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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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Dinosaurs are Back at Discovery Science Place!

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Return of the Dinosaurs This Summer at Discovery Science Place

Discovery Science Place (DSP) is located at 308 N. Broadway Ave., Downtown Tyler. DSP is open Tuesday-Saturday 10am-5pm, Sunday 1-5pm, and closed on Mondays. Summer Hours (Memorial Day through Labor Day) are Monday-Saturday: 10am-5pm, and Sunday 1-5pm.

Tickets are $8 for adults (ages 13 and up), $6 for children (ages 2-12), $6 per person for seniors (65 and up), $5 per person for active military (must provide ID), and children under 2 are free. For more info call (903)533-8011 or go to discoveryscienceplace.org.

Return of the Dinosaurs, Coming This Summer!

Come walk among the dinosaurs again as DSP’s celebrates its 25th anniversary! Take your picture riding a Triceratops or braving the jaws of a T-Rex. See two Protoceratops guarding their nest or view the long-necked Apatosaurus. View actual fossils along with animatronic models of the “terrible lizards” of long ago.

“Return of the Dinosaurs” is featured in the DSP Annex building next door to the main museum building. Tickets are purchased at the main museum front desk (under the green portico) and exhibit entry is on Broadway under the blue awning.

“Return of the Dinosaurs” is a separately ticketed exhibit. Ticket prices are: $8 for adults ages: 13 and up, and $6 for children ages: 2-12. Current DSP members get in for 1/2 price ($4 and $3). Children under 2 are free.

You can view actual fossils along with animatronic models of the “terrible lizards” of long ago. The exhibit runs June 9th-August 19th.

Summer Camps at Discovery Science Place

8 weeks of camps are planned, from June 11th-August 10th. Each week has a different theme, and campers are divided into two age groups based on school grade: entering 1st-3rd grade, or for students entering 4th-6th grades. Every camper this summer will also be able to tour the exciting summer 2018 traveling exhibit. Camps are from 10am-4pm each day, and extended programming is available from 7:30am-5:30pm.

The cost is $175 per week per camper with a 10% discount for DSP museum members. Cost includes a snack and all camp materials each day, but campers will need to bring a sack lunch. Camps are:

June 11th-15th: Vex Robotics 1

The Discovery Science Place will fill with the sounds of whirling wheels and motors during this robotics camp. They have upgraded to Vex Robotics and are excited to see campers build claw bots and tackle new challenges! This camp is limited to 15 per class.

June 18th-22nd: Make: Create

Curious makers will want to sign up for this camp! During the week children will learn about the design process, then apply those ideas to bridges, buildings, fog cannons and more.

June 25th-29th: Mad Science

If it bubbles, oozes, or pops, campers will give it a try during this camp. Young camper scientists will make slime, rockets, and more. Campers need to be prepared, because science can be messy!

July 9th-13th: 3D Modeling featuring Minecraft

Everyone loves Minecraft, and campers will put that knowledge to good use by transforming their Minecraft designs from the digital space to the real world using 3D printing technology. This camp is capped at 15 students per class.

July 16th-20th: Vex Robotics II

The Discovery Science Place will fill with the sounds of whirling wheels and motors during robotics camp. They have upgraded to a new robotics system, and are excited to see their campers build claw bots and tackle new challenges. This camp is limited to 15 per class.

July 23rd-27th: 3D Modeling featuring Minecraft II

Everyone loves Minecraft, and will put that knowledge to good use by transforming their Minecraft designs from the digital space to the real world using 3D printing technology. This camp is limited to 15 per class.

July 30th-August 3rd: Take Flight/ Make it Move

This exciting week lets campers explore various forms of flight, from airplanes to rockets, as well as learning the basis of movement and flight. Rockets will launch, planes will glide, cars will loop-de-loop, and more.

August 6th-10th: Kitchen Chemistry

No Summer camp at the DSP would be complete without Kitchen Chemistry week. Nearly all the activities done during this week can be replicated at home with parent help. Campers will make slime, learn about cooking with solar power, and create paint using vegetables and spices.

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It’s Going To Be An “INCREDIBLE” Summer at Studio Movie Grill

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Cool Off from the Summer Heat this Month at Studio Movie Grill

Join the fun at Studio Movie Grill (SMG), located at 8954 S. Broadway Ave., Tyler. Tickets are available at the door and at studiomoviegrill.com. SMG offers box office hits as well as special screenings. These include:

Classics Family Favorites

Relive your favorites on the big screen with these summer family favorites. These start at 7:15pm.

  • June 6th: “Purple Rain”
  • June 13th: “The Wizard of Oz”
  • June 20th: “The Neverending Story”
  • June 27th: The Iron Gate”
  • July 4th: “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory”

Special Needs Screenings

Family-friendly movies are free for children with special needs and their siblings with adult tickets available for before-noon price. Special Needs Screenings are shown with the lights up and the volume lowered, and children are free to move around, talk, or even dance in the aisles during the movie.

Special Needs Screenings are shown at 11am. Parental guidance is always suggested. The scheduled movies are:

  • June 2nd: “Solo: A Star Wars Story”
  • June 23rd: “The Incredibles 2”
  • June 30th: “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom”

Classic Comedies

Relive your favorites on the big screen with our SMG Classics series! Have some laughs this summer with these comedy classics all at 7:15pm.

  • July 11th: “The Hangover”
  • July 18th: “Blazing Saddles”
  • July 25th: “National Lampoon’s Vacation”
  • August 1st: “Risky Business”

Children’s Summer Series

SMG’s Children’s Summer Series offers a budget-friendly entertainment option for families, summer camps, and weekday programs to escape the summer heat to watch $1 screenings of recent, popular, children films.

  • May 28th-June 1st: “Flushed Away”
  • June 4th-8th: “The Book of Life”
  • June 11th-15th: “How to Train Your Dragon 2”
  • June 18th-22nd: “Ferdinand”
  • June 25th-29th: “Captain Underpants”
  • July 2nd-6th: “The Boss Baby”
  • July 9th-13th: “Horton Hears a Who”
  • July 16th-20th: “The Peanuts Movie”
  • July 23rd-27th: “The Croods”
  • July 30th-August 3rd: “The Prince of Egypt”
  • August 6th-10th: “Megamind”
  • August 13th-17th: “Puss in Boots”
  • August 20th-24th: “Epic”
  • August 27th-31st: “Flushed Away”

Big Screen Classics

Fathom Events, Turner Classic Movies and Twentieth Century Fox are celebrating the anniversary of several classic movies this summer.

June 10th (6:45pm), 11th and 13th (6:15pm) – “Scarface”

July 15th and 18th (2pm and 7pm) –  “Big”

Watch Party: Jumanji Double Feature

Join the fun and watch this classic movie back to back this summer! See the 1995 “Jumanji”original and then see the 2017 hit.

June 10th (2pm) and 11th (6:30pm)

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June 22nd-23rd: 10th Annual Tyler Coin Show

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June 22nd-23rd – 10th Annual Tyler Coin Show will be held at Harvey Convention Center, 2000 W. Front St., Tyler. Friday, June 22nd the show will be 12 noon-5pm and Saturday, June 23rd 9am-5pm. There will be coins, currency, tokens, gold and silver on over 50 tables. They will do verbal appraisals and there will be door prizes, educational displays, and more. For more info call (903)570-3136 or email ucce@hotmail.com.

July 4th (8am-11pm) – Smith County Freedom Ride and Festival 2018 – This free event will feature fireworks, hotdogs, drinks, watermelons, kids, pets, hot-rods and motorcycles, and there is no better way to celebrate the 4th of July on a Wednesday! Come out, celebrate our freedom, and honor all those who serve at this Independence Day festival and ride. Downtown businesses will be open to the public. Public will vote on “Smith County Most Patriotic Ride” and “Smith County Most Patriotic Hotrod” from 12 noon-4pm. The Independence Day Ride will begin at 5pm to the clubhouse to the free firework show at dark. Everyone in the community is welcome to join in on the fun. For more info go to facebook.com/events/129556567877651.

July 29th (12:30-4:30pm) – Bridal Expo with East Texas Bride focuses exhibitors, bridal fashion presentations, grand prizes, and fabulous fun. This is sponsored by All American Party & Tent Rentals, Complete Weddings & Events East Texas, and Fantasy & Fairytale Floral Designs. There will be grand prize giveaways that include The Landing at Joshua Farms offering a fabulous Saturday Package valued at $4500; Bella Sera Ranch offering a Friday DIY package for 150 guests valued at $2695 (excludes December); Old Omen Guest House “Event Day Free” for 150 guests; Eagle’s Bluff $1800 venue package; Venue 31 Events $1,000 in event rentals; Fantasy & Fairytale Floral Designs offering Floral Package valued at $1,000; Complete East Texas Weddings & Events offering DJ, Video, and Photography Packages; Lisa Gallant Photography Package valued at $1,200; Simply Beautiful Flowers & More a $500 Floral Package; Nichole Beth Photography $500 Bridal Session; The Barn at the Silver Spur Cabin overnight stay. Don’t miss this wonderful summer bridal event. Register for reduced tickets for $8 online and secure your bride bag and your Symbolize It gift card. Tickets at the door are $10. This will be held at Harvey COnvention Center, 2000 W. Front St., Tyler.

Ongoing Events

Hit the Bricks: 2nd Saturday Downtown Tyler (Second Saturday of each month, 12 noon-10pm) – Get out and about on and off the square where Downtown businesses will be offering fun events all day long. There is free parking in the Fair parking garage. Rain or shine, Downtown Tyler will be the place to be every second Saturday. For more info and a full list of events go to visittyler.com/secondsaturday or find Hit the Bricks on Facebook. Dates are: May 12th, June 9th, July 14th, August 11th, September 8th, October 13th, November 10th, and December 8th.

Canton First Monday Trade Days Market is held Thursday-Sundays. What started more than a century ago as a flea market has become home to some of the most exciting, cutting-edge home furnishings, antiques, and collectibles that can be found anywhere. For more info call (903)567-6556 or go to firstmondaycanton.com. Dates are: May 3rd-6th, May 31st-June 3rd, June 28th-July 1st, August 2nd-5th, August 30th-September 2nd, September 27th-30th, November 1st-4th, November 29th-December 2nd.

Free Yoga Saturday (9am-12:30pm) – Every 3rd Saturday of the month, beFree offers a free day of yoga. You don’t have to sign up ahead of time but you can if you’d like to, and there are no catches – just free yoga with the beFree instructors in their beautiful and healing studio space. Check the schedule to choose any class on that day that you will most enjoy at befreeyogatyler.com. beFree Yoga is located at 212 Old Grande Blvd., Tyler, (903)630-6142, befreeyogatyler.com.

Every 4th Thursday, April 26th, May 24th, June 28th (6-10pm) – Geek World Paint Night – With all the excitement around games requiring models, Geek World has had a few of the communities best painters offer to lead a free painting night the 4th Thursday of every month. Bring your painting projects and get your questions answered plus learn some new tricks and techniques. This is free to attend and all painting supplies will be 10% off during the event and 20% off special orders. Geek World is located at 410 WSW Loop 323, Tyler, (903)363-9751, geekworldconsignment@gmail.com. Geek World also offers nightly tournaments, game nights, all day Commander games, Friday night magic, and many pre-release sneak peek events.

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