About Odonata

My mission is to bring friends, family and communities together to get creative by lovingly guiding you through the creative project or workshop of your choice in a fun, positive atmosphere!

The artistic services are Paint Parties and Fundraiser Events and also other craft classes and life coaching workshops with a creative twist.

I, April Small, started Odonata Artistic Services in July 2013 and I am super excited to share my story!


You may be thinking Odonata is a strange name, I get asked frequently where I got the idea.

Odonata is the scientific word for dragonfly, which has great symbolic meaning!

The dragonfly symbolizes change and change in the perspective of self realization; and the kind of change that has its source in mental and emotional maturity and the understanding of the deeper meaning of life.

– See more at: http://www.dragonfly-site.com/meaning


When I started Odonata I was on the career path of a typical eight to five (in my case 6 and having to be on-call 24/7) white collar job doing stressful busy work in a stressful atmosphere and although I loved my co-workers I knew there had to be something better out there for me.

Then I found my way back to creating art, a simple invite from a friend (for my birthday) to come to a paint night. I couldn’t have imagined a few months later that I would be starting my own business and doing something I truly loved. Painting and teaching painting has brought me so much happiness and has taught me so many valuable life lessons. Soon as I found my way back to doing what I loved, creating heART, I knew I HAD TO SHARE IT WITH OTHERS.

This was such a HUGE life transformation for me, which is where the DRAGONFLY came in. I felt as though I had reached a better understanding of not just my self but my purpose and what really matters to me! Creating from the heART and sharing with others how they too can be creative, not just creative but CONFIDENT that they to have the ability to create and live a passionate life full of CREATION. 


Since starting Odonata I have gone even further on my journey as a life artist, creating the life I want, I decided to expand my education so that I can be a more well rounded person, small business owner and most importantly CREATIVE GUIDE to all of you. I completed my degree in psychology, minoring in business, and went through certification as a Master Life Coach, Therapeutic Art Life Coach and am currently getting certified under artist Whitney Freya as a Creatively Fit Coach. 

My journey has been pure magic and can not wait to connect with you on your journey creating your very own heARTwork.

Feel free to join my FREE community Creating heART where you can connect with myself and other like minded individuals. I will be sharing fun creative projects, inspiration and life coaching practices with a creative twist so that you too can CREATE THE LIFE YOU ACTUALLY WANT AS A LIFE heARTist


So what exactly are my offers and services?

NEW! to my offerings are my super TRANSFORMATIVE creative life coaching workshops. Combining my background in psychology, life coaching and my passion for the creative process I have discovered how it can be used as a wellness and selfcare tool. These events will allow me to lovingly guide you into a creative practice and how it can nourish your life with fun, easy, creative projects and art journaling! 

Paint nights have been my main service offer since 2013, they can be used for so many different purposes like team-building  for businesses, bringing communities together, spending time with a group of your family and friends and therapeutic art sessions with people that are in facilities (elderly housing, assisted living, long/short term care), or group homes. It has given me the opportunity to connect with so many people of all different walks of life PLUS help FUNdraise for so many different causes which is another portion of my business that is very dear to my heART.

The events include all supplies and step-by-step instructions. You get to choose from over 100 of my paint night options and I am also always open to suggestions. Wine/beer glasses, wood items and many other options are always a possibility! Also check out my upcoming events here https://www.facebook.com/OdonataByAS/events and join my Paint Party Event group to get invites and hear about any specials or giveaways that I might be offering

Custom orders including jewelry, hand painted wood items, custom paintings and pet portraits are welcome!

Check out my work and business reviews on Facebook!

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