Liz Seegers has created a program for preschool children to explore their creative abilities through art and music. From singing, dancing, cutting and pasting, classes at The Art Room are full of energy.A certified music teacher at Music Together of Charlotte, Seegers has taught music and art appreciation classes since 2006. She said she enjoys working with families and her love for the community prompted her to open her own studio in June.She created The Art Room with a vision to provide a space that was safe and inspiring, where children are free to tap into their creative abilities. Seegers, 33, and husband Jeff live in the SouthPark area with pups, Zeb and Neko. They have been married three years and are expecting their first child in July.She grew up in Charlotte and has been drawn to art and music her entire life. She participated in her middle school and high school choirs and taught herself guitar as a student at Appalachian State University. She graduated in 2002 with degree in social work and a minor in psychology.After graduation, she moved to Hawaii to work with an organization called Youth with a Mission. Her group traveled to Dharamshala, India, where she taught English to Tibetan monks and was tutor to the Dali Lama’s nephew for a month.“It was a faith-based organization that focused on being the hands and feet of God rather than imposing a message or trying to convert,” she said. “We supported the beggars, gave shoes to the children without them and fed those we saw were hungry. It was really a beautiful experience that really changed me forever.”She returned to Charlotte in 2006 to pursue a teaching career and simultaneously held two teaching positions, art teacher for preschool age students at Levine Jewish Community Center and music instructor for Music Together.She left Levine in 2009 to teach preschool for The Montessori School and trained for one year in Raleigh, and said her training there influenced her teaching style. Based on Maria Montessori’s belief in “following the child,” Seegers observes the children to get a feel for what they are drawn to instead of imposing an agenda. She said that this philosophy works well in the studio because it supports the children in experiencing the creative process.
Friday, Feb. 01, 2013
The Art Room program gives kids ‘room’ to be creative
Parents can get closer look at open house, Feb. 9
Liz Seegers is the creator of The Art Room. COURTESY OF LIZ SEEGERS
The Art Room is "a space that is safe and inspiring where children are free to tap into their creative abilities and have fun," said Liz Seegers. COURTESY OF LIZ SEEGERS
Want to go? What: Open house for children age 18 months or older. When: 3-5 p.m. Feb. 9, admission: free. Where: The Art Room, 118 E. Kingston Ave., Suite 11, Dilworth, Charlotte, 28203. Website: www.cometotheartroom.com. Bring a nonperishable food item to donate to the Second Harvest Food Bank, Charlotte and Valentine-inspired art. Class Information: Messy Marvins, 1.5 to 3 years old, 90 minutes, meets once a week for five weeks, $125, $25 one drop-in class. Themed classes, 3 to 5 years old, 90 minutes, meets once a week for five weeks, $125, $25 one-drop in class. Art Lab, 1.5 to 6 years old, 90 minutes, meets Wed., $20 per class.
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