WINTER 2018 AFTER SCHOOL ART ON WEDNESDAYS OR FRIDAYS WITH A NEW LONGER CLASS TIME (3:30-5 pm):
Artful Nature Mapping: X marks the spot where we find natural treasures both real and imagined. Mapping our wide range of habitats at the Preserve, we’ll track the animals who live here and study the features of the landscape, inspiringart in both two and three dimensions.
3:30-5pm offered Wednesdays or Fridays, January 10th through Feb 28th
$320 for the eight-week session ($40 per class, all supplies included) with a make-up class in March for any missed.
Join us for inspiration and creativity in the field and studio. Our programs are designed to encourage freedom of expression and include time outside while learning classical art skills in a nurturing, small-group setting.
So proud of all the plant portraits created this fall!
Autumn After School Art:
Drawing for the Young Naturalist: Plants and People
Instructor: Christy Knight
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 thespectacular wildflower season of late summer into autumn.
Wednesdays or Fridays from 4:30-5:30pm (Missed classes can be prorated at $35 a class.)
September 6th-October 25th with a makeup class for any missed in the session offered November 1st
Or September 8th-October 27th with a makeup class for any missed in the session offered November 3rd and 10th.
$280 for the eight-week session ($35 per class), all supplies included.
Using three primaries to layer colors
Drawing what we see
Glowing Owl by Keya Patel
Our Outside Art Table
Pressed Leaf Collage
View from our outside art table
Playing in Nancy Creek on a warm winter day!
Drawing the turtles in oil pastel
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 we’re offering 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?
Some fantastic work from French Painters: click on the images to enlarge.
Three studies by Gavin Allvine
Thumbnail drawing and final painting by Gia Brock
Creating nature-inspired art in the Burrow
What some of our pioneer parents have to say about the new programs at Blue Heron...
"This is Charlotte's absolute favorite activity of the week!"
"Blue Heron is a TREASURE right nearby and my kids love their time with you there."
~Mary Claire Allvine
"Molly loves being a part of this class and smiled really big when I told her she gets to continue."
"Norah had a great time and I really liked all of the projects she created."
"I loved all of the art Scarlet brought home, and she LOVES her art time with you!"
"This is my favorite activity of the week!" ~Gia Brock, age 9
Turtle by Scarlet Kirkland
Blue Herons fishing, Chinese Inkbrush by Molly Nameth