I absolutely love supporting small businesses - especially those that are local! If you haven't already, you need to pop in The Studio in downtown McHenry! It's an adorable space for artists and I have been so lucky to be able to work with the owner - Lucy Tonyan - who is just the sweetest!
Over the summer, I was able to photograph one of her children's classes and it was absolutely amazing! Her fun projects, knowledge and calm presence had the children completely engaged! So much so, that I really felt bad interrupting their creative flow to get a smile out of them! Her classes are offered for kiddos age 5 and up. I can't wait until my daughter is old enough to attend!
I had the privilege of spending a little more time with Lucy and her cute pup recently, to capture a bit more of what The Studio has to offer - outside of classes. You guys. Annie Sloan Chalk Paint. It's non-toxic and covers anything! If you haven't tried it, you need to and Lucy is just the person to help you choose the perfect color for your next project.
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"I opened The Studio almost ten years ago to offer fine art classes. My own passion for art began when I was really young. I've always loved to encourage children to make art and taught locally for many years, even writing an art curriculum that's in use across the USA. I started The Studio with kids classes, pottery workshops, summer camps and adult drawing and painting classes. It's evolved so much since then, with paint-a-long parties and stocking Annie Sloan Chalk Paint® added to the mix. These kinds of offerings bring people in who may not think they are artsy or creative. I love to enable them with the right tools and a little hands on instruction and watch them take off! Our chalk paint makes renewing old furniture so simple and rewarding that it can honestly be addictive. I think that everyone should do something creative everyday, and it doesn't have to be art-making - cooking, making music, gardening, sewing, restoring furniture, building things, writing, knitting, whatever!" -Lucy Tonyan