The Messy Artist was created by Donna Bernstein, an early childhood educator. She conceived of a place like The Messy Artist in 1999 after having searched for toddler classes that would introduce her son Corey (4), to the joys of creative art play. She didn’t find such a class. Undeterred, she started her own unique art classes, first held in a church, and from there to dedicated quarters in South Orange, where classes were geared for children 18 months – 6 years.
Over the years, families began requesting higher level fine art classes. As that demand grew, The Messy Artist realized the need for staffing with a fine art background. Viviana, who had been with The Messy Artist since 2006, took on her current position as Director of Fine Arts right after their move to East Hanover in 2012. After relocating and having room to expand, it was time for “the little kid” art studio to grow up a bit. From then on, The Messy Artist began to employ classically trained fine artists.
In 2014, The Messy Artist debuted its new home for fine art, Studio 356. It is the culmination of all of our artistic and educational expertise. We are proud to expose young minds to the endless possibilities of fine art, and to assist them in refining their craft.