Kids pick up pencils and crayons at young age, telling stories through pictures, often before they can speak. SasSyTuna builds on natural talent, teaching kids and youth the art skills they need to build confidence, self-awareness, and enthusiasm for learning.


Whether it’s year-round classes or a one-off special event, like a birthday painting party, your child will walk away more confident, with new skills, and one-of-a-kind pieces of art they’ll be proud of. SassyTuna’s small classes are taught by qualified artists and teachers, trained in first aid, who are passionate about creating a stimulating learning experience - focused your child’s needs and interests.


Whether your children love to draw, paint, or design, we have classes suited to their needs and your schedule. When they’re ready to learn more, it’s time to become a SasSyTuna!


Julie Lewis is an award-winning, highly-trained artist, animator, and designer, working in St. John’s, NL. Having studied at Memorial University, the Grenfell campus, Sheridan, Algonquin, Dalhousie, Julie spends most of her time drawing, teaching, and studying art.


Since SassyTuna’s creation in 2007, Julie has been bringing enthusiasm and energy to teaching traditional and digital art to youth throughout Newfoundland and Labrador.


Julie also leads art parties for children and adults, draws caricatures on commission and at special events, and makes communities more beautiful with murals and other public art pieces.


When Julie’s not teaching or creating art she can be found hanging out with her cinematographer husband, and her two bug-loving boys James and Cole.


Alisha is a self-taught artist, who works full-time writing copy and offering marketing strategies with Rogue Penguin Creative. She teachesMonday and Thursday classes and loves to teach the tricks professional artists won’t tell you!


Michael is an avid gamer who started out on his Atari 600 XL and has had an interest in video games and programming ever since. He has taught children rock climbing, lead geology field trips, and has sent over 600 Cub Scouts down a zip line. At Sassy Tuna, Michael introduces students to the fundamentals of programming logic and game design using Scratch and RPG maker.


Ashley is a character artist and designer from small-town, west coast Newfoundland, who spends her free time making up worlds and hunting for trophies on her PlayStation. She thinks introducing the next generation to game development is an amazing thing - the creativity and the tech savviness of the young people she works with is really something else!


Charlie is a lead artist at a local studio where he gets to enjoy doing character designs, animation, and marketing campaigns. As someone who's loved animation since a very young age, he finds teaching the magic of animation at SassyTuna a real treat. There is nothing like watching your art move! Charlie also does a lot of community work using his design skills to create content for not-for-profit organizations in the province.


Kathleen Davis holds a BFA in Visual Arts from Memorial University and has been travelling ever since, recently returning from two years in South Korea and Thailand, teaching English and Art. She mostly works with traditional mediums, with a heavy focus on pencils and ink, but really enjoys the experimentation and imagination that comes with working with kids. Her favourite animals are fluffy cows and bears because they’re visually comforting.