Classes Begin Tuesday, September 6th


ArtWorks: Smart Start is an early arts education center for Preschool students.

At Smart Start, we encourage children to play, explore, create, and discover through high-sensory art, music, creative movement, and play. We believe that ART WORKS for even our youngest learners.

Our goal is to cultivate children's creative potential and help them get off to a SMART START!

  • Smart Start 2022-2023 Open House Monday, August 29th at 6pm

  • Preschool students age 3-5 (must be potty-trained)

  • Preschool Classes meet Monday-Thursday from 8am-12pm.

  • Drop-off begins at 7:45am

  • We follow the Russell County School System's calendar in regard to holidays, professional development days, etc.

  • $120 non-refundable registration and supply fee

  • 2-Day Preschool Tuition is $50 per week

  • 4-Day Preschool Tuition is $100 per week

  • Class size is capped at 20 students.

  • 2 lead teachers and 2-3 assistants in the classroom ensuring a 1 adult to 5 children ratio

  • Students participate in activities together and there are also times when students are split into invitations that best fit each child's age, development, and grasp of concepts. This allows all ages to learn and grow together while also allowing students to learn and thrive in their own time and at their own pace. 

  • Classes are taught by passionate and certified educators.

  • Smart Start is an arts-immersion program which is highly influenced by the Reggio Emilia approach to education. This means our students experience learning through play invitations, exploration, art,  and  an ever-changing environment that is not only visually pleasing, but serves as its own mode of instruction. Our lead teachers and assistants engage students in meaningful conversation and play that allows for learning to happen relationally and progress organically. 

The Benefits of the Arts in Early Childhood

The arts develop motor skills, help children appreciate numeracy, and accelerate brain development. Arts education builds self-esteem and strengthens creative centers in the brain. Creative arts activities engage a child's imagination and can include activities such as art, dance, drama, and music. This helps children cultivate their abilities across virtually every domain. Arts activities foster flexibility of the mind and emphasize that the process by which we create is just as important as the end result. The arts celebrate daily growth in an atmosphere of joy and life!



Generous friends and community partners have made it possible for us to offer partial scholarships for Smart Start classes.

Click the link below to learn more!



Ms. Marisa

Loves reading, gardening, singing, dancing, and theatre. Ms. Marisa is our Education Director and delights in designing a program tailor-made for young artists and learners. She loves reading to our students and teaching them to read!


Ms. Leah

Loves sewing, crafting, story-telling, and using her imagination. Ms. Leah is our Visual Arts Program Director and loves coming up with creative ideas. She comes up with the best ideas for our imaginative play center! She enjoys creating with our students as seeing their uniqueness shine through in each piece. 



Ms. Jess

Loves her dogs, cooking, doing puzzles, and reading way too late at night. Ms. Jess is present each day in our classroom and is our number one helper! She makes sure everything is prepped and ready to go and is the smiling face that greets each student each morning. 


Ms. Anne

Ms Anne loves reading, knitting, cooking and exploring new places. She loves to help children learn to explore the world around them and find all the ways that help them learn to grow into who they are meant to be. She especially loves to help children see how science and art can help them learn big ideas!


Ms. Cheryl

Cheryl has been dancing from early childhood, trying out steps from musicals and the Mickey Mouse club on the fireplace hearth.   Before settling in Russell County, Cheryl taught dance and English in elementary, secondary, and post-secondary schools for over 30 years.  She and her husband live on their farm in Ono with cows, a horse, Charlie, and their dog, Annie.  Cheryl loves dancing, traveling, reading, and swimming in beautiful Lake Cumberland.