We believe in organic & spontaneous learning, experimentation, and critical thinking. Every class is designed to encourage creative and innovative thinking through art and play. We are play advocates and defenders of the magic of play!
WE ARE A
PROCESS & PLAY BASED
Our classes offer a process-based approach which focuses on the experience of making & creating. We focus on that spark of joy and sense of accomplishment. For us, it's more about the learning experience, the intention, and the connection the children build with the materials.
Our studio provides creative opportunities for children to experience spontaneous and authentic learning experiences.
Our toddler classes meets outdoors and is perfect for creative and energetic 2-4yr olds who love painting, exploring, and making fun messes!
The older kids classes provide a solid understanding of art techniques, mediums, and art history. Through open-ended questions and art discussions, we encourage each child to find their creative voice and confidence.
INDOOR & OUTDOOR
Our studio is located in Tampa, FL on an acre of land covered in oak trees & Florida nature.
Our tiny but mighty indoor space is a creative oasis full of colorful art and quality materials that spark creativity and imagination.
Want to schedule a tour of our space, contact us here.
We've had the pleasure of working with
these local organizations,
non-profits & businesses:
Creative Loafing - Sensory Overload in
Life Coach Lulu Shares the Light
OUR COMMITMENT TO SUSTAINABILITY
Painted Leaf is committed to sustainability in all aspects. All materials are evaluated for their place in the circular economy. Durable goods and natural materials are given first considerations and re-using and recycling are encouraged. At the heart of the studio, we honor children when we honor the art and beauty of the Earth.
We were nominated for Best of Tampa Bay for Best Art Party in 2020 and 2021.
We are proud members of the National Art Education Association.
OWNER & DIRECTOR
Dedicated to providing unique creative environments
Hello! Since graduating with an art degree from the University of South Florida I have searched for a way to connect my love for the arts with my passion for encouraging our future innovators to be creative, critical thinkers and invested in learning. Inspired by my creative & curious daughter as well as my both parents who are incredible teachers, Painted Leaf was born as a way to share my passion for art, outdoor education & sensory experiences.
I consider myself a lifelong student and am always trying to better myself professionally and personally. I've recently participated in these recent professional development workshops:
Basic Life Support (CPR & AED) Certified through the American Heart Association
Play-Based Classroom Teaching Strategies through Fairy Dust Teaching
Nature-Based Learning with Young Children with ERAFN (Eastern Region Association of Forest and Nature Schools)
20 hrs of training in The Play Summit: Online Early Childhood Education Conference with Fairy Dust Teaching
Exploring TAB - Teaching for Artistic Behaviors with Arts4All Florida
Supporting Social and Emotional Learning Through the Arts with Arts4All Florida
[Virtual] NAEA National Convention 2021 (National Art Education Association)