Long-time Waxahachie resident Daniel Smith is included in the lineup of instructors at Lighthouse for Learning, a continuing education initiative of Waxahachie ISD, Texas A&M Extension Agency, Ellis County Master Gardeners and other organizations and businesses.

His class – “Beginning Drawing” – is slated to kick off this fall. Smith taught art at Stevens Park Elementary School in Dallas for five years before landing a position as an art teacher at Ennis Junior High.

“I enjoy drawing the most and that’s what I like to teach, as well,” Smith said. “If you have a strong foundation in drawing, all the rest will come easier.”

His interest in art covers a broad spectrum of styles.

“My favorite type of art is surrealism and non-object, but it is hard to say because I do like many types of art and it comes and goes in waves of what I’m interested in at the moment,” he said. “It makes me happy when I see someone else is happy in what they have just accomplished in a new drawing or newly acquired skill.”

Asked how young a potential artist might begin, he notes that early school age isn’t too young.

“I never really stopped drawing like some do as the years go by,” he said. “I can remember really enjoying art and drawing in elementary school, in first grade.”

To sign up for Smith’s “Beginning Drawing” class, contact Melissa Cobb, community education director, at 972-923-4631, ext. 142, or email her at mcobb@wisd.org. Register for Lighthouse for Learning online at www.wisd.org.

Contact Paul at paul.gauntt@wninews.com or 469-517-1450.