2014-02-20 / Lifestyles

All ‘For the Love of Art’: Local resident set to reopen studio


Students of a recent “For the Love of Art” studio class are shown with their works of art. The studio also offers adult classes, as well as timely art workshops, such as the upcoming “leprechaun catchers”. 
Courtesy photo Students of a recent “For the Love of Art” studio class are shown with their works of art. The studio also offers adult classes, as well as timely art workshops, such as the upcoming “leprechaun catchers”. Courtesy photo GARDEN – On the heels of a very long winter and just ahead of spring, area residents will have the opportunity to get out and release their inner artist.

Terri McKeage opened the For the Love of Art studio on the Garden Peninsula in October 2012. She offers art and craft lessons to residents of all ages year around.

“The idea for the art studio was born out of the need to reintroduce art to adults and children,” stated McKeage. “Sadly our Michigan schools have cut art programs from their budget.

Due to these school cut backs, we have children growing up without exposure to art and due to the fact that art is under appreciated in our society, we have adults who are intimidate by art. The studio fulfills the need for art in our community,” she added.

McKeage’s goal is to teach children and adults to love art and that drawing and painting can be a healthy positive outlet.

The objective of her studio workshops are not to make anyone an expert in painting, drawing or any other medium, instead the workshops and lessons are geared toward fun and experimentation with colors, textures and mediums.

“Through the lessons, participants learn to relax, be creative, to “release their inner child” and for children to be children,” said McKeage.

Generally closed in the winter, the studio recently held a free workshop for children under 11 to make valentines with wax and watercolor.

The studio will reopen on a scheduled basis in March and hold another free workshop, “leprechaun catchers”, on March 15 from 1-2 p.m. for children under 11.

Regular classes include Wednesday night paint class.

“Wine down and paint” is available for adults to come and paint as McKeage paints a scene. They may also bring a snack and beverage.

Art classes for teens will be held on Saturdays.

The Studio will open on a daily basis in June and stay open until the end of August.

During the summer, anyone can come in and paint. McKeage will be having an art lesson each day. The cost to participate is $12 per person and those five and under are free with the purchase of an adult lesson.

Further information is available on her Facebook page or you can contact her at (906) 286-3402 or email her at art4you223@gmail.com.

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