Wednesday, March 9, 2011

For the Locals: Art Classes for Young Children

If I were at home during the day, this is what I would so be doing. So I thought I would share!

Visual art program for young children at Carnton Plantation & Carter House

Beginning April 12, 10 - 11 am

Class details and online registration coming soon.
For more information: or 615-428-3845

Mission: Exploring the cultural and visual arts with children in Williamson County

Exposing preschoolers to a wide variety of art increases imagination and creativity while building a solid foundation for future academic success. A 2005 report by the Rand Corporation about the visual arts argues that the intrinsic pleasures and stimulation of the art experience do more than sweeten an individual's life -- according to the report, they "can connect people more deeply to the world and open them to new ways of seeing," creating the foundation to forge social bonds and community cohesion. There are few opportunities for young children to engage in art activities in the area, this program fulfills that need.

Monthly 1 hour art workshops at Carter House and Carnton Plantation for 3-6 year olds. Holding the classes at the historic sites around Franklin, give students and parents an opportunity to explore the site in a completely unique way. It raises awareness of the significance of these sites in our community and giving students a different perspective of the community around them.

Fees: Each workshop will cost $10 per workshop including supplies.

Each workshop will begin with introductions and review of the site rules. For this younger age range, parents or caregivers stay with their child(ren).

Class Examples:

Silhouette Drawing
Supplies: Pencils, paper and mirrors

Portrait Drawing
Supplies: Colored pencils, and pads of papers

House Building and furniture design
Supplies: Glue, popsicle sticks and construction paper

Tie Dying
Supplies: T-shirts, buckets, gloves, water and tie dye colors

Still Life drawing
Supplies: Colored pencils, pads of paper, tables

Wallpaper design
Supplies: Colored pencils, construction paper, scissors, and glue

Musical instruments
Supplies: Paper towel roles, oatmeal boxes and other such things

Carpet Patterns
Supplies: Construction paper in geometric shapes, glue


Mark your 2011 calendars:

10 - 11 am

April 12

Carter House

May 10

Carter House

June 14

Carter House

August 9
Carnton Plantation

September 13
Carnton Plantation

October 11
Carnton Plantation

November 8
Carnton Plantation

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