I had the opportunity to spend some time with Stephanie Krauss Verdun, the owner of Out of the Box Studio. Once you step into her creative space, you learn where the name comes from. The walls are all adorned with her unique works of art one completely different from the next.
Her ideas are “out of the box”, taking inspiration from the masters, children’s books, her love for colors and shapes, various themes, graphic design, photography and movies. Her whimsical style varies between contemporary and traditional and often incorporates sentimental themes and objects. Stephanie works in a variety of mediums, specializing in watercolor and ink, oil, acrylic and mixed media. While I was with her she began work on a ceramic vase. I was mesmerized by how seamlessly she created the design without any template to guide her.
In the short time I spent with Stephanie in her space, it is easy to see why her studio is so popular. Her personality is infectious and her passion for art is inspiring. In a time when technology is so prominent in our lives, it’s refreshing to be able to have a space to unplug and be creative. With a background in Art Therapy, interior design consulting and working as a preschool enrichment teacher, her understanding, creativity, patience and imagination are a perfect mix to help her students both grow and learn.
Her works of art aren’t limited to canvas or ceramic, she has also transformed her pieces into scarves, totes, stationery and more. The opportunity for creativity is endless.
“Kids don’t need toys. Give them a box. They will turn it into a house, a car, a bed. The same rule applies to fostering creativity in art… Give them one thing to start the imagination and you will be out of the box in no time.” – Stephanie Krauss Verdun
For more information:
Out Of The Box Studio
65 Atlantic Ave
Marblehead, MA 01945