CandyCoated.org Educational Iniatives
As an experienced artist and educator dedicated to providing extraordinary creative experiences to children of all ages, Candy Coated has a special interest in cross-curricular arts integration, and particularly enjoys working in a wide variety of educational environments to create relevant learning experiences that have a far-reaching community impact. The power of that interest led to the founding of the educational initiative called the Candy Coated STUDIO SCHOOL of Decorative Art & Design (2007) also known as the STUDIO SCHOOL in Philadelphia, PA.
The STUDIO SCHOOL has evolved, transformed, and relocated to Candy's home town of Medina, Ohio into a truly unique educational initiative promoting the healing empowering power of ART and Craft Traditions. This new version combines all of Candy's art, learning and teaching experiences and is perfectly named Head Heart Hands; an Art & Craft Studio School.
History of the Evolution/Transformation
In 2007, the Candy Coated STUDIO SCHOOL of Decorative Art & Design was founded. Dedicated to the industrious spirit of her father, George Depew, this sweet spot became an experimental educational initiative devoted to the healing power of art by spreading the love of silk-screen printing to all that desired to embrace it. Fun, productive classes were exclusively taught by Master Printer Candy Coated to thousands of children of all ages in her studio(s), at countless schools, festivals, colleges, community centers, and even the streets via her mobile print tike bike. In specially crafted classes, beginners and experts alike got to experience the exciting process of creating screen-printed imagery on both paper and fabric. In all classes, Candy covered the basics and demonstrated techniques that while easy to use, yielded sophisticated results that surely triggered mild addictions to the art of silk-screen printing. Students of the school have built their own home studios, created fashion collections, created small business start-ups, produced limited edition archival prints, T-shirts, textiles for interiors, and unique artist’s editions both for limited run and mass production.