Helping artists build fine motor skills, develop their aptitude in the fine arts and expose them to the world of art is the focus behind Studio Art House in Flower Mound.
Situated at 2608 Long Prairie Road in Suite 205, Studio Art House walls are filled with paintings from both students and instructors as small groups gather around circular tables learning brush techniques and how to blend the background sky or add depth to the painting.
The heads of young artists are bowed as they studiously paint, each intent on perfecting their own techniques.
Sculpting, charcoals, oils, acrylics and water colors are but of a few of the mediums taught in the classes designed to help each student grow in the world of fine arts, says owner Anita Kim Robbins, a longtime artist who teaches with four other instructors – each bringing a wealth of experience to the studio. Among the teachers is a book illustrator, a court reporter, an illustrator, a professional cartoonist and an art teacher. Each brings their own unique skill sets to the classes for ages from elementary to high school to adults to those with special needs.
“They are really amazing teachers,” she said.
Each class is designed to be small in size to allow individualized instruction, Robbins said. “We’re helping them with their strengths at their levels.”
Each student has their own brushes, pencils and other tools used to create their artwork. Each student also receives a workbook complete with step-by-step instructions to complete drawing assignments for homework. The idea, Robbins said, is to lay the groundwork for each reaching the next level of expertise.
With the hands-on, detailed instruction, students at Studio Art House have gone on to win a number of awards, including Best of Show at the State Fair. The students’ achievements are noted in a newsletter sent to parents.
“We are all about classical training,” Robbins said. “We go back to fundamental drawing skills and the basics because it gives them a foundation. Imagination needs information from which to build on.”
“It gives you a new understanding about genres of art you never think about,” said Luke Dodson, 11.
Maurya Doddala, 11, who has been going to Studio Art House for two years, said she likes the specific details offered through her training. “When I draw, I want to make my drawings look good,” she said.
An education in fine arts is applicable to many aspects of daily life, Robbins said, and is something parents should keep in mind.
“Almost everything has been touched by design,” she said referring to clothing, cars, buildings and more. “Almost everyone has a creative artist on staff. … You have to think out of the box.”