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ArtSpark to kick off fall sessions

Submitted by Susan Parker

Are you looking for high-quality, convenient, sequential art classes for your children? ARTSPARK is a traveling art school that meets at each of the elementary schools in Park City and Ecker Hill Middle School once a week throughout the school year.

Taught by two experienced, award-winning, state-certified art teachers, Susan Parker and Anita Slevin, the program offers age-appropriate art experiences for grades 2 through 7 in a variety of media. Students draw, paint, collage, sculpt and work with clay in an atmosphere encouraging creative expression. Each class focuses on a lesson concept with the magic coming from each student’s interpretation of that idea. Look-a-like, mimicked art never happens here Instead, amazing creativity blossoms within relaxed, inspired students.

Parker and Slevin know how children learn and the kind of atmosphere needed to allow creativity to flow. Parker taught art in Vermont for 25 years, working with kindergarten through eighth-grade students and won teacher of the year for her outstanding teaching abilities and devoted service to children.

Slevin has more than 30 years experience in education, has a Master of Arts in Studio Art and has won numerous awards including the New Jersey Governor’s Award for Outstanding Teaching. Both women are professional artists and understand not just the teaching, but the doing. You can see their paintings at http://www.susanvparker.com and at http:///web.mac.com/anisle.

ARTSPARK is sponsored by Spiro Arts at Silver Star. The mission of Spiro Arts is to promote the arts in Park City and ARTSPARK is answering that call with its outreach programs in the Park City schools. Research has shown that children who are encouraged to think creatively excel in all aspects of life. Taking the "bud" of an idea through to a finished product is a life skill that will benefit not just the artist, but any human endeavor.

The first session of ArtSpark will be held Mondays, Sept. 13 through Oct. 18, at Trailside Elementary and Ecker Hill Middle School; Tuesdays, Sept. 14 through Oct. 19, at McPolin Elementary; Wednesdays, Sept. 15 through Oct. 20 at Jeremy Ranch Elementary; and Thursdays, Sept. 16 though Oct. 21, at Parley’s Park Elementary. Sequential sessions run through May 26.

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Classes meet from 3 to 5 p.m. at each elementary school. Ecker Hill’s class will meet from 3:45 to 5:30 p.m. Classes are limited to 15 students at each school. Tuition is $120 per six-week session and includes all supplies and a sketchbook. Scholarships are available. Tuition for a second child in the family is $20 per session.

To register your child for ARTSPARK, call Parker at (802) 878-7426 or email svparker7@yahoo.com . A registration form can be downloaded at spiroarts.org by clicking on the ARTSPARK link. A check mailed to Susan Parker (13193 Slalom Run, Deer Mountain, UT 84036) will secure your spot. Classes are limited to 15 students at each school.