GALLERIA Art Studio’s new owner Mukami Ireri will be introducing an art program for homeschool kids in 2019.
Ireri takes over from founder Karen Frankel in January, after Frankel decided to pass on her 15-year business and focus on her own artwork.
The studio, located at Unit 2 Barnett Court, Morley, runs kids’ after school classes, adult painting and drawing classes and Sunday workshops.
Holiday workshops will run from January 7 to January 23 while homeschool classes will start in February.
Ireri, of Brabham, said she always wanted to open a kids’ art school, after teaching visual arts at Port Hedland Primary School for 11 years.
“The opportunity just came at the right time,” she said.
“We have a homeschool program coming up next year which is really exciting because there is a demand in that area.
“Kids who are homeschooled would like to advance their art skills in a specialised program.”
She said she loved watching how kids respond to art and develop confidence, creativity and problem-solving skills.
Frankel, of Dianella, said she would still be teaching adult classes next year.
“It will allow me to still do what I love which is teach and share my knowledge and still remain connected to the studio but now I can concentrate on my artwork,” she said.
“Teaching keeps me honest as an artist and I don’t need an outside motivation because I love it and I am forever taking photographs, forever thinking about what I am going to be doing.
“The break from the studio will also allow me to increase my experience, go on workshops and retreats.”
For information, visit www.galleriaartstudio.com.