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QuoteBarking Cat has been a jewel of a find for myself and our son. I really don't think there is a better art class for children in Brooklyn or the City. The reason is Karen, who runs the company and the classes. She is a natural teacher. I had teachers like her when I was at school – ones I really respected. Karen likes children – she has fun with them, she speaks up to them and doesn't patronize them, she understands them and she is also firm with them. She sets just the right boundaries and so creates a secure, effective atmosphere where children have focus and can shape their creativity and – most of all – not be afraid of trying something new. The projects that come out of the classes are such fun...quirky and clever and topical. Karen has children make things that she herself finds interesting and unusual. Tons of thought obviously goes into each project. A gem for children and for parents who want to loosen up and learn to really enjoy making things with their children. Keep up the good work, Karen – you are greatly appreciated."
– Sam, mom to Tristan, age 6

   
     

Quote Karen Merbaum, director, artist and teacher-extraordinaire of Barking Cat is quite simply the most wonderful art teacher you could ever ask for, for your child. At keeping kids of all ages focused in the classroom (and on outings) while remaining natural, gentle, and super-fun, she is a Master.

She is a woman of great kindness and with total love for children, it shows in her relaxed sense of humor, her warmth and interest in students' opinions and conversations, and her absolute preparedness for the classes she teaches. Karen is able to stay very present with students no matter what transpires, allowing kids to feel secure and the beginnings of feeling like an artist, and for each one to feel special among his or her classmates. And her project ideas are vast – seemingly endless!

We hired Barking Cat to do a class-to-go for our little one's birthday party this past summer...we will never forget the fun times had that day. Karen is so fun, and she will play, ponder, joke, wonder, contextualize for every age kid and that was even before the art stuff! Which, when it came time to do it, was amazing, and kept all the party guests concentrated on their projects, feeling proud, and having a blast.

Just basically can't say enough good about Barking Cat. Karen is as real as it gets. If you have stopped here considering sending your child to one of her classes, do it. Our little one has attended Barking Cat for about two years now, and he will be taking her classes for as long as Karen offers them."
– Aaron, dad to Finn, age 5

   
     

QuoteBarking Cat is one of the best finds in the neighborhood. My whole family loves it there. My kids, 5 and 3, talk about class all week and when Wednesdeay finally comes they actually wake up talking about going to see Karen and Maria at Barking Cat. It is such an energetic, wonderful, creative and nurturing environment.

My children believe they are artists and Barking Cat helps to foster the artist inside of them. I would bring them to Barking Cat every day of the week if time permitted – which is why the summer is going to be amazing. It sounds like the Summer Camp is going to be a blast: families should sign up while there is still room. I'm betting that by next year, families will be lining up around the block to get a spot in the summer program."
– Jessica, mom to Grace and Sam

   
     

QuoteMy daughter has been attending classes at Barking Cat Sutdio for a year, and I'm positive that they're going to be great at running a camp. Karen has fantastic energy with kids– my daughter is always super-excited to see her, and the other kids all respond really well to her, too. The art projects are always interesting, varied, and fast-paced to keep the kids happy and engaged. If I could go to camp at Barking Cat, I would – it's going to be a blast!"
– Laura, mom to Juliet, age 4

   
     

QuoteBarking Cat is such a warm atmosphere for your child to grow their love of art. Karen and everyone at Barking Cat teach each child with great care and enthusiasm that the children just lvoe every minute of class. The projects vary every week so the children get exposed to so many art mediums. I cannot wait for my daughter to start camp this summer and see what fun things Karen and her team have in store!"
– Kelly, mom of two, ages 4 & 18 months

   
     

QuoteMy sons LOVE the Barking Cat! They have enjoyed making art in the studio for a number of years and keep asking for more! Karen and her team have done a wonderful job of encouraging my boys to develop their own creative sensibilities. Thank you for the inspiration."
– Ann, mom to Tim & Greg, age 7

   
     

QuoteMy daughter has been attending classes at Barking Cat Sutdio for a year, and I'm positive that they're going to be great at running a camp. Karen has fantastic energy with kids – my daughter is always super-excited to see her, and the other kids all respond really well to her, too. The art projects are always interesting, varied, and fast-paced to keep the kids happy and engaged. If I could go to camp at Barking Cat, I would – it's going to be a blast!"
– Laura, mom to Juliet, age 4

   

 

 

 

 

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