Libby Mathis has been homeschooling her three children, ages 13, 11, and 7, since her oldest was unhappy with the worksheets in preschool. She believes that learning should spark joy in young children and that later is better in regards to academics.
In her life before children, she attended Ohio University where she earned a BS in Chemistry and did graduate studies in Biochemistry. She has also worked at the The Center for Tropical and Emerging Global Diseases (CTEGD) of the University of Georgia. Then her life turned into a frenzy of having her first child then moving from Georgia to Pennsylvania to North Carolina all before baby’s first birthday. Since then, it has been a busy joyful blur of hosting messy art days at her house, exploring nature with her kids, learning so many exciting things she never learned in public school, and rediscovering her artistic side.
Libby was a member of the founding STAC Board of Directors and she has been the co-coordinator of Play Create Learn (formerly CHAOS) since September 2017.
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Target Ages: 4-7
Min/Max Students: 3/6
Class Times: Thursday 2:00 – 2:55
Class Dates: Session One: Sept. 5 – Dec. 12 (13 weeks, 1 floating week off, TBD)
Session Two: Jan. 9 – May 14 (16 weeks, 1 floating week off, TBD)
Cost: Session One: $175; Session Two: $210
Description: This class will introduce our youngest artists to a variety of materials and techniques. I love working with young children and believe it is important to give them the opportunity to use quality art supplies beyond the standard crayons and washable markers at this age. We will be using oil pastels, watercolors, tempera paints, and more! The students will learn about color, lines, patterns, texture, and how to mix medias to create wonderful works of art. We will learn about famous (and not so famous) artists and explore how these artists use elements of design in their work. There may be days when the supplies we use are not washable, so please make sure to dress your child in appropriate clothes that can get messy. There will be no repeat projects from Session 1 to Session 2.
Target Ages: 8-12
Min/Max Students: 3/8
Class Times: Tuesday 2:00 – 2:55
Class Dates: Session One: Sept. 3 – Dec. 10 (13 weeks, 1 floating week off, TBD)
Session Two: Jan. 7 – May 12 (16 weeks, 1 floating week off, TBD)
Cost: Session One: $185; Session Two: $220
Description: This class will be best suited to students ages 8 and up and will have more complex projects that the Little Artist class. It will include a variety of techniques using oil pastels, watercolors, and chalk pastels. We will be learning about perspective, texture, pattern, shading, warm and cool colors, and observation drawing. We will also explore creating 3-dimensional art with a variety of materials including papier-mâché, air dry clay, etc. There will be no repeat projects from Session 1 to Session 2.
Full STEAM Ahead
Target Ages: 7-10
Min/Max Students: 4/8
Class Times: Thursday 3:00 – 3:55
Class Dates: Sept. 5 – May 14 (29 weeks, 2 floating weeks off, TBD)
Description: This will be a full year class where we will explore a variety of topics using inquiry based principles. I do not have a set list of projects for this class, the students will help decide what we learn about based on their interests (with some guidance from me). We may study some topics for more than one class day, depending on interest. We will typically view a short video or I will read aloud about a topic before we start a hands-on project. We will also have maker days, where we will see what amazing things we can create from a random set of supplies. This class will encourage creativity, imagination, asking questions, problem solving, and critical thinking skills. Possible projects and topics include exploring solar power/ building our own solar ovens, exploding paint rockets, animal architecture, creating a robotic hand, and a hurricane engineering challenge.
Materials: Students may occasionally be asked to collect items from home (cereal boxes, milk jugs, etc.) All other materials will be provided.