Like so many great ideas, the inspiration for Neighborhood Art Studio came from a child. Founder Adriana Saurini wanted to enroll her preschool-age child, Edyn, in a program that allowed him to explore various techniques and materials, develop his imagination, and create art without limits. At the time, however, no such class seemed to exist for kids Edyn’s age. Since Adriana was already a well-known face painter in the Central Park community, she decided to ask around and see whether other neighborhood parents were similarly interested in hands-on art experiences they could share with their children. The response was overwhelming, and as a result, Adriana began teaching art classes at her first location, a classroom in Stapleton Fellowship Church, as well as conducting preschool art classes out of her living room.
Today, Neighborhood Art Studio is at the forefront of play-based learning through art. Children as young as one year of age can experience the world around them by getting to work with an array of materials and objects, all in a safe, inviting atmosphere that encourages creativity, celebrates originality, and asserts that there are no such thing as mistakes. Central Park (formerly Stapleton) and Northfield area families love us for our diverse range of classes, art clubs, workshops, and even birthday parties that cultivate ingenuity, problem-solving skills, and above all, FUN! Neighborhood Art Studio is proud to be the place that empowers children to ignite the spark.
Adriana has worn all different hats at Neighborhood Art Studio since it's infancy! Over time, she has been able to hire a team just as dedicated to the mission and vision as she is. Although Adriana has taught all of the classes, camps and workshops in the studio, she most recently serves as a substitute in the event that an instructor is out. Her favorite thing about working here is the team of excellent professionals that she gets to share her ideas with and the students' gratitude for having a space where they get to freely create. Adriana's hope for each of our artists is that they leave with a smile and a newfound confidence in their creative abilities while discovering that all ideas are worth exploring.
Adriana doesn't get many days off, but when she does, she loves spending time with her family going camping, reading, gardening or binging on Netflix.