hello Charley!

We are always inspired by the ways our students take what they have learned in class and incorporate it into their art.  As a new feature we are spotlighting individual student artists –  to share not only the art they create, but the personalities behind the pieces.

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hello Charley!

We chose 8 year-old Charley to kick off the series because she was so expressive in both her painting and her explanation of its meaning and the creation process. She has been coming to classes at The Messy Artist for over a year, and is currently a student in our full year Art Foundations Intensive Level 3, a class for advanced students by teacher recommendation.

So without further ado – meet Charley!

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Tell us about your painting “Feelings War”,  made earlier this year.

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I thought of the idea the night before class when I couldn’t sleep, I wanted to make art about feelings. It means a “feelings war” and the positives trying to beat the negatives.

The red is angry, the black is unhappy/darkness, the blue is joy and the yellow is happiness. The angry colors are rough and sharp and the yellow is smooth and pleasant.

I drew it in pencil first on a canvas and started with the red flames, then I did the yellow swirls at the bottoms. Then I filled in the top and bottom with the colors and blended the black and blue to make a gradual change from the anger to happiness feelings.

When I look at it now, I am really proud of myself. I think it looks really good and I actually can’t believe I made it!

It is not exactly what I had envisioned, but it came out even better than that.

What is your first memory of making art?

My first memory of art is when I was little and I made stick figure people, sometimes I forgot the arms or the hair.

What does art mean to you?

Art is just fun for me, I love making new things and seeing how it turns out.

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What are your favorite things to do when you are not making art?

When I am not making art, I love to play outside, swimming and diving is what I love the most in summer. I also like acting, I have been in a few plays and taken acting classes. I really like to make silly videos on the ipad with my brother.

How do you feel when you are creating art?

When I am creating art I feel very happy, it takes my mind off of everything else and makes me feel like there is nothing else in the world but art when I am working on a project.

What would you say to someone who says they aren’t good at art?

I would say keep trying, there isn’t a wrong way to do art, everybody is different.

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What advice do you have for adults?

It’s okay to get dirty.

What is your favorite thing to have for dinner?

Noodles with butter.

What’s the first thing you do in the morning?

The first thing I do in the morning is make my bed.

Do you have a favorite color?

My favorite color is light blue

What is your favorite place that you have been?

My favorite place I have been would be Puerto Rico.

Charley volunteering her time to help sort books during our recent children's book drive.
Charley volunteering her time to help sort books during our recent children’s book drive.

Thanks for sharing your thoughts and your art with us, Charley!


Author: hellokidsart

The Messy Artist is a special place to create art. We offer year-round art classes for children 18 months through adulthood. In addition to art classes from September through June, we offer summer art camp and Drop-In and Play art activities for kids between our regular sessions. Our bright, colorful studio is also the perfect place for a kid’s birthday party! The Messy Artist children’s art center was created and designed by Owner/Director Donna Bernstein, a professional educator and artist. The curriculum is inspired and guided by Donna’s teaching experience and research in child development, as well as her passion for art. At The Messy Artist, art lessons for kids entertain and enrich their brains, bodies, and hearts.

4 thoughts on “hello Charley!”

  1. Thank you for featuring Charley on your blog! She has been taking art classes with you since you opened your doors and she so looks forward to coming each week, she has learned so much and has such a positive experience there – I highly recommend the Messy Artist to anyone interested in classes for their children of all ages – wonderful teachers In a bright fun and nurturing enviromment with a tremendous variety of classes and projects. And a shout out to Miss Viviana who is very inspiring! 🙂

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