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  • Summer Classes for Adults Expand Creative Horizons

    (WORCESTER, Mass., March 25, 2005) - This spring and summer, the Worcester Art Museum continues to expand its offerings of adult classes, workshops and programs to encompass all forms of creative expression, from drawing to digital arts, Tai Chi, and language studies.

    Registration is now open for the next eight-week session, which begins Monday, May 2, the adult and teacher art institutes in late June and early July, and the August Workshops, Aug. 8-19. An Adult Classes Open House, 5:30-7PM on Thursday, April 14, provides an opportunity for prospective students to meet instructors, watch demonstrations, enjoy light refreshments, and enroll in classes. The Open House also coincides with the Faculty Art Exhibition, April 12-May 14, featuring some of the best recent work created by Worcester Art Museum's esteemed faculty. The Open House is free and open to the public.

    Advance registration is required for all classes and workshops. Class information is available and registrations are accepted online at www.worcesterart.org/Education or by calling the Museum at (508) 799-4406, x3129. Scholarships are available to students based on financial need. Many classes can be taken for college credit or teacher professional development points.

    The eight-week session that runs May 2-June 27 features nearly 70 daytime, evening, and weekend classes to satisfy as many creative interests and skill levels. New art-making classes this session include: Artistic Anatomy, an introduction to drawing the human form; Alternative Printmaking, exploring nontraditional ideas and techniques for transferring images; All-Level Carving Workshop in clay, plaster, wood, and stone; and The Business of Graphic Design, a practical guide to establishing and managing a graphic arts business.

    The Museum also introduces a number of new art history, art and literature, interdisciplinary, and writing classes this session. Six Feet Under at the Worcester Art Museum takes a terminal look at the history of art, exploring how the visual arts portray death and the afterlife. Greek for Travelers and Art Lovers is ideal for beginners or for students who would like to brush up on their conversational skills in Modern Greek for travel or personal growth. The Art of the Novel creates a nurturing critique circle for aspiring novelists. A new class in Children's Book Illustration traces the process from idea to book dummy. Instructor Susan Swinand guides another popular art and literature daytrip to Hartford on June 18. Tour the beautifully restored Mark Twain Mansion and Museum and the Wadsworth Atheneum.

    The 18th Annual Adult Art Institute, June 27-July 8, provides intensive opportunities for continuing artists to pursue studio art and creative writing. Convenient daytime and evening workshops are offered in encaustic painting, figure drawing and portraiture, digital photography, comic book art, and printmaking. Finding inspiration in the Worcester Art Museum's exhibition Hope and Healing: Painting in Italy in a Time of Plague, a special writing workshop focuses on the issues of hope and healing in writers' lives. Nicholas Gage, best-selling author of Eleni and, more recently, Greek Fire: The Story of Maria Callas and Aristotle Onassis, sits in as guest writer for this workshop. A Teacher Institute, June 27-July 1, covers Art Across the Curriculum, providing ideas and tools for linking art, science, math, and the humanities through interdisciplinary study.

    Support for the Adult Art Institute is provided by the Sally Riley Bishop Education Fund.

    A series of August Workshops, Aug. 8-19, gives both novices and continuing students a concentrated block of time to focus on art and writing. Youth workshops run concurrently, making family scheduling a breeze. New for adults this year are Nature Photography for Beginners, using either your traditional film or digital camera; Woodcut Books: Narrative Printmaking; Game Board Design; Introduction to Papermaking and Pulp Paintings; and more. Writing Responses á la The Da Vinci Code challenges students to deconstruct a work of art and theorize about the story behind the painting. In A Journal of Chinese Cultural Experiences, combine art forms and techniques such as woodblock printing, rubbings, seal carving, paper cutting, and calligraphy to create and bind a journal Chinese-style.

    About the Worcester Art Museum
    The Worcester Art Museum, which 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 11AM and Sundays at 1PM, September through May. Audio tours are also available in English and Spanish.

    Museum hours are Wednesday through Sunday, 11AM.-5PM, Thursday, 11AM.-8PM (evening hours sponsored by Commerce Bank), and Saturday, 10AM-5PM Admission is $8 for adults, $6 for seniors and full-time college students with current ID, and FREE for Members and all youth 17 and under. Admission is also FREE for everyone on Saturday mornings, 10AM-noon (sponsored by The TJX Companies, Inc. and Massachusetts Electric, a National Grid Company). The Museum is located at 55 Salisbury St., Worcester, Mass., easily accessible from the Massachusetts Turnpike (I-90), Route 290 and Route 9. Free parking is available near entrances on Salisbury, Lancaster and Tuckerman streets. For more information, call (508) 799-4406.

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