A new art studio on Main Street in Fort Lee is now offering classes in drawing, painting and composition to students of all ages and artistic skill levels.
“My experience as an artist and teacher has given me personal knowledge about how to achieve artistic results,” says painter, instructor, co-owner and manager of CRE8sART Studio Max Khachatryan on the studio’s website.
Khachatryan, who also runs an art studio in Brooklyn but lives in Cliffside Park, told Patch the Fort Lee location has only been open for a couple of weeks and called it “a great place for kids and adults to be creative.”
Khachatryan starts children as young as four years old painting on plaster miniatures—some of cartoon characters—which are spray-varnished when finished and sent home with the young artists.
“We help them put colors together,” Khachatryan said. “Sometimes you want to paint something like a person, and you want to dress them the way you would dress. So we try to give [the kids] a taste.”
Older kids or more advanced artists can also learn techniques like shapes, perspective, how to do still life or portaiture and composition. The studio has two rooms—one for the younger kids and another for more advanced students, who Khachatryan said are “a little more serious, depending on their level of knowledge of art.”
“We go from the beginning,” he said. “We basically help them put whatever thoughts they have onto the canvas or on the paper.”
Although he has mostly children at his Brooklyn location, which has been operating for about two years, Khachatryan, joking that he teaches students from age “four to 104,” said he has mostly adults so far in Fort Lee, including doctors, teachers and “people who just like art.”
But he also said he expects to see more kids come through his doors once parents begin to plan their children’s summer schedules.
Each student at CRE8sART Studio receives “individualized instruction to access the artist within,” according to the website, and the first class is free.
Prices range from $25 for an hour of instruction to $170 for eight sessions a month. The studio also offers birthday parties and weekday specials. A complete price list is available on CRE8sART Studio’s website.
“It’s a very creative atmosphere, which is beautiful; there’s no two times two is four because it’s not Math,” Khachatryan said. “It’s creativity, and sometimes two times two in this studio could be six. It’s a very beautiful and very nice and very happy environment.”
CRE8sART Studio is located at 210 Main St. in Fort Lee.