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original painting

original painting

Pledge: C$500.00
an orginal artwork by Michelle Tasa. 24x30 inch acrylic painting on stretched canvas. The crane is a symbol of a journey through healing and it appears in many of my art pieces.
an orginal artwork by Michelle Tasa. 24x30 inch acrylic painting on stretched canvas. The crane is a symbol of a journey through healing and it appears in many of my art pieces.
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Estimated Delivery: 2021-12-01
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gift certificate for 2 free studio passes

gift certificate for 2 free studio passes

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2 entries to the studio during drop-in hours.
2 entries to the studio during drop-in hours.
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Estimated Delivery: 2022-01-01
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a bundle of 4 classes

a bundle of 4 classes

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a bundle of 4 classes valued at $120+GST This reward can be used for any bundle of 4 classes offeredd between now and June 2020.
a bundle of 4 classes valued at $120+GST This reward can be used for any bundle of 4 classes offeredd between now and June 2020.
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Estimated Delivery: 2022-01-01
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fuschia mountains

fuschia mountains

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original 24x30 inch acrylic painting on stretched canvas by Michelle Tasa.
original 24x30 inch acrylic painting on stretched canvas by Michelle Tasa.
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Estimated Delivery: 2021-12-01
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lavendar catharis

lavendar catharis

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an original acrylic painting on strecthed canvas by Michelle Tasa
an original acrylic painting on strecthed canvas by Michelle Tasa
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Estimated Delivery: 2021-12-01
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dark peonies

dark peonies

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an original 24x20 inch acrylic painitng on stretched canvas by Michelle Tasa
an original 24x20 inch acrylic painitng on stretched canvas by Michelle Tasa
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Estimated Delivery: 2021-12-01
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custom artwork

custom artwork

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custom artwork of your choice. Grpahite drawing, acrylic or oil painting or mixed media piece. Artwork can be a canvas of any size or a wall mural.
custom artwork of your choice. Grpahite drawing, acrylic or oil painting or mixed media piece. Artwork can be a canvas of any size or a wall mural.
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Estimated Delivery: 2022-03-01
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wings of glass

wings of glass

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mixed media artwork on 24x20 inch stretched canvas. Tempered glass shards and acrylic by Michelle Tasa
mixed media artwork on 24x20 inch stretched canvas. Tempered glass shards and acrylic by Michelle Tasa
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Estimated Delivery: 2021-12-01
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origami 3

origami 3

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framed 9x12 inch graphite drawing by Michelle Tasa The crane is a symbol of a journey through healing and it appears in many of my art pieces.
framed 9x12 inch graphite drawing by Michelle Tasa The crane is a symbol of a journey through healing and it appears in many of my art pieces.
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Estimated Delivery: 2021-12-01
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origami 1

origami 1

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framed 9x12 inch graphite drawing by Michelle Tasa The crane is a symbol of a journey through healing and it appears in many of my art pieces.
framed 9x12 inch graphite drawing by Michelle Tasa The crane is a symbol of a journey through healing and it appears in many of my art pieces.
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Estimated Delivery: 2021-12-01
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Campaign Description

Artpourings Studio provides opportunties for children of all ages to create, innovate, construct and design. We are passionate about empowering children to be creators of their own learning and future creative geniuses.

The Vision of Artpourings Studio

During my 20 years of teaching, I have witnessed a decline in what I see as crucial skills for our children. I've seen less curiosity about the world, less imagination and creativity, less problem-solving skills, less resilience. I strongly believe that we need to give our children opportunities to move away from technology and into spaces where they can draw on their own creativity. Artpourings Studio is just that kind of opportunity.

In our studio, children make all of the design decisions when beginning a project. They can choose from a huge range of recycled materials which challenges them to see materials differently and imagine new uses for old items. They can choose the method of creation including construction with hot glue, hammers and nails, sewing, drawing and painting or wirework. They choose whether to create their own project or work on collaborative pieces that are kept in the studio. Throughout the process, I remind them that they are the ones in charge and I am there to help them through any trouble spots.

The value of this kind of learning experience is priceless. The world requires more from us than mere knowledge. It requires critical thinking, innovative ideas and the ability to persevere through problems. In my own life, I have drawn on these skills to move through incredibly challenging circumstances. That is resilience. That is what I want to inspire in others.

A Family's Second Chance

Opening Artpourings Studio is a way for me to do what I love with balance, allowing me to manage my Complex PTSD symptoms and hopefully, be able to provide for my children.

I grew up in Calgary, graduated from the University of Calgary with my teaching degree, and married my husband here. Shortly after our second child was born, my husband was diagnosed with Spino-cerebellar Ataxia which affected his mobility, hearing, vision and ultimately, his cognition. Our plans for me to be a stay-at-home Mom had to shift radically and I went back to teaching with toddlers and an ill husband. We had a few short years together before he required full-time care and moved to a care facility. 

As the pressures continued to grow and my husband's dementia progressed, I made the radical decision to teach overseas in China. The kids were 7 and 9 when we moved to Beijing and I began to teach at an International IB school. Over 5 years in International education, I learned to see teaching and learning differently. I learned how to step back and allow children to be the agents of their own learning. I learned to value thinking skills over knowledge. I learned what kind of teacher I wanted to be and what kind of learning I wanted for my children and all children.

Then, 2 years ago, we got the news that my husband had passed away. We were living in Shanghai and COVID made travel impossible. It was a devestating experience to manage that grief alone, away from my family. We were able to return to Canada that summer, to get the support we needed. I was diagnosed with Complex PTSD and Complicated Grief and began a long journey of healing that continues to this day. Returning to full-time teaching has not been an option while caring for my mental health. 

The studio is very much a family business for us. My daughter, now 13, designed our logo and thrives in sales and marketing. My son, aged 15, is homeschooling this year and learning a great deal about entrenpreneurship. This venture needs to work for us. It's how we will rebuild our life on the other side of grief, the other side of tragedy.

 

A Future Helping Others

The money raised through this campaign will be used to promote and market the studio. My greatest need right now is to get the word out and help my customers know that I am here. My budget has restricted my ability to market and promote the business to date. Supporting my campaign will help me to reach those customers.

I passionately believe that my services will help many children develop confidence in their own creative strengths and build resilience. Your support will help me work with more children who need those skills. Also, once I am able to support my family with the business and hire employees to help me manage, my next step will be to launch the non-profit organization that I am dreaming of. The non-profit part of my business will help raise funds for victims of childhood trauma to fund the therapy they need in order to heal. The cost of that therapy is something that only the priviledged can hope to afford. I want to be part of changing that.

We hope to gather partners in our venture through this crowdfunding platform. Thank you for your consideration to support us.

Meet the Team

michelle tasa

michelle tasa

Chief Creative Genius

broad. Her training in Reggio Emilia, International Baccelaureate Concept-based learning and Project-based Learning have informed her understanding of how creativity can be fostered. She is also an artist who works in acrylics and mixed media. She is passionate about inspiring students to think deeply, innovate and create!
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keenan  tasa

keenan tasa

assistant Creative Genius

Keenan (aged 15) is doing a homeschooling year and is very involved in the business as a real-world learning experience. You will see him at the studio, managing the front desk at the art studio and teaching a class on 3D rendering using Blender.

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Bronwyn Tasa

Bronwyn Tasa

Junior Creative Genius

Brownyn designed our logo and excels with sales and marketing. She enjoys helping in the studio and customer service.
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Dec 5, 2021

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The Halfway Point

I've been trying to write this update in my head for days, wondering what to say at this halfway point.

It is mixed up in my brain with the task of trying to define my vision and how best to promote my vision. I've gitten some good feedback this week that suggests I'm not doing a fantastic job of explaining the magic that happens in my studio. It isn't clear to people what the value is, what the importance is, what the experience is all about. So I am spending time trying to wrap words around what I do. 

I think the time I spend in the studio with children who are there to create, is exactly what I've always done as an educator. I watch, I listen, I evaluate how best to challenge them to feel their own potential. The medium doesn't matter. We can be doing math problems or writing, sewing or creating simple circuts. The magic is in that space between the skills a child has and their potential.

Every child can create. It is part of our human makeup. Believing in their ability to create, helps them see it too. But it is more than showing them that I believe in their ability to create. I think the other part is modelling. Many times, the plan goes wrong. Frankly, most of the time, the plan goes wrong. Resilience is looking outside of the problem and trusting that a solution can be found. In the studio, that looks like finding a different way to attach a part or using a material we hadn't considered before. The more that children practice solving problems, the more capable they become at seeing solutions all around them. I think that is the key to resilience. 

I haven't always acknowledged the resilience I've demonstrated in my own life, but I think the studio is helping me to see that skill in myself.

I recall a lot of times when things looked impossible and I found a workaround. In 2015, we had been living in a rural town in Saskatchewan for 4 years where I taught at the local school. We had a small mobile home and my husband, Kirk, was living in the nearby long-term care facility. My children were still very young and I was struggling to keep it all together. The finances, the family life, Kirk's medical needs, my career. Then the school's enrollment fell and my position became redundant. I was offered a position in a town 40 minutes away. That 40 minute drive, on winter roads, in rural saskatchewan, was the last and final straw. I felt that I could not add one more stress to my life and I spent a few weeks in despair, trying to figure out how we could make it work. 

I know that only my close family were unsurprised when I announced that I had accepted a teaching position in Beijing China for the following year. How could moving to China be easier than a 40-minute commute? It wasn't easier, not at first. But I knew that teaching overseas could alleviate 2 of my major stressors: finances and domestic help (which is more affordable overseas). Plus, for me, resilience is often entwined with feeling empowered. I was happier to search out a position that I wanted than accept the one chosen for me. Perhaps that is more stubborness than resilience. At any rate, the kids and I spent 5 years in China, from 2015-2020, and I was able to pay off a debt of $40 000 that we had racked up since Kirk had stopped working. 

Resilience is finding solutions when it seems there are none.

That is what my studio is about. We practice those skills using cardboard and glue so that the skills can be called on when they matter the most. Is there value in that? I think so. 

 

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Nov 23, 2021

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Did you know that most businesses that fail in the first few years do so becuase of poor marketing?

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Did you know that artists should never, never be allowed to do their own accounting?

OK, that's probbaly just me. But, even with all of the courses I am trying to cram in and the excel worksheets I am trying to practice on, the accounting stuff is sucking my will to live. Enter Rebecca, my new accountant. With the money raised from this campaign I am starting by putting some money into getting set up properly. It's been a hard pill to swallow actually. I usually learn how to do everything on my own. A year ago I didn't know anything about websites and now I've built my own and can go into the backend and code to make it exactly as I want it. I have learned all about SEO and am working on social media marketing. But accounting...nope. 

So, as the boosts continue to come in, I am breathing a huge sigh of relief that I can hire some experts instead of trying to learn it all myself. Thank you friends. Thank you deeply.

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Nov 19, 2021

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And We're off!

It's only been a few days and we are 1/5 of our way to goal. I am so grateful to everyone who boosted and shared the post. I am blessed to have a very international network and our little campaign is already being shared in the UK, China, New Zealand, all over North America and Norway. 

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Nov 8, 2021
Project launched

FAQs

What do you actually do in the studio?

The short answer is create. I just help kids create whatever they want ot create. I mentor and helpt hem build their skills in whatever manner they choose to create.

What ages is this for?

Children aged 4 and up are welcome to participate without a parent and under 4 year olds can particpate with parent support. I am also expanding to include adult classes.

What makes you think you will be successful?

My overhead is incredibly low becuse I use primarily recylced materials. My main product is really my own expertise. The potential is great and could include more locations and a product line in the future.
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