By Robert Blood
You know who really gets art? Kids. Without the intellectual baggage of pre- and post- -isms and -ologies, they’re able to approach just about any medium with a fresh eye and creativity void of affectation or pretense. But, like anyone learning a new skill, some direction is helpful if not outright necessary. You can argue about raw talent all you want, but who couldn’t use more tools in their tool box, right?
Enter the STEPS Art Education Program via ‘Tis Art Center & Gallery. Launched in 2011, the program has grown and now caters free art lessons to 5- to 16-year-olds. Class sizes are limited to maximize teacher-student interaction, and the program often draws a waiting list. Instruction varies from class to class, and many art educators use a variety of methods and approaches to encourage exploratory learning.
Curious to see more? Well, you can see art by the fall 2017 coterie on display at ‘Tis in the Mezzanine Gallery, 105 S. Cortez St. You can even meet some of the budding artists noon-2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 6 during an artists’ reception.
If you think these artists are just kidding around, you’re in for quite a surprise.
Visit the “STEPS Art Education Program Student Exhibit” Jan. 5-16 at ‘Tis Art Center & Gallery, 105 S. Cortez St., 928-775-0223, TisArtGallery.Com. The artists’ reception is noon-2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 6.
Robert Blood is a Mayer-ish-based freelance writer and ne’er-do-well who’s working on his last book, which, incidentally, will be his first. Contact him at BloodyBobby5@Gmail.Com.