A friend mentioned in passing that Allison Jensen, a Liberty stay-at-home-mom, should teach art lessons. As an former corporate trainer, current preschool teacher, childcare provider, lifetime artist, and natural risk-taker that idea seemed perfectly reasonable.
As a test, Allison sent an email to friends offering up some art classes over Liberty Spring Break. Classes were taught in the dining room and living room of the Jensen home. Which meant the house had to be cleaned of family clutter BEFORE class and then cleaned of art clutter AFTER class.
The classes were well-received; so when the school year was over, she expanded the line-up and offered classes throughout the summer. The LLC, website, and blog followed shortly.
Tired of cleaning the family clutter, Allison built out her previously, half-finished basement into an art studio with it's own entrance. Miss Allison's Art, LLC held it's first classes in the new [clean] studio on September 9th.
After testing out a number of different scheduling systems and class formats, Miss Allison's Art settled on the current layout of grade level classes with monthly media focuses.
Miss Allison's Art gained another teacher [and Allison finally had the other half of her brain]. Sara Woolfolk joined the teaching team.
Miss Allison's Art announced that there would be an EXPANSION to 249 W Mill St in Liberty.
Later in May 2014
The Orange Easel brand was born. Many inquire how the name came to be. Allison and Sara gathered a group of super creative friends over on Friday night, covered the papers with butcher paper, provided sharpies and wine. The rest is history.
Miss Allison's Art, LLC dba Orange Easel took possession of the leased property on Mill St and began an 4-week whirlwind transformation of the space. It included a shopping trip to the West Bottoms antique stores, late nights doing construction projects, and lots of orange glossy paint.
July 1, 2014
Orange Easel launched its website with registration for the fall line-up---completely on the faith that construction would be done in time.
Allison was [mostly] confident she would be able to find the perfect teaching staff for a schedule of classes that was THREE times the number of classes previously offered in the basement.
July 31, 2014
The very last class was held at Miss Allison's Art basement studio. At 4:00pm, the trucks, vans, and cars were loaded with supplies and equipment and driven one mile down the road to the new Orange Easel.
AUgust 1, 2014
Our brand new Orange Easel space made is debut at a lively, casual Open House. It smelled like new paint and everything sparkled. (It will never be that shiny again and that's exciting).
On August 4, Orange Easel held it's first class.
WITNESS our story as it unfolds. This is still just the beginning...
Orange Easel is an Art School in Liberty MO. Our blog here is written by the instructors at the school.