Art Class for Kids teacher Hailey Ainsworth in her Ballina studio.
Art Class for Kids teacher Hailey Ainsworth in her Ballina studio. DAVID NIELSEN

Artist draws up her business plan

WITH a passion for teaching and art, Hailey Ainsworth has found her niche.

Her Ballina-based business, Art Class for Kids, allows children aged six to 12 to have fun, relax after school and learn about art with a new art activity every day.

“We do all different things, but I focus on drawing, painting, clay work, collage and printing, but vary the subjects,” Miss Ainsworth said.

“That way they get a go at everything, and I find that's good for kids, because they try out things they don't get to do at home.”

With both her parents being teachers, Miss Ainsworth wanted to follow in their footsteps from a young age.

“Ever since I was young I wanted to be a teacher, and from the age of 15 I knew that I wanted to do art,” she said.

“But this business is where I wanted to go, teaching dedicated kids about art.”

She began her business 12 months ago after doing some art classes for kids with Ballina Art and Framing.

“The business started off being very small,” she said.

Since then it has steadily grown, and without a business background, the experience has been a learning curve but Miss Ainsworth said it 'hasn't been too difficult'.

“Advertising was a challenge, but I did everything simply to start off with, and built it up,” she said.

“I considered doing a business course, but I did a lot of internet research and my partner is a business teacher, so I asked him about things too.”

With eager students coming to her classes four afternoons a week during the school term, Miss Ainsworth has to be prepared.

“A lot of what I do is coming up with new ideas for things the kids could do,” she said.

The feedback she has received from parents and students has 'all been really positive'.

“The kids love it, and they make friends with the other people in the class,” she said.

Over the school holidays, Miss Ainsworth will hold classes over four mornings a week.

For more information, or to make bookings for classes, contact Hailey Ainsworth on 6686 5612 or 0431 988 450.

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