Sunday, October 2, 2011

‘Victorian Me!’ Explores Photography At Historic StARTS Art Classes for Children, Tuesday, October 11 2011, at Carnton Plantation

‘Victorian Me!’ Explores Photography
At Historic StARTS Art Classes for Children,
Tuesday, October 11, at Carnton Plantation

FRANKLIN, Tenn., September 27, 2011—Historic StARTS art classes for children, sponsored by The
Arts Council of Williamson County for children, ages three to six, will explore photography now and then
during “Victorian Me!” on Tuesday, October 11, at 10 a.m. at the Carnton Plantation.
“Children will experience the joy of photography by using digital cameras to take their own
photographs of the Carnton Plantation and grounds. They will print out their images and frame these
photographs,” explains Nan Zierden, director of the program. “During the tour of the mansion, they will
explore the attic and examine the tintype photos provided by museum staff.”
Zierden continues, “We will talk about the clothing of the Victorian era. The children will select various
Victorian costumes to try on and dress up in. They will also be given their choice of paper mask to embellish.
We will talk briefly about masquerade play parties that were a popular way to celebrate the end of fall.”
The fee for the class (including the supply fee) is $10 per child, and no charge for the parent or
caregiver who is expected to stay throughout the class with the child. Often, the parent or caregiver is
involved in helping the child in the learning process. The last program in 2011 is scheduled at Carnton
Plantation on November 8 at 10 a.m.
To register, or for information about the program, please contact Nan Zierden at (615) 585-1796, or e-
mail her at Interested participants also may go to and
check the ACWC Facebook page for updated information about classes. Carnton Plantation is located at
1145 Carnton Lane, Franklin, TN 37064.
The instructor for this class will be Casey M. Kirk, of Franklin, who was atelierista at Spring Hollow
Early Learning Center in Franklin. Her other teaching experience includes visual arts teacher, K-5, at Piner
Elementary in Morning View, Ky.; arts and humanities teacher, K-5, at Ockerman Elementary in Florence,
Ky.; and pre-kindergarten lead teacher at Arlington Elementary in Lexington, Ky.
Kirk received a bachelor of science in elementary education from Georgetown College, Georgetown,
Ky., and a master of science in art education from the University of Cincinnati. She holds Tennessee
Teaching Certifications in Early Childhood Education, PK-3, and Visual Arts, K-12.
The project is underwritten in part by funds raised by the Arts Council of Williamson County through
the “Encore! Reclaim the Sound” project in 2010. The program also is funded in part by The Tennessee Arts
Commission Arts Build Communities (ABC) Grant Program. Individuals or organizations interested in helping
support the Historic StARTS art classes for children program should contact Robinson Regen at (615) 428-
The Arts Council of Williamson County (ACWC), a nonprofit 501(c)(3) service organization, is a
catalyst for the enrichment of cultural life in the county by funding, promoting and expanding the arts.
The Carter House Museum & Historic Site and Carnton Plantation exist under the auspices of the
Battle of Franklin Trust. The mission of the Trust is to promote a greater understanding and to enrich the
visitor’s experience of the November 30, 1864, battle, while preserving the properties, artifacts and
documents related to the battle. The first three classes were conducted at The Carter House Museum &
Historic Site.

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