Hedge Pond October
Never in my wildest dreams would I have imagined that I’d be teaching fine art for twenty years now. One of my first jobs back in 1968 when I was a sixteen-year-old oil painter was assisting Gay Youse in her kids classes at the Duxbury Art Association. But I never thought it was what I’d end up doing. Some things are just meant to be.
After owning my own custom clothing business, working in the restaurant world, and then the wild west of Internet application development, docs and training, I got back into fine art around 1998 when I started making illustrations for Nelson Telson – The Story of a True Blue Blood. Suddenly I had this need to make art just for the sake of it. I was about to pick the oil paints back up when my husband suggested pastels.
My pastel journey began right about the same time Maggie Price started the Pastel Journal, a fortunate coincidence! I was lucky to get to know her and many other renowned pastel painters along the way. And there’s a wonderful community of supportive pastel painters right here on the south shore and cape.
I went crazy making art with pastels. Within a year I was teaching pastel painting to grownups privately and for the Plymouth Guild. A few years later, a friend asked if I’d teach her son, and from there my gig grew and evolved from the dining room table into the Top of the World. How lucky am I?
I am so thrilled and humbled to have the privilege of teaching your kids. It is an honor to be a part of their development as artists and citizens. Jack has been with me since kindergarten. Now into his ninth year of after school classes, he has rarely missed a day.
One of the most gratifying things that happens is when kids outgrow the classes, and go off into the bigger world. But they know they can always come back and paint with me.
Jack then and now
Enjoy these reflective artworks, and scroll down for the schedules.
NEWBIES – Make sure to bring a release form.
Kids come down driveway to back door. We are a shoe-free house. Leave shoes in the pantry and come upstairs. Kids are welcome to bring indoor footwear like slippers.
Pay in advance for the number of classes you will attend in the month ahead. Make checks payable to Heidi Mayo.
Please check the schedule carefully, and correct me if I’m wrong.
Tuesday, Oct 1 – 4-5:30 Down & Dirty with Pastels
Wednesday Oct 2 – 3:45-5:30 Ages 12 and up
Thursday, Oct 3, 4-5:30
Tuesday, Oct 8 – 4-5:30 Down & Dirty with Pastels
Wednesday Oct 9 – 3:45-5:30 Ages 12 and up
(Jack & Sophia, half day?)
Thursday, Oct 10, 4-5:30
Elizabeth (every other)
(No Emma P)
EXHIBITION OPPORTUNITY Registration OCT 10, 3-7:00 – Kids from the Top usually place well in these art shows. Young at Art at the Plymouth Center for the Arts Read all about it here.