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About Art Start
Art has been there for me every moment that I can remember.
And I've been there to see art, in its many forms, helping to improve the lives of others. Sensing, receiving, and consuming art can be enjoyable and life changing. Making it can be affirming and liberating. The relationships formed in this sharing have been essential to the quality of my life.
In my art journey, I've been privileged to have the support of my parents Mary and Dave Buchanan, as well as our extended family. I attended a high school that is recognized as a Mural Museum, and learned to identify my love for painting as a student in Mr. G's advanced art class. While continuing my education at a local community college, I found creative opportunities working for a local non profit after school program. Eventually, I gained a new love for leading in the classroom. This led me to new art teaching jobs in the craft-retail and private art-school scenes. Eventually, I decided to develop and share my own unique art lessons.
In 2010, my husband Lito Banzon and I established Art Start, a traveling art program aimed at providing introductory art lessons to children ages 6-12 years old. Since then, the classes have grown to include all ages and degrees of understanding. As Art Start and my own experiences continue to expand, I look forward to creating more spaces for all people to learn about and practice art together.
At Art Start, we understand the importance of support in an artist’s life. Our community serves as an educational branch and support system for all artists who visit our traveling art studio by being a special place where their creative juices can flow freely. We’re dedicated to our artists, and we provide them with the appropriate training and tools they need to succeed. It’s our mission to ensure that the arts remain strong, and to offer classes to students of all levels - introducing newcomers to art and creativity, and refining the techniques of even the most veteran artists.
Artists need a space to dream, to create, to inspire and to be inspired. At Art Start, we understand this well, which is why we provide this space for our guests. All artistic expression is allowed in this magical Art Studio where people come and create their art freely.