Mother and daughter duo share passion for painting at Northwest Austin art studio


With great focus, six school-aged children carefully squeeze droppers of colored liquid into vials of vinegar to create a rainbow of colors.

Next, they scoop baking soda into the vials and squeal in delight as the magic of science takes effect and results in the reaction of the vinegar and baking soda.

Even though Art Amore is an art studio, incorporating science into classes helps the students remember how to create colors, said Elyse Barmettler, who owns the business with her mother, Kathy Barmettler.

This approach of incorporating science and art is how Kathy taught her students science while teaching in Pflugerville ISD.

“Art is a great way to help kids retain the lesson,” Kathy said.

Wanting to teach more art with smaller classes and have more control over projects than at public schools, Kathy said she encouraged her daughter to open the studio with her.

The mother-daughter duo opened Art Amore in January 2013 off Jester Boulevard. They aim to keep the classes to no more than eight to 10 children.

“That’s why I wanted to be a teacher: to do the one-on-one,” Kathy said. “This way, we can specialize and really individualize each class to the specific needs.”

Art Amore offers a range of camps and after-school classes for students from painting with acrylics and oil pastels to working with clay. Classes are broken into sections, such as free drawing, learning various techniques and understanding the fundamentals of art, such as how colors work.

“With all of our classes, it’s a balance of technique and creativity and fun,” Elyse said. “It’s bringing in the basics and foundation so you can create what you want.”

The Barmettlers opened their studio six years ago to help fill a void in Northwest Austin. They relied on word of mouth and now have a healthy clientele, Elyse said.

Students get to paint what they want with some guidance, and their works in progress adorn the walls of the studio.

“It’s cute to see them follow each other,” Elyse said. “… They get to have more of a choice. There are some art pieces I would never think to do.”

Art Amore

6507 Jester Blvd., Ste. 107, Austin
512-983-7022 •
Hours: 1-8 p.m. Mon.-Fri., closed Sat.-Sun.

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  1. Rachelle Abercrombie

    My daughter is 5 and has been going to Art Amore for over a year and a half. She absolutely loves it! Art class day is her favorite day of the week; unlike some of her other after-school activities, she is always excited about going. They do hands-on work in a variety of mediums, all while learning actual technique. The projects she brings home are priceless. If your child has any interest in art, this is a great place to send them. There are a couple of restaurants/coffee shops very nearby if you want to wait while your child has class, or you can hang out on the comfy couch in the lobby area.

  2. My 5 and 8 year old sons love coming here once a week. Kathy and Elyse are great with our boys and do so much more than simply draw and paint. Art Amore is nothing like the art classes in their schools. The smaller classes mean less kid-crazyness; when we pick them up everybody is always so focused and so deep in their projects.

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