The FAT Village Center for the Arts is a community of professional artists and students with diverse visions, styles and disciplines, designed to enhance creativity and inspire artistic achievement. Beginning with art, academics is integrated into all aspects of learning.
The uniqueness of our Center for the Arts is the breadth and depth of our faculty, our commitment to a high-caliber education in the fundamentals of studio art; as well as our diverse range of classes in every artistic discipline, open to all levels of interest and skill.
Trans-disciplinary thought is applied to every discipline of choice; Drawing, Painting, Mixed Media, Photography, Textiles, Fantasy Illustration, Character Development and more to come.
What the FAT Village Center for the Arts offers:
- Unique, Hands-On Experiences in 3 hour Blocks of Time Allowing for Focus & Reflection
- Learning perspective, scale, proportions, color theory, observational skills in an interdisciplinary environment.
- Develop creative writing skills through background and origin story writing in character development
- Group critiques are a part of every class.
- Instruction by Professional, MFA Career Artists
- A Safe and Nurturing Environment enabling Acceptance and Growth
- Acceptance: The seemingly “misfit” students grow from being reclusive to being recognized by peers because of their talent.
- Growth: Gain social skills, discipline and responsibility (ownership of work product); ability to receive constructive feedback.
- Age appropriate interaction, students are grouped based on their ability and skill level, not necessarily their age.
- Parent lounge and meeting room, as well as adult courses available during the same time periods.
- Flexible time periods on Tuesday afternoons (1pm – 4pm), Friday mornings (9am – 12 noon), Saturday mornings (9am – 12pm).
Art education directly aligns with many of the reasons you decided to homeschool: *
- To provide long, uninterrupted blocks of time for thinking or working so the child is able to engage in sophisticated, complex activities and thought processes.
- To encourage concentration and focus (often not possible in crowded classrooms)
- To allow the child to pace him/herself.
- To help children learn to work for internal satisfaction rather than external rewards.
- To encourage children with special needs to reach their full potential and not be limited by “cookie cutter” educational methods.
* Source: National Home Education Network, 55 Reasons to Homeschool, 2006.
Studies show that benefits of arts education include the following:**
- Stimulates and develops the imagination and critical thinking; refines cognitive and creative skills.
- Strengthens problem-solving and critical-thinking skills, adding to overall academic achievement.
- Teaches life skills such as developing an informed perception; articulating a vision; learning to solve problems and make decisions; building self-confidence and self-discipline; developing the ability to imagine and create; and accepting responsibility to complete tasks from start to finish.
- Plays a crucial role in improving students’ abilities to learn, because they draw on a range of intelligences and learning styles, not just linguistic and logical-mathematical intelligences upon which most schools are based.
- Provides a safe environment for constructive feedback that opens students to learning, improving performance and self-discipline, a character trait sought after in higher education and the workplace.
- Develops collaborative abilities that include working together, sharing responsibility, compromising to achieve a common goal, along with appreciation for the contributions of others and accountability.
- Develops healthy work habits that include a respect for time, foresight, planning and organization.
- Develops dedication, work ethic and desire to attain a certain level integrity in the resulting work product.
** Sources: Americans for the Arts, Policy and Advocacy, 2002; Top Ten Skills Children Learn from the Arts.
For more information about the FAT Village Center for the Arts our program, contact Registration, at (954) 716-7611 or