Gorgeous Stacy LaFleur has the passion and love for all things beautiful — and the brains to know exactly how to teach others to be creative when they thought there was no hope, in more ways than one.
Currently serving as the Artist in Residence at Homestead Village in Fairhope, Stacy, who has a bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts from McNeese State University, offers painting classes to the entire community in the charming village setting.
The building has been refurbished to house her studio where she teaches students of different levels, from the advanced, down to those who think a box of fat crayons is all they can handle. Stacy’s students are amazed at her ability to give instructions that are so clear and obvious, they are equipped to produce artwork after their first lesson.
Years of development have resulted in an on-line program that gives users access to Stacy’s methodical art lessons that can be watched at the viewer’s own pace. Not only have children and adults of all levels benefited from this program, but because it’s self-paced, many children with special needs have found great success by following Stacy’s soothing method.
The day I visited the studio, about a dozen ladies had gathered to paint sunflowers. “It’s as much fun to get together with other people of similar interest as it is to paint, and on top of that, I get a great painting to take home that I’m not embarrassed of!” laughed one woman.
This is one of the many larger paintings that hangs inside the main building gallery area at Homestead Village. Stacy does commission work and decorative home paintings, but one of her greatest joys is leading corporate seminars and teaching stuffy office types to step out of their everyday way of thinking and add some creativity to their world.
Here’ s Stacy with her student Christine. Many of the students found this class through the Eastern Shore Friends Facebook page where there is a list of activities anyone can join. From games to shopping, it’s a great way to get to meet people with similar interests.
This was a commission piece of a New Orleans home in the French Quarter. Classes start at $39, but if you look for the special code (hint— it’s, “Fairhope Friend”) on the Eastern Shore Friends Facebook page, you’ll get a deal for only $27! Wow!”
Isn’t it time you tried something new? Even if you aren’t in the Fairhope area, I’m sure there’s a place near you to get involved in something creative! Act! Dance! Sing! Write! Draw! All the fun is out there waiting for you!
To contact Stacy, call: 251-228-2258
or visit her web site HERE.