Throughout the week, the studio plays host to public and private events, such as live jazz Sundays and bachelorette parties, as well as classes for kids and teens.
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