A love of art and a love of teaching people how to express themselves through art have inspired Joy Kloman to set up a teaching studio at 1412 13th St. Suite 100 (just north of Ten Speed Coffee).
Kloman, a professor of painting and drawing for six years at the University of Mississippi and a nine-year resident of the Gorge, will teach painting to groups or individuals, adults and children, by appointment.
She also hopes to host painting parties, in which she will guide people in completion of a 16-by-20-inch painting inspired by an existing work of art.
“It’ll be a good chance for people who may be a little unsure of themselves to be creative and comfortable,” says Kloman.
“I don’t want it to be intimidating. I think it can be fun.”
Art called early to Kloman. After leaving her childhood home in Pensacola, Fla., Kloman attended the Kansas City Art Institute and graduate school at the University of Florida.
“”In college art classes, I couldn’t get enough of it,” she recalls. “Early on, I knew I wanted to teach art.”
She says painting parties and group classes can hold up to 12 students. All work will use quick-drying acrylic paint, so students can take their paintings home with them.
To meet Kloman and get a look at the studio — she will also display her own artwork — may attend an open house from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Dec. 5. The first painting party runs from 7 to 9 p.m. that evening.