Children’s Art Classes in Arcadia, California

Children's art classes

by Daria on March 30, 2010

in Art Tips and Tricks

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Ruth Read is my good friend. She is an award winning painter, photographer and an author (soon to be published!) of some children’s books. I always had a feeling that she would be an excellent art teacher.

Until recently, she was reluctant to do the teaching. Then one day Ruth stepped up and decided to give it a try.

She called me next day (after her first class) to tell me she loved it. So did her young students! Check it out for yourself.

Story and photos below by © Ruth Read

Teacher: Ruth Read

Subject: Create a story book with illustrations.

What the subject should be

What the subject should be

The students were very serious about their creations. They spent time deciding what the subject should be.

How to illustrate the story

Each child had to think about a story to tell, and how they might illustrate it.

Words and pictures

Art is sometimes telling a story with paint, and sometimes we tell the story with words.

They said they really like books with words and pictures. They learned that the pictures in the book are called illustrations.

Adding 3D effects

Adding 3D effects

We worked on brush strokes for the grass and then Cory added some heavy duty 3 – D  effects to it.

No mistakes

No mistakes

Logan learned that when we make a mistake we can paint over the mistake and fix it. There really is no mistakes.

Better than original

Better than original

Joshua learned that sometimes it is better to start over, and sometimes the mistake looks better than his original idea.

Extra canvas

Extra canvas

They all learned that they can have an extra canvas to try out brush strokes or mix color before they put it on the real painting.

The most important thing they learned is that it is fun to create.

Next class we will finish up our first illustration. Their homework is to think about what they are going to write to go with their illustrations.

We had that discussion before we started so they know the subject and wrote a few sentences.

The children all agree that this is a very fun class!

The children’s artwork is on display at the studio.

3/26/2010 From the teachers journal…

If you are interested in classes for your child please contact the studio at:

Milly Frank Arts Studio
120 E. Live Oak Ave.
Arcadia, Ca 91006
Tel: (626) 348-2008
Cell: (626) 673-0697
href="/">millyfrankstudio [at]

More fun things at Milly Frank Arts Studio at:
First Ballet Class

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1 Richelle March 30, 2010 at 5:34 PM

My children are taking this class and they have so much fun. I highly recommend it for anyone that want to take their kids. The teacher is fantastic.


2 Daria March 30, 2010 at 8:51 PM

Her students on the photos sure look very happy… :)


3 Frank Yang March 30, 2010 at 11:23 PM

She is very thoughtful. Our grandson wants to come back and taking her art class again.


4 Brian March 30, 2010 at 11:28 PM

My sons love the class. It is very cool.


5 ira yawnick March 31, 2010 at 12:25 AM

this sounds like just the place I would send my child or grandchild to learn about art. it’s so down to earth and real.

thanks Ruth, keep up the good work.


6 Children's Song Books March 31, 2010 at 8:43 AM

Wow. These photographs is taking me to my golden school days. Nice share.


7 David March 31, 2010 at 9:54 PM

It’s amazing to see the kids eyes light up when they show off their work. Drat,,, now they can paint better than me,, and they have more energy. Yikes


8 Cyndi April 2, 2010 at 7:10 AM

Ruth -

How wonderful you are sharing your gift with children. You are opening their minds and hearts – and giving them a gift they will be able to cherish and use always.


9 Dave Fleck April 3, 2010 at 2:05 AM

Very cool digs for up and coming artists.


10 richard April 4, 2010 at 5:34 PM

ruth is such a great teacher i wish i was a kid again!


11 richard April 4, 2010 at 5:39 PM

ruth is such a great teacher, i wish i was a kid again!


12 Cathe April 5, 2010 at 5:36 PM

Awesome job Ruth! It is truly wonderful of you to share your knowledge and talents with the young…We need you on Kauai!


13 Diane Newton April 6, 2010 at 12:15 PM

If my children were not grown up, I would certainly enroll them in them in these classes. They look wonderful.


14 Margaret Paschal April 6, 2010 at 1:03 PM

Very talented teacher that works very natural w/ children in helping them see their potential and expand on their creative ability.


15 Ruth Read April 22, 2010 at 7:05 PM

Wow, Thank you for the comments. I do love teaching them. They are so eager to learn.


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