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Twinsburg resident Denyse Carbonell is passionate about sharing her love for painting and art.
Carbonell teaches classes once a month at the Macedonia Recreation Center, the Twinsburg Fitness center and in Aurora. She also holds the paint parties twice a month at Burntwood Tavern in Solon, as well as at various local churches and private parties.
"Paint parties are about getting together with friends, painting, having fun and relaxing," she said. "Everyone's will look different ... it's like your handwriting; your brush strokes won't be the same as mine."
Her love for art blossomed at an early age and continued through high school, she said, adding she had no intention of going to college, but because her father died when she was just 10, her mother pushed her to get an education so she could be an "independent woman."
"I decided if I was going to go to college I was going to the Cleveland Institute of Art and I did," she said.
Carbonell said she majored in graphic design and minored in painting and design, earning a bachelor's degree in fine arts. She said she worked one year in graphic design before deciding it wasn't for her.
"I just didn't feel it was real art," she said.
She returned to school, this time earning a master's degree from Case Wester University in art education.
Carbonell taught art for 20 years in Cleveland schools. She taught students in pre-kindergarten through grade 12 at Paul Dunbar Elementary School, Douglas MacArthur Academy and Warner Girls' Leadership Academy.
"I loved teaching third graders because they were old enough to have wonderful ideas, creativity, skills, and the most imaginative ideas. After third grade is when kids start to become more self conscious about their artwork," Carbonell said.
Teaching art as been "like a dream" for her.
"I am following my heart and sharing my love of art education beyond the classroom," she said. "Having my own creative arts business is a dream come true."
Carbonell said teaching adults is different than teaching children, because adults go out of their way to learn -- by choosing to be in her paint class.
"Children seem to want things done more instantaneous and perfect. I believe that comes with all the incredible technology that they are exposed to at such a young age," she said. "Being creative with messy supplies does not seem to be as appealing to some children as it was 20 years ago."
During her two-hour paint classes, all supplies are provided, including the 16-by-20 inch canvas. Carbonell gives a step by step instructions. No artistic ability is required and all ages are welcome.
Carbonell will be at the Macedonia Rec Center Jan. 18 teaching a snowman painting.
For more information visit www.artistatheart.org.
Briana Barker: 330-541-9432