Maggie Tanski came to O’Connor Art Studios as a young, homeschool student interested in art and looking for an outlet to explore that interest. She began taking private lessons from Ruth on a weekly basis. However, as her schedule grew busier she had to take a break from art. After a time, Maggie’s mom contacted Ruth to see if Maggie could pick her art studies back up, but this time with a group of homeschool friends also looking for a place to receive a serious art education. This is where the O’Connor Art Studios ARTistic Adventures homeschool curriculum was born!
For two years, Maggie was able to study at the studio under Ruth’s guidance. She began in the core classes learning the basics and made her way through higher level courses which prepared her to take the step into college. During her time in the program, Maggie was dedicated in her pursuit of knowledge and her commitment to learning. “There was not one homework assignment I gave, that she did not come back the following week with a carefully studied and executed response. She took advantage of every situation presented to her... a great student, a true learner! Maggie was also kind and considerate to her peers, often offering help and giving support where needed,” said. Ruth.
Maggie also worked as Ruth’s teaching assistant during the two JUST FOR KIDS Summer Art Camp and was efficient in the time and responsibilities given to her. “The kids loved her,” Ruth said. “She would just as easily get down on the floor to build something with them, as supervise a new activity.”
Maggie’s hard work has paid off in a major way. This Fall she began studying at the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta and is pursuing a degree in Industrial Design. She was awarded several notable accolades including the Homer M. Lloyd, Jr., Georgia Tech Club of Birmingham Scholarship, Steven Ehrensperger Memorial Scholarship, and the Mercedes-Benz US International Scholarship.
Congratulations, Maggie, and thank you for letting us be a part of your journey!