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We've been dabbling in liquid watercolors at Party in the Art Room. For this project, students could either create an underwater scene to include fish or create a koi. 






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We had so much fun printmaking at Party in the Art Room in January. 

Students learned about woodblock printing, Ukiyo-e, and a famous artist named Hokusai. They viewed his works from the series Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji. Here's one of his most famous prints, The Great Wave. (Everybody in Tupelo should know this one! Hey Go Wave!)


Then students learned about collographs for printmaking. We talked about the differences in woodblock printing and collographs.






Each student designed their own collograph, created it, and used it to create a print. They each started with an idea and were coached through the creative process to create these works. Just look how different they all are! That's how you know the students were the ones really doing the creative work! The teachers coached the student through the process, but the students ultimately expressed their own ideas through this medium by creating these works!











Each student designed their own collograph, created it, and used it to create a print. They each started with an idea and were coached through the creative process to create these works. Just look how different they all are! That's how you know the students were the ones really doing the creative work! The teachers coached the student through the process, but the students ultimately expressed their own ideas through this medium by creating these works!

Here's a video rundown from the collographs and prints from the homeschooler class! 


      

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2019 is going to be an exciting year for Party in the Art Room and all of our budding artists! Check out new classes and our BIG BIG NEWS!




GEARING UP FOR NEW CLASSES

2019 Homeschooler Classes

  • January 9, 16, 23; February 13, 20, 27; *No classes in March*; April 3,10, 24; and May 8, 15, 22
  • Homeschool art curriculum will be a combination of the curriculums for after school classes and will be adapted as students express interests throughout the semester. 
  • Very limited spots available in current class.


2019 Afternoon Classes

  • We have opened additional class times for afternoon classes. Classes will now be held on Tuesdays AND Thursdays. 
  • Tuesdays @4:00 January 8, 15, 22; February 12, 19, 26; *No classes in March*; April 2, 9, 23; May 7, 14, 21.
  • Thursdays @4:00 and 5:15 January 10, 17, 24; February 14, 21, 28; *No classes in March*; April 4, 11, 25; May 9, 16, 23.
  • Be sure to check out the curriculums for each afternoon class. Remember that the Thursday 4:00 class will be a repeat of the Tuesday 4:00 class curriculum. However, the 5:15 Thursday class will offer a different curriculum.
  • Limited spots available.


Adult art class
  • 5:15 on Thursdays on the dates listed above.
  • Curriculum will follow the 4 pm class curriculums with modifications for adult beginners.
  • Very limited spots available. 




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Curriculums


BIG BIG NEWS!
Party in the Art Room has really grown in just one semester. Enrollment has doubled, and I anticipate afternoon classes to pick up additional kids once the semester starts. This is wonderful because it is my dream come true. Getting art into the hands of as many kids as possible is what drives me and gives me hope for the future! If you know even a little about me, you know this is the truth! So, with this growth, I’ve had the great pleasure to add an additional teacher to our program. After a lengthy vetting and interview process involving several candidates,Ms. Jenn Hudson shone like a diamond, a star, a real stand out. I am pleased to introduce you to her at this time.






Ms. Jenn is a graduate of Mississippi State University and is an established artist working primarily in photography. She is a native of North Mississippi with a passion for helping others become their best selves. She is inspired by the creative energy of others and understands the creative process as being unique to each individual. She is eager to work with the students at Party in the Art Room. She will teach the curriculum I’ve developed alongside me during the Homeschooler classes as well as the Thursday 5:15 classes. She will fill in as a substitute for me as needed on other days after her training period is complete. This is to ensure that Party in the Art Room can still meet its goals of high-quality art instruction while allowing me to continue consulting with teachers on arts education both here in Mississippi and around the country. I want everyone to feel comfortable with this exciting addition to Party in the Art Room. So, if you’d like to drop by to meet her before her training time ends, please feel free to do so during Wednesday 11 a.m. classes or Thursday 5:15 classes during the month of January. 

This is going to be an amazing semester. In addition to all the excitement in this email, Ms. Jenn and I are brainstorming experiences such as art walks, photography excursions, nature art installations, and field trips that can be added to the Party in the Art Room repertoire in the future. So, stay tuned!

All my best,
Amanda K.




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Tupelo: Adult Painting Class

On Saturday, September 1, Party in the Art Room hosted an Adult Painting Class that focused on Playful Abstract Portraits. This was such a fun event. Check out these beautiful and fun works created by class participants. You can see what fun we had in the photos of everyone working. 

Be sure to scroll down to get info on the next Adult Painting Class.








































Upcoming: Van Gogh-Inspired Irises
The next adult painting class will be held on October 13 from 10am-12pm at the Link Centre.



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This blog has been super quiet for the last eight months. That's because I've been working to transition Party in the Art Room into a local, Tupelo-and-the-surrounding-areas-based business.

My New GigI am currently an artist in residence at the Link Centre. I have a sweet studio there where I create my own art and develop lessons for kids. I have access to a classroom where I teach homeschool art classes, after school art classes, adult art classes, and host artsy birthday parties! It is AWESOME!

I'm doing Facebook Lives every Wednesday now.  Here's one where I answer the question: Amanda, what is it you do now?




I would LOVE for you to follow Party in the Art Room on Facebook. I'm totally still rebranding and reworking this site as well as the Facebook page, but I'd love you to follow along!

Tupelo's #1 Outlet for Art-Based Experiences
My goal is to make Party in the Art Room the #1 outlet for art-based experiences in Tupelo and the surrounding areas. I'm already well on the way to that goal. Currently, I am teaching a homeschool art class every Wednesday and an after school art class every Tuesday. I also have an adult painting class coming up on September 1. 

Additionally, through Party in the Art Room, I offer Teaching Artist and arts-based consulting opportunities for local schools through Title funding, grant programs, and donations. If you would like me to come to your school, talk to me! I can help you fund a program with students and/or teachers. My passions for working with schools is arts integration and classroom management. I've been vetted thoroughly by the Mississippi Arts Commission and was added to the Teaching Artist Roster in 2018. (P.S. I can travel outside the state for this work as well. Talk to me. Have art, will travel!)

If you are interested in the classes, check out the Facebook Page for links to more info and to sign up. You can always text me at 662.254.4130. I would love to chat with you about what I have to offer. 

Sneak Peak at the Classes
With this announcement, I want to share some of the amazing work that is already happening in the art classes I'm teaching at the Link Centre. These photos show works that are in-process and are going to be so amazing when finished. 




Here's a video snippet of a Facebook Live I did at our homeschool art class last week that shows what the kids are working on. 




Don't Worry, My Teacher Resources Have Not Disappeared
So, a big part of what I do is creating resources for teachers who use the arts and arts integration. I have not given that up at all. I'm still working closely with Education Closet, but I am also launching a new site called The Simple Art Class. This is where you will find all of those resources that I share. It is not finished. So, don't give up on me local people if you are looking for teaching resources. I'm moving everything over and setting up as fast as I can! If you are a fan of my work at the larger level but don't need Tupelo-specific info, make sure you go follow The Simple Art Class on Facebook. 

Just to be clear, Party in the Art Room will now be a local blog! The Simple Art Class is the new home of my larger-scale work with educators. Make sense? I sure hope so! 

Not to Late to Sign Up
I will alway be signing up people for the classes and parties. If you've missed the first couple of classes, don't worry. I'll work with you or your kiddo to get caught up and prorate the tuition. So, don't let it hinder you that you didn't get signed up right away. This is new, and you may just now be hearing about it. That's totally okay! Remember, all the sign up links and info can be found on the Facebook Page. Make sure you LIKE that page and FOLLOW so you can keep up with the artsy goings on!

-All my best,
Amanda
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