"Creativity is as important as literacy."
Sir Ken Robinson
Artopiatogo was born out of the experiences I had working in Montessori education. As I spent time working closely with children, I witnessed a remarkable number of cases in which engaging in art had a profound effect on a child's development that spilled out into other aspects of their work and lives.
The more time I spent in the classroom, the more it fascinated me. My curiosity lead me to become a certified AMI Montessori teacher through the Montessori Institute of Atlanta as well as to complete my masters in Montessori Education at Loyola University Maryland. However, the more I learned, the more I spotted the need for creativity. As a self-taught artist, I believe that each of us has a unique vision that can come to life
with the right support and attitude.
There was something truly powerful happening when the child had access to developmentally suitable guidance for creative self-expression.
Outside the classroom, I began to also notice the need for self-expression in teens and adults, too. Unfortunately, at this stage of human development, I realized how many people experience creative anxiety.
"Me? Creative??" "Oh, no..not happening!"
I have listened as many of my peers and elders, people typically confident in other aspects of their life, have balked at the invitation to make art. I have heard this often...
And I found myself pondering:
What if, I could bring these engaging, empowering art experiences to EVERYONE?
At Artopiatogo, we invite you to discover, develop, and share your unique creative abilities in our welcoming and inspiring environment.
The Mission of Artopiatogo is to provide exceptional, engaging, and empowering art experiences in a variety of mediums.
With our combination of virtual and mobile studios, we aim to bring the studio experience to the greater community, including you-- yes, YOU!
I look forward to helping you discover YOUR art!
Megan, founder & lead teacher