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Meet Amy Lyons of McArt Studio in Carlsbad

Today we’d like to introduce you to Amy Lyons.

Thanks for sharing your story with us Amy. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
I was born and raised in Somerset, England. I received a BA in Fine Arts from England and straight after deployed to Afghanistan with the British Army as Combat Medic. I served for the three years and deployed multiple times. It was during these deployments that I met a US Marine who would later become my husband and reason for moving to the USA. After my deployments I returned to University in the UK. I obtained my teaching degree and soon after moved to California to be with my fiancé.

I wanted to continue teaching art in the US. This has always been my passion. Unfortunately, I soon realized that art had either already been cut or was on the chopping board for most school districts in the area. This was heart breaking for me as art has always played such a huge role in my education and life. Even in Afghanistan I spent a large amount of time creating art, inspired by the people, sights and experiences I encountered (both good and bad).

My husband understood how devastating this was for me and he encouraged me to pursue my dreams and open an art school of my own. Soon after McArt Studio was created. We are dedicated to providing high quality art programs that enrich our community. I hand pick and train every teacher that joins our team. As we became well known in the community people asked us to cater for different events and classes. As we did we continued to grow. We are about to open our second studio in Temecula this month.

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
I can honestly say that our biggest struggle has been finding a team of teachers who share my passion! We are not a cut and paste arts and crafts store.

Our team are truly dedicated and inspiring. Many teachers have not made it past an interview with us. We believe that no one should teach who is not in love with teaching. Energies are contagious!

We’d love to hear more about your business.
At McArt Studio, we believe that art has the power to transform the lives of anyone who shows an interest, no matter your age or ability. It is our privilege as educators to nurture it and show you the possibilities. McArt Studio’s curriculum is specially designed and structured to develop you or your child’s artistic skills set. Artists are taught how to develop their ideas and in doing so make their imaginations become a reality! We offer everything from weekly tuition to one off paint parties tailored to suit specific events.

​All of our inspiring art programs, workshops and specialized classes are designed and delivered by qualified professionals; their experience of working with children and dedication to creative learning makes McArt Studio a truly inspiring place to be.

We have event directors who customize events. Clients can opt to have a one of a kind masterpiece designed just for them that relates to company, core values, interests and goals.

One of our most popular team building events is a giant customized mural. Each participant works on a small section that comes together to make one large painting. We have previously hosted these events for LEGOLAND, Scripps medical, 24 hour fitness and numerous local fundraisers.

What were you like growing up?
I have always been extremely passionate about art ever since I can remember. I was the youngest of three. My family have always been very supportive and encouraging in my pursuit of art. It wasn’t until I joined the army as a medic that I realized I also had a passion for teaching. As the Battalion medic I taught each company the skills they needed to survive trauma on the front line. I decided at this point to combine my two passions, teaching and art! I met my husband in Afghanistan and later to move to America to be with him. My other passion in life is running. I train for and run a couple of marathons every year.

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