DAA goes ‘Nuts’ with painting class
by Courtney Warren
Apr 04, 2014 | 1539 views | 0 0 comments | 143 143 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The Delta Arts Alliance will host another painting session with Locals to prepare for the movie The Nut Job that will be shown on Sunday at the Bologna Performing Arts Center.

The class will be open for kids, ages 5-12, and they will paint an 11x27 canvas.

Participants of the painting class will receive a coupon for free popcorn, as well as preferred seating at the movie.

The painting will feature squirrels, which are the main characters of the animated picture.

The last classes offered had the children divided into two classes according to their age, however, Delta Arts Alliance Executive Director Rori Herbison said it was better to allow the kids to work together.

"We had fair response to our last offering, close to 10 participants. Just as in anything you do, you learn, evaluate and execute differently next time. Last time taught us there is benefit in combining the classes. It's a more meaningful experience when the younger grades are able to talk with and observe the older grades, and it's a great confidence builder in allowing the older grades the opportunity to aid the younger grades," she said.

In the last classes the canvases were smaller and Herbison added she believes the bigger the canvas the better the experience, which is why they chose to use larger canvases and "give our budding artists more time to create."

Herbison explained working with Locals and the BPAC is a great experience because it allows children and families to take care in several weekend events.

"Partnerships are the beauty of community work. Agencies, not just the Delta Arts Alliances, but businesses, agencies, individuals in this community devote so much time to their programmatic efforts. It takes time and resources to plan events, and so, anytime we can take a singular stand-alone event and begin coupling it with add-ons, you've moved from event planning to experience building," said Herbison.

"You're now creating not just one to-do item for the weekend, but instead a bevy of options that allows the participants to self-select and cater an individual experience for their weekend and their family. Choices breed enthusiasm. Instead of a mindset that plays, ‘This is all there was to do.' You've instead allowed folks to be boastful in their independence. 'This is what I wanted to do, what I choose to do.' They want to be there because they had options and chose to be here," she added.

Herbison also said there are so many wonderful things to do in Cleveland that there is no excuse for a person to say they are bored.

"I say this all the time in the course of my day, whether inside the gallery's four walls or in the line at the coffee shop, I defy you to point to a day on your calendar and say, 'Man, there's just nothing going on. There's nothing to do.' I've been privileged enough to call Cleveland home for almost 12 years, and I have always been drawn to the diversity of offerings in the area," she said.

She said, "Use Saturday and Sunday as example — a snapshot. Start your day painting with us at the DAA, move to the coffee shop for original music, walk less than 1/2 mile downtown and pose for an antiquarian tintype photograph. Visit Art in the Alley, head to a movie screening and cap the night at Hey Joe's for more original music. Wake up the next day and see a movie at the BPAC. This doesn't even hit on the events associated with Go Green weekend at Delta State University and whatever the area schools are offering this weekend. So, again, I defy you to show me a blank datebook. If you are bored, you've allowed yourself to be bored."

To reserve your child a seat for Saturday's painting class call 662-843-3344.