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Art with Evan featured in Southern Neighbor Magazine

Art with Evan was featured in the July issue of Southern Neighbor. The text is reprinted below.

This summer local artist/art teacher Evan Hirasawa will open her art studio from June 14 to August 9. Her open studio hours are 3:00-6:00, Monday through Friday. Students may drop by, within that time frame, to create a one-of-a-kind painting on canvas or drawing from a subject of their choice. Students may stay for one hour and up to three hours. The cost is $10 per hour.

Evan will supply all of the resources and materials, as well as instruction and an inspirational studio atmosphere to work in. The subjects include but are not limited to still-life, landscape, animals, figurative painting and abstract works. All ages are welcome.

"I find it relaxing to paint in a cool, well-lit studio while you are surrounded by natural objects such as seashells, fresh flowers, fruit, paintings and landscape images. Something happens to one during a creative reprieve that makes the boundaries of time disappear. When you put yourself into what you are making there is no divide between you and the art being created. For me, that is what artistic experience is all about." While listening to Mozart, Vivaldi or Bach, students are encouraged to seek out their own creative process in a non-judgmental and accepting environment. Evan has a BFA and her M. Ed with a focus on the Creative Arts in Learning. She is a certified art teacher K-9 and is trained to work with students with special needs. "There is nothing more rewarding for me than watching a student become absorbed in his or her own creative process. I feel that it is a very healthy and natural thing to do. Painting can become a centering and enriching experience for both budding and more experienced artists."


Art with Evan Offers Open Studio Hours this Summer

by Sarah Rankin, Tuesday, June 8, 2010, Chapel Hill Magazine

Oh, summer. It always seems to start off with a bang but then fades into boredom after your vacations are over and you’re sick of the heat. Well, here’s something out-of-the-ordinary to keep in mind to beat those mid-summer doldrums: Evan Hirasawa, a Chapel Hill art teacher and artist, is opening up her studio for drop-in, pay-as-you-go art sessions open to all ages and skill levels.

Between June 14 and Aug. 9, you can stop in and create your own art every Monday through Friday from 3pm until 6pm. The cost is $10 per hour, and you can go for just one hour or stay for all three.

Hirasawa says a studio visit can be a cool, relaxing escape from the summer heat. She plays classical music, and attendees are able to choose their own projects and subjects.

“I feel like it’s a very peaceful, healthy thing to do for one to paint,”she says. “The idea is just to relax and have fun.”

She supplies materials like canvases, acrylic paint, oil paint and brushes, and photos and still life objects to draw from. She also provides aprons and cover-ups of all sizes. Dress for mess, she says, because the paints can stain.

Hirasawa says she provides as much or little instruction as her students would like. She’s there to offer suggestions and answer questions, but she doesn’t have rigid expectations about what her students’ art should look like.

“It’s a place where it’s totally fine to have green skies and magenta cows,”she says of her studio.

In addition to the open studio hours, Hirasawa also offers art classes for preschoolers and children ages 5 through 12, as well as week-long summer camps, each with a different theme.

Hirasawa has lived in Chapel Hill for 16 years. She has been teaching art for more than 20 years and also shows her own work, oil paintings. She has a bachelor of fine arts and a masters in education, and she has traveled to Japan to study traditional arts like ceramics, calligraphy and flower arranging.

Hirasawa’s studio is located at 120 Old Durham Rd. off Fordham Boulevard. For more information about the art sessions, call Hirasawa at her studio: 218-4342.

This article originally appeared on Chapel Hill Magazine.

Contact Evan

Art with Evan
Chapel Hill, North Carolina
(919) 218-4342