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  • Kids Create Fun in Summer Classes at Worcester Art Museum

    (WORCESTER, MASS., May 7, 2004) - Children can explore a multitude of ways to express themselves through art in a friendly and fun environment at the Worcester Art Museum this summer.

    Dozens of morning and afternoon classes are available for children and teens ages 3-17 in two-week sessions, running from July 12-23 and from July 26-Aug. 6. One-week workshops run Aug. 9-13. For convenient scheduling, the Museum offers extended-day activities in the morning from 8:30 to 10 a.m., a supervised half-hour lunch, and afternoon activities from 2:30-5:15 p.m. Scholarships are available for children whose families may not be able to afford classes at the Worcester Art Museum. To inquire, call (508) 799-4406, x3007.

    Youth summer sessions offer children ages 3-17 the chance to learn through hands-on activities inspired by visits to the Museum's galleries. From traditional drawing and painting to contemporary computer animation, the Museum's summer youth program encourages children to explore their interests and discover their talents.

    Children can experiment with a variety of materials in Mixed Media: Explore Our World and Ready, Set, Paint! for 5-7 year olds and Drawing and Painting for ages 8-10. They can delve into a fantastical world of Knights and Castles (ages 5-7), Mythology in Art (ages 11-13), and All About Artists: A Time Machine Adventure (8-10).

    Several classes encourage children to create and tell their own story, such as Cartooning and Video Game Design for ages 11-13, Puppets on Parade (ages 8-10) and Storybook Art (ages 5-7).

    Two classes for children connect art and movement: Art, Movement, and Music for 5-7 year olds and Art and Yoga for 11-14 year olds.

    For the younger set, the Worcester Art Museum creates a nurturing environment with one-week parent and child classes. These Art Together classes for ages 3-5 and Family Fun classes for ages 6-10 help children to boost their self-confidence while building lifelong creative, communication and motor skills.

    On the opposite end of the spectrum, the Museum introduces high school classes and intensives designed to further teens' study of art through studio projects and critiques. From Photography to Fashion Design, Sculpture and Portfolio Preparation, these classes touch on topics not often available in high schools.

    The complete catalog of summer classes is available online at www.worcesterart.org/Education, or by calling the Museum's Education Department at 508.799.4406, x3129. Space is limited and advance registration is necessary.

    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 11 a.m. and Sundays at 1 p.m., September through May. Audio tours are also available in English and Spanish.

    Museum hours are Wednesday through Sunday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Thursday, 11 a.m.-8 p.m. (evening hours sponsored by Commerce Bank), and Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. 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, 10 a.m.-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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