The Chesterton Art Center is proud to announce the hiring of two new children’s art instructors, starting in September.
The first new teacher is Emily Blossom. Emily grew up in the Duneland area, has taught art classes in Ft. Wayne, and has recently returned to Chesterton. Emily will be in charge of the preschool classes for children ages 3-5. Throughout her life, art has played an important role. “I have been painting and drawing my entire life. Helping children pursue their own creative journey is something I am passionate about. I enjoy meeting new people and sharing my love of art with my seven year-old daughter, Betty. I hope to continue my artistic journey and help others pursue theirs.”
The instructor who will be teaching the elementary, middle, and high school art classes is Jen Aitchison. Jen loves working with children – sharing art skills, knowledge and time. She is joining the Chesterton Art Center to work with elementary through high school students. Most recently she has been the elementary art instructor for the Chesterton Montessori School. She has also found herself volunteering and working in the arts through the Chesterton Art Center, Discovery Charter School, and other community events over the years.
When not instructing children, Jen is a professional artist with her own small business, working as a graphic artist. Her work has been featured in many publications and blogs over the years. Painting, photography and exploring nature are Jen’s passions, which she enjoys on her days off when spending time with her family (her son, Ben, and husband, Colby, who is also a designer).
As a welcome to the Art Center and an introduction to the community, there will be a Children’s Art Education Open House held on Thursday, August 29 from 6:30-8:00 at the Chesterton Art Center. At the Open House, the public is welcome to meet the teachers, hear about the upcoming curriculum, see the classrooms, and enjoy some refreshments. The Chesterton Art Center is located at 115 S. 4th St., Chesterton, IN 46304.
The Chesterton Art Center is offering monthly children’s art classes, starting the Tuesday after Labor Day, September 3. Classes are designed for preschool, elementary, home school, middle school, and high school ages. Students of all ages will actively participate in learning, while studying one of the major movements of modern art history each month. All classes will include drawing throughout the month in some form. Students will be exposed to a mix of mediums, including painting, printmaking, sculpture, collage, drawing, weaving, paper arts, etc. The schedule of classes is as follows:
Monday 1:30-3:00 p.m., Home School 8-15 year-olds
Monday 3:30-5 p.m., Elementary 7-12 year-olds
Tuesday 1-2 p.m., Preschool 3-5 year-olds
Tuesday 3:30-5 p.m., Elementary 5-8 year-olds
Wednesday 3:30-5 p.m., Elementary 5-8 year-olds
Thursday 1-2 p.m., Preschool 3-5 year-olds
Thursday 3:30-5 p.m., Elementary 7-12 year-olds
Thursday 5:30-7:00 p.m., Middle School 5-8th grade
Friday 3:30-5:00 p.m., High School 9-12th grade
Tuition is $90 per month for high school, middle school, elementary, and home school students (the member rate is $70), and $75 for preschool students (the member rate is $55). Families must be current members of the Chesterton Art Center to receive the member rate. Supplies and a nut-free snack are included. Students must register and pay before the first class. A $20 fee will be added to any late payments made after the 10th of each month. To register for September, either call the Art Center, or register online here.
During the month of September, children will learn about Romanticism, 1800-1850. Students will learn about this time period and its influence on the arts. They will study landscape painting, which became popular during this time. Nature, history, and individualism are some other themes the students will explore in class.
For questions, please call the Chesterton Art Center at 219-926-4711. The Chesterton Art Center is located at 115 S. 4th St., Chesterton, IN 46304.