The Artist Factory: Classes for all ages
2013-07-16 · By Deana Rodriguez
We here in Long Beach are quite fortunate that Toni Ivashkov decided to set up her artistic base in the Zaferia District of Long Beach. Her art studio, the Artist Factory, is tucked away in an Artist Co-op at 1330 Gladys Avenue, just south of Orizaba Park, and it’s full of current sculptures, drawings, paintings, and student works in progress. When you first enter the co-op, you’re treated to an entrance room displaying art from resident artists, and if you’re lucky, you’ll also be greeted by Toni’s friendly resident pup, Kukla (that means “doll” in Russian).
Toni has always been passionate about art, and for the past seven years she’s lived and breathed art as an art educator/instructor, installer and handler, exhibit designer, curator assistant, manager of workshops, and a performance artist at multiple locations throughout California and New York. She received her Bachelors in Fine Arts in 2006 from the School of Visual Arts in Manhattan.
In 2012 Toni founded the Artist Factory, and in just over a year she’s established a solid base of students of all ages and experience levels, as well as some very grateful parents (like me) who appreciate her flexibility and the variety of art styles that she’s shown our kids. Mine, for one, can’t wait to return each day for his Summer Camp sessions and continue where he left off!
In addition to her regularly scheduled classes for adults, teens, children and kinders, Toni offers Summer Camp sessions for children and teens (9am-noon and 1-4pm) Monday-Friday until August 30th. It includes projects in sculpture fashion, oil painting, watercolor, drawing fundamentals, sculpture, and portrait & figure drawing. However, to ensure individual attention and direction for all students, each class is limited to 12 students.
“My objective as an art educator is to challenge students to explore, experiment and develop their own self-expression, and to truly uncover their own voice in the work they create,” says Toni.
She focuses on the process of teaching basic fundamental skills as well as advanced concepts of color theory, perspective, composition and design, and she encourages students to share and exhibit their works at the Artist Factory.
Toni says: “In art there are no mistakes, only new directions.”
To sign up for a class at the Artist Factory, visit www.artistfactory.org, or call (310)420-0774.