Side Street Art Studio seems to evolve, to inspire

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Featured Image: With the help of her family, including her pet dog Oscar, Parisian art instructor Claire Kavaya will soon open her new Side Street art studio on Avenida Cabrillo. Photo: C. Jayden Smith

By K. Jayden Smith

Adding to the legacy of art in the Beach Cities area, the new Side Street Art Studio, located at 205 Avenida Cabrillo in San Clemente, seeks to change students’ perceptions of the art they can create.

Claire Cavaya, the owner of the studio, has spent decades in the Parisian art world and is excited to bring her knowledge to the community.

“I just hope to teach just like I did in Paris and try to make people happy and they walk out of the studio with a painting they’re proud of,” she said.

From the age of 12, Kawaya knew her dream job was to teach art to adults in a studio and worked hard to achieve her goal.

She first fell in love with the United States after spending three years at a French school in Houston, Texas, before moving back to Paris, where she grew up and spent most of her life. Kavaya later graduated from high school, studied at a preparatory school and spent five years at the Beaux-Arts de Paris before graduating at the age of 24.

After finding freelance work to help open and teach at a new studio in the city’s 15th arrondissement, or neighborhood, the gig turned into a 13-year stint that Kavaya enjoyed.

“I told myself in first grade, that’s where I belong,” she said. “It’s what I needed to do and I felt very comfortable doing it.”


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