Bless Your Art: Art, Family Style


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bless your aret cleasses tyler tx eguide 2By Kelly Griffith-Fields

On McDonald Road in Tyler, an unassuming building houses a great deal to be explored. Bless Your Art art school has been helping children to experience the joy and benefits of creating art since 2005.

“It is my humble opinion that art makes you better at everything in life,” owner and artist Susan Sellars said with a smile. “But studies have also shown the benefits of art to children.”

Sellers explained art helps to improve a student’s imagination, critical thinking, time management, self-esteem and more.

Bless Your Art provides regular weekly classes during the school year. Elementary age classes are held Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday from 3:30-5pm and 5:30-7pm. Thursday a class for home school students is held at 1:30-3pm. A class for older children is held on Thursdays as well from 3:30-5pm. Ages four and older may enroll anytime throughout the year, though space is limited. An additional class and summer camps are added during the school’s summer break.

bless your aret cleasses tyler tx eguide 4At Bless Your Art the students have a chance to spend more time on their project than they might have in theirs schools art program. Smaller groups allow for more in-depth learning and myriad styles of art are explored. All of this takes place in an environment conducive to creativity. “We are not looking for perfection,” Sellars said. “We are just looking for everyone to do their best.”

Around the studio the walls are filled with all sorts of artwork. One recurrent theme around the room is portraits of Sellars’ dog. Brown Betty, a Wirehaired Pointing Griffon, is the star of many of her works. But no two projects are the same. Mixed among Sellars’ Brown Betty art are pieces made by her students. Vivid colors leap from canvas and cornhusk dolls balance on a ledge; all are creations that proudly display an artists’ creativity. “My specialty is variety,” Sellars said. “I like the students to embrace their individuality.”

bless your aret cleasses tyler tx eguide 1Classes work with a wide range of materials. They participate in countless artistic activities. Drawing, painting, oil pastels, watercolors, papier-mâché creations, sculptures, sewing, weaving, folk art, the list goes on and on. Students will generally take away one project a week from class.

“I like the class because you do not get stuck doing one thing,” nine year old artist Lily Mitchelle said. “You can find what you are best at whether it is painting, sculpting or something else.”

An hour and a half spent in an art class gives kids a chance to experience and explore a variety of artistic mediums. Classes are designed to stretch young minds and build self-esteem. While practicing techniques, planning and creative thinking, students become familiar with art elements and create fun works of art. “I like letting them discover their own talents, strengths and weaknesses,” Sellars said.

Eleven year old Micaela Coon has been attending art class for about six years. She enjoys all types of art but through exploration at Bless Your Art she has discovered a passion for painting and blending colors. “Mrs. Susan has taught me not to stick to one thing but to try many things and get out of my comfort zone,” Coon said.

Multiple summer camps will be offered this year. Each camp is one week long. The fun continues from 9am to noon on camp days. Each week of camp will focus on its’ own theme. “It’s a great opportunity for students to explore art, maybe for the first time or to build on skills they already have,” Sellars said. Small groups offer more individualized attention. Students are encouraged to work at their own pace to their own ability in a non-competitive atmosphere. “It is a time to make new friends and new art,” Sellars said.

bless your aret cleasses tyler tx eguide 3Aside from weekly classes and special camps, Bless Your Art is also available to host birthday parties. Young artists can celebrate in a unique environment. Parents may provide cake and drinks, and are allowed to decorate the party room. The studio will be opened two hours prior to the event’s time to allow for any set up of decorations and cake. “All of the cleanup is provided by us, leaving you to enjoy your party and your guests,” Sellars said.

Two hours of studio time is allotted for the event. Each child will be able to make a special, one of a kind, art project to take home with them at the end of the party. Projects are selected based on the age of the guests and theme of the celebration.

Sellars herself is a graduate of the University of Texas at Tyler with a degree in fine art. She enjoys painting murals. Sellars is able to accept a limited amount of work to paint murals, stage props and other special projects. Owning her own art studio though was always the goal. “This was my dream,” Sellars said. “It’s been a blessing to share this with so many faithful students.”

Bless Your Art is conveniently located at 2614 McDonald Road near Loop 323 in east Tyler.

For summer camp schedules, class registration or to find more information visit www.blessyourarttyler.com.


 

Friends, some camps are filling up already. Don’t miss out!
(American Girl Camp, June 22-25 only has a few seats left)
More details at: www.blessyourarttyler.com

1. JUNE 8-11: PAINTER’S PARADISE (I)
Paint your hearts out this week! We will use acrylics, watercolors, tempera, finger paints, and more on paper, canvas and wood. Paint big, paint messy paint wild! 5 and up

2. JUNE 15-18: BIG ART FOR LITTLES.
A week reserved just for my youngest artist. 4s and 5s will enjoy lots of hands-on, squishy, messy, art of all sorts. Small classes so I will offer TWO choices: morning session 9am-11:00 OR afternoon session 11:30-1:30.

3. JUNE 22-25: AMERICAN GIRLS CAMP:
Bring your favorite doll and spend this week creating fun things for her and her friends. We will enjoy some sewing, lots of painting, sculpt play food and more. Ages 6 and up

4. JUNE 29-JULY 2: 3-D CAMP
All week will be filled with 3 dimensional art, including paper mache’, mosaics, collage and more. Ages 6 and up

5. JULY 6-9: ANIMAL LOVERS
This week will be filled to overflowing with all sorts of animal art. Paint, draw, sculpt and more! Special guest “Brown Betty” will attend class on Thursday. Ages 6 and up

6. JULY 13-16: WILD THINGS!
A yearly favorite since 2005, this week will be filled with slimey, gooey, creepy art! Bugs, gak and more! Ages 5 and up.

7. JULY 20-23: PAINTER’S PARADISE (II )
A repeat of Painter’s Paradise I, but with plenty of different options to enjoy it a second time if desired.

8. JULY 27-30: BIG KIDS’ RETREAT One last fling as summer draws to a close. Reserved for “big kids” only, ages 10 and up. Lots of drawing, painting and sewing. Bring your ideas and we will go where our creativity leads us!
1. JUNE 8-11: PAINTER’S PARADISE (I)
Paint your hearts out this week! We will use acrylics, watercolors, tempera, finger paints, and more on paper, canvas and wood. Paint big, paint messy paint wild! 5 and up

2. JUNE 15-18: BIG ART FOR LITTLES.
A week reserved just for my youngest artist. 4s and 5s will enjoy lots of hands-on, squishy, messy, art of all sorts. Small classes so I will offer TWO choices: morning session 9am-11:00 OR afternoon session 11:30-1:30.

3. JUNE 22-25: AMERICAN GIRLS CAMP:
Bring your favorite doll and spend this week creating fun things for her and her friends. We will enjoy some sewing, lots of painting, sculpt play food and more. Ages 6 and up

4. JUNE 29-JULY 2: 3-D CAMP
All week will be filled with 3 dimensional art, including paper mache’, mosaics, collage and more. Ages 6 and up

5. JULY 6-9: ANIMAL LOVERS
This week will be filled to overflowing with all sorts of animal art. Paint, draw, sculpt and more! Special guest “Brown Betty” will attend class on Thursday. Ages 6 and up

6. JULY 13-16: WILD THINGS!
A yearly favorite since 2005, this week will be filled with slimey, gooey, creepy art! Bugs, gak and more! Ages 5 and up.

7. JULY 20-23: PAINTER’S PARADISE (II )
A repeat of Painter’s Paradise I, but with plenty of different options to enjoy it a second time if desired.

8. JULY 27-30: BIG KIDS’ RETREAT One last fling as summer draws to a close. Reserved for “big kids” only, ages 10 and up. Lots of drawing, painting and sewing. Bring your ideas and we will go where our creativity leads us!


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