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The Creative Core Advantage


  • small class sizes offer frequent individual attention


  • safe, creative space within an art village


  • learn with a professional artist


  • practice practical life skills and strengthen creative problem solving


  • study the principles and elements of art and design


  • create projects with a focus on technique and process


  • explore different materials and mediums - delight in the creative process!


Creative Core Philosophy


 Artistic expression is one of growth and discovery. We all
possess some type of artistic spirit, and it is my goal to establish an atmosphere where that spirit can emerge and flourish.
The concept and process of creating art should be enjoyable, enlightening, and FUN.


Competition is not a part of the curriculum.
Discovering and developing an appreciation for art
and loving the process ~ that is our goal.


This Art Program is dedicated to nurturing the individual child's love for creating: it's a safe place where children can explore methods and techniques, have a chance to play with the process of making while creating beautiful works of art.


Thank you for entrusting your child to my care. I pledge to provide a compassionate environment for an exceptional art education. ~ Mrs. Kathy Blackmore


(The above comes from my heart and was inspired in part by Nancy Neel, artist, teacher, founder of Local Color Art Studio, College Park)

Kathy Blackmore,
(Miss Kathy)

Teacher and Founder


Kathy is a freelance artist who specializes in children's book illustration and teaching art to students of all ages. She received her BFA from The Cleveland Institute of Art and has been a professional artist for over 25 years. Kathy has worn many hats in the art world including art director, illustrator, and animator. It is her love of nurturing beginners that always brings her back to teaching: working with students at community centers, grade schools, colleges, and independent studios throughout her career. She resides in Edgewood with her husband, Eric (a very talented designer and photographer); they have 2 cats, some lazy fish, and a tortoise named Walter.


You can see her illustration portfolio here:


Creative Core

Art Classes for Kids