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Native Studio Art - Empowering Artists Through

Visual and Indigenous Art Mentorship

  • Abstract Impressionism painting by Barbara Derrick showcasing vibrant colors and traditional patterns.

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    My Story

    Native Studio Art's CEO Barbara Derrick

    I am an art educator, mentor and speaker hired by creative professionals of all ages to help them succeed in their dreams. I founded Native Studio Art in 2015 after leaving a 20-year career in the human service industries.

    While teaching others about my journey as an artist, I realized that our system sets us up for failure. It has become my mission to create a journey with learners that are entirely unique to what they're thinking and doing instead of what's been done before.

    What I Believe

    We are all masters at something, we are just not aware of what? Sometimes we think developing our art is important but most times its not the art at all. Up until now, I was always curious about what people thought and why they believed in certain things. It wasn't until I studied Psychology that I realized everyone has their own outlook on life, which is shaped by how they were raised or experiences in life.

    These beliefs create the story of one's life. What we believe becomes our reality; it can be empowering if you keep your goals high enough to reach them! But there are some beliefs that hold us back from new opportunities because we're too afraid to explore new possibilities (such as dreams).

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    My Mission

    I am here to help you get from where you are now, all the way up that mountain.

    If you are ambitious and committed to your dream, I provide one-on-one coaching sessions with a blend of Indigenous teachings and self-growth techniques so my clients can make positive change in their lives.

    I know what they need because it has worked for me!

    1-2-1 Instruction

    Native Studio Art is a friendly way to change the color in your paint tray and change brushes you use! It's simple, direct self-discovery. Have you ever wondered what your strengths are?

    Have no fear, because 1-2-1 instruction will help get to the bottom of it all. You'll discover new opportunities and skills that can take off in any direction!

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    Youth Development

    The goals of youth development programs promote positive learning environment, even when seeking to prevent problem behaviors.

    Youth who are well prepared for the future can better navigate adolescence in healthy ways and be more likely successful later as adults. By fostering personal growth activities in self-exploration; like confidence building skills, communication, and teamwork.

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    Discover the 15 Foundational Principles of the Tipi:

    Immerse yourself in the wisdom and traditions of the Plains  heritage with our comprehensive course on the 15 Foundational Principles of the Tipi. Each principle embodies timeless teachings that promote harmony, respect, and interconnectedness with nature and community. Perfect for educators, cultural enthusiasts, and anyone seeking to deepen their understanding of indigenous values, this course offers valuable insights for personal growth and societal well-being. Enhance your journey with the profound lessons of the tipi—enroll in our course today!

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    Painting, Drawing, Sculpture and Indigenous Art

    Corporate Team Building and Reconciliation 

    Fostering Diversity and Inclusion Through Indigenous Values

    Inspiring Stories

    Drawing from student Lakota with ADHD & FAS

    “Lakota just drew this. All because of your positive reinforcement.”

    ~ Susan C

    Photo of Lisa, an art student, working on her project.

    “I had such a good day today. A lot of realizations and new directions in our 2nd last week of Walking In Your Power. I never realized until reflecting today just how much this program has empowered me to face obstacles, I had been in fear of for over a decade. Everything is all starting to piece together and make sense; it is such a great experience. J”

    ~Lisa Marie

    Testimonial photo of Trina, a satisfied student of Native Studio Art.Photo of Lisa and Tony at a Native Studio Art event in April 2021.
    Photo of Tony Hill, an artist associated with Native Studio Art.

    “Yes!! Well said, Bestie! This program has helped me make sense of my past and prepare myself for my future success. Thank you Barbara Derrick!”

    ~ Tony Hill

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    “Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time.”
    – Thomas Merton


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