SIOUX FALLS, SD -
Most successful businesses see a need and fill it. A South Dakota artist who moved to Sioux Falls a couple of years ago discovered there were no art schools for children, so she started her own.
Mitchell native and long-time artist Georgi Streetman has a passion for passing along her skills. She recently opened the Streetman Art School at 8th and Railroad in Sioux Falls.
"It was obvious to me since there wasn't anything like this, this would be a natural way for me to do what I love to do and hopefully make a living at it." Streetman said.
In her first fall session, Streetman has nearly 30 students enrolled in these after school classes.
"Both of my girls love to draw. They never get enough drawing at school because there's not enough time. It seemed like a great thing to try," Mother Megan Pederson said.
Megan Pederson says it's given her daughters confidence in their ability.
"It just seems to be so much more than other art classes they've done. And it's longer so you can get more in-depth and the girls seem to love that," Pederson said.
Streetman says her reward is seeing her students' progress.
"Everyday my heart just soars as I see a breakthrough," Streetman said.
She says kids who come in nervous soon realize they can do more than they think.
"And then three weeks later they're just off on their own and doing their own drawings themselves and going 'look!' that's exciting," Streetman said.
For the kids that excitement is contagious.
"Would you like to be an artist some day? Yes!" Seven-year-old Bridget Pederson said.
"They sure think they're artists and right now, that's what matters," Megan Pederson said.
Streetman is in the middle of her first ten week session for students, but classes start up again in January. Streetman holds an art show for her students, giving them a chance to show off their work to others.
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