The Painted Cloud opened in 2008. Our program consists of dedicated artists teaching in collaboration with children aged 2.5 to 10 years. Process and experimentation are at the heart of our activities and discussions. We place an emphasis on process to support all forms of creativity: some children are attuned to composition and color relationships, others are focused on representing the world as they observe it, others are most engaged when constructing or dismantling, and still others are operating on conceptual and performative levels. We strongly believe that prioritizing process over final results fosters free thinking, creative ingenuity, and individuality. These skills are not only critical to long-term artistic involvement, but are also essential to autonomy, personal success, and well-being. Although product driven programs sometimes yield visually impressive results, too much emphasis on the end result can build a false reliance on the teacher's instructions and praise, rendering a child's relationship with art inhibited. We are here to share in the creative, intellectual, and emotional growth of our students. At every stage of development we encourage children to imagine, practice skills, feel confident in their abilities, troubleshoot obstacles, and see projects through to the end. Because we prioritize the process of art making over the product, sometimes children will not have final pieces to take home. Additionally, we support the important role of play in both a studio practice and an education - all classes include free time for children to socialize and engage in activities of their choice. The Painted Cloud strives to be a radical and compassionate environment. We do not force participation in any activities; we permit "potty-talk", fight-imagery in drawings, and other childhood taboos when age-appropriate and exploratory. We hold our art studio as a safe environment for expression and thought. We are committed to inspiring and sparking the imaginations of kids through art.