A Place to Thrive
Since we opened our doors in 2010, we've been committed to helping people pursue their love for art and creativity. With our passionate faculty, exceptional staff and a talented student community, we're confident in the education, guidance and network you will find here.
Shoe Town Art Center provides a unique and highly personalized method of learning, creating an environment to nurture, educate, encourage and inspire creative individuals to achieve the highest level of success. Browse through our site and course offerings menu to learn more about what we have to offer.
To ensure we keep our students and community up-to-date, we’ve compiled our latest news coverage and announcements below. Check back often for the latest information, and get in touch with questions.
SIGN UP FOR ART COURSES
We are currently enrolling Weekday and Weekend courses here at Shoe Town Art Center. We offered group and individual classes for children, teens and adults in a variety of mediums such as painting, sculpture, ceramics, pottery, drawing, expressive arts, art therapy, drawing and much more. Check out our course offerings page!
EXPRESSIVE ARTS AND ART THERAPY
Here at Shoe Town Art Center we offer Art Therapy and Expressive Arts sessions.
The founder of Shoe Town Art Center Emily Lawrence-Boulger, believes that every individual is a learner and that everyone has the ability to create.
Being in the field of special education for many years, Emily has noticed there are few to no after school opportunities for children and adults with disabilities.
This is the primary reason why Emily was inspired to open Shoe Town Art Center. She wanted a place for all people to feel welcome, regardless of their skill level or needs. Emily’s experience and advanced education allows her to work comfortably with students and support a variety of populations including individuals with intellectual, social-emotional and behavioral disabilities.
For students with behavioral disabilities, Emily utilizes the principals of applied behavioral analysis to break down the concepts of art projects into smaller meaningful components. This enables her to provide concrete instruction to teach new skills and then build upon them.
For individuals with social-emotional disabilities, Emily uses a therapeutic approach focused on creating a comfortable learning environment where her students are free to explore their own creative process. Then, when students are ready to move on in the process, she can begin introducing new lessons and expanding on the students’ knowledge.
It goes without saying, that every student is unique and will benefit from individualized instruction. We will do our best to accommodate and modify our instruction to meet the needs of each of our students.
“Creativity takes courage”