Sunday, July 31, 2011

Art with Evan

What it is:  Art with Evan is a drop-in art class for kids held at her small art studio in Chapel Hill.  She also holds fine art workshops and camps and artist nights out. 

What we like: We tried the one hour drop in-class during the week with our 3 year old son.  We got there early at 3pm and he received a lot of individualized attention from Evan.  Evan has over 20 years of experience teaching art, preschool and kids with special needs so she was great with our son.  She worked with him to first select a postcard or toy to trace on paper, then trace the image on canvas and then helped him paint the image using an easel.  She had a lot of images to choose from and you can also bring in your own image.  I was encouraged to sit back on the chairs and let her work alone with him.  So it was a nice break for me.  You can also drop children off for the art class.  When his attention would wander she told him to take a break, read a book and then would help him to come back to the painting.  The price is also great at $10 for an hour including all materials. 

What we would change: My 3 year old son didn't quite last an hour but this was more a function of his age and perhaps gender than anything in the studio or related to Evan's teaching.  But Evan does allow you to use extra time toward an additional class if you'd like.  There is a sign in/sign out sheet that she uses to record the time.

Website and other important information:

Drop-in art class summer schedule:
  • Monday to Friday, 3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
  • Saturday 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
  • Sunday 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m
  • Cost: $10 per hour including materials
  • Materials include:
    • Fine watercolor and drawing papers
    • Staple- backed canvas, wood and canvas boards; assorted sizes to choose from
    • Oil paints, acrylics, watercolors and gouche
    • Charcoal, chalk and oil pastel
    • Beads, rhinestones and foam core for collage and montage works

    Art studio

    Images and toys to choose from

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