Hello my name is Omar Morineau and I have created this studio over 7 years ago. I have continually improved it with higher quality curriculums and better overall standards.
I started this studio in order to teach children art in the way that the Masters have taught in the past, but with our modern day technology and funner atmosphere. Back then art was a skill much like carpentry, but today we can learn these disciplines to enjoy art's psychologically nurturing aspects, to develop our creativity, & to supplement young student's applications to universities.
As a young child, art was everything to me. I created friendships through it, developed my self esteem, and broke through the limitations of my shyness through art. I received so much praise from my second grade teacher at Fairlands Elementary School, Mrs Redding, that I was intent on becoming better at art. This praise allowed me to concentrate and focus. The award of people noticing me through art propelled me forward to create even more difficult works.
While attending Harvest Park Middle School, located in Pleasanton, a friend of mine had a mother whom owned a Nail Salon. The mother commissioned me to paint signage on her windows. Her brother arrived and was so impressed that he purchased several $100's of dollars worth of airbrushing supplies so that I could learn airbrushing to create art on cars and trucks. After teaching myself how to airbrush with him as my financial backer, I was able to make money painting t-shirts, signs, and vehicles.
As a student of Amador Valley High School, also located here in Pleasanton, I was given numerous opportunities to express my interest and talents in art. Under Brian Ladd, the leadership and civics teacher, I was elected the MultiCultural Commissioner of the school which allowed me also to produce art for many of the school clubs, branches, sports, and social events. I was the Chess Club President & Latino American Student Organization President. All these venues allowed me to use my art to create t shirt designs, letterheads, banners etc.
During my education at Las Positas Community College, I was able to work under the brilliant Master William Paskewitz which taught me the mediums of oil painting and a thorough understanding of art history. We even traveled together to Italy for 12 days visiting 35 of the most important locations and museums of Italy. This experience also inspired me to eventually live and study art in Florence Italy, which I will eventually speak more about.
While under Master Paskewitz's tutelage I was also learning the art of surfing in Santa Cruz. There I met a teacher of surfing. He taught me how to catch waves. Regarding art though we started a surfboard company. Barry, my surf teacher, would shape the boards and acquire the customers. I would airbrush the surfboards custom art based upon the preferences of the client.
To be continued...