A former Roger Ludlowe Middle School art teacher has opened a new art studio for students in grades six to 12. The goal of the Art & Kindness studio, 1597 Post Road, owned by Stephanie Peterson Jones, of Fairfield, is to help young people get satisfaction from expressing kindness through art, Jones said. In addition to her teaching experience, Jones is also a graphic artist and children's book illustrator.
"It is more important than ever for students to spend time being creative," the new business owner said. "In a world where everything comes at you at record speed, it is essential to engage in focused and creative activities that give you the ability to unplug."
Jones was inspired to open Art & Kindness after she and her husband, Paul, a professional photographer, decided to turn Superstorm Sandy debris into works of art. They called their project Art & Kindness, and donated a large portion of their proceeds to Operation Hope in Fairfield, which helped the couple and other residents recover from the storm.
The Art & Kindness studio, with a maximum class size of eight, is registering students for five-week sessions that meet once a week for $225 per session. The classes will support students in their particular art interests, Jones said. Students can register for classes offered on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays after school.
Paul Jones will also be teaching basic photography on Wednesdays in the studio, as well as one-on-one Photoshop sessions, and will work with students preparing portfolios for college applications.
Jones and her husband will also be available for adult art-making projects during the day and evenings, for private parties, for visits by groups such as book clubs, and for individual tutoring -- with arrangements made by appointment.
Visit www.artandkindness.com for more information about classes, open houses and other services offered by the studio. The studio is on the second floor at 1597 Post Road.