About Us


My name is Joana Pratt López.  I opened Art for Life in Buford in 2017, after teaching art, theater, and Spanish to K-8 graders and adults for more than 20 years. My art career began in Colombia, my birthplace, where I ran my own company that made Mardi Gras-style floats and furniture with a technique I developed using recycled cardboard.


In the US, since 2001,  I have taught in many Montessori schools, directed a nonprofit program for youth at risk, and worked with Lango, a program teaching foreign languages to children. Since moving to Georgia in 2014, I launched “Art & Spanish for Life,” a platform to help people of all ages expand their lives by creating art and learning a language! The adventure continues today at the Art for Life in Buford studio which I operate with the support of my husband Timothy and our son Dylan.




We’re happy to have a place to help you bring art into your life, only a mile from the Mall of Georgia! No previous artistic experience is required to participate in our parties or classes! Our studio is designed to help teach those who have never made a painting, drawing, or sculpture, as well as budding artists.

Children love our after school program, which offers opportunities to unleash their inner artist and, in certain classes, to learn Spanish.

Our camps--which we offer during Winter, Spring and Summer breaks--are a blast! Adults can also learn with us in our workshops, where you can work with paint and canvas or work with cardboard, and our corporate and team building events are a great opportunity for business owners to bring their employees together to work on something creative and fun. 

Every weekend we offer Public Artsy Parties, or "Paint 'n' Sip" events, and once a month we also offer a chance to Paint Your Pet! Guests are welcome to bring their own food and drinks, and we provide all art materials as well as plates, cups, ice and bottle openers. If you're interested in throwing your own Private Artsy Party, whether in the studio or offsite, we would be happy to help you celebrate a birthday, a new job, an anniversary or new engagement with a group of your friends and loved ones. You can find an array of possible projects in our online gallery or come to us with an idea from your own imagination.  

We guarantee that if you walk through the doors of Art for Life, you will have fun while creating — and enrich your life with art!



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