Pygmalion offers a fantastic opportunity for art education for students of all ages and skill levels. Here are some key points about what sets Pygmalion apart:
- Flexible Scheduling: Students can book art classes as long as there is available space. The one-on-one instruction allows for flexibility in starting at any time, making it convenient for learners with varying schedules.
- Dedicated Instructors: The instructors, Dixie Orriss and Gerry Rasmussen, bring a wealth of experience as practicing artists with over 30 years of teaching and art expertise. Their dedication to the craft and teaching is a valuable asset to students.
- Wide Range of Classes: Pygmalion offers a diverse selection of art classes catering to kids, teens, and adults, spanning from Kindergarten to Grade 12 and beyond. This broad range ensures that individuals of all ages and backgrounds can find classes that suit their needs and interests.
- All Skill Levels: Whether you’re a beginner looking to start your artistic journey or preparing a portfolio for advanced studies, Pygmalion’s art instruction is designed to accommodate students of all skill levels.
- Balanced Approach: Pygmalion’s teaching philosophy emphasizes a balance between acquiring art skills, exploring various art mediums and forms, and learning art history and fundamentals. This well-rounded approach enriches students’ artistic knowledge and creativity.
- Individualized Learning: Recognizing that everyone learns differently, Pygmalion has developed a system that focuses on one-on-one instruction with each student. This personalized approach allows for faster progress, enhanced self-expression, and improved observation and imagination.
- Career Opportunities: Many students who have studied at Pygmalion have gone on to build successful careers in the arts. Some have become animators, illustrators, graphic artists, visual art educators, and working artists, while others have used their skills for hobbies and art therapy.
Overall, Pygmalion’s approach to art education is comprehensive and tailored to the individual needs of its students, providing them with the skills, knowledge, and inspiration to pursue careers in the arts or simply enjoy the therapeutic benefits of artistic expression.
Meet the Educators at Pygmalion
Visual Arts Educator
Cartooning Arts Educator
Gerry Rasmussen is a renowned cartoonist and arts educator hailing from the Edmonton area. He is best known for his daily comic strip, “Betty,” which has earned him recognition in the world of comics and illustration. Rasmussen’s artistic talents extend beyond the comic strip, as he has illustrated several books, including a noteworthy autobiography by the former hockey player and advertising magnate, Terry O’Malley, as well as “Crazy About Soccer” with author Loris Lesynski. With his creative prowess and dedication to the art of cartooning, Gerry Rasmussen has made a significant impact on the world of visual storytelling, both as an artist and an educator.
Involvement in the arts is associated with gains in math, reading, cognitive ability, critical thinking, and verbal skill. Arts learning can also improve motivation, concentration, confidence, and teamwork.