Seven years ago, Kelly Gillow opened her home to children in search of learning more about art, but she has loved art for as long as she can remember. “Growing up, I was always painting or drawing something,” Gillow said. “I always wanted to be a teacher and an artist.” After studying early childhood education, then teaching Pre-School for eight years, she opened her home to private students. Gillow’s dream of opening her own studio came true three years ago in the form of Country Home Learning & Art Center in Brodheadsville.
The business has taken off and she currently teaches both children and adults in the walk-in location. “It has been so rewarding to build something from nothing and watch it grow,” says Gillow, “it has been so much fun to meet so many great people on their quest to become more creative!” Gillow taught herself how to do everything in her business, “in the beginning, the ad budget was small, so I would print, wrap and hand deliver advertising to locals before the newspaper delivered,” she explained. From learning how to create the bisques, fire the pottery, work the wheels, she learned it all so she could incorporate the different techniques at Country Home Learning.
Country Clay Studio, The Art Loft and The Glass Bottle — 3 studios in one, where you can paint pottery, glass or canvas without the costly studio fees. Gillow explained, “I wanted to make the studio affordable so everyone would feel it is approachable. You can literally stay all day and paint if you want!” In addition to the walk-in services, Country Home Learning also offers a party room, Paint and Sip Nights and a fantastic Summer Arts Camp for the kids. From June through August, your kids can learn about Art & Science, Art & Craft and Clay. Art Camp at Country Home Learning is flexible and FUN! To see the summer camp schedule go to www.countryhomelearning.com.
“When you’re having fun, it doesn’t feel like work,” says Gillow. “This is so much fun for me…this studio is my dream come true and I go home and feel like I did something good every day.” Remembering a child who was struggling with low self-esteem, Gillow explained, “she was so shy and would barely talk, it was tough for her to communicate, but I could tell how much she loved art. Now, I’m blown away by how much pride she takes in her art work. Putting a smile on one child’s face a day is my reward!”
To view Country Home Learning & Art Center’s event calendar go to www.countryhomelearning.com or phone 610.895.4090 for more information.