I recently found a little gem right here in Irving, TX. I was browsing the City Spectrum when I came across some children’s art classes that would be taking place at the Irving Art Center. I’ve heard about the Art Center on a few occasions but never really looked into what it was. It’s a nice facility with a courtyard, art galleries, theaters, and classrooms. There are a few sculptures outside the building that were nice to look at as well. The property is kept very clean and they are currently renovating the fountain walkway in front of the building. The super friendly and helpful staff also made for a good experience.
When I saw that they offer Saturday School for ages 6-12 I thought it would be a great opportunity for my Iss Miss. As much as I love art we don’t always make time for projects and learning about different types of art form when we are homeschooling so this acted as a great supplement for art class for us.
During the first few weeks of class Iss Miss dyed yarn using natural dyes that they made out of blackberries, coffee, cochineal, tumeric, onions peels, rosemary and acorns. They also kept a little journal of the yarns and what they were dyed with. After they were done dying the yarn they made a few projects such as a woven bowl, pouch and bookmark. Weaving class has become the highlight of Iss Miss’s Saturdays. Today was the last day of class. My daughter had a wonderful learning experience with her teacher Ms. Carleen Michener who made her feel very welcome. The teacher was always smiling, enjoying what she was doing and giving the children individual time. I’m looking forward to seeing what new things Iss Miss will learn in the next session: Adinkra Stamping and Printmaking.
On our way out we walked through the art galleries. Their current exhibitions are the Golden Legacy: Original Art from 65 Years of Golden Books, Jessica Martinez: Fact, Fiction and Whimsy, and Art: A Profound Impact. My favorite was the Golden Legacy exhibition as it brought back nostalgic memories of my own golden book collection I had when I was a child.
“Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere.”