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Children to dress Victorian during Historic StARTS art classes, Oct. 9 at Carnton Plantation

During the Historic StARTS art classes, sponsored by The Arts Council of Williamson County for children, ages three to six, the children will try out Victorian costumes in "Let's Dress Up!" Tuesday, Oct. 9, 10 to 11 a.m. at the Carnton Plantation in Franklin.           

Krista Barré, instructor, outlines the class, "Clothing worn in the 1800s had a very distinctive look. The children will explore the Carnton Plantation's attic and try on some styles from the Victorian age. We will then use our imaginations to create wild hats and masks.”

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. 

To register, or for information about the program, contact The Arts Council of Williamson County at 615-428-3845, or by e-mail at Interested participants also may go to and check the ACWC Facebook page for updated information about classes. The Carnton Plantation is at 1345 Carnton Lane, Franklin. 

Lead instructor for this class will be Krista Barré, preschool art facilitator from Franklin. Barré began teaching preschool in 1995 at Exploration Station, an arts-based preschool program in downtown Franklin, as a teaching assistant then lead teacher. She served as a teaching assistant at High Hopes, a therapeutic preschool for children with special needs in Franklin, from fall 1996 to spring 1997. She held Play Art Studio, an art class for preschoolers, at the Spring Hill Art Center from fall 2003 to spring 2006. 

In 2003, she wrote the art curriculum for Mustard Seed Preschool at Christ Community Church in Franklin, where she currently serves on the Arts Guild. This curriculum began being used in 2010 by Grace Christian Academy, a preschool at Grace Presbyterian Church in Nashville. Together, with Casey Kirk, she became an instructor in the first Historic StARTS series when the program was launched in April                                                2011.

This series is partially funded by proceeds raised by the Arts Council of Williamson County through the “Encore! Reclaim the Sound” project in 2010. Individuals or organizations interested in helping support the Historic StARTS art classes for children program should contact The Arts Council of Williamson County at 615-428-3845 or




Posted on: 10/4/2012


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