It means a lot to me that so many families have kept their children enrolled here for so long, over the years. Most of my current students have been with me for more than 2 years, some as long as 6 or 7 years! It's certainly not what I had planned or imagined. And I sure to love it. It feels like family, it really does! And I love them all.
I've tried before and chickened out, on creating online lessons so that I could help more people, but now I am pretty stoked to have found a platform that I feel works really well to set up an online course, AND works well from a student point of view of well...
So, with this being 10 years of All Smilez Art School, and (20 years of All Smilez website, back from when I painting personalised portraits), I am darn well going to celebrate!!!
It's not easy being self employed, in little ol' NZ. I'd really love to thank everyone who has supported me over the years, bought my art, or enrolled their kids.
And a HUGE thank you to the people who have left feedback for me to share. This means the world to me, especially now that I need to figure how to get more people to find out about new online art courses and clubs.
This photo is from 10 years ago, when I started after school classes by first renting a room in a school after hours. Not long after that I bought my current home, and started converting the garage (on a tiny budget) into my current studio!!!
If you have special memories from way back then you'd like to share, feel free to email Kim@allsmilez.com or post on our facebook page! I'd love hear how everyone's going.
Please join me in the new art club
Let's celebrate our birthday and boost self esteem with drawing and painting. The new art club is where you get weekly lessons, like in the Drawing Challenge, but these are in monthly themes. You can currently sign up for 1 month or 6 months, and with the new package deals, you can get the drawing challenge for free. (value $35)
AND for our 10 year of art classes birthday, use the code BDAY to get 10% off all courses!
(excludes package deals and bundles and 1 month art club trials)
Save with packages and course bundles...
Art club members are invited to join our facebook group.
Thanks again everyone, for all your love and support!
Did you know that All Smilez got it's name from Kim's smiling students? It's true, but its not what you think. Way before Kim started running small group art classes from her home studio, she was a primary school teacher.
Even before she had her own children, she was a primary school teacher.
And even before that she was an artist.
When she was at home with her first baby, she had to think of something inspiring to paint. What was the first thing that came to mind? Her sea of smiling students looking up at her from the classroom mat when she was a regular classroom teacher.
That's when Kim started painting simple smiling children characters. These grew in popularity and soon Kim was painting personalised paintings sold all around the world!
Check out this 2 page spread in Little Treasures parent's magazine from 2006!
Back at the start, she called it Artworx by Kim, and when it came time to build a better website, a more fitting name of All Smilez was born!
From time to time Kim still gets orders for these little portraits. And STILL receives emails from families who cherish these keepsakes 10-20 years later!
To get your own, even extra large family portrait style, where Kim paints these WITH your children, go to this page:
When Kim decided to move from Raglan to Hamilton, and create her own little art classes, she called it Kreate Academy.... then when she realised she needed a website for this too, it became obvious that she should use the website she already had. So the name Kreate was abandoned and All Smilez was jolted into something more!
YES! Kim could combine her love of painting, with her teaching experience, AND her love of small groups/ 1 to 1 , more personalised teaching.
And do you know what????? I have something really special to tell you next.
WATCH THIS SPACE FOR THE REVEAL OF THE NEXT DEVELOPMENTS IN OUR
ALL SMILEZ JOURNEY!
Kim's love of drawing and painting have guided her through all the tough decisions in life, and her passion to help other's know that EVERYONE'S AN ARTIST.