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  • Art Classes Just the Beginning at Worcester Art Museum

    (WORCESTER, Mass., December 12, 2003) - Experience a fresh way of looking at art by joining one of the Worcester Art Museum's unique courses for adults and youth this winter. All ages can discover various art forms from video game design to the art of Feng Shui.

    The traditional classes are all still available at the Worcester Art Museum including the classic drawing, painting, sculpture, and photography courses. In addition, the Museum offers an array of unique programs that explore the beauty of the body, spirit, nature and culture. Modern technology gets creative play in classes on Powerpoint, digital photography, Flash animation, Photoshop, and photo restoration.

    Scheduling for adult classes ranges from one-day and weekend workshops to 10-week courses that begin Jan. 19. An Adult Classes Open House and Student Reception on Thursday, Jan. 8, 5:30-7 p.m. provides the public opportunities to meet instructors, view student artwork, and learn all about what the Museum has to offer. Light refreshments will be served.


    Classes for youth ages 3-17 run for eight weeks beginning Jan. 6.

    The Worcester Art Museum provides scholarships available to families based on financial need. Apply as early as possible; applications are processed on a first-come, first-serve basis. Professional Development Points for educators is another benefit offered upon request with every class taken at the Museum. Many art courses can be completed for undergraduate and graduate college credit.

    Complete class listings, scholarship applications and online registration are available on the Museum's web site: www.worcesterart.org. To request a Classes brochure by mail, call the Education Desk at (508) 799-4406, ext. 3007.

    ADULT CLASSES
    The world of imagination is wide open through the Worcester Art Museum's new and unusual courses and workshops. Snow-Bound: Winter in Art and Literature, The Art of Stone Carving, and Spiritual Journeys: Making Art with Children offer unique outlets for your creativity, no matter what your level of experience is. Or spend three Wednesday Evenings with Jim, and discover the inside stories on how the Museum built its world-renowned collection.

    Many classes incorporate the collection of art displayed at the Museum, and this session, some will focus on the special exhibition, Paths to Impressionism: French and American Landscape Paintings. The Landscape Drawing and Painting course will draw from photographs and sketches done outdoors to create finished works that capture mood and expression. Impressionism: An Expanded View examines the changing techniques of Monet, Renoir, Sisley and Pissarro as well as the influence of European Impressionism on American artists such as Joseph Greenwood, a landscape painter from Worcester, Mass.

    Explore Impressionism further by Following the Connecticut Impressionist Art Trail with Sue Swinand. This day trip includes tours of three different museums in Connecticut to discover the roots of some of America's finest Impressionist painters.

    For those resolved to be more organized in the new year, the Worcester Art Museum offers a workshop on More Feng Shui: The Art of Space Clearing. Learn about the effects of the environment on our lives and how sound, smell, and movement contribute to the energy that space provides. Enhance your spirit evenmore through the Art & Yoga for Novices course, where self-awareness and artistic expression are studied through imagery and balance of body.

    For writers, joining one of the Museum's writing classes is A Novel Idea. This course helps along the long-term process of novel writing with peer critiquing and support. Readers will enjoy the WAM Book Club's The World is Getting Smaller: Reading Lolita in Tehran session to build understanding of the world's conflicts, oppressions, and hopes for peace.

    CLASSES FOR KIDS
    Winter classes for youths and teens are an enriching activity for after school and on the weekends. Video Game Design, Flash Computer Animation, and Origami to Bubble Gum are just a few of the spectacular classes that get the creative juices flowing. Each class is split into age appropriate groups and encourages students at all levels of experience to build artistic skills.

    This winter, the Worcester Art Museum introduces Art and Yoga to kids ages 8-10. Children are encouraged to make connections between body and mind in this class that explores breathing, movement and art imagery.

    Preschoolers, ages 3-5, can take a class with a parent or guardian, such as Art Together: Sculpture Safari. Hunt for images of animals throughout the Museum, and work collaboratively to build your own wild creatures.

    Home-schooled students ages 8-17 can take advantage of an intensive art history and studio arts course offered at the Museum. Students work toward a final research project on an artist of their choice. Discounts are available for families enrolling multiple children, and concurrent adult classes are conveniently offered.

    High school students may improve their chances for admission into a college art program by taking the Portfolio Preparation for College Admission Workshop. Young writers can flourish among peers in a comfortable environment in one of the Museum's Creative Writing courses.

    About the Worcester Art Museum
    The Worcester Art Museum, opened to the public in 1898, is world-renowned for its 35,000-piece collection of paintings, sculpture, decorative arts, photography, prints, drawings and new media. The works span 5,000 years of art and culture, ranging from ancient Roman mosaics to Colonial silver, Impressionist paintings and contemporary art. Dedicated to the promotion of art and art education, the Museum offers a year-round studio art and art appreciation program that enrolls over 6,000 adult and youth students each year. Public tours are offered Saturdays at 11 a.m. and Sundays at 1 p.m., September through May. Audio tours are also available in English and Spanish.

    The Museum is located at 55 Salisbury St., Worcester, Mass. Free parking is available near entrances on Salisbury, Lancaster and Tuckerman streets. For more information, call (508) 799-4406.

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