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Art Adventures 4 Kids: Helping Kids See Their World with Artist’s Eyes

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Located inside the Hobby Lobby on March Lane in Stockton and on Kettleman Lane in Lodi are vibrant art studios dedicated to helping Stockton’s youngest residents and also some adult classes see the world through a beautiful lens. Art and kids naturally go hand-in-hand, and studies demonstrate that kids who participate in art activities benefit in a plethora of ways. Art can be messy and tedious, or it can be nurturing and educational. Regina Rose is determined to cultivate the latter through her business, Art Adventures 4 Kids.

Regina is dedicated to sharing her love of art with others, but the topic was not always on her radar. It wasn’t until the age of 37 that Regina was inspired to embark on a year-long sabbatical of studying art. She attended workshops in watercolor, pastels and oil taught by some of our nation’s top artists. She studied abroad in Florence, Italy, and at the Art Students League in New York City. During that sabbatical the artist inside her was reborn and she has been creating and teaching art ever since. Most recently Regina attended the Scottsdale Artists’ School and she continues to find inspiration via her visits to museums and cathedrals around the world.

With a new career path and mission, Regina opened The Art Korner in Stockton in 1999. She worked with Central Valley artists to hone their artistic abilities and to use the process of creating art to enhance their self-confidence. Regina was forced to close her successful business in 2015 to take care of her terminally ill mother, but she’s now back in action doing what she loves most in life—teaching kids the joys of art.

With Art Adventures 4 Kids, Regina focuses on teaching classes that enhance painting and drawing skills. At a time when online classes are abundant, Regina is adamant that there is no better way to learn than to have a teacher who can be right by the student’s side. “People often think that the popularity of the Internet would hurt my mission to nurture a love of art in the younger generation,” Regina shared. “But I firmly believe it has helped me and I’ve come to embrace it. The popularity of art has exploded in so many ways these last 20 years and I see it in the children I teach. Because of the Internet, kids see and are inspired by more amazing things than ever.”

Art Adventures 4 Kids classes include creating with oil pastels, acrylic watercolor, soft pastels, drawing and printmaking. Adults can enjoy classes involving oil, acrylic and pastel watercolor painting that include lessons on color mixing, composition and value.

“Kids come on a month-to-month basis. Over a year, they will get the chance to work in every medium,” Regina confirmed. “I also work within each child’s level and skill and I intentionally keep class sizes small so I am able to spend individual time with each student in each and every class. I give lots of hands-on help when needed. That’s just my style. Over time, each child will learn principles and elements of art as studied by the masters. This includes color mixing, composition, value and perspective. I have been teaching kids for over 20 years using the same methodology, because it works.”

Whether you’re an expert or beginner, young or old, Regina has a teaching style that will draw out every student’s inner artist. “I am confident in my ability to take anyone’s art to new levels,” Regina noted. “My mission is to pass on what years of workshops and painting have taught me to all of my students. And I’m not done learning myself either. Sometimes my brand-new students teach me a new trick or two. Those are some of the many moments I value the most.” ■

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