Welcome to Art Classes with Mary Shadbolt!
5 East Main Street
Denville, NJ 07834
Mary Shadbolt is a certified K-12 Art Educator, as well as a practicing professional Artist and Photographer. In 1996 she earned a BFA in Illustration with a triple minor in Art History, Drawing and Photography.
Her love of the arts drove her to become a professional Artist & Photographer. It was this same love of art that sent her Moore College of Art & Design to earn K-12 Art Certification in 2001.
Shadbolt considers it a true honor to take on students passionate about the arts, after all, creativity takes courage!
There are classes for every age group, from school aged kids, teen, adults, homeschool, even baby & me! Classes are held after school, mornings, evenings and some Saturday mornings. Private classes are also available, as are BYOB painting parties!
Classes & Workshops are available are for all ages and are broken into different groups.
Adult BYOB painting events
Baby and me
Toddler and me
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
"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
"A+ !! First time experience and I learned a lot! The teacher was awesome and patient!"
~Gary G., Denville, 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
Why Art Classes?
It’s been proven that early exposure to visual art and music promotes activity in the brain. Teaching children about art is a great idea because:
Art helps children understand other school subjects much more clearly—from math and science, to language arts and geography.
Art nurtures inventiveness and aids in the development of self-esteem, self-discipline, cooperation, and self-motivation.
Art helps children understand one another, adapt to and respect others’ ways of working/thinking, & develop problem-solving & communication skills.
Art stimulates both sides of the brain.
There are 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.