By Rene Wheaton
JACKSON, MI – When our son Jack was still kicking me in the ribs on the inside — every once and awhile he still manages to land a shot to my ribs — I was making plans to take him to museums and art classes.
Yeah, I’m that mom. Jack, 5, isn’t always that boy, however, not yet anyway. So we’ll save our trip to the Detroit Institute of Arts for a later date, but I have signed him up for a class at the Jackson School of the Arts on the second floor of the Art 634 building, 634 N. Mechanic St.
Now that Jack is in kindergarten, he’s always very excited to show off his projects from school, and joining an extracurricular art class gives him the chance to show off even more art.
I signed Jack up for a class called “Snow Wonder,” where he will get the chance to draw and paint. Cathy Lehman does a wonderful job teaching the class.
Leading up to his first class, Jack couldn’t stop talking about it, and afterward, he was excited to show off his creations to us.
On the first night they worked with watercolor, colored pencils and Shrinky Dink. The class is 16 weeks long. The JSA’s winter season just got started, and, while some of the classes are full, there are still plenty of classes available.
Jackson School of the Arts is a nonprofit organization that seeks to provide children with the opportunity to experience the arts, fees for classes are based on a sliding fee family income scale. For more information on the classes visit their website jacksonarts.org or call 517-784-2389.
Jack’s class is under an hour long, so I took the opportunity to get a coffee from Cuppa, which is also located in the Art 634. It was a great Cuppa coffee, I’m looking forward to making that a weekly tradition.