Hello Alexandria!  

This week we are introducing you to a young volunteer here at The Messy Artist: Alexandria, an 8th grade middle school student. After seeing our sign one day while driving by with her mother, she reached out to us about interning. She joined us this summer and currently helps out in our Chagalls classes of 3-6 year old children. Her patience and ability to relate to the students are wonderful complements to the passion she has for both art and children.

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How long have you been coming to The Messy Artist?
Since July of 2014, for the summer.

Why did you want to intern/volunteer here?
I wanted to volunteer at a place that I can use my skills/love of art and work with children.

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What is the best part about interning at The Messy Artist?
Connecting with the children, and being able to work/teach to every child. Also, learning about new art projects/ideas that I can share with other teachers and peers.

Have you always enjoyed working with young kids? Have you had other experience doing this?
Yes, I have been working with kids for a long time, and have always enjoyed it. Before I came to The Messy Artist I worked with children, but mainly with children at a special needs camp.

What’s your favorite age group to work with?
Any age group, but if I would have to choose, it would be with 3-8 year olds.art class for elementary toddler and middle school children

We know you help your mom a lot with children with special needs. Do you prefer working with typically developing children or children with special needs?
I don’t prefer any type of children – with or without disabilities – but I have a special place in my heart for children with special needs.

What is your first memory of making art?
In my first grade art class, I drew a still life picture, using pastels, charcoal, and color pencils and realizing my talent because I won an art award.

The Messy Artist Alexandria art
Alexandria’s award winning artwork was made into a notecard by the school. Here is one of them.

Do you have a favorite medium (painting, pencil, clay)?
Pencil and painting but only acrylic – not watercolor.

What are your favorite things to do in your free time?
Drawing, All-Star Cheerleading, Reading and completing puzzles.

What advice do you have for adults, about art or kids? 
I would want adults to encourage each child with positive feedback with each project/picture that they draw. Also, to engage with their imaginary play and design of what they made.best art class for children morris county nj

What is your favorite place that you have been?
The beach in Lavallette.

What is your favorite project you have done at The Messy Artist?
The frozen paint, because while we drew with the cubes of frozen paint it would melt away in your hands. Art and Science combined!frozen paint messy artist

Thank you for sharing your thoughts with us, Alexandria – and for coming in to intern every week! You help make The Messy Artist a special place.



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.

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