A Memorable Name and a Memorable Place
Eleven one-week programs for ages 6 to 18. Themes include painting, Disney art, fashion design, Star Wars art, sculpture, and more. Morning, afternoon, and full-day sessions available.
When asked why she named her Art Studio “Leaping Dog Art Studios,” owner and Director Jennifer Szeto will explain that she wanted her studio to be a “happy” place and (being the doting dog owner she is) equated the pure unbridled happiness of her dog leaping in the woods with the pure happiness one experiences when “in the zone” making something with your hands.
“Creating is good for you,” says Szeto, who opened Leaping Dog with the sole purpose of providing a place for people to pursue creative activities — mostly drawing and painting and now ceramics. “There are numerous studies citing the therapeutic benefits of making things with your hands. Creating something with your hands fosters pride and satisfaction, but also has been linked to decreasing stress, relieving anxiety, and elevating your mood.”
Inspired by the writings of Sir Ken Robinson on the importance of creativity and Peter Gray on the importance of unstructured play for young children, Szeto (a Bordentown resident of 14 years) set out to offer unique art classes and workshops that fit the needs of clients of every age and level. “Whether you are a beginner or someone who just wants to try something new or get back into creating, we welcome you. As a busy mother of two, balancing work and family, I can relate to the fact that many adults hardly allow themselves quality ‘me’ time, and I think we offer unique opportunities for these kinds of people.
“For instance, we offer four-week pottery courses for adults, and we schedule weekly BYOB Paint and Pottery Nights. We also thoughtfully offer classes like ‘Messy Art Mornings’ and ‘Storybook Art Class’ between possible nap times; allowing caretakers of young children (ages 2 to 5) a valuable opportunity to get out of the house, meet other parents, have their children socialize, and experience messy art play in a nurturing and welcoming environment.”
Similarly, Szeto describes how Leaping Dog’s after-school and Saturday morning art programs offer school-aged children valuable opportunities to pursue a more in-depth education in drawing and painting (something that is sadly and commonly lacking in public school art programs — not due to choice but because of 35-45 minute scheduling restraints that result in school children having limited authentic art experiences.)
When young students at Leaping Dog are heard to exclaim, “I don’t want to leave“ or, “Can I sleep here?” because they love the atmosphere and when adult ceramics students say, “Thank you for creating this safe haven. Leaping Dog is my happy place,” I think it is safe to say that Leaping Dog Art Studios is doing something right. “We are lucky to have such a place in Bordentown City,” says many a local. Leaping Dog Art Studios is currently enrolling students for summer art camps and booking private art parties and lessons.
Please check out their website (www.leapingdogartstudios) for their full schedule and like them on Facebook or follow them on Instagram (#leapingdogartstudios, #ldas, #ldasclay).
Leaping Dog Art Studios
325 Farnsworth Avenue, Bordentown 08505