Kirk and Pam Headley
Kirk Headley loves to do BIG art projects! I don't mean BIG as in projects that take months to complete. I'm talking BIG ones, like airbrushed murals. He began airbrushing T-shirts as an 18 year old working at Magic Mountain amusement park in sunny California during the summer before college. It helped pay his way while he attended Cal Poly San Luis Obispo studying to become an architect, later switching to Graphic Design. Especially when he needed a new car part for his rusted out Dodge pickup.
His bread and butter was paid for by 3D animations he rendered for architects in Phoenix, Arizona before the economy hit rock bottom in 2008. During that time he supported our family by theming out Children's worship areas in Christian Churches throughout the valley with beautiful airbrushed murals and foam sculpted pop out art. He also continued to paint back drops for Do Re Mi School of the Arts in Scottsdale which he has been doing for 20+ years now.
Kirk and I met at a little T-Shirt shop in California while I was in nursing school to be a Pediatric Nurse. I have always loved being around children and doing art. I grew up drawing, painting, sewing and never backing down from any project. I was always thinking creatively, cutting something up for my latest project. When I graduated from nursing school I started working in the Pediatric ICU for the next 10 years, and then switching to the Neonatal ICU. I became the best nurse I could be caring whole heartedly for severely injured, sick or dying babies and children.
That love for children brought us 4 wonderful children. Our youngest two now help at times during class. We have always dreamed of creating an "Art House" for people of all ages to gather and explore art in various ways. Art is an important subject and has always been incorporated into our Homeschool curriculum for 19 years now. When our move to the beautiful Cache Valley of Northern Utah beckoned me to be home, a dear friend suggested teaching art classes to kids.
Teaching art classes has been a wonderful experience. I love to watch kid's individual styles blossom and develop skills that they didn't have when they started. Giving someone the opportunity to explore art in a safe environment is a gift that I try to give them. I work hard to ensure that each child who attends art class feels important and accomplished. I help them choose parts of their project they like the most. The best part that the kids like is when I hold their project up so they can see it from a distance. They love that. It helps them see their newest creation from a different perspective.
Kids going home with a finished project and a smile on their face, feeling good about themselves and a new skill learned is what it is all about!