Davidsonville Black Belt Candidate Takes Her Art to a Higher Level

Davidsonville resident Jennifer Selby has been taking martial arts classes at Balanced Life Skills in Annapolis for eight years. This spring she will test to earn her Black Belt, an accomplishment she has dreamed of over the years with each practiced punch and kick.

To obtain the Black Belt, Selby must not only complete the endurance phase of the test which includes hundreds of sit-ups, push-ups, squats, running and other physically demanding elements. Selby must also complete a project of her choosing that enhances every part of her life including the body, mind and spirit.

Along with her passion for martial arts, Selby is a huge fan of the visual arts.  With a minor in studio art, Selby has always wanted to educate children about the importance of art in everyday life.

When presented with this opportunity, Selby decided to combine her two passions and create, “Art in Mind,” a series of visual-thinking workshops that will introduce children to all different types of artists, art forms and art movement.

Jennifer Selby teaches art to a group of young children. Her “Art in Mind” workshops will be held at Balanced Life Skills’ studios in Annapolis beginning Feb. 28.

“The point is to bring art appreciation to children in a fun an interactive way,” Selby said. “We will explore the world of art through children’s eyes and learn many interesting facts along the way.”

This is a new venture for both Selby and Balanced Life Skills who said that “their goal for the next few years is to have  martial arts, visual arts and performing arts as a part of their programs, reaching children where they are, building character, confidence and contribution.”

Selby will teach through visual thinking strategies, open-ended questions and hands-on projects. The children will look at examples of artists’ work and discuss what they saw and how it made them feel.

The six-week session begins on Thursday, February 28. A free preview class will be held on Monday, February 18, President’s Day, at 10:30 a.m.

The preview class along with the regular session will be held from  at Balanced Life Skills’ studios, located at 133 Gibralter Ave from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. The cost is $15 per class.

Space is limited so sign up today. To register call 410-263-0050 or visit www.balancedlifeskills.com.

“Through these workshops, I hope children will come to appreciate all forms of art and recognize the importance it plays in nurturing our body, mind and souls.”

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About Cynthia Giorgio

I'm Cynthia Giorgio, co-founding editor of South River Source. I love to write about the people, places, news and events in South County. Send story ideas to cynthia@southriversource.com or call me at 301-906-4767.


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