New art classes are coming to Bowen this weekend as The Burrow prepares for its grand opening.
Artisan Square studio – formerly Cloudflower Clayworks until Jeanne Sarich retired late last year – is set to turn the kiln back on and offer pottery lessons, along with many other outlets for pottery. ‘Arts and crafts. Sara Skuce is the owner/operator of the new studio and says when the opportunity arose to grab one of the best spaces available on the island, she had to take it.
The business won’t be full-time to start – Skuce is in school for next year at the Vancouver Institute of Art Therapy. Initial offerings will be after school for children, and a series of pottery classes covering all ages on Sunday with local artist Catherine Epps. “We will do a lot of pottery. I do kids classes, fun crafts after school. And then also an open studio,” says Skuce, who says she’s excited to focus on kids’ art lessons to begin with.
“And then I hope that other artists will come and give lessons to both young people and adults,” she adds. This could range from one-day workshops to month-long courses, with the goal of hiring artists “who want to share what they do with the community.”
Skuce is pursuing graduate school in art therapy and plans to lead her practice out of the Burrow space after graduating. Although it’s his full-time job, Skuce still plans to run the art studio after school and in the evenings.
Over the next year, Skuce also plans to offer a limited number of free art therapy sessions at the studio.
In the immediate future, the open doors on Saturday will take place from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m., and will allow everyone to discover the space.
There will be sample crafts to make, all children will receive a pack of crayons, and there will be a draw for a $100 gift card for one of the Burrow’s classes.
More information can be found at https://www.theburrowbowen.com/