Hello again Charley!

“My favorite thing about the class is the students because they make me laugh, and Miss Viviana because she is a great role model, teacher and artist.”


new jersy art class for kidsIt’s been two years since we last met up with AFI student Charley in October 2013. Watching her grow as an artist and a student has been a rewarding experience, and is especially meaningful to us as she is part of the very first class of Art Foundations Intensive students to go through The Messy Artist.

Here is a follow up interview with Charley, catching up with her latest news:

advanced fine art classes for kids new jerseyWhat grade are you in now?

I am in 5th grade now.

How has your art changed over the past 2 years?

My art has become more meaningful. I now have a reason for each piece, they are about my life or I try to tell a story.

Charley’s final project last year, displayed in the AFI Art Show: “Bucket List”, Paper/String. (Please click on photos above to open a larger slideshow)

I made a box with papers that has everything I want to achieve written on them and everything I want when I get older in life. There are papers everywhere and I had to make room for the more important things by hanging them up. It looks like there is a lot going on and it can be stressful. This is the feeling I want people to relate to when they look at my art. It tells a story.

What have you learned about recently at The Messy Artist that you found exciting?

My favorite recent thing I’ve learned was special effects makeup. I loved it because we’ve never learned anything like it before and I used it in my Halloween costume.

special effects make up for kidsIs your life much different from 2 years ago?

I have joined cheerleading and take swimming stroke lessons this year too.

What is your favorite part of AFI art class?

My favorite thing about the class is the students because they make me laugh, and Miss Viviana because she is a great role model, teacher and artist.art student feature kids art class north nj

Just for fun: don’t peek at your previous interview answers! It will be interesting to see if they have changed.

What is your favorite color? Perrywinkle (2013: light blue)

What is the favorite place you’ve been? Whistler, Canada because I love skiing with my family there. (2013: Puerto Rico)

What are your favorite things to do in your free time? I like to write stories, draw and invent things. (2013: 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.)

What advice do you have for adults?  I really like the song /quote “Live forever young” by Bob Dylan. I listen to him with my dad a lot. (2013: It’s okay to get dirty.)

Thank you, Charley. We look forward to seeing what you create next!nj art class for kids

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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