Earth Art- Art Classes for Kids

I'm so excited to announce that I have joined forces with a great local art studio that caters to kids to teach Earth Art classes for children 4-8 years in age. Please come check us out and share with your friends who are in the Greater Atlanta and Cobb County areas! More info. about the classes below...

About: Our Earth Art classes include elements of earth science, art history, artistic skill and technique building, while getting to use quality art materials and natural items hand selected straight from the outdoors. Our focus is on learning where our materials are coming from and how to use them to create, classical art concepts and techniques, and the process of creating art from the heart.

While students will sometimes get to take home finished pieces, not all classes are centered on a take-home (wall-ready) piece, but students will always get to take home something from the class whether it’s a new material, practice sheets or sketches, or a finished picture.

These classes are designed so that you can either choose to drop into one when it fits into your schedule, OR so that you can continue to build skills on top of each other by attending them all. A different material or concept will be introduced in each class, and each seasonal session will revolve around a designated theme. If you plan on attending more than one class, we recommend bringing a sketchbook each week.

This is a drop-off style class for children ages 4-8 years old. (Adults may sit and read at the tables outside of the studio inside Champion Kids or take siblings to Open Play in one of the gyms on-site.)

Price: Introductory price is $12 /class drop-in, or $60 per 6 week session. Cash, check, or advance PayPal payments via this site are accepted. 

Dates and topics: 1st and 3rd Wednesdays at 10:00am other than where noted*. Classes are 1-hour long. Topics are subject to change. Our fall session theme is: Light & Dark.

September 28th*: Intro. to Charcoal
October 4th: Shading and Highlights
October 19th: Using Light & Dark to Vary Emotional Responses (Shading Techniques)
November 2nd: Opacity & Layering
November 16th: Positives & Negatives
December 7th: Sunprints (Weather dependent. Back up: Shadow Frames)

Location: Purple Elephant Art Studio (aka The PEA Studio) is located inside Champion Kids at 1465 Canton Road (Suite 100), Marietta, GA 30066. Located approximately 1/4 mile from the intersection of Canton Rd and Sandy Plains Rd. in the White Hawk Office Park. Suite 100 is located in one of the rear buildings (so you can't see it from the street). If parking in front is full, there is additional parking in the rear of the building. Ph: 404-673-4468.

More information on Earth Art classes can be found at: http://www.explorewildwood.com/p/art-classes.html

I hope to see you there! And yes, we do plan to cover some photography topics in there too ;) 



Preview of new personal work

I haven't been posting on the blog much recently because I've been taking some time to focus on some personal projects and personal work. I have a bunch of new photos to edit over the next couple of months, but wanted to go ahead and offer a tiny preview. I'm thinking these will be part of a series or mini series, but I'm not quite sure at this time. 

As an artist and an educator, it's important to really look at your subject from different angles, investigate closely and pay attention to the details, and sometimes push comfort levels. I've been trying to do all of these things in the work I've been spending some time on recently, and have found new things about my subjects that I've never noticed before and have even seen some in a new light (literally and figuratively).

Hope you enjoy this little preview, more to come soon!


Project: Wildwood

Occasionally, I share things on this site that aren't directly photo related, and today I want to share a current project of mine, since it's such a huge part of my life at this time. I'm the director and lead educator at Wildwood, a co-op preschool enrichment program in Dallas, Georgia. I head the programming and communications, the website and blog- write the posts, take some of, edit, and curate the photos, do the design work, and lots more. We chronicle our weekly adventures, so if you have young children, you will definitely want to check it out whether you're in our area or not. I'll be focusing on this program a lot over the next couple of months, so posts on the BlondeShot Creative blog will be very light until later this year when we rev back up for the fall and winter seasons. Check out the website HERE, and thanks for the support in all of my endeavors!