Jil Freeman found her calling as a private art teacher.
The graphic designer opened her home-based Starseeds art studio this month, offering art classes for kids.
“It feels like what my soul has been wanting to do for a long time,” said Freeman, 35.
Freeman initially wanted to move his Freeline Signs and Graphics business into his home, in part to reduce overhead costs in today’s unstable economy. When 100 Mile District business regulations didn’t allow her to set it up from her home, she decided to open an art studio instead.
She spent the first few months of this year tearing down walls, installing new drywall and converting the basement of her house into a studio. Once it was functional and pretty, she launched a website and invited her first students inside two weeks ago.
“Anyway, I wanted to do something different that was more into the arts for a long time, but I just hadn’t had the chance,” said Freeman, who has been doing graphic design for 15 years.
Teaching came naturally, she says. She has kept her classes small with a maximum of five children to ensure she can spend one-on-one time with each child and keep them focused. If some students finish before others, she encourages them to draw on the walls so that the creative process continues.
“I think the creative process is probably my favorite part of art. For me, it’s not so much the result as the inspiration you get from start to finish,” Freeman said. feel like for the graphic I’m hired to do something a certain way and so that part of me felt like a bird in its cage I’m able to do my thing but it has to have a certain results.
Since beginning to teach, Freeman has reveled in the opportunity to expand her artistic wings. She exposes her students to a wide range of different artistic styles and influential artists to encourage creativity. She sees the studio as “fertile soil” where her students can plant themselves and grow.
“I believe there are all these little creators on this earth who have this beautiful light within them and I just want them to come and explore, in a safe space, what it means to them,” Freeman said. “I just want them to come here to my studio and express themselves completely.”
Freeman runs two classes, one for preschoolers ages three to five in the morning and another for kids ages six to 11 after school Wednesday through Friday. Each class lasts about an hour, but Freeman plans to expand it to students who are truly engaged.
Anyone interested in enrolling their children in an art class can do so at starseedartstudio.com. A set of four classes costs $100 for the afterschool program and $72 for six classes at the preschool level.
Freeman said she is also willing to work with other artists in the community who would like to use her studio to hold workshops for adults and children. Bringing the 100 Mile artist community together in a collaborative way would be a big undertaking, she said.
“Everyone has the ability to bring ideas together and manifest something from that and that’s really my mission, to inspire others to create and see that creative self inside of themselves. .”
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