Stepping into the Tap Tap Art Studio at 103 Mountain Lion Road in Harker Heights is a similar experience to what you might see in Santa’s Workshop or a scene from the “Wizard of Oz.” The school slogan is “Let’s Tap Into Creativity!”
It is a colorful and lively place where children and adults as well as their art teachers meet to let their creativity run free.
The president of Tap Tap Art Studios is Amelia Rabroker from Waco, whose journey to running her own art studio began, in part, growing up in a family of artists.
“My dad was my art teacher in high school,” she said. “All of my extended family members are either full-time artists or teach art.”
She graduated from Baylor University with a degree in Elementary Education and a major in Arts Education.
Rabroker’s first art teaching job was at Clear Creek Elementary at KISD, where she started an art club, then moved to Iduma Elementary and developed the concept of the traveling art bus to share the love for the arts and a confidence to create in several KISD schools. .
Rabroker told the Herald in an interview last month that “When I was traveling on the art bus, my students wanted to experience art making outside of the classroom or they were getting older because of the art offerings in the schools.
A huge feather in the cap of Rabroker and his team at Tap Tap came in the form of a “Bright Star of Central Texas” proclamation declared by Mayor Spencer Smith at an August council meeting. He commended Tap Tap for their time, effort and materials in creating a community mural at the Carl Levin City Park Amphitheater.
Rabrocker said, “The process of the mural actually started about two years ago. Due to some delays, including COVID-19, we ended up unveiling it in conjunction with the Music Friendly certification that took place last month.
Tap Tap management hopes to create murals throughout the city and have had lengthy conversations with Director of Parks and Recreation Jeff Achee, Mayor Spencer Smith, Council Member Lynda Nash, CEO and Chamber President of Commerce of Harker Heights Gina Pence and Chair of the Heights Arts Commission Roshanda Prior.
“We have the people invested and ready to go,” Rabroker said. “It’s just a matter of what it’s going to look like and what funding will be available.”
Tap Tap Art Studios has been in business for 10 years offering art classes that use different art mediums while teaching the elements and principles. Classes for children take place one day a week for one hour. Classes for adults take place one day a week for two hours.
“Our oldest adult student is 82 and she loves pottery and sculpture,” Rabroker said.
“Overall, at any given time of the week, I would estimate that between 40 and 60 students attend classes at our studios,” Rabroker said. “We offer pottery, drawing, painting, sculpture, animation, as well as character design and try to fill the gaps in arts education that are not offered in the school setting. We do service for teachers and have started gifted and talented conferences,” she said.
Rabroker told the Herald that there were two unexpected highlights that have happened since Tap Tap opened.
“First of all, over the years, I have been able to create artistic jobs for people in this region and it’s incredible! I employ 11 people in my workforce. Secondly, it is about training art teachers and helping them to develop their skills not only as teachers, but also their personal skills as artists.
As an aside, Rabroker said, “The biggest compliment that has captivated us is that when military families have to move, they say, ‘We want to stay because of Tap Tap.
The Herald asked Rabroker about naming her art business as Tap Tap Art Studios, to which she replied, “In the country of Haiti there are Tap Tap buses and they have continued to thrive even after the hurricane. Every square inch of these buses is covered in creative colors and patterns. I was really fascinated by these buses and not only educated my students about them, but it became the inspiration for naming my company. »
Rabroker is married to a firefighter from Killeen and they have a 22-year-old son and an 11-year-old daughter.
There is a wealth of information on more of what is offered by Tap Tap Art Studios, including schedules, hours of operation, costs, and a myriad of activities available by calling 254-833- 5055, [email protected] or their Facebook page for class times and registration.