A place for You, a place for Me.

Outside the Lines is in the beginning stage of creating an Art Center in Walla Walla. A place for children and adults to come and explore their creative side. At the art studio, we dive into the hands-on, get-messy kind of art. 

Today it begins among the Kale, Strawberries and the Dandelions growing in our backyard. Tomorrow I foresee a building (very soon with your support!) that houses all your art supplies, your inspiration, and your favorite place to be.

The curriculum is based on the Reggio Emilia, Waldorf, and Montessori approaches to learning.  All three philosophies turn to and support the children’s questions, ideas, and interests and utilize them as the starting point for long-term investigations. The role of the teacher is to observe, guide, and document what happens and respond to the children thoughtfully in order to support and extend the child's work. 

“Creativity becomes more visible when adults try to be more attentive to the cognitive processes of children than to the results they achieve in various fields of doing and understanding.” ― Loris Malaguzzi

What Loris Malaguzzi is saying is that we foster our children's creativity through the act of creating art together. The end product is not the goal. Children and even adults, will master their creativity through exploration and manipulation of the materials. The "end product" is actually the whole picture you see at the end--The table and child standing there grinning ear to ear covered in paint, the blue tinted water spilling out of the bowl, the crumples of paper, and paint pan glistening in the light. Within that whole picture we have achieved so much more than the painting hanging to dry.

Here at Outside the Lines we use high-quality art materials to honor a child's process and work. Children are taught proper use and respect of tools. Even at the age of 3 they can learn to wash their brushes out and store them properly. When we use quality materials we say to the child: "You and your work are valued and important." 

The use of inferior watercolor paints or inadequate paintbrushes are the primary cause to frustration in many young artists. The colors aren't saturated and vibrant and the brushes don’t provide flow and easy of the pigment thus the work falls flat as well as their interest in art. High-quality materials inspire children to work more slowly and carefully. At Outside the Lines by using high quality art materials we:

  • Honor the child and the importance of his work.

  • Honor the child’s experience of the process and their growing appreciation of visual aesthetics.  

  • Honor the importance of art as part of the child's development. 

 

 

About the Instructor/Founder - Katy Rizzuti

Fabulous mother. Constant sketcher. Courageous teacher. Nature wanderer. Pretend gardener. Nautical dreamer. Shower singer. Snail mail writer. Did that sum it up nicely? 

Sketching is like breathing to me. Often I get those drawings on paper other times they float around my head or land on canvas with oil paint.  I also find sewing to be a great substitute to painting while I have two young boys running around and keeping me busy. I love finding new challenges and patterns to create my own needle and thread path.

Our house is the creative house. My boys and I are always doing something crafty. There are plentiful boxes full of inventions or materials spilling over the edges waiting to be included in the next installation.

Teaching and guiding kids down the path of exploration of their own creative talents makes my day. Teaching is a calling and it speaks loud and clear to me. When asked, at the age of five, what I wanted to be when I grew up I quickly replied, "teacher".  With that long standing drive and persistent desire I give you Outside the Lines Art Studio. A dream that is ready to be a reality.

I have been teaching art for 14 years. I started at the Carnegie Art Center in Walla Walla teaching school age children each summer. I then became a preschool teacher where I was trained the Reggio Emilia method of teaching. A Reggio-inspired curriculum is flexible and emerges from children's ideas, thoughts and observations. The Reggio goal is to cultivate within children a lifelong passion for learning and exploration. I have adapted this approach when teaching art. My title is teacher but my job is guide, provider, and inspiration guru. I am there to inspire ideas, help find ways to problem solve, and teach the use of tools and materials in a fun and engaging way.