After-School Programs

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After-school Art

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, with an Animal Runway program for our elementary-aged students and Young Naturalist for students from ages 9 to 12. These classes teach young artists to observe the world around them and to find their own beauty in nature. Come spend one afternoon a week strengthening those creative powers and exploring education outside of the classroom.

 

Animal Runway: Feathers, Fur, and Fins!

Elementary School Ages
4:30-5:30  pm on Wednesdays or Fridays for 8 weeks
January 11th through March 1st
January 13th through March 3rd
Pricing: Eight weeks for $280.00 ($35 per class) All supplies included. A makeup day will be offered for any classes missed in the session

Program Description: 
Animal fashion is all about function. We’ll learn how temperature and camouflage affect what critters wear as we create our own designs for different environments. Working with pattern, texture and line, our art will be open to adaptation and interpretation as we explore a variety of mediums. Each class includes our engaging mystery animal hunt, color games and signature drawing process with room for exploring independent ideas in the field and studio.
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Illustration for the Young Naturalist

Ages 9-12
4:30-5:30 p.m. on Thursdays or Fridays for 8 weeks
January 12th through March 2nd
January 13th through March 3rd
Pricing: Eight weeks for $280.00 ($35 per class) All supplies included. A makeup day will be offered for any classes missed in the session

Program Description:
In this course, students will learn about plants and animals, following a step-by-step method for rendering them accurately on paper. Building confidence and knowledge, this class offers students the opportunity to take their work to a high level of care and quality while enjoying the process of creating illustrations in the field and studio.
ricing: Eight weeks = $280.00 ($35 per class) All supplies included. A makeup day will be offered for any classes missed in the session
Register here

 

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.

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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