After-School Art with Christy Knight 


Slow down after a day in the classroom with award-winning artist Christy Knight, learning art techniques in an environment that helps creativity bloom. Our art classes are for ages 5-12, and classes are kept purposefully small to ensure each child receives individualized attention. These classes teach young artists to observe the world around them and to find their own beauty in nature. Children will benefit from access to the 30-acres of natural space at Blue Heron to learn how to draw from life. Come spend one afternoon a week strengthening those creative powers and exploring education outside of the classroom.


Spring 2018 Program Title: Drawing From Great Literature, The Wind in the Willows

Open to Elementary-Middle School aged children
4:00-5:30 pm
New Dates! Wednesdays: March 21st through may 2nd
Pricing: Six weeks for $240.00 ($40 per class) All supplies included. A makeup day will be offered in March for any classes missed in the session. 

Program Description: 

Learn important drawing and painting skills while listening to Christy read The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame, illustrated by Michael Hague. Sail away with Mole, Ratty, Toad, Mr. Badger and Otter for artistic adventures on paper and explorations of the woods and waterways of the Preserve.


Spring 2018 Program Title: Young Naturalists with Live Animal Drawing (reptiles and amphibians provided by the Amphibian Foundation!)

Open to Elementary-Middle School aged children
4:00-5:30 pm
Fridays: March 16th through May 11th with a makeup class in May for any missed. (No class on April 6th).
Pricing: Eight weeks for $320.00 ($40 per class) All supplies included. A makeup day will be offered in March for any classes missed in the session. 

Program Description: 

Join us as we cross the bridge from winter into spring and create nature inspired art, spending quality time outside after school with award-wining naturalist artist, Christy Knight. This class is ideal for the art student of elementary and middle school age who seeks skill building in drawing and painting, challenging projects, and inspiring natural subjects. The Amphibian Foundation is partnering with us to provide live animals for children to observe, interact with, and draw. Our visitors may include turtles, frogs, salamanders, and lizards! 


After-school Educator Christy Knight

A naturalist illustrator and instructor with over 20 years of experience, Christy Knight engages artists of all ages and abilities in the natural world. If you have additional questions on the classes offered, contact Christy via email or call (404) 217-2021.



A Special Message from Christy:
If you’re like me, you stay as local as possible on weekday evenings. That means back roads instead of highways and neighborhood dining instead of downtown destinations. Did you know that there’s even a back way to get to our local oasis, Blue Heron Nature Preserve? Most people know the main entrance is across from Pikes on Roswell Road, but the secret pathway to Blue Heron is on a much quieter street. 
Next time you’re at Chastain Square, take a left onto Rickenbacker Drive. The road winds behind the Preserve and there is a short gravel pathway where you can park above and walk down to the parking lot. The Preserve is open every day from dawn to dusk, and as winter melts into spring, we’re offering more after school art and nature programs in this sunny place deep in the forest where kids can roam and birds can sing and turtles can sun on rocks and beavers can build dams and mica can sparkle in the creek and flowers can bloom. Blue Heron has created a little secret world in our neighborhood for all this to happen.
Won’t you join us?
Christy Knight