Art classes are proving a big hit in the Greater Springfield region thanks to a local mother and daughter duo.
Springfield Lakes’ Jyotika Raniga (Jyo) and daughter Neerja run a home-base art studio, Neerja’s Painting Classes, from their home.
Their business which started two years ago with just five students has significantly increased to 90 students.
Jyo, a passionate award-winning art teacher, said her 16-year-old daughter, also attended her classes.
“I teach modern contemporary, folk art and traditional style painting however these are just a few of many other styles. I work with mainly acrylic paint and water paint,” Jyo said.
“My youngest student is three years old and my oldest is 16. My daughter inspired me to start the art classes for kids.
“Both myself and my students have participated in many competitions and have won awards… we work very close with the Vedanta Centre Springfield during the vacation care program and doing special art projects.”
Neerja’s Painting Classes includes art education for gifted children and adults.
A range of art classes are available for beginner, elementary, intermediate, and advanced students.
Masterclasses include private lessons as well as adult and children workshops.
Jyo said it was important for students to explore their creative side.
“When we nurture creative thought, we help a child to perceive underlying facts and ideas, to see old problems in new ways. And when we nurture creativity in students, we help them develop the very traits they will need in order to become the productive adults of tomorrow,” Jyo said.
Jyo moved to the Greater Springfield region four years ago and said it was “one of the best decisions” she made.
“Greater Springfield offers all the facilities, amenities and is one of the fastest growing areas I have ever known,” she said.
“This suburb is surrounded by beautiful parks, lakes and overall it has a great mixture of community and culture which is what we were looking for as a family.
“I’m so happy to be part of the Greater Springfield community.”
Full day school holiday art courses are offered throughout the year.