at 17 College Street has expanded to include a savvy summer arts program focusing on children of all ages and skill levels, and it's for a good cause.
Carole Andrews, owner and operator of Reclaimed Living, organized the program to provide a "productive atmosphere to keep children busy, creative and challenged."
Taught by experienced and talented art teachers on weeknights and Saturdays, the program is designed to provide a safe learning experience for medically challenged and at-risk kids. It also includes a not-for-profit campaign to assist underprivileged children who might otherwise not have the opportunity to play with art.
"This is going to be way bigger than coloring or making simple projects," Andrews explained. "These classes will produce some high-quality art that families can enjoy for years."
Some projects also may be usable art and art produced from reclaimed items. Parents and children will experience a hands-on approach together allowing for vast opportunities to express creativity while bonding in the evironment of The Nest.
"We will be using one of the upstairs bedrooms of this recently restored home that has become an incubator of creativity here in Norcross," Andrews continued. "The program will keep children active for the summer in a rewarding, creative and fun way."
The Nest's director, Lori Sturgess, is excited to have the "Where Kids Create" summer program added to the growing opportunities the public has to join in.
"I am so glad Carole is here," Sturgess said. "This is going to be one busy place over the summer."
Students will enjoy working in the historic home already filled with art, but some nice days will certainly inspire sessions to venture outside to Heritage Park.
Projects will include the use of watercolors, garden art, clay art, rock crafts, scrapbooking, handmade toys and Decoupage, in addition to working with vintage fragments.
All materials and supplies are included in the registration fees and a portion of the proceeds for the sessions will go back to the school of each participant, as well as students who otherwise may not be exposed to the level of creatvity.
The "Where Kids Create" program runs through August 10 at The Nest, located at 17 College St. For more information and registration, check out www.reclaimedliving.com or contact Carole Andrews at 404-822-0474 or reclaimedliving@ gmail.com.