Art Mark Summer Program: 9 weeks of art education

The Hernando children will leave their mark on the county’s art scene this summer as they paint, draw and perform all season long at the Council of Fine Arts’ ‘Art Mark’ summer art classes. Hernando County Arts. This nine-week session of affordable interactive art classes, scheduled for May 31-July 29, will teach a full range of artistic skills to elementary, middle and high school students. Registration is now open.

This second annual “Art Mark” program has been expanded to include a more comprehensive regime of artistic skills, including drawing, painting, animation, dance, cosplay, cooking, world art, STEAM and paintings murals. With a class size limited to 15 students, students are guaranteed individualized attention in “Art Mark” classes. The courses are intended for students aged 5 to 17 and are grouped by age group. For primary school students, classes will take place Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Middle and high school classes will meet Monday through Friday from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. “We are excited to provide a fun, creative, and cognitive experience for Hernando County students with our ‘Art Mark’ summer art program. We want to make arts education accessible to children of all ages, regardless of their interests, experience, abilities and income. Our course fees are under $100. This program consists of introductory classes to gain a basic conceptual understanding of various art forms and interests. All are encouraged to join,” read information found on the Hernando County Board of Fine Arts website.

This program marks the continuation of a successful summer education program intended to enlighten and inspire a whole new generation of artists. Art Mark Class Coordinator Kure MacDonald explained, “Last year we had a total of 120 places available for the Art Mark Summer School. Of 120 places available, 60 places were filled with budding student artists. ‘Art Mark’ piloted 3 classes as part of the ‘Art in Education’ initiative set out by the Arts Council Strategic Initiative for 2022.
These classes included dance (June), visual arts (July), music (August). Ergo, we served exactly 50% of the available places filled during the summer of 2021 as part of a pilot program. We’ve had great feedback from parents/children and supporters with requests to offer these various and/or additional visual arts classes again for summer 2022.” Last year, one parent said, ” It is necessary for the education of our children and we are willing to support the council and participate in the start-up.
MacDonald views “Art Mark” as one component of a larger mission to promote and support the arts in Hernando County. She states, “As part of our mission to support the arts and artists of Hernando County residents, we have felt it necessary to move forward with the planning of the ‘Art Mark’ summer art classes. 2022. As program coordinator again this year, my goal was to provide an inspiring and challenging summer of integrated art classes to students in Hernando County. I sought input from parents, students, local artists, teachers, and board members to generate 9 weeks of arts education in Hernando County.

As a result, “Art Mark” is bigger and better than ever. MacDonald says: “As a council, we are delighted that our tenacious work and planning has enabled us to accommodate 270 exciting seats at the Brooksville Visitor Centre. As part of a valued partnership with the Florida Adventure Coast, the Hernando County Board of Fine Arts is looking forward to seeing students leave their artistic mark this summer. Yet MacDonald asserts that the true essence of arts education goes far beyond teaching artistic skills. She says, “When you teach the arts to children, you teach children a sense of social autonomy, broadening their perspective on creativity. It develops communication and concentration in children. These courses will show them the arts that are available in life.

MacDonald revealed that last year’s debut of the “Art Mark” program had visual arts classes in particular selling out quickly. “As per parents’ requests, this year’s classes are longer and cover more material,” she said.
The registration cost for “Art Mark” is $15 per student, a cost that includes a t-shirt, class folder, and all class materials. All classes except “Art in Motion” (dance) will be held at the Brooksville Welcome Center, 205 E Fort Dade Ave., Brooksville. “Art in Motion”, the “Art Mark” dance class, will be held at Dance First, 20060 Cortez Blvd., Brooksville. “Dance and theater are important additions to our ‘Art Mark’ program,” said MacDonald.

Leading the dance camp for ‘Art Mark’ is Jane Geddings, Hernando’s veteran dance teacher. She gave a small overview of what the students will learn, namely:
Elements of classical ballet, which will also expose students to classical music and the masters who composed them
Different styles of jazz, focusing on all styles of this American art from Luigi to Broadway, with a nod to the influence of ballet Rhythmic patterns in tap dancing, with varying time signatures and accents, to create their own percussive sound
The basics of hip hop

At the end of the camp, there will be a final performance for the students. Greddings said, “And because Dance First, LLC is at the back of Funtastic Gymnastics, students will also have the opportunity to check out what’s going on there. . “Funtastic Gymnastics is a fun place with aerial silks, trampolines, a tumble track, lots of balance beams, and more. It lives up to its name.”

Geddings also expresses his gratitude for this arts-based learning opportunity. “The Arts Council and the Art Mark program are grateful to Christy Chestnut for providing her facilities for these classes,” she said. “With the Marley spring floor and mirrors, bars, props, etc., it’s the perfect student location for all things dance.”

All “Art Mark” classes are supervised by arts council members and local artists who are true masters in their art. Additionally, many courses will feature guest lecturers who are living examples of artists who have turned their passions into careers. One of the featured teachers this year is Brooksville City Art Gallery Coordinator Pedram Moghaddam. He said, “My course subject will involve a mix of hands-on hands-on art and technology. Today, we can use our phones and computer programs as sketchbooks to record our ideas for artwork. »

In the eyes of Moghaddam, the “Art Mark” program is another great artistic concept. He said, “When it comes to developing the artistic skills of young people, it is important that we reach out to them as early as possible. Art teaches so many lessons, not just about drawing, but about life lessons and self-therapy. This year’s Art Mark program also includes a number of student teachers who bring a youthful and highly creative perspective to the discussions; All while earning Bright Futures scholarship credit hours.

Student teacher “Art Mark” Ely MacDonald is looking forward to sharing his artistic skills with students this summer. He says, “I really appreciate being able to pass on to other students my acquired skills in the performing arts, which I have studied and trained in over the past 5 years. It not only gives me the opportunity to meet other like-minded people, but it also allows me to give back to my community. Ely MacDonald encourages other local youth to follow his example. He says, “I would recommend other students who are looking to gain teaching experience or want to get more involved in the arts to come and help with the program or enroll in a course to improve their skills.

Beth Putnam, Chair of the Hernando County Board of Fine Arts, believes Art Mark is a valuable supplemental program for arts education in this area. to complement arts education in schools. Statistics show a positive correlation between arts education and increased test scores and creative thinking. Beyond that, arts education helps meet students’ social and emotional learning needs, helping them to succeed both in and out of school. With ‘Art Mark’, our goal is to equip students for a better future.

This year’s “Art Mark” program is:

Elementary course: 9 p.m.-12 p.m. / 5-12 years old / 15 places available per class
Recycled hands: May 31 to June 3, $50
Inspired by the World: June 6 – June 10, $60
Animated Art: June 13 – June 17, $50
Art In Motion-Dance: June 20 – June 24, $100
A Muralist World: June 27 – July 1, $100
Culinary Arts Adventures: July 5 – July 8, $60
Elements of drawing and painting: July 11 – July 15, $60
STEAM Artist: July 18 – July 22, $50
“You” character: July 25 – July 29, $50

Middle & high school classes: 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. / 13-17 years old / 15 places available per class
Recycled hands: May 31 to June 3, $50
Inspired by the World: June 6 – June 10, $60
Cartoon/Cartoon – June 13 – June 17, $50
Art In Motion-Dance: June 20 – June 24, $100
A Muralist World: June 27 – July 1, $100
Culinary Arts Adventures: July 5 – July 8, $60
Elements of drawing and painting: July 11 – July 15, $60
STEAM Artist: July 18 – July 22, $50
Cosplay Closet: July 25 – July 29, $50

For more information, please visit the Hernando County Board of Fine Arts website.

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