“It all starts from this scribble”

KENT — Do you feel creative? Artist Sasha Schwartz encourages people to make something original, rather than copying from a work of art.

“Copying doesn’t teach you any of the next-level thinking skills that the arts can teach,” said Schwartz, owner and founder of Scribble Art Workshop, a developmentally-based art studio for kids 18 months to adults. . The studio is opening a second location at 63 Main Street in February in the Kent Green shopping centre. Scribble Art Workshop is also in Dobbs Ferry, NY

Schwartz said that when art teachers ask all of their students to do the same painting, step by step, in exactly the same way, “it doesn’t teach you problem solving, perseverance, vision and growth. crafts – things that you can then bring to other thematic areas”.

Art involves more than just the process of drawing, said Schwartz, 40, who lives in Wingdale, NY, with her 5-year-old son, Harrison, and her husband, Steven Schwartz, a farmer.

“In our classes, we teach them to innovate, to persist in the face of a problem, to collaborate and to respect each other, to take care of the tools,” she said.

She said students should explore the materials freely, depending on their stage of development.


About 10 years ago, Schwartz co-authored a book called “Scribbology”, which contains research on the developmental stages of performers for each age group. She bases her teaching program on this book.

At Scribble Arts, toddlers learn skills such as language acquisition, which includes identifying colors through experience and learning about materials in a three-dimensional way.

“So instead of showing them paint, we ask them to touch the paint, use the paint, and smell the paint,” she said.

Classes for school-aged children include printmaking and toy design.

“In toy design, they make their own action figures, board games, and dollhouses,” she said.

The studio also offers an industrial design course, which is a STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) course where students build a structure, such as a house, and use LED lighting and working motors on and off it. inside.

Sculpture lessons are also offered.

Schwartz said that in art education, the emphasis is usually on painting and drawing, but sculpture tends to be overlooked.

“Sculpting teaches problem solving in such a direct way,” Schwartz said. “It’s not just about looking good, it’s got to stay together.”

When most people think of sculpture, they tend to think of clay, but there are many other types of sculpture one can make, she said.

Scribble Art teaches sculpting from wood, mixed media, found objects, plaster, foam core, and paper.

Despite what many may think, she said adults are much harder to teach art than children.

“Adults come with this preconceived idea of ​​what they can and can’t do. They often tell me, “I don’t have a creative bone in my body. Breaking through their own perception of their abilities is very difficult,” she said.

“It’s our job to break down those walls,” she added.

Wide range

Schwartz plans to form partnerships with some of Kent’s local museums and galleries where children can visit and possibly exhibit their artwork and in performances.

Proceeds from the sale of their work would go to a scholarship fund, which art students can apply to.

Schwartz majored in sculpture at the University of Washington in Missouri and holds a master’s degree in art education from the School of Visual Arts in Manhattan.

For about 15 years she taught art in New York public schools. She quit her job due to the pandemic. She now teaches art at Dutchess Day School in Millbrook, NY

She opened her first Scribble Art studio in 2013 in Manhattan and the Dobbs Ferry site in 2016. She closed the Manhattan site in 2020 due to the pandemic, but kept the Dobbs Ferry site. At nearly 1,100 square feet, the Kent location is his largest studio to date.

Besides his studio, Schwartz and his team of 40 teachers also teach at approximately 50 after-school programs in Westchester, NY, and New York. She said she hopes to be able to teach art in after-school programs in Connecticut schools.

The Kent studio will be open for summer camp classes.

The studio’s name symbolizes the importance of doodling, Schwartz said.

“The name comes from the fact that the first stage of artistic development is the doodling stage,” she said.

She said people often think of doodling as “scribble scrabble” – as unimportant or meaningless. However, this is far from the case, she says.

“The scribble is symbolic of this lifelong relationship with image making,” she said. “It’s the first experience for the child to express something inside in an outside way. This is the beginning of a long brand and design life.

“It all starts from that scribble,” she said.

For more information about Scribble Art Workshop, visit scribbleartworkshop.com. or email [email protected]

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