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Artichoke is celebrating its 20th anniversary in 2019
Learn about where it all began


“I have been teaching kids for almost 30 years. I have learned a lot from them and continue to learn and admire them every day of my life. I respect their opinions and creative choices. I try to nourish their love for art. I value their honesty, sense of humor, hard work, and devotion to creativity. I will use all my pedagogical talent to help our wonderful artists be happy, creative, confident, and learn a lot about life through art. Below you will find my values and beliefs that I have been following throughout my career as a teacher.”

- Ksenya


Each child is a unique human being. To teach children you don’t need to go down to the level of the child. Children are honest, creative, and trust you and the world. You need to rise to the level of the child! "Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up." – Pablo Picasso​


It is impossible to teach every student in the same way. The teaching technique must be designed to fit the individual student’s needs, technical abilities, and talents. "Anybody with artistic ambitions is always trying to reconnect with the way they saw things as a child." – Tim Burton

I believe and it is scientifically proven that art is just as important for childhood development as music, sports, math, or parental attention. Art helps to develop fine motor skills, spatial reasoning, speech, and attention span. "Principles for the Development of a Complete Mind: Study the science of art." – Leonardo da Vinci


It is very important to make young artists believe in themselves. Parents and students shouldn’t expect new students to know everything immediately. The teacher’s help is needed to both ensure growth of academic drawing and painting techniques and to nourish talent, and creativity. The percentage of teacher’s help should not be of a concern, as long as the student is on the right path of building confidence and artistic excellence. "All grown-ups were once children… but only a few of them remember it." – Antoine de Saint-Exupery

Positive reinforcement of artistic abilities results in much better outcomes than criticism. Thus, it is very important for every parent to admire their child’s artwork and respect the child’s artistic choices of subject, color, and shape. "Positive reinforcement changes behavior for the better, while criticism stabilizes negative behaviors and blocks change." - Virginia H. Pearce


External pressures may damage the creative process and artwork quality. Parents should avoid advising students on using (or not) certain mediums, subjects, or creating art for a specific purpose. "An artist is someone who produces things that people don’t need to have." – Andy Warhol

Just as every child’s brain needs to be ready to learn to count or read, it should be equally ready and mature enough to learn proportions, shading, perspective, and oil painting. The teacher will assess the readiness and advise an artist (and his parents) on the time to move on to longer classes, advanced artistic techniques and mediums.


Artichoke Art Studio provides a safe space for each student, where every individual can openly state his opinion and be accepted. "Logic will take you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere." – Albert Einstein