Teachers » Laura-Marie Small
As an artist, I am inspired by the world around me. I take note of all that I see and translate it into a piece of work that expresses my emotion on a particular subject. I strive to look at things in a positive light and I believe that my artwork reflects this. I am intrigued by colors and textures, which connects to fashion, my first love. I use my inspiration to build ideas that will be represented in an abstract or impressionistic style of art. I am influenced by many different styles and genres of the past, as well as the present.
I have spent my life around children. As the oldest of five siblings and many cousins, I have taken note of how children perceive the world around them. I graduated from Fairfield University, in Fairfield, Conn., in 2001, with a major in Fine and Performing Arts. My education also included artistic and creative work experience in theatre, fashion design, public relations, and visual merchandising.
Upon graduation I worked for Tiffany and Company and Maxima Art Center. In 2005, I earned my Master degree in Art Education from Nazareth College in Rochester, New York. Since then I have been a certified art educator working in both public and private environments.
In the spring of 2007, I opened my first home-based studio, Kidcasso Art Studio. In the winter of 2009 I proudly moved Kidcasso Art Studio to retail location, 101 Albion Street in Wakefield.
My teaching style fully embraces who I am as an individual and as an artist. I encourage my students to think and do for themselves. I provide my students with positive experiences that will allow them to discover themselves, problem solve, and to work not only independently, but also in the form of a group or team. I stress that there is no right or wrong in art and that it is up to them as an artist to visually speak the truth. My studio is a place that is safe, fun, warm, and inviting. I help guide my students in finding their own truth and forming their own ideas and identity. I believe in this style of teaching because it has only strengthened me as a person, artist, and educator.