Our approach to sharing art is steeped in the Reggio Emilia philosophy, the teacher is considered a co-learner and collaborator with the child and not just an instructor. Our South African values also play a big part in our approach - just like the African proverb "It takes a village to raise a child" - we believe that the education of each and every child should be the collective responsibility of the local community with parents as partners, collaborators, and advocates for their children. The environment also plays a vital role as it is the belief that children can best create meaning and make sense of their world through environments which support complex, varied, sustained, and changing relationships between people, the world of experience, ideas and the many ways of expressing ideas, and you will see that reflected in our warm, inviting, and cozy studio space.
The Main Philosophies of Reggio Emilia:
Children must have some control over the direction of their learning;
Children must be able to learn through experiences of touching, moving, listening, and observing;
Children have a relationship with other children and with material items in the world that they must be allowed to explore;
Children must have endless ways and opportunities to express themselves.
Ivette Hawthorne - Artist + Teacher + Owner
Ivette has a background in fine art with a concentration in printmaking. She went on to study fashion design and then received her international certification in makeup design and special effects. For ten years Ivette worked as a fashion and makeup stylist in New York City before moving to Austin, Texas with her family in 2014. In 2017 Ivette decided to return to her creative roots and pursue art full-time. She has shown her work in several galleries in the Austin area, teaches classes and workshops at various locations and also serves on the Round Rock Arts Board. A mom of four, Ivette discovered she possessed a true passion for teaching fine arts to little ones. She believes that art is a powerful form of self-expression and discovery that can heal the soul and expand horizons.
Petra Krugel - Artist + Teacher + Owner
For Petra, co-founding Mini Masters is a dream come true. For more years than she cares to remember, Petra referred to herself as a “frustrated artist”. During those years Petra worked full-time in the corporate world, including event management, advertising and marketing. When Petra relocated to Austin, Texas in 2015 after her husband accepted a contract position in the Middle East, she went back to school, studying art both in the UAE and here in Texas. She has been teaching crafts and scrapbooking on a part-time basis for two decades, and art at a private school for the last year. Petra feels she has finally found her true “home” – teaching art to the young and young-at-heart.
What Folks Are Saying
“Ivette hosted an art-themed birthday party for my daughter and a group of friends when she turned 11. They had a blast! The art they made was really great too - we framed it!"
Dana Gillespie, Cedar Park TX
"What a wonderful team! Both my kids have received private art lessons from Petra and Ivette respectively. Not only is the quality of art they teach really good, but my kids actually learn something. In a few sessions they've come away with more than they have from art class at school! And they look forward to lessons each week."
Ann Lamont, West Lake TX
“We first met Ivette during a summer camp session through RRISD. My son had such a good time in her class that I asked about continuing lessons in the new school year. He is loving it."
Tessa Burke, Round Rock TX