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.
Fall 2017 Program Title: Plants and People
Open to Elementary-Middle School aged children
4:30-5:30 pm on Wednesdays or Fridays for 8 weeks
September 6th through October 25th
September 8th through October 27th
Pricing: Eight weeks for $280.00 ($35 per class) All supplies included. A makeup day will be offered in November for any classes missed in the session.
This class offers an opportunity for artists in elementary and middle school to learn to draw both plants and people in a step-by- step process that encourages freedom of expression. Techniques using the proportion system, field guide identification, and color theory will blend with personal creativity and natural discovery as we map the history of medicinal plants, work with a flower press, and explore Blue Heron Nature Preserve in our quest for subjects during the spectacular wildflower season of late summer into autumn.
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?