Who are we?
The Cordovan Art School believes in fostering creativity and self confidence through visual and performing arts. We pride ourselves on maintaining an environment that is positive, enjoyable, and allows students to progress and gain a deeper appreciation for the arts.
Only the very best teachers work at Cordovan. Over the years, students who have gone through the program have been amazed at what they have accomplished after learning fundamental principles and time-tested techniques.
We believe that there is no shortcut to success. Growth and personal satisfaction come when put our time and talents to work—by learning, doing, and then repeating the process over and over again. The students are proud of themselves, and we are too!
We encourage anyone who enjoys the arts to come develop their talent with us!
MESSAGE FROM THE FOUNDER
First off, I want to welcome you to the Cordovan School of the Arts. Music, Dance, Art, & Theater have always been a source of joy and pleasure for me.
I started painting at age 5 when my mother enrolled me in a watercolor class. Week after week, I would look forward to going to class to paint a new picture. Without exception, at the end of the each class I was so proud of what I had accomplished. In those early years, there was something about the creative process that was very rewarding for me.
At the age of 16, I knew that I wanted to pursue a career in the arts, so I began working toward that goal. My junior year in college, I married my wife, Jamee. It was during our courtship that I started wondering how I was going to explain to her parents that I was going to be an artist. How would they react to such devastating news? As I reflect back on those thoughts, I wonder what would cause me to think that there is anything wrong with wanting to be an artist.
For years I believed that success was packaged in the form of becoming doctor, a lawyer, or an accountant. I somehow had been led to believe that my left brain was more valuable than my right brain.
In High School I excelled academically, and I was even chosen to give a speech at graduation. The trend continued into college as I remained at the top of my class. I could have become a doctor, a lawyer, or an accountant. But, at the end of the day, it just wasn’t me.
I began my art career by opening an art school in Temecula, California. I was also doing free-lance illustration work at that time. Both were creative endeavors that I enjoyed.
Without even realizing it, my art career took an unexpected turn when I began investing & developing real estate, first in California, and then in Texas. As a result of my new real estate “hobby”, my family and I moved to Texas to be closer to where I was spending most of my time. I tell you this part of the story, because this new career in commercial real estate really began as an amusing creative outlet for me. I saw opportunities, and I was able to use my creative right-brain to put deals together. It was during this time that I started realizing that my right brained thinking, served me in many ways, and I was glad that I had developed my creative side. One of the blessings of developing our right-brains is the ability to adapt…think…solve problems.
In 2009, I opened the doors of a new endeavor, the Cordovan Art School. I could not stay away from the paints, the music, the theatrics, and the association with other talented artists and students. The arts continue to inspire me. Even though I have been painting professionally for many years now, the thrill of creating something from a blank piece of paper never grows old.
At the Cordovan Art School we teach the principles behind the Arts. Come, exercise your right brain, and be amazed at the creativity that lies within you!