Anabel & Michael have 27 years of combined professional experience
Hi, we are Anabel and Michael! Michael has 15 plus years of experience as a professional artist, raging from custom toy 3D building, to commercial illustration, to fine art. He grew up with an art background since the early age of 7 years old, giving him a combined student and professional experience of over 33 years. Anabel has 10 plus years experience as an educator and 4 plus years experience in web design and professional communication. Anabel is a self-taught pottery artist and dabbles with Acrylic painting. She has extensive knowledge in business management since the early age of 17 when she first began managing restaurants and later managing corporations as CEO Executive Assistant, while attending college. She considers herself a life-long learner as she is always seeking to learn new ideas, truly understand them and implement them into their business allowing for constant innovation.
We first built our art studio in a 750 sq. ft space located in Highland Lakes, NJ in early 2015. We relocated to Pompton Lakes to a 2,000 sq. ft space in late 2015. In July of 2019 we moved to a bigger and better location in Pompton Lakes to better serve our clients and provide a more convenience and comfort with our services. Once again, we took a leap of faith and opened Hug a Mug Coffee and Tea House to services our Artastic clients right in our new location with over 2,400 sq. ft of space. Art Academy of NJ Llc. is the parent company of both Artastic! Llc. and Hug a Mug Llc.
We have 5 years of experience hosting private parties for our clients. Our party hosting experience gives you the advantage of hosting a fun seamless and memorable event while allowing you to truly enjoy your time with the guest of honor and guests.
We are a local family with three daughters, Brie, who is almost 14 years old and who you might meet at our studio. She is learning everything about our family business and often lends a hand at assisting in our studio; Charley, who is 4 years old and who you might meet running around in the studio and painting a pottery piece; Vivian, who is 3 years old and loves painting pottery and being super social with our customers.
What We Do
drawing & painting
PAINT & SIP EVENTS
TWEEN & TEEN EVENTS
Supporting customers at a greater scale doesn't need to compromise the experience.
Outstanding customer service is a small business's most effective marketing. We want you to share your wonderful experience with us!
Building relationships and communicating with our customers throughout our entire time together.
Owner and Artist
Owner and Artist
Artist and Instructor
WHAT PEOPLE SAY
Thank you to Michael and Anabel for hosting my daughter Mia's 10th birthday party! The girls had a great time! Artastic is a small local business that has amazing talent. I highly recommend you check them out!!
“We had my daughters 10th birthday party here. It was awesome! Mike created this one of a kind glow-in-the-dark unicorn painting that the girls loved! He was great at talking them through each step of the painting. The matching unicorn cake was delicious and magical. I highly recommend this place for a tween & younger party! My daughter said "best party EVAH'!!"
My girls and I had a wonderful time at the Paint your Pet event last night. Mike, the artist, was very laid back, kind and talented. He allowed us to think and have fun with our paintings. He was always there to guide us and point out things only a true artist can see in a photograph (colors, shades, shadows ..etc ) he never hovered over us.. He gave us sufficient space to be relaxed and have fun. The atmosphere was perfect. Relaxing lighting, awesome music, and WINE glasses! (A bucket of ice for wine was also provided) we also did a fun/quick contest and I was the LUCKY WINNER of a $35 gift certificate! I've been to other paint and sip classes but this was by far my favorite. I really enjoyed my Saturday night! Thanks ! I'll see you guys soon! ohh and my furry baby came out awesome!!!