We meet at various locations, mostly outdoors at parks, farms, and for field trips specific to our lessons.
Amelia Breed teaches Art, Yoga/Movement/Sports, and a Social Studies period with an environmental, ethical, and/or animal theme. We also provide a period for independent study where students work on curriculum brought from home.
Students are asked to bring a bag lunch. Computers or other devices for research via the internet are also recommended.
Tuition Fees and Policies:
$100 per student/Monthly rate
This is a cumulative, seasonal program, organized into terms with on-going projects, so a seasonal commitment is expected. Although payments can be made monthly, unless there is written notice of withdrawing a student 30 days prior to the date of removal, full tuition for the season is required.
In the case of cancellation due to sickness on the part of the director and/or director's family, a make-up day will be scheduled. Pro-rating for students' sickness or absence is not available.
Tuition is due the first of each month and a 10% late fee will be applied to payments made after the 10th of each month.
This past fall, the students completed and published an animal book! Available for purchase here:
The students also organized a Bake Sale downtown and raised money for Young Williams and the Farm Sanctuary. We were invited to visit with the animals at Young Williams which the students enjoyed immensely.
In November we studied the Cherokee, learning their culture and history of their tribe in this area. This extended into learning about native plants and farming practices and we tied it in with a 4-week cooking unit specific to Cherokee recipes and local plants.
We spent a day at the Sustainable Future Center, learning their garden practices, meeting and feeding their chickens, and participated in a sprouting lesson!
We did a Printmaking unit in our Art class, complete with sun-printing, 4 plate relief printing, and extended into the moving image with flip cards and flip books.
In addition to Yoga and creative movement this past fall, we also did a Soccer unit! Students practiced various drills and each had a turn creating their own drill as well as scrimmage games every practice. It was so fun!
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Our first season was incredible! We participated in a 2D, 3D, and 4D wearable art project with renown photographer, Hei Park. We also worked on impressionistic and surrealistic paintings and collage! Students enjoyed a field trip to the KMA where they participated in an educational tour of the galleries. Students organized 2 Fundraisers; a Thrift Sale for Appalachian Bear Rescue and a Vegan Dinner for Ocean Clean-up, in addition to researching and participating in accompanying field trips surrounding these topics. They are also working on a book about select animals they have chosen to research.
Farming is a common topic that arises through several topics we've discussed, and the students were able to visit Beardsley Farm, as well as being invited to help harvest at the Shea Family Farm!
We also had fun exploring the trolley system this Fall, with a lesson from Ms. Sandy about reading maps and several rides on Knoxville's Free Trolley!
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Our FALL season will begins Friday, August 7 and runs through the end of November!