2021-22 Fall Registration for After-School Art Lessons at
The New School
(Scroll all the way down this page to find the registration form for the art program.)
In 2020, Art Matters re-located, re-opened - and actually re-invented - our after school art program. Naturally, safety has been our first concern. We are happy to be back in the outdoor classroom again now, due to the warmer weather! With outdoor heaters, we are able to stay there even during the cooler days. When we use the indoor classroom, we enjoy our HEPA pure air filter, as we social distance and take precautions to keep young artists, as well as ourselves, safe and healthy. We have reduced our class sizes, which are even smaller now. We take students' temperatures at the door and of course, we wash our hands often, during art making and we use hand sanitizer.
We believe that COVID protocols, which require sanitizing bathrooms and materials, as well as the many other guidelines- such as face masks or shields- are quite necessary, so we enforce these protocols daily. In order to ensure that we are able to follow the state guidelines, we re-located, so that we no longer have to share bathrooms with other businesses. We are no longer a community gallery, with visitors walking in to view art.
(We do hope to still be a part of the annual World's Greatest Studio Tour and we still have our annual student art show, as well as look for other venues for our students to exhibit their work.)
We have downsized to one art class per day, which means we have cut enrollment. One class per day is much more manageable in terms of COVID precautions.
Re-location: This daily class takes place at our own home. It has always been a school. We home-schooled our children here, from Kindergarten through High School. It has always been an art studio, where Teresa has produced the bulk of her art over the last two decades, as well as a showcase for her work and that of other local artists.
In many ways, it has always been Art Matters, only without the sign.
We have made renovations to accommodate several rooms for the students. So far, they seem to love it. It is set on a beautiful acre of land on a cul-de-sac in a rural, wooded subdivision just ten minutes from downtown, so Nature has become a regular part of the Art Matters experience.
This past Fall, classes took place on a large, screened-in porch and will as long as weather permits. It is large enough for social distancing and by virtue of being outdoors, much less likely to spread infectious disease. Indoors there is plenty of room to spread out and make art as well.
The New School features a swing set, a play house that we have turned into a Natural History Museum, (students continue to add to the collection), flower gardens (including our traditional sunflowers), and there is a forest in our backyard.
Our daily class lasts 90 minutes at no additional cost to make up for the slightly longer drive to our the new location, which is ten minuteS from downtown Bowling Green.
We hope to add classes, when the current health crisis comes to an end. We will place you on our waiting list, if you complete the form below and press submit.
Enrollment is "first come, first serve".
As always, parents are welcome, as long as everyone wears masks and social distance is observed.
We really look forward to having Summer Art Camps here! We will be spending lots of that time in the great outdoors, so we can take breaks from wearing masks, when we distance ourselves from each other. If you have any questions, we would love to talk with you. If we do not answer, we are probably in the classroom, so please leave a message and expect a prompt reply from us: 270-781-0361.
Teresa and Michael