Art in the Barn

After 21 years of teaching art in the Boston Public Schools, Weymouth resident Rosemary Igoe decided to take an early retirement so that she could pursue her passion for art education in a new way. This summer, Igoe launched an art camp and preschool on the grounds of her home that is designed to promote creativity. Rather than following strict lesson plans, the classes offered at the Art Barn encourage children to explore and try new things. Children spend time each day in Igoe’s extensive flower and vegetable gardens, sketching and practicing their observation skills. Later, the classes move into the barn (the 900-square-foot studio also hosts kid’s birthday parties) to practice painting, printmaking, ceramics, collage and other skills. Classes are kept small to ensure that students receive lots of individual attention and at the end of each session the children have an art show of their finished work. The Art Barn preschool will open in September of 2015. 24 King Oak Terr., Weymouth, 617-780-7730, www.artbarnnews.com

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