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After School Arts: Luce Conservatory of Fine Arts

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With school back in session, students will be tackling the usual academics. But extracurriculars are also important and help students develop creativity, self expression, moral character and discipline.

With so many after school activities to choose from, it makes sense to find one that encourages the whole child — body, mind and spirit. One special visual and performing arts company, Luce (“Loochay”) Conservatory of Fine Arts, is impressing Katy families with their highly trained staff and devotion to students of all ages. From people drawn to dance, to people interested in painting, the conservatory is meeting the needs of community.

Gladysue Hovis is the Dance Department Head overseeing ballet and creative movement. She holds a Masters degree in both dance and education with over 20 years of teaching experience at Brigham Young University, The Jewish Community Center of Houston, Galveston Ballet and Live Oak Dance Center. “We are a new conservatory in Katy, offering students of all ages and skill levels instruction in ballet, creative movement and the visual arts,” says Hovis. “We also offer a class for dancers with disabilities for ages 3 through 18.” Classes accommodate after school and home schooling schedules.

Jeremiah Moore is the Visual Arts Department Head overseeing painting and drawing. He holds Masters of Fine Arts degree in Painting and has a background in  ceramics, sculpture, and woodworking. His artwork has been exhibited on both the national and international level and in many private collections across the country. Since 2004 he has taught drawing, painting, and design to children, youth, and adults and thoroughly enjoys sharing three key areas of focus: technical proficiency, creativity, and critical thinking. “I focus on values and teaching methods that are family friendly,” says Moore. “We help our students to make intentional decisions about their artwork and their lives.”

Hovis and Moore have collaborated to establish a conservatory for people who want to  discover new interests, find a creative outlet, and seek professional training. They focus on all levels of study. “It’s the visual age, and students with a visual arts background have better skill sets from which to draw in the workforce,” says Hovis. When people think of ballet, they may assume that classes are geared toward younger students. Likewise, when people think of art classes, they may assume the lessons are geared toward an older audience seeking a hobby. But Hovis and Moore offer classes for everyone and welcome all skill levels. “You are never too old to dance and never too young to learn to paint,” says Hovis.

To learn more about the Luce Conservatory of Fine Arts, visit www.lucearts.com. A family friendly environment awaits!

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