Exotic bubble teas aren't the only thing being created at the Bubble Tea Brewers, 122 4 Ave. W.
On Tuesday and Thursday mornings and afternoons, it's also fostering the artistic skills talents of local youth.
The Filipino Canadian Association of Cochrane launched its summer multi-level art instruction in early July and is being led by Milo Prout and Edwin Aguanta.
They're about to start their fourth week, and the lessons will continue until Sept. 2.
"We are trying to open the eyes of our younger generation to the beauty of art," explains Prout.
Between the two of them, the youth are learning how to paint and sketch, and there are five levels in total. When they're finished, Prout says they'll be able to draw and paint whatever their imagination desires.
"I'm doing this because I didn't find art until I was 63-years old when I retired," explains Milo.
She says at a younger age her focus was strictly on helping her family and wonders if she would have taken a different path if she had discovered art earlier. She wants to give that opportunity to youth.
The sessions aren't exclusive to the Filipino community and are open to all youth ages 6 to 10. Morning sessions run from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and the afternoon group paints from 1:30 to 3 p.m.
"We encourage them to do all five levels so they can see their own progress," she says. "It's pretty extensive, and it requires a lot of commitment."
For more information, you can contact either Milo or Edwin here.