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It's time to go back to school - for art

School is back in session, and this is true in the arts community as well. Anita Stewart's Buford "ArtsCool" begins classes this week with a selection of exciting opportunities for children, teens and adults. In addition to classes, children ages 7 to 12 will find a really exciting, one-day adventure Saturday.

"Exploring your imagination through animation" will be held from 10 a.m. until noon. For only $30, children will be taught by professional animator Garry Lewis. Lewis will show students how to transition their characters from concept drawing to digital drawings into a 3-D model. From there, it's on to a short animation project. For more information about Lewis, go to his Web site at www.kungfujackrabbit.com.

Other children's art classes offer everything from drawing to painting to sculpture and even cartooning. "Cartoon craziness" also begins Saturday and is taught by Brenau art education instructor Elaine Childs. The class is for children 7 to 12 and will be from 11 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. The class will teach youngsters to use perspective, shading and placement of action figures, and focus on body shapes and facial expressions of their cartoon characters.

"Art stars" is another class for youth, this time ages 6 to 12. Instructor Jean Plumer will introduce students to famous artists like Picasso, Kahlo, Cassatt and more using a wide variety of media. This class meets Tuesdays from 5 until 6:30 p.m.

"Enviro art" shows kids ages 7 to 12 how to connect art with their home environment, family and pets. This class meets Mondays from 7 until 8:30 p.m.

For younger little artists there is "Pre-school art" where the 4 and 5 year olds can enjoy experiences with drawing, painting, and sculpture. Instructor Mavis Stevens will concentrate on shapes, design, color, composition and creative self expression. This class meets Tuesdays from 3:15 to 4:15 p.m.

"Tweens" is a class for 9 to 12 year olds Thursdays from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Whitney Calhoun leads students through drawing, painting and sculpture as they study famous artists and styles of art.

"Teen drawing to painting" is for ages 13 to 17. In this class, Stewart teaches young artists to bridge reality into drawings and paintings. This class is also described as being "individualized lessons within a group."

In addition, Stewart's ArtsCool offers clay classes for ages 7 to adults, and there are courses for adults in drawing and painting too.

For more information about classes, prices and other details call Anita at 678-230-4937 or visit www.anitasartscool.com.

Holley Calmes is a freelance writer and public relations consultant specializing in the arts.

E-mail hcalmes@mindspring.com.