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Art Classes

"Creative work is not a selfish act or a bid for attention on the part of an actor. It's a gift to the world and every being in it. Don't cheat us of your contribution. Give us what you got."
-Steven Pressfield

At The Creative Palette every person young or old has the ability to be creative. We lead both the beginner and intermediate student through a step by step, hands on demonstration in everyone of our lessons. We strive to acheive a positive learning environment that nutures and evokes the creative spirit in everyone! We use a variety of mediums and a variety of subject matter in each of our art classes.

The Creative Palette promotes the growth of artistic and cultural opportunities for all ages and levels with our exceptional art classes and workshops. We are opening a new location right in Barrie in late April of 2015.  Our new address will be 36 Wellington St. West, just west of Bayfield.  The entrance to the business side of this address is on Mary St.  In this new natural setting, and with very small class sizes, we will encourage others to explore their creativity.   The process of creating art is therapeutic and by offering a safe, calm, and green environment, we can give people who love to create a brief respite from a very busy world.  Our new studio has a large solarium off the back and backs on to 3/4 of an acre into perennial gardens where you can paint outside in our new "en plein aire" classes later this spring 2015.  From beginners to those more experienced, all our welcome to come in and try one of our speciality workshops. In just a few hours, you too can experience the sheer joy and sense of wonder an artist feels when they create!

Children naturally love to paint, draw, build and dance. Unfortunately, when schools cut back on budgets, the art programs are usually the first to go. The right brain is used in emotional perception, intuition and creativity. When a child uses the right side of their brain they are typically involved in creative pursuits. Science has determined that to be most efficient both sides of the brain must work together. Working in the arts and being creative strengthens and stimulates the right side of the brain. The Creative Palette offers individuls or classroom setting art lessons that help your children to think creatively, with an open mind and to know that they can solve problems and express themselves creatively! 

"My strength lies in my ability to share in a variety of mediums in both 2 and 3 dimensional work. My philosphy is that by giving children, teens or adults a positive environment in which they can explore materials and methods, and to approach these projects with just the sheer joy of playing, opens up a world of possibilities in the simple act of creating.  It is a wonderful sense of accomplishment."  Heather Dekker.

Please give Heather a call at 705-458-1278 and come and get creative!  You can click on these links for more information on our individual classes.

Children Ages 6-9 Art Classes, Youth Ages 8-12 Art Classes, Teen Ages 13 and older Art Classes, Adult Art Workshops

When my daughter was about seven years old, she asked me one day what I did at work. I told her I worked at the college - that my job was to teach people how to draw. She stared at me, incredulous, and said, "You mean they forget?"
- Howard Ikemoto


































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Shelly Melnyk

Posted:29-04-2013 Hits:339 Feedbacks Super User

"One word: 'Awesome!' Heather’s skills & talent as an artist combined with her warm, enthusiastic inclusive approach have afforded my daughter to grow and explore her creative passion. The variety of mediums helped her to try new things and create pieces she is truly proud to show. The technique and theory help to round out her whole learning experience. Thank you Heather!" Shelly Melnyk

Ruth Rankin

Posted:29-04-2013 Hits:265 Feedbacks Super User

"Our daughter has thoroughly enjoyed every class that she’s taken with Heather. So much so, that she invited friends to an art class birthday party. Lots of fun! It’s been a great balance to add a creative activity to her extra-curricular activities." Ruth Rankin

Pamela Schellling

Posted:29-04-2013 Hits:233 Feedbacks Super User

"She loves art. We love framing her work. We love the oil pastels and the watercolors. A beautiful smile after every class to go with a fantastic piece of art!" Pamela Schellling

Tracy Link

Posted:29-04-2013 Hits:282 Feedbacks Super User

"My daughter loves coming to art class with Heather. She loves it so much she has asked to join a second class per week. The pieces she has brought home are beautiful. Our favorite painting is on our fireplace mantel so we can see and enjoy it every day. Heather is very talented and works well with the children. We would recommend this class to everyone." Tracy Link


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