All Things Art celebrates 20 years helping youth
How does a small dream crash out of its borders to become successful beyond your imagination? In the case of All Things Art Studio in Springville, which began operating in 1996, it happened with art instruction that started and stayed personal as each student was assisted in achieving personal goals one step at a time.
Now the studio is celebrating 20 years of helping local students develop their artistic talents.
All Things Art Studio began small, adding mediums most students had never used before and building their confidence and talent while aided by teachers who believed in them and had the tools to help them realize their artistic potential.
The studio has enjoyed many wonderful community partnerships to aid the youth of the area. Some of these include the Springville Arts Council, Springville Museum of Art, local Boy Scout Troops, Springville High School (having served SHS as an enrichment art instructor for 16 years), Snow College and many others over the past 20 years.
The studio measures its true success in helping give a voice to children who may be shy or unsure of themselves. It helps them develop talent in a safe studio environment where no bullying is allowed or tolerated and students support one another. Trying new mediums, studying master artists and learning techniques and their histories help encourage the student to grow in their confidence. They learn the universal language of art, which is understood by all people.
Many of the studio’s apprentices have The Nebo Education Foundation has gone on to apprentice with outstanding awarded grants to several Nebo School artist like Jeff Hein, J. Kirk Richards and District teachers to support a variety of Casey Childs, to name a few. programs and projects that will help improve
Former advanced students at All Things students’ education. Art are living their own dreams in the art The foundation is made up of 20 volunteer fields they chose as a profession. They include board members who live in cities Brandon Gonzales, matte painting served by Nebo School District. Board supervisor at Stargate Studios in Los Angeles; members meet each month to review and Kent Miller, a designer for 7D8 in award grant requests, consider fundraising Salt Lake City; Bill Sturgis, a patina artist avenues and discuss other items that at Baer Bronze; Dallin Slater, a landscape advance the educational opportunities of designer at LOCI in Salt Lake City; and Nebo School District students. Many of Kaeley Fawcett, an art teacher at Hurricane the donations received are for selected Junior High School. projects, yet a substantial amount is available
The studio’s mission is to help each student for the greatest need. Greatest need become their own artist with a unique monies are considered for grants submitted voice within a safe studio environment by area schools. which promotes the expansion of their These grants are funded through the talents without them becoming a copy of fundraising efforts of the Nebo Education someone else. Foundation board. One fundraising effort
As students progress, the studio’s advanced is the annual “Green Fever” golf tournament. class helps them prepare for scholarships, The 2016 “Green Fever” tournament jobs, commissions, art shows and will be held Thursday, May 19. Also, the other opportunities in the art world. The foundation accepts donations from individuals studio looks forward to accepting new students and businesses to support projects. as its high school seniors move on to Congratulations to the following teachers their next stage of education and life. that continue to bless the lives of students.
Summer classes at All Things Art will begin May 30 and run Monday through RyLee Reid, Riverview Elementary Wednesday from noon to 1:30 p.m. The School, Spanish Fork advanced class is on Thursday only. There Second-grade teacher RyLee Reid said will be one class per week per student. this grant will be used to purchase informational
To sign up or for questions, call Mary leveled books on animals of different or Doug Reeder at 801-491-5074 or visit habitats. Students will have the opportunity the All Things Art Facebook page. to research animals as teachers integrate science, writing, geography and reading into one fun project. Danika Nuttall, Canyon Elementary
School, Spanish Fork Third-grade teacher Danika Nutgall said this grant will be used to purchase a year’s subscription to Storyworks Jr. Magazines. The articles inside the magazines will be used to build essential analytical reading, writing and learning skills that are crucial for test readiness.
Dana Beckert, Sierra Bonita Elementary School, Spanish Fork
Dana Beckert, a facilitator at Sierra Bonita said this grant will be used to purchase 38 copies of “The Reading Strategies Book” by Jennifer Serravallo. This book provides 300 different strategies for teachers to help students develop 13 crucial reading skills.