About Art for Fun Studio!
Art for Fun! Studio and Gallery first opened it’s doors in 2005 and is owned and operated by Barbara Becker.
At Art for Fun! Studio and Gallery, there is no need to wait to join an introductory course. Classes sizes are small so all students receive one-on-one instruction and work in different mediums.
Class: $45 per 2 1/2 hour class
or $170 for a package of 4 classes
Parties: $45 per person, up to 18 students. Parties are up to 3 hours and are limited to one project.
Class: $40 per 2 hour class or $150 for 4 classes
Parties: $40 per child, up to 18 students. Parties are up to 3 hours and are limited to one project. Ages 6 -16.
Prices include materials. Glass, watercolor boards, silk, and canvases are not included.
Class fees and party deposits are to be paid in advance and are non-refundable unless 24 hour notice is given.
Meet the Teachers:
Barbara Becker was born and raised in South Africa, where she received her Degree in Early Childhood and Elementary Education with a Master’s Degree in Gifted and Remedial Education.
Barbara immigrated to the United States in 1984. In 1987 she founded the Solomon Schechter Day School in Phoenix, where she was a teacher and the principal. She was always interested in art and began taking classes in 1994. The following year she began teaching art at the Solomon Schechter Day School, later known as the King David School, and the Beth El Center for Early Childhood. At the request of some parents of her students, she created an art class for adults. This sparked a new passion for her and prompted her to open her business, Art for Fun! Studio and Gallery in 2005.
Barbara’s love of art is influenced by ethnic and Judaic art. Her travels to Africa, South East Asia, the Middle East, Europe, Australia, South America, Central America and Canada nourish and inspire her creativity.
Barbara continues to develop and grow as an artist by taking art classes around the country. She won 2nd place in the CBS International Dichroic Glass Competition in 2012 for her “Jerusalem Wall” which was commissioned by Beth El Congregation in Phoenix. The “Jerusalem Wall” has been featured in magazines, a calendar and a glass art catalogue.
For Barbara, it is all about the rewards of teaching – the joy of teaching others to explore and create art, as well as to find peace and calm in the therapeutic nature of art. This is reflected in the atmosphere of the studio.
Art has always played an important role in Andrea’s life. She was involved in dance and music as a child, but later found her passion working in fine art and theatre. Andrea received her BA in Theatre Arts from the University of Puget Sound in 2013 where she focused on scenic, lighting, and props design as well as production managing. Andrea worked as a props artisan for the Colorado Shakespeare Festival in 2013 and 2014 and spent two seasons with the Boulder Ensemble Theatre Company fulfilling many roles such as props master, assistant stage manager, and wardrobe assistant.
In 2017 Andrea decided it was time to return to her home in Phoenix. Art for Fun! Studio and Gallery has been a “happy place” for Andrea since her mother, Barbara, opened the studio in 2005. Andrea shares her mother’s ambition to create art, learn new techniques, and share that knowledge while developing meaningful and personal relationships with other artists. As Barbara’s assistant, Andrea has been able to travel and participate in glass fusing workshops led by master artists. Although watercolor is her favorite medium, she is well versed in fused glass, silk painting, and hand building ceramic techniques.