About Us

We are proud to be an Award Winning Art Studio!
In past years Hannah Perry and The Giggling Pig have won several Stevie® Awards. Hannah took home the gold for Female Entrepreneur of the Year and our Bethel studio won a gold for best business of 2017. Visit our press page for more info.

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We offer a wide range of classes, camps, workshops and parties at every age and level. We encourage walk-in’s and experience is typically not necessary. We are licensed by the state of Connecticut for full day camp and most of our staff are EpiPen, CPR & First Aid Certified.

Additionally, we work with schools, scouts and troops to teach art. We also as provide art therapy to assisted living and special needs organizations. We love what we do and look forward to working with you!

Hannah-Perry

Hannah Perry

Creator & Founder

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The Story of The Giggling Pig

It all started with Hannah Perry, owner and creator of The Giggling Pig. Hannah grew up in England and studied at Beverley College in Yorkshire, where she earned a degree in childhood education and development. In 1999, Hannah left England to head to the U.S. where she became an Au Pair to follow her passion of working with children with special needs.

 

Taking care of children was fulfilling but Hannah had a problem finding a space that she could take the kids to be creative and so decided to open her own studio!  This was the same year she acquired an adorable tea cup pig she named Giggles! (Hurrah for Giggles!) I think you can guess what happened next... that’s right, The Giggling Pig was born. (Side Note: Giggles was also the inspiration behind Hannah's second children's book, “Picnics & Puddles: The Adventures of The Giggling Pig & Friends.”) In 2016, Hannah decided to branch out and a second location was opened in Bethel.

 

New and exciting classes, crafts and products are always popping up in our studios. ‘Giggles on the Go’ was developed for kids who want to make art outside of the studio. Can’t get to a studio! No problem. Giggles on the Go to the rescue! Ask us about our various outreach programs. Visit our gift shop online or in a studio for Art Boxes, Party Buckets, Canvases, Plush Characters and more.

 

Making connections through art, Hannah and her staff focus on helping kids build their self esteem and confidence, while fostering a safe and kind environment. Over the years Hannah has used her education and experience to develop amazing programs that cater to all ages. From Pre-K education, events, camps and classes to adult painting parties, The Giggling Pig is always filled with fun options. We love what we do and hope you do too!

 

Hannah has won three Stevie® Awards making The Giggling Pig an award winning Art Studio. In 2017 she was the Gold Winner for Female Entrepreneur of the Year! In 2016 she took home 2 Silver awards — Female Entrepreneur of the Year and Maverick of the Year. Hannah was also recognized byThe Fairfield County Business Journal as one of the 40 Under Forty 2018 Winners, who were rising stars in Fairfield County

OUR TEAM

Ally-Loh

Alexandra Loh

Ally joined our team in the Spring of 2013 and became the first franchisee of The Giggling Pig in 2021.

 

Ally graduated from University of the Arts in Philadelphia with a BFA in Illustration. While attending UArts, she also studied Photography and Art History, which incorporates into her teaching style.

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Laura Shevlin
Manager

Laura joined our team in 2015 as manager, and has since then made her way through many different roles, keeping us on track and helping in the growth of the business. Laura also helps to develop outreach to special populations, senior communities and marketing/event planning.

Laura graduated from Fairfield University with a BA in Sociology and was a Director of Therapeutic Recreation at a skilled nursing facility for 12 years.

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Linnea McHenry
Assistant Manager/ Art Teacher

Linnea joined our team in 2021 in our Shelton location and has added her sense of style and joy to the shop. Linnea attended SCSU for art education and worked as an environmental educator for 15+ years. Linnea is also a licensed wildlife rehabber and especially loves art of natural sciences. Linnea is a talented artist who also create retro video game art for her own side business. Go Linnea!

 

We are grateful to have Linnea on our team as she brings something new and unique to the shop that helps students grow and learn.
 

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Lana Pirulli
Advanced Art Instructor

( Basically a rockstar )

Lana joined our team in 2013 and is a role model in her creative abilities. Lana specializes in working with adults, teens and leads the advanced classes.

 

Lana graduated from Paier College of Art with a BFA in illustration and has worked as a freelance illustrator and commissioned works in New York and locally. Her love for art and education is evident in all she does. She strives to instill an appreciation, love and understanding of The Arts in addition to helping each child she works with to discover and explore their individual creative abilities.

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Cora Welsh
Art Teacher & Party Instructor

Cora joined our team in 2018 in our Shelton location.
 

More about Cora coming soon!

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Alessandra Coronel
Art Teacher & Party Instructor

Alessandra joined our team in 2021 in our Shelton location.
 

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Hailey Buinauskas
Art Teacher & Party Instructor

Hailey joined our team in 2019 in our Shelton location.
 

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Jordyn Bonitatebus

Jordyn joined our team in the summer of 2022 at our Seymour location. She attended The Giggling Pig’s grand opening in 2011 on Center Street in Shelton, Ct. Jordyn quickly fell in love with the comforting atmosphere and attended many classes and camps at both Shelton locations. She has fond memories of Hannah’s pig, Giggles, who used to come to the studio and in 2012, was the proud recipient of the “Best Piggy” award. Jordyn has loved The Giggling Pig since she was 5 years old and is happy to be working here. 

Lindsay-Maillet

Lindsay Maillet
Art Teacher

Lindsey joined our team in 2015 and quickly became our Club Canvas favorite. She teaches our beginner and intermediate students and is adored by all. 

 

Lindsey graduated from Southern Connecticut State University with a BS in Art Education. She also has an Associates Degree in Fine art from HCC and a certificate in Make-up Artistry from Brio Academy. 

Lindsey is currently an art teacher in the school system but has kept her position at the Giggling Pig for summers! So great to still have Lindsey as part of our wonderful Piggy family. 

Sherie-Barge

Sherie Barge
Art Teacher 

Sherie joined our team in 2016 in our Bethel location and soon started to work as a "Giggles on the Go" teacher, traveling to area schools and assisted living facilities.