Elizabeth Barksdale Cooper 

Art Director, Art & Sewing Instructor

I opened Peacock and Parade in the fall of 2011 with a vision of creating a special place for both children and adults to come relax, learn, and express themselves by trying different artistic mediums. It is my belief that creative techniques of all kinds can be learned through instruction. In other words, if you love beautiful things and would like to learn how to create them...you can! If you have the desire to learn to paint, go for it! If you don't know how to use a sewing machine, sign up for lessons! I am on a constant quest to learn new things. Creative projects feed the soul. Absolutely everything that is handmade is beautiful! Handmade = made with love.

I began painting and sewing as a young girl with my artistic grandmother and mother. I spent countless hours making houses out of shoe boxes and embroidering pillow cases and blankets for my smallest dolls. Until the birth of my first child, I made most of my formal clothes (lots of parties!), pillows, slipcovers, and window treatments.

My experience in art instruction includes Preschool - K, Elementary, Middle, High School and College levels. Prior to opening Peacock and Parade; I taught Interior Rendering for Interior Designers in the RISD continuing education program, and was the first art instructor at The Wolf School where I developed a curriculum for children with learning differences. For several years, I was a substitute teacher at The Wheeler School in Providence and enjoyed teaching in the after school enrichment programs at both Wheeler and Hampden Meadows School in Barrington.

Graduated from The Rhode Island School of Design. 1984 BFA Illustration




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 Elizabeth Barksdale Cooper