Some students from Joni Young’s children’s art class hold up some of their work. Pictured from left are (back row) Sydney Kamstra

Some students from Joni Young’s children’s art class hold up some of their work. Pictured from left are (back row) Sydney Kamstra

Children’s art class helps build confidence and creativity

Local artist Joni Young has been teaching for years now, and she always loves bringing children into her studio.

Children’s art classes are starting up again in February, and space is limited.

Local artist Joni Young has been teaching for years now, and she always loves bringing children into her studio.

“When I was a kid I was eager to learn about art, and I always loved art class… I know there’s a lack of it now in the schools,” said Young. “The kids really love it. They’re learning a lot from it, and their confidence goes up. And it’s really rewarding for me as well.”

Young’s classes are for children ages six up to about 14. Starting the first week of February, kids can sign up for either the Tuesday or Wednesday classes, which go from 6 to 7 p.m.

“We finish a painting each night, within an hour or an hour and a half,” said Young.

“Just when I think I might be pushing it, and asking too much from them, they prove me wrong. They can do the things I ask them to do, and they impress and surprise themselves all the time. They just didn’t know they had it in them.”

All of the supplies will be provided, including the canvas, the brushes, and the acrylic paint, all of which is non-toxic.

All levels of experience are welcome at the classes. Young has students coming back for years, and also has new kids coming all the time.

“There’s just one level of class, and everybody does it to their ability. So if you have experience you’ll still learn in my class,” she said. “Some kids will come, thinking they’re not going to like it, and then by the end of the class they love it. They’re hooked. One boy told me that he wanted to come forever, and he’s been coming for two years now.”

There are still spots open for each class, and you can register by calling Young at 250-344-2179, emailing her at tjyoung@persona.ca, or sending her a Facebook message.

She is also taking registration for her women’s painting class on Monday evenings. Classes will run for four weeks.