There’s a splash of Guggenheim down at West Beach Surf Lifesaving Club where graphic designer, artist and former intern at New York’s famed Guggenheim Museum, Julia Blanka, offers fun-filled children’s art classes each Saturday morning.
Her creation, the aptly named ‘The Beach Studio’, is aimed at beginners but open to children of all abilities in the five to 12 years of age group.
Julia runs two 45-minute classes each Saturday, the first from 10.00am and the second from 11.00am. Bookings should be made via her website (www.thebeachstudio.com.au), classes are held indoors when the weather is poor or out on the lawns overlooking the surf when it’s sunny, Julia provides everything and she uses only watercolours to ensure clothes are not stained.
Limited to 14 per class to give each child that personal attention and tuition so vital to absorbing knowledge, Julia’s step-by-step drawing process imparts many cool painting techniques and ensures that no-one is left behind. It also allows their imagination to be unlocked, the resulting stimulation so essential in this age when our youngsters are increasingly prisoners to the glut of pervasive screens in their lives.
Another plus is it frees up the parents to take a walk along the Esplanade or on the beach, while the more sedentary might choose to grab the newspaper and a coffee, relax and be charmed by the sights, sounds and smells of the ocean as their heads fill with thoughts of Julia building their budding Van Goghs’ confidence and artistic skills. They’ll create their very own masterpieces to take home for display in their bedrooms as a constant reminder of their Adelaide weekend.
The parents might even be inspired to attend one of Julia’s monthly adult ‘paint and wine’ sessions, with all the information on the Beach Studio website.