August 2, 2011
New ARTrageous Offers Fun And Art Instruction In River Hills
When you walk in to Get ARTrageous, the new art studio in Valrico, you are greeted by bold, vibrant colors. You instantly recognize a passion for art.
Shelly Valdez, the owner of Get ARTrageous, located at 4381 Lynx Paw Trl., said, “I wanted to offer something different. I want to teach fine arts skills to children and adults alike. I want people to learn about art history and the principles of art as well as technique. We are not a place for arts and crafts.”
Get ARTrageous celebrated its grand opening in July. Already, summer camps are in full swing and fall classes are filling up quickly. Because the response to the summer camps has been overwhelming, Valdez has set up two additional camps for children ages 8-12 during the week of Monday-Friday, August 15-19. Art Extreme will be offered from 9 a.m.-12 Noon and Wild About Animals will be offered from 1-4 p.m.
Get ARTrageous will offer classes for children as young as three years old with the Mother’s Day Out class on Tuesdays from 10 a.m.-12 Noon.
In the fall, Valdez will offer a full range of classes and workshops. Children ages 8-12 can take Painting Techniques on Mondays or Cartooning and 3-D Art on Thursdays from 3-4:15 p.m. Children ages 5-7 can take Young Masters on Tuesdays or Recycled Art on Wednesday from 3-4:15 p.m. Middle School students can take Basic Drawing and Painting on Mondays and Thursdays from 4:45- 6 p.m.
Valdez will offer classes for Home School children on Wednesday from 1-2 p.m. for children ages 8-12 and on Thursday from 10-11 a.m. for children ages 5-7.
With the school district changing to early release every Monday, Valdez is pleased to offer Early Release Mondays from 1:45-2:45 p.m. for elementary school children.
Workshops are being planned for the fall. The first, Wet Felting, will be taught by Kelly Agrue on Saturday, August 6, beginning at 10 a.m. Participants can make cell phone carriers and small purses.
The Get ARTrageous Kids’ Club is unique in that students will make pieces of art that will be donated to nonprofits such as ECHO who can then sell the art. “With this project, I want students to know that they can make art that will benefit the community,” said Valdez. Children 10 and up can join. The first session is set for Friday, August 5, and will be making art for ECHO.
Valdez taught elementary art classes for 12 years. She is a professional muralist and has been a successful business owner.
For more information on Get ARTrageous, please visit www.getartrageous.com or call 438-8917.