News: SAA Supports Arbor Spirit Night at Inman Quarter

Social Arts Atlanta is proud to participate in the first Arbor Spirit Night at Inman Quarter on Tuesday, October 3, 2017 from 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm. This event will support the Arbor Annual Fund which provides scholarships for students and teachers at Arbor Montessori School.

For every Arbor family that enrolls a student for the 2018 Winter/Spring Semester of Social Arts 101 or Social Arts 102, SAA will donate $25 to Arbor to support its annual fund. This offer will remain in effect until the class begins on Friday, August 26, 2018.

The event also includes six Inman Quarter businesses:

  • Phone Repair: LifeLine (Inman Park): Your tech team for phone, tablet, computer and drone repair. 10% of all purchases from Arbor families, $10 screen protectors with 100% of proceeds, and $1.00 raffle tickets for a LifeLine Pedicap ride on the Atlanta BeltLine with 100% of proceeds to Arbor
  • Dinner: Hampton + Hudson: Contemporary gastropub serving New American eats & cocktails in a stylish, welcoming atmosphere. 10% of proceeds donated to Arbor
  • Dessert: Voga Italian Gelato: Check out their in-house made gelato pops! 10% of proceeds donated to Arbor
  • Hair Cut: The Men’s Parlor: A modern and rustic parlor with a bar-style waiting area,​wifi, tvs, haircuts, and beard treatments with complimentary beverages. 10% of proceeds donated to Arbor, appointments encouraged – 678-705-5580
  • Art & Gifts: Made Again: An unique art gallery featuring Atlanta and regional artisans who focus on green, modern design, interiors and custom furnishings. 10% of proceeds from Arbor family purchase to Arbor
  • Shades: Select Shades: Visit, try on, & stock up on your favorite brands in this super cool local store. 10% of proceeds from Arbor family purchase to Arbor

Quote: Train Himself

The best Training any parent can give a child is to train the child to train himself.

– A.P. Gouthey

The Prohibition Party is long gone but Mr. Gouthey’s words still ring true. Learning how to learn and how to manage uncomfortable situations can lead to great success. This idea is a part of all Social Arts Atlanta Classes. They include lots of practice being “outside your comfort zone” in an environment where students can make mistakes and learn from them..

Notes: Goodness! Its Not About the Fork

When the subject of manners and etiquette comes up is seems that the use of cutlery is the main focus. At Social Arts Atlanta, we hear the following a lot:

I never remember what fork to use!

or

I am always scared I am going to use the wrong spoon.

The truth is you do not have to know which fork to use. In fact, you will never know all the “rules” of etiquette. These customs and rules change over time.

However, what we all can learn is that giving attention to others instead of focusing on ourselves will nearly always lead us in the correct direction. Here are some examples:

Responding to Invitations: You may be busy but taking the time to let the host know you are coming or not coming to a gathering will ensure that there is enough food and drink for everyone attending and perhaps even enough places for all the guests to sit down.

Writing Thank You Notes: It is always nice to sent a note of thanks for a kindness. It is particularly important for gifts that are sent and that you do not open in front of the giver. If you do not sent a note or a message in another way, how will they know that you received it?

Cell Phones In Public: Cell phones have become an important part of all of our lives. However, the world should not be a part of every conversation you make. Hearing private information can make people around you uncomfortable and could possibly give information to someone who should not have it. Also, the person checking you out of the grocery or doctor’s office can do so more quickly if you give them all of your attention. This helps not only the clerk but also there person after you.

If you remember the words of Emily Post you will likely always figure out what to do.

Consideration for the rights and feelings of others…, the very foundation upon which social life is built.

P.S. For dining, always work from the outside in. It is your host’s job to consider you and place the utensels in the correct order according to what is being served.

News: Friday is Almost Here!

This Friday, August 25, Social Arts Atlanta will welcome  a new class of Social Arts Students for Social Arts 101! This class for grades 6th -8th is a great way for middle schoolers to learn the “whys” and “how” of important social skills like introductions, public right of way and which fork to use (FYI, it is your host’s job to give you the right fork in the right order for the meal they are serving).

At the time of the post, we are still accepting students for the class. Here is a link to all the information you need about curriculum, dates and tuition.

SAA is also accepting registration for the Winter/Spring Semester which begins in January 2018. During this semester, we will be offering Social Arts 101 and Social Arts 102.

News: Registration Open for 2018 Social Arts Classes

Registration for the 2018 Winter/Spring Semester of Social Arts Class is now open. Social Arts Atlanta will be offering Social Arts 101 and Social Arts 102 from January through May 2018.

Social Arts 101 for 6th – 8th graders teaches and practices important social basics like introductions and dining skills with a repertoire of social dances like the Box Step and the Merengue. Detail about the curriculum are available here.

Social Arts 102 for 6th – 9th graders continues with the important social basics learned in Social Arts 101 and builds by learning about things like job skills and hosting events. Details about the curriculum are available here.

Social Arts Classes teach social protocol  and social dances. This knowledge leads  to skills which increases confidence. Roll playing and hands-on activities, give each student the opportunity to practice. This not only makes class time active, engaging and fun but also ensures that information is truly learned. Demystifying the what and why and looking to consideration, respect and honesty is the goal of these classes.

Notes: National Dance of the Dominican Republic: Merengue

The Merengue is known as the national dance of the Dominican Republic and this Latin dance is a great addition to a basic social dance repertoire. It is simple to learn. Driven by the beat of its music, it has a 4/4 tempo which is like a March in Classical music.

Here is a simple set of instructions for this fun dance:

  • Partners face each other and the lead puts is hand at the followers back at her shoulder blade. She places her hand on the lead’s shoulder. There should no space between the couples arms. The follower puts her right hand in her partners left. This hold creates the frame work for leading and following.
  • The partners mirror each other and step on the beat, lead steps on right and follow steps on left. This creates movement in the hips.
  • With the frame and the steps the couple can move forward, back and side to side. Phrases of movement should be done in eights – eight steps side, eight steps forward, etc. After a time of getting comfortable with these directions, turning can be added.

The Merengue is part of the social dance repertoire that is leaned in Social Arts 101 and built upon in Social Arts 102.

Notes: You Can Shake on It

A very important part of introducing yourself  in our culture is the handshake. Done well, it endears you to the person you have just met. Done poorly, it can make you or your new acquaintance uncomfortable. This ancient human gesture (there are depictions of it in Greek art dating from the 5th Century B.C.E.*) is worth a moment of thought and practice.

When shaking hands remember these three things:

  1. Hands meet web to web – meaning that the fleshy part between thumbs and pointer fingers meet.
  2. Be firm and mindful of your grip – too soft is not confident and too firm causes pain.
  3. Be brief but take your time – two to three pumps at a moderate pace is good.

A confident and welcoming handshake is an asset.

Social Arts Classes practice this important skill at every class. More information about classes is available here.

*Patrick, Bethanne Kelly. An Uncommon History of Common Courtesy: How Manners Shaped the World. National Geographic, 2011. pg 16.

Time to Register

Registration is now open for the Summer/Fall Semester Social Arts 101. This class for grades 6th – 8th covers important basics of social navigation and social dances. Limited class size and hands-on exercises made this class the place to get comfortable with the uncomfortable and have a good time doing it. Give your child the tools to meet success with a class from Social Arts Atlanta.

Curriculum details, class dates and registration instructions are available here.