Welcome to Art Classes with Mary Shadbolt's Art School in downtown Denville, NJ!

Art Classes with Mary Shadbolt LLC

5 East Main Street

Suite #28B (upstairs)

Denville, NJ 07834



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Here at the studio where ALL are welcome, we are building an art community that fosters and advocates the importance of art education.  We discuss the history of art and contemporary artists alike. As well as art techniques, theories and job skills all while developing critical thinking and building confidence.  Sounds like a lot right? Our art classes encompass all that & more with a big dose of fun! 

What makes art classes here different? You'll be learning from a professional artist and public school art teacher!  

PLUS each 6-week course ends with an art show building our skills of critiquing, discussing our work and accepting compliments. 


Classes are for artists in Kindergarten through 8th grade, teens & adults.

Also offered: Art kits, black light workshops, art birthday parties, Scout workshops, fundraising, corporate events, paint and sip, rock painting, private celebrations, virtual classes, virtual parties, and more!


Mary Shadbolt is a certified K-12 Art Educator with over 15 years teaching experience, as well as a practicing freelance Artist and Photographer with 25 years experience. Subscribe to the Email list to be among the first to know when registration is open and workshops are announced!


K12 Art Certification, valid in 48 states

BFA in Illustration, triple minor in Art History, Drawing and Photography

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See Mary Shadbolt's Photography www.Tiger-fly.com


Testimonials-  See what people are saying!

"My daughter has taken several classes with Mary. The classes are always age appropriate and fun. Can't wait for the next one for her age group."

~ Janet H. , Denville, NJ

"A+ !! First time experience and I learned a lot! The teacher was awesome and patient!"

~Gary G., Denville, NJ

"Every single week my son creates something during his art class. Sometimes a few things. His art skills and confidence in himself are greatly becoming stronger. He looks forward to his class every week! Mary is amazing with him. I am so thankful to have her as my sons Art teacher!"


~Nicole M. , Morristown, NJ

"Just the classes we were looking for! My daughter looked forward to these classes every week. She learns so much and has so much fun doing it! Looking forward to taking more classes!"                   ~Lindsay N., Denville, NJ

"My daughter has completed 2 sessions and absolutely loves this class. She's taken several other art classes and this is by far her favorite. The studio is so nice too. So warm and inviting."

                             ~Beth A., Rockaway, NJ

"Mary has been wonderful in helping to plan a very special party in honor of my parent's 50th Anniversary. She is very thoughtful of her student's abilities. Mary guides her lessons in order to allow her students to be successful in their projects".


~Lisa M., Roxbury, NJ

"Such a fun studio! I've done a few adult painting classes with Mary throughout the years and I can't recommend them enough. She will walk you through the steps and supply everything you need, so you can go in and just have fun. It's such a fun, stress-free environment, which everyone needs to experience. She also offers a variety of other fun classes from mediums, to flower arranging, to a whole array of children's classes. Such a gem in Morris County."                   

                                                       ~Kathleen K., Randolph, NJ

Why Art Classes?


It’s been proven that early exposure to visual art and music promotes activity in the brain. Art education is a great idea because:

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Art helps children understand other school subjects much more clearly—from math and science, to language arts and geography.

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Critical Skills

Art nurtures inventiveness and aids in the development of self-esteem, self-discipline, cooperation, and self-motivation.

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Emotional Growth

Art helps us understand one another, adapt to and respect others’ ways of working/thinking, & develop problem-solving & communication skills.

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Art stimulates both sides of the brain.


Studies that show that kids who make art, read better and get better grades in science and mathematics.


Kids need a place to express themselves.


Art encourages kids to give more attention to the physical spaces that surround them.


Art stimulates perception.


Art teaches that there is more than one solution for a problem.


Kids can share and reflect on their work of art and learn something about the world they live in.


In the process of doing art, the child is exposed to different possibilities, to discovery and freedom not found in conventional education.


Art brings the cultural resources of the community into the class.


Art provides a common ground across racial stereotypes, barriers and prejudices.


33% of kids are visual learners.


Kids learn by using their senses and art is ideal in this process.


Art promotes good self-esteem.


Art develops hand and eye coordination.


Art teaches children to think openly; It represents a culture of questioners more than a culture of responders.


Art teaches kids to think creatively to solve problems.


When art is integrated with the other subjects in the curriculum, kids commit more to the learning process.


Art nourishes the human soul; One feels good doing it.


Art involves parents and teachers, inviting them to participate as volunteers in diverse activities.


Art is valuable all by itself.