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!
We emphasize the experience, the intention, as well as the connection children have with the materials.
We value the process and the ideas behind each brush stroke and line, each one more confident and intentional. Each class offers an opportunity for spontaneous and authentic learning experiences that honor each child's uniqueness.
We believe that children should lead the way, ask questions, express themselves freely and explore all possibilities.
COMMITMENT TO SUSTAINABILITY
Painted Leaf is committed to sustainability in all aspects. Traditional art classes can include a lot of materials, most of them ending in a landfill. At Painted Leaf Studio, all materials are evaluated for their place in the circular economy. Durable goods and natrual materials are given first considerations, while single use items are kept to a minumum. At the heart of the studio, we honor children when we honor the art and beaity of the Earth.
Our studio is located in Tampa, FL on 1 acre of land covered in oak trees & Florida nature.
Our 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.
When we're not in our Tampa studio, you can find us in A Simpler Place Farm and Market , an organic Riverview farm that promotes organic, local and sustainable foods in the Tampa Bay. We offer toddler classes & camps that encourage a love for art and nature.
Interested in bringing the Painted Leaf experience to your private event, business or organization? Contact us so we can customize your experience!
We've had the pleasure of working with
these local organizations,
non-profits & businesses:
Creative Loafing - Sensory Overload in
We were nominated for Best of Tampa Bay for Best Art Party and won second place in 2020.
We are proud members of the National Art Education Association.
OWNER & DIRECTOR
Dedicated to providing unique creative environments
Hello there! 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 professional development workshops:
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)