We believe that learning practical arts, through craft activities brings joy by strengthening the artistic, academic, social, and neuromotor development. Practical arts bring a balance to the student's concentration by working with ones hands—not only in the physical sense, but also by providing a practical application for intellectual concepts such as mathematics, geometry, and form drawing. In addition, manipulating tools, achieving accuracy, and completing projects helps people to develop their will force. The goal of the Art Shack is to help people to become clear, imaginative thinkers who can take on any work with creativity.
"Children, who learn while they are young to make practical things by hand in an artistic way and for the benefit of others as well as them selves, will not be strangers to life or to other people when they are older. They will be able to form their lives and their relationships in a social and artistic way, so that their lives are enriched."
Lily Baker, founder of Art Shack Duvall, started her teaching career at the age of 13 . Her interactive approach to teaching was quickly recognized by her community. Saturday classes at the Duvall library became so popular that she and her sister opened a Main Street location. Artists of all ages rushed in when Art Shack opened its doors. Lily believes that by using real tools and mastering real hands on skills people experience improvement in all areas of life.
Lily has spent the past 25years founding art programs and teaching many kinds of art in schools, both public and private through out the West Coast. After studying the Waldorf approach to teaching practical arts Lily has returned to her home town of Duvall and built, from the ground up, a permanent studio.
Her book, “Metal Arts for boys and girls”, is a fun filled guide to working with metal. It is filled with ideas and instruction that bring the mounumental art of metal working to its simplest most approachable terms.
It is Lily's goal to pass on the joys of using these ancient art forms thus fostering a love of working with ones hands to create things of beauty.
When Lily is not teaching she is building stuff, enjoying the local mountains and raising her 3 awesome children.
Master metal artist / Teacher