Engaging in the artistic process has been clinically proven to increase one's quality of life both physically and psychologically.
Field and Studio classes offer quality fine arts programming taught by Christy Baker Knight, Illustrator and Art Coach.
Private and semi-private lessons for all ages and abilities Christy has taught fine art & science workshops at Fernbank Museum of Natural History, Blue Heron Nature Preserve and privately in her home studio for fifteen years. She takes a personal approach to teaching art and encourages her students to follow their own paths armed with the extensive, detailed knowledge and classical skills she provides in a nurturing manner. Private lessons are professionally tailored to the specific needs of the Artist. Lessons may include:
A solid foundation of the drawing process with an emphasis on engaging the right brain and the senses while learning technical drawing tools and tricks.
Art and Science Concepts for botanical illustration, portraiture, landscape painting or still life such as botany, anatomy, color theory and art history
Paint box skill building for illustration and plein air mediums such as field studies, watercolor techniques, gouache, acrylic and pen and ink. We take our Artists of all age and ability levels seriously, engaging them in the observation process and teaching to the individual in a relaxed atmosphere.
Gift certificates for classes make great birthday, graduation or holiday gifts!
Students' comments from workshops taught at Fernbank Museum:
"It was delightful and inspirational. Christy was wonderful."
"She was very organized and kept things moving at a good pace."
"Loved it, the instructor had great personality, good teacher."
A small sample of Adult Workshops taught at Blue Heron Nature Preserve, Fernbank Museum of Natural History and for Atlanta area garden clubs:
The Language of Line, winter subjects in pen & ink
Mushroom Madness, colored pencil on toned paper
Luscious Leaves, watercolor, egg tempera
Drawing Birds 101, with Atlanta Audubon
Drawing Light in the Dark, working on black paper
Tree Stories, right and left brain studies
Brushes and Blades: What do paper and ice have in common?
MORE ABOUT MY APPROACH TO TEACHING ART AND NATURE PROGRAMS:
As part of the intrepid Environmental Education team at Blue Heron Nature Preserve since 2015, I'm professionally trained in ongoing and important trends in the field such as emergent curriculum, the Reggio method, and nature-based education. Adult and Pediatric First Aid/CPR/AED and safeguarding programs such as VIRTUS, as well as State and Federal background checks are also current. I have enjoyed working toward an Expert Certificate from the Intro to Environmental Education course through Cornell University and becoming a member of the Southeastern Environmental Education Alliance with my team. We had a blast presenting about Field Education Centers at the annual conference in March 2018!
HERE IS WHAT SOME WONDERFUL FAMILIES HAVE SHARED ABOUT OUR PROGRAMS SINCE 2008:
The thought process that is put into each class is apparent. Christy is able to incorporate art education in a way that children are able to learn freely, acquire skills, and expand their creativity. This really doesn’t even touch the surface of why I continue to send my children to her programs. If I could show you their happy faces when they return back home after class, you would understand. ~Carmen McCaffrey, DMD
The way Mrs. Knight works her hardest to keep her business running smoothly and satisfies her student at the same time is just fantastic. Plus, let me say we don’t just talk about art we talk about “LIFE” too! Especially since Mrs. Knight accepts and listens to feed back from her students. ~Lexi Raymon, age 10
I truly believe the Art School is an asset to the Atlanta community and an inspiration to all the children who have participated. The program provides a safe environment for fun and learning more about art and gives the children a way to open up their creative side. ~Georgia Milton Sheats
She truly engages the children in Fine Art, not just “arts and crafts.” They are learning the fundamentals of art theory, art history, architecture, understanding artistic materials and how they can be used. Christy is a gifted artist, and a joy to know. She is always smiling, and is so very generous with her time and talents. We are lucky to have Christy in our neighborhood! ~Lindsay Fluke
Camilla would not miss this for the world. She has been to all sorts of great camps and yours is her absolute favorite. You absolutely make a difference - you can just see that from the support you are receiving that these classes are so important to our children and our community. ~Jessica Tuman
Thank you for the outpouring of support! I am humbled and blessed to be a part of this amazing community.