Kimberly Rehmeyer was looking for a place to take her 6-year-old daughter for art classes, but did not find exactly what she was looking for; so she decided to open her own art studio in Kingwood. The new studio, the Painted Elephant, will allow children between the ages of 4 and 18 to learn new art skills and techniques from practicing artists.

Classes will be offered in different areas, including abstract painting, drawing and painting, airplane art and mask making. In addition, a “doodle tots” class will be offered Tuesday and Wednesday of each week from 1-2 p.m. The studio will also have a flexible “drop-in” studio where children can stay for an hour or more.

Rehmeyer said the Painted Elephant will offer something different.

“I realized my child could do a lot more in art than they are doing in school. At the Painted Elephant, we have techniques that help the child learn how to draw and how to draw faster, so they can finish a piece of artwork in an hour, and gain the confidence from looking at a really nice piece of art they have created. We take it to a different level, using different materials to create something more advanced than a child might normally draw in the same time period,” said Rehmeyer.

Michelle Huff is the lead art instructor at the Painted Elephant.

“Michelle has been putting the lesson plans together this summer and has been working on planning for different skill levels among our students. Kids don’t need to have any special artistic talent to come to the studio,” said Rehmeyer. “Our teaching methodology brings out the creative artist in every student.”

The Painted Elephant will celebrate their grand opening with an open house Aug. 30 from 9 a.m.– 2 p.m.

“Anyone who comes in will be able to do a free 30-minute session during the grand opening,” said Rehmeyer.  

The new studio is located at 2330 Timber Shadows Drive, Suite 200, in Kingwood and will be open (in addition to the Doodle Tots times) Monday –Thursday from 3:30-7 p.m. Friday from 3:30-6 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m.- 2 p.m. The fee for the walk-in Studio is $15 an hour and for studio classes is generally $35 an hour. The Painted Elephant will also host birthday parties and offer private art lessons. For more information, go to the-painted-elephant.com.