MEREDITH — After School Arts Classes are currently being conducted at the Arts Collaborative Teaching Studio on Wednesdays for 1st-4th grades and Thursdays for 5th–8th grades from 3:30-5 p.m. each afternoon.
Recent education reforms that emphasize achievement in reading and math, severe budget cuts are making quality arts learning opportunities within public school systems increasingly limited. After school enrichment opportunities, like those offered at The Arts Collaborative help parents to supplement their children's learning experience. Creative achievement reinforces positive self esteem, persistence, responsibility, team work and confidence.
"Doing something in his or her own way with encouragement and support is not often possible or practical within large classrooms or within hectic family schedules that need to accommodate necessary tasks and responsibilities. I like to provide that safe place for students to take risks, to get messy, and to experience the satisfaction and joy in making their own discoveries, " said instructor Heidi Little.
The Arts Collaborative also houses a gallery and showroom of fine handcrafted furnishings and art work nearby for student inspiration. The warm and spacious teaching studio offers a variety of ongoing expressive arts classes and workshops for all ages and abilities as well as a weekly Open Studio night for adults and teens.