Leaping Into Art is now open in Simsbury, ending Katie Kopcha Claywell's nearly 6-year hiatus of running her own art studio.
Claywell first opened Leaping Into Art in her hometown of Southington in 2009, but closed it in 2012 to focus on graduate school.
Now that she has a master's degree in art and art therapy, Claywell felt it was the right time to return to teaching art classes to children, but this time with the opportunity for art therapy.
Claywell has past experience working in art therapy with people with Alzheimer's disease and dementia. It was advice given to her by those patients that inspired her to reopen her studio, even though she just had a baby in...