What Our Lovely Customers Are Saying ...
"Hi Maddie (and team) - Thanks so much for facilitating such a phenomenal birthday party yesterday for Caitlin and her friends. The girls (your girls) were so great, and my girls had so much fun. ALSO, my son has a birthday next month. We had something else tentatively planned, but after he saw the studio yesterday, he also wants his party there. Again, a wonderful set up you have. I'll definitely be recommending your parties.” – K. Graham
"Thank you so much for putting on such a lovely event for all our kids and there families. I also wanted to say how lucky we feel to find such a devoted and inspirational teacher. You are assisting in mentoring our children to become not only creative but conscious, so thank you for your enthusiasm!"
– Corinne Isherwood
"The Open Studio is such a great idea! I had a great time with my grandkids making those wonderful little Paper Mache birds. Each Summer we will be back to make another as it will be our new creative tradition.” — Jillian M.
Maddie and her team were a great addition to our Bard Family Nights. Her craft ideas were quick and easy for the children and engaged our young patrons in the themes of the evening’s play. The Luminous Elephant area was abuzz with activity and excitement, priming the audience for a night of fun and laughter during the play. — Sam
"Thank you Madelyn! Thank you for this wonderful time creating my artist's journal, drinking coffee with a collective of lovely women, listen to music and most of all getting in touch with my dreams. I journal every day now and look forward to claiming this hour for myself to create my day, create my life. My family are always asking to see my journal and they are amazed at all the art and love and magic that unfold within those pages. I had no idea that this class would turn into a practice that is beautiful and completely life changing in the simplest of ways. I am signing up for your next session too! I love all the little gifts you gave us for the journals - the tiny canvas and poem is one of my most favourites and also the exquisite Indian mirror." — Lauren Yu
"My 5-year old son fell in love with the place and Madelyn's style of teaching brought out the very best in him. What I like about the Luminous Elephant is the emphasis on imagination, thoughtfulness, and exploration, and following the lead of the child....my son was always happy to go to art class and reluctant to come home. The Cartoon Boom class was a particular hit!" —Jenny M.
"Our experience was unique! The Luminous Elephant studio gave my daughter Maya, age 7, all she could dream of on her birthday: ferries, magic, love and imagination. All her little friends were thrilled. I would recommend The Luminous Elephant to any family who plans a party (young or "older"): there is no other space in Vancouver that offers such a professional planning and yet such a deep and true loving experience."
—Catherine Beeckman Delan
"EVERY kid should take this course! I had to drag my son out of the building at the end of each class. Madelyn is a child whisperer and brings out the very happiest and the very best of every one. The energy is amazing in that studio. I think I need to sign up for something myself."
"I wanted to thank you for a truly great day. I don't know who had more fun - the kids or the parents! It is the first party in almost 4 years where the parents didn't run out the door after dropping off their kids! It was lovely watching them settle into the couch reading magazines and eating veggies chatting away. It was a wonderful feeling of community. All of your personal touches and extra thoughtful surprises were such an unexpected gift to the twins. They especially loved the mixed CD's you sent home with their friends. Thank you!” ~ Sophie Lawton ~
A wonderful recommendation from a school teacher - thank you!
To Whom It May Concern:
I have the honor of writing this letter of recognition for the work Madelyn Mulvaney completed with my grade 7 students. Madelyn developed a brilliant photography unit entitled Shine On! which allowed the students to explore visual literacy as a means of communication. Madelyn’s lessons were well developed and she came prepared with beautiful examples of compelling photographs and video footage, which spoke to the questions the students were exploring. Each week Madelyn also downloaded my student’s work to her computer and projected the photographs for viewing. This facilitated discussion through her guidance and observations, as well as allowing the students to comment and reflect on each others work. As their classroom teacher I was often overwhelmed with the outpouring of truth and emotional connections my students made. Asking young teens to represent beauty, love, dreams, wishes, joy and contentment and self-portraits gave them a platform to express their sense of self in a unique and highly creative manner.
Madelyn is a natural teacher who develops authentic relationships with her students. Each was given the gift of her time and positive support. Perhaps what was most important was Madelyn’s ability to reach each and every one the students. All students were honoured for their efforts and encouraged to express their ideas freely and openly.
The Shine On! exhibit was an important event for my class. They were able display their 7 photographs in an inviting atmosphere and were given the venue to speak to their work for a large audience. Parents spoke of seeing new things in their children they had not realized before. Students discussed the pride and confidence they felt when exhibiting their work. My students are now extending their learning by continued exploration with their cameras, creating stop motion films and developing poetry to accompany their work. Madelyn continues to communicate with her students their flickr site. They want to share their work with her and seek her advice and recognition.
I highly recommend this course to students of all ages. The opportunity to both explore and express a representation of self encourages the students to reflect on who they are and who they want to become. As emerging young teens, my students were given a platform to demonstrate their learning and were respected for their willingness to share these personal thoughts with others.
If I can provide any further information about Madelyn’s course or the impact it had on both my students or my teaching practice please feel free to contact me.