Valeen Bhat
by Alexa Renfroe
May 29, 2013 | 15351 views | 2 2 comments | 121 121 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Valeen Bhat realized her childhood dreams of becoming an art teacher after starting Private Picassos seven years ago.

Bhat was raised on a sheep farm in New Jersey by her parents, who were both artists. She ventured to New York at the age of 18 to study art.

“I always knew I wanted to come to New York,” Bhat said.

With in-home and on-site lessons in printmaking, drawing, painting, sculpting and more, Bhat said Private Picassos is willing to “tailor to students,” meaning the private classes are flexible with content and schedule.

“We customize to each client,” she said.

Her students range in age from as young as 18 months to adults, but she says her average client is in the age range of two to eight years old.

“I love working with kids,” Bhat said.

She says young children are more likely to be creative and explore, and do not worry about making mistakes and being wrong or right.

“Older kids put pressure on themselves,” she explained.

Bhat said her art school teaches lessons that will help in other aspects of life as well.

“It’s a great outlet,” she explained. “It helps them become stronger adults.”

Bhat says the best thing about her art school is the self-confidence it gives her students.

“My favorite moment is when my students are quietly working,” she said about getting them “in the zone.”

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May 30, 2013
Mrs. Valeen is a great teacher and has been teaching my daughter for the last 6 years. She has so much patience and really brings out the best in her. Many friends have commented on the art that my daughter has hanging and sometimes think it was done by an adult. Kuddos to Mrs. Valeen!
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May 31, 2013
Val is a stellar person...she's exceptionally talented with art and she also has a very warm and welcoming personality. She's always made me feel like part of the gang. You know that those kids are very happy that Val is their teacher. Mad props.