I want my school to be more than just an art school. I want it to be a place for people to become inspired and express their creativity.
~ Michelle Muhlbaum-Aviksis
Through these doors lies creativity and growth. The great artist knows that it is not just the end result that matters, but all that is learned along the way.
In this studio, you will continually work at your creative process. You are not changing teachers, styles, or direction, but instead developing, experimenting, and growing into the artist you will become.
About Our Name, The House of Colors
When I first began teaching, I had a young boy in one of my classes who just came to this country from Italy, and did not speak english. He used to tell his mom every week that he could not wait to come to make art with me at “La Casa di’ Colori” translation “The House of Colors.” This stayed with me for many years and I am so happy I named my school after that.
About Michelle Muhlbaum-Aviksis
MFA The School of the Museum of Fine Arts/Tufts University joint graduate program, Boston, MA, teaching assistantship
BFA Tyler School of Art, Philadelphia, PA
One year at Tyler School of Art abroad in Rome
Studied under renown printmaker Romas Viesulas for 4 years
National Deans List
Ruth Leaf Studio School, Douglaston, NY
Worked for Ruth for one year as her personal assistant, edition printer and assistant teacher
Teaching Background: Mount Ida College, Simmons College, Framingham State, The Art Institute of Boston, Newbury College, Boston Aid to the Blind, Ruth Leaf Studio School, The Danforth, Brockton Fuller Memorial and Fitchburg Museums.
Collections: Yeshiva Univ. Museum, Arts & More Collectors of Boston, MFA Trustee, Joyce Linde, SH&E Inc., Waltham, Contessa Capronis for her family museum in Rome, Italy
About Hailey Peirce- Fiber Arts Teacher
Hailey Peirce is a local Fiber artist. Her work incorporates weaving, embroidery, dyeing and macrame. She graduated in 2015 with a BFA in 3D Arts from Massachusetts College of Art and Design. Hailey leads our fibers classes but also lends her talents to our painting, drawing and sculpture classes. She sells her art at her Etsy shop, Peirce Textiles.
About Mimi Barnes- Fashion Design and Sewing Teacher
Mimi Barnes has a BS and MS in elementary education with a teaching background that spans over 25 years. Not only has she taught many arts and crafts classes and sewing classes, but her talents led her to many special programs. In one such award winning program, she worked with high risk high school students to complete their studies and find valuable work. Mimi is our lead teacher for our fashion design classes. She teaches both hand and machine sewing, and has a background in painting as well.
Mimi will be leaving us soon as she retires, and moves to be closer to her family. We will miss her and wish her the best in her future endeavors!