Debra Fields has transformed her garage into a cozy little art studio in an effort to get back to her love of teaching children how to express themselves through art.
Fields said she knew when she was in the third grade that she was going to be an art teacher.
“It was my passion,” said Fields. “It was what I wanted to do.”
She taught second grade at Kingdom Come Elementary School for 10 years and then taught art at Cowan Elementary School for 20 years. Fields decided to retire from teaching during the middle of last school year to spend time with her husband, Delmer, who died from cancer in August.
She has decided it is time to teach art again and is opening Debra’s Designs at Creekside Studio.
“I needed to find a new focus,” said Fields. “The kids that are going to be here have a passion for art.”
Fields wants to “enhance (children’s) creativity in a fun atmosphere.”
“I want it to be fun,” she said. “It should be a place they can come, relax, enjoy and explore.”
Fields will teach painting, sculpting, mask making, papier-mâché and other art elements. She said the subject will change each week, depending on what students are interested in learning.
“It should be fun, exciting, imaginative and not feel like you are judged,” said Fields. “We’ll learn from each other.”
Individual and small group classes will be offered to students ages 5 to 15. Each class will meet once a week. Classes will be offered from 3 until 6 p.m. on weekdays and from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. on Saturdays.
An open house will be held from 2 until 5 p.m. on March 12 at Fields’ new art studio, which is located at 5381 Highway 931 South at Cowan. Students will register for classes and participate in art activities.
Fields will teach art activities for Girl Scout troops, Boy Scout troops and other special interest groups. She also will teach an art activity for birthday parties. She may offer day workshops in the summer.
“We all have the need to express ourselves,” said Fields. “Not everyone can bounce a basketball or kick a football. Our talents lie elsewhere.”
Fields may be contacted by telephone at 633-4916.