Artsey Art School offers parents a creative break

Photography by Kathy Tran

Mmost teachers cannot attend the evening of meeting with the teachers of their own children because they are busy meeting the parents of their own children.

They are not available for drop-off and pick-up from school because they coordinate these daily phenomena in their own schools.

Joi Holmes enjoys teaching, but as a single mom she wanted a career that would allow her to bring up both children flexibly.

A 16-year teacher in four states, including teaching language arts and reading at Dallas ISD, she switched to entrepreneurship and opened Artsey Art Studio in the Bishop Arts District in August 2020.

It has been a slow start, but the concept is starting to gain momentum, Holmes says.

Artsey offers creative art classes for adults and children, as well as free ‘walk-in’ art and game classes three days a week – Monday, Wednesday, and Saturday – when parents can drop off their kids for a while. one o’clock.

“They can take off and do whatever they want to do or run errands and know their child is having a fun and educational experience,” says Holmes.

The studio also offers more structured lessons for preschoolers up to 16 years old from Monday to Friday. Subjects include continuous line drawing, abstract painting, and clay molding.

For adults, classes often involve wine or yoga.

Wednesday wine down paint for ”costs $ 45 and includes a guided paint project and three wines
to taste.

“Painted Yoga,” in partnership with Black Swan Yoga, begins with a sound bath and students choose their paint colors based on the sounds they hear.

Artsey also offers discounts to Black Swan members.

“My dream is to use my teaching background to bring families together and build community,” says Holmes.

In addition to running a fledgling business, Holmes is also pursuing a doctorate in art history at the University of Texas at Dallas.

She also remains busy bringing Artsey’s programming to schools, including Springhill Montessori at Oak Cliff.

Artsey offers weekend birthdays and Holmes plans to start offering more mobile and personalized classes. Ultimately, she would like to develop the concept and have multiple locations.

“I envision being a destination space where moms and families can come and play with them,” says Holmes. “We are a family-oriented, creative play space and we hope to grow with the families in our community.

Kayleen C. Rice

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