Some fresh artistic classes are coming to Bowen this weekend as the Burrow prepares for its grand opening.
The Artisan Square studio – formerly Cloudflower Clayworks until Jeanne Sarich retired at the end of last year – is ready to fire up the kiln once again and offer pottery classes, along with many other crafting outlets. Sara Skuce is the owner/operator behind the new studio, and says when the opportunity arose to grab one of the prime spaces available on the island, she had to take it.
The venture won’t be full-time to start – Skuce is in school for the next year at the Vancouver Art Therapy Institute. The initial offerings will take place after school for kids, and a series of pottery classes covering all ages on Sunday with local artist Catherine Epps. “We’ll be doing lots of pottery. I’m doing kids classes, some fun after-school crafting. And then also some open studio,” says Skuce, who says she’s excited to have a focus on kids art classes to begin.
“And then I’m hoping to get other artists to come in and teach classes as well to youth and adults,” she adds. This could range from one day workshops to month-long classes, with the goal of hiring artists “who want to share what they do with the community.”
Skuce is pursuing her Graduate Studies in Art Therapy, and plans to run her practice out of the Burrow space after graduating. While this will be her full-time job, Skuce still plans to run the art studio after school and into the evenings.
During the next year, Skuce also plans to offer a limited number of free art therapy sessions at the studio.
In the immediate future, Saturday’s open house will take place from Noon to 2 pm, and introduce everyone to the space.
There will be some sample crafts to do, all kids get a crayon pack, and there’s a draw for a $100 gift card to one of the Burrow’s classes.
More info can be found at https://www.theburrowbowen.com/