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Art & Soul: A creative outlet for everyone!

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Leah Jeffries
Collage of art projects made during the weekly sessions and at the DIY studio at Art & Soul.

Looking for a company that will embrace your style of art and provide many services to support your creativity? Art & Soul does it all and more. From classes, events, and birthday parties, Art & Soul has many opportunities to seize back your childlike wonder.

After working in FCPS as an art teacher for six years Mrs. Manda Mackintosh started Art & Soul. Manda reported, “My love for art and my passion for teaching children and not wanting to grade kids on their creativity” inspired her to start Art & Soul. 

After moving locations, Mrs. Manda was able to expand her offers to more than just classes and events. Recently she has developed a DIY studio and store now open! Cece Hartford, a senior at UHS, works in the DIY studio and mentioned how “You can do anything, you can do a canvas painting, ceramic pieces, wood art, it’s all up to your imagination”. 

With a mural and fairy lights, the Art & Soul DIY studio has a very cozy atmosphere that’s perfect for anytime of year. “I love the community in general” Cece mentioned, “It’s very lowkey and calm”.

The store, on the other hand, has seasonal and custom goodies for all ages. The inventory ranges from custom made cutting boards to jewelry and room decor. Each object has such care put into the making of it. Some things are even carefully made by hand and can be wrapped in the store!

Furthermore, weekly classes allow people to get together with other peers their age and make art. But these classes aren’t like the ones you take at school, these classes you can do anything! Mrs. Manda gives ideas and inspiration for kids and they come up with ways to make it their own and make it uniquely theirs. 

“It gives you an opportunity to be creative, no boundaries, no worries for grade, and it’s been proven to release stress, and it’s a mindful activity, and it’s just a good way to spend time with people” -Manda Mackintosh 

However, there is another kind of class where parents are able to make art with their kids! From ages one and a half to five years old, parents can come in for one hour weekly classes and make projects together. 

But the weekly classes aren’t the only thing special about Art & Soul, they have a yearly art show in June! At the end of each session each person gets to choose a few of their favorite art pieces they have created to showcase in the art show. Then, with snacks, games, and a beautiful view, family and friends come to see the hard work the kids have put into their artwork during the sessions. 

Art & Soul is the perfect place to use your creativity without the worry of not meeting the criteria. It’s the perfect place to make lifelong friends, cool off with a stimulating activity after a long day, and have a custom meaningful gift for friends and family. 

The Art & Soul Website (linked below) allows access to signs up for classes, summer camps, events, and gives you the chance to read all about the company: https://www.urbanaartandsoul.com/

 

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Leah Jeffries, Reporter
Leah Jeffries is a Sophomore at Urbana High School. Born in Baltimore and raised in Frederick, Maryland, Leah likes to sleep, read, listen to music, and play the game Just Dance when she is not at school. Her favorite book is The Fault in Our Stars. "I've read it so many times," Leah said. She loves Indie Rock and Jazz music and does not have a favorite artist. She is involved in the UHS Drama Department, doing paint crew and props. Every Wednesday she has art classes at Art and Soul, which she has been doing since 7th grade. “Hopefully I’ll be able to get a job there over the summer,” she had mentioned. Leah loves the idea of interviewing and meeting new people. Though she is in 10th grade, Leah hopes to study interior design or acting when she gets to college. She has enjoyed the freedom that high school has given her in this short time. Her favorite classes are English and Theater. She prefers to work alone, but when it is needed she will gladly work in a group.  Leah loves to sing. She sings for her church and has been singing in musicals since 2nd grade. She loves movies as well. Of course, one of her favorite movies is The Fault in Our Stars, but she is also a big fan of the Hunger Games movies. Something Leah likes to do is take pieces of the movies she watches and incorporates them into her life. Whether that is painting her nails the main color of a book, or taking character personalities and incorporating them into her own.

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