New studio to host art classes in Ballard

If you’ve been hoping to hone your creative writing skills or take an art class to explore your inner Picasso, you’re in luck: there’s a new art studio in Ballard called The Drawing Room, offering art and writing classes for adults and children. The art studio, located at 5335 1/2 NW Ballard Ave, will provide, “small group classes and private lessons in visual art and creative writing.”

From The Drawing Room:

At The Drawing Room, students can feel free to explore their creativity while sharpening their art and writing skills and heightening aesthetic awareness. With flexible scheduling and an emphasis on working with each student’s unique interests, The Drawing Room is perfect for homeschoolers as well as artists and writers of all ages who wish to explore drawing, painting, sculpture, collage, books arts, poetry, and more.

The studio was started by Kim Overton, who taught art in public and private schools for over a decade. She says that over time, she began to work with smaller groups of students, which, “formed spontaneously by those who would wander into her art room during recess or after school.”

Both private and group instruction is offered Monday through Friday, with Saturday lessons by appointment. The sessions are roughly one hour, meeting once a week. The studio provides all necessary art supplies for students. An upcoming small-group poetry writing class for adults, “Lunch Poems,” will meet Fridays from 12 to 1 p.m., starting on May 18. The studio says the instructor is Amanda Laughtland, a widely published poet and the editor/publisher of Teeny Tiny Press.

To sign up for classes or to learn more about the studio, visit their website or contact Kim Overton at 206-707-1038.

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