Our classrooms are traditional artist studios with each student working at an easel or drawing horse. Our program is designed for students to have fun while nurturing growth and independence. We do this by teaching technical skills while allowing creative choices and encourage our students to find their own artistic voice. We aim to give our students the highest quality of art education by staffing our studio with professional artists and trained instructors who have a degree in art or are pursuing a degree in art. We keep our teacher to student ratio low at 1:6 so that each student is able to have their individual needs met. This intimate environment enables us to tailor our program to help them achieve their personal artistic goals.
Holt Cleaver, creator of Holt School, and Kate Stewart, are professional artists who wish to pass their love of fine art to the Charlotte community. The program at Holt School of Fine Art focuses on teaching techniques that give students the foundations needed to draw and paint for a lifetime. Holt School is home to over 200 artists including adults, teens and children ages 8+. There are currently two locations, the first at Dilworth Artisan Station in South End and home to over 20 professional artists. The second location opened in January 2019 on the charming Main St. of Pineville.
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"Our 13 year old LOVES her art classes at Holt. We are continually impressed with the work she brings home and more importantly, the joy she carries with her after Art class. Thank you for your wonderful programs!"
"We’ve watched our 10 year old develop into a young artist after spending a year at Holt. She is encouraged by her teachers and is given level-appropriate goals. We love watching her growing enthusiasm for painting!"