Atelier Hiko was founded by Mrs Ooe for her son Masahiko and his friends attending a school for children with disabilities. After finishing school, there were not many activities for them to participate in. Mrs Ooe wanted to have a place where Masahiko could paint and socialise. She started the workshop from scratch, renting a small house in the neighbourhood and inviting a practising painter to conduct the atelier. After he died Fumiko Ishizaki - a Fine Art Graduate from the Kyoto City University of Arts - took over the directorship of the atelier.
Fumiko’s fundamental philosophy for running the studio is respecting individual clients’ needs. He encourages them to fulfill their own creative drive in an unpressured environment, free of preconceived ideas of what art should be.