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  • Children Explore the World at Worcester Art Museum This Summer

    (WORCESTER, MASS., March 14, 2003)-Youth ages 3-17 (3-5 with adult) can explore the art of the world without leaving the city, and discover how art can be found everywhere during summer art classes at the Worcester Art Museum.

    Continuing a long tradition of providing art education to youth, the Worcester Art Museum presents dozens of hands-on classes and workshops inspired by the Museum's collection and infused with creative and technological innovations.

    From the parent/child class World Traveler's Journal to the mixed media classes Around the World, Creative Costumes in Art, and Art of Asia, the youths will encounter and learn about art from a variety of world cultures while generating their own art creations.

    Two-week class sessions begin July 7 and 21, and August workshops will take place the week of Aug. 4-8. Most two-week classes are $150 ($130 for Museum members), one-week parent and child classes are $115 ($95 for Museum members) and August workshops start at $95 ($80). Extended day activities from 8:30 a.m. to 5:15 p.m. are available for an extra fee. Fees include all materials. Applications for scholarships, based on financial need, are available by calling (508) 799-4406 x3007 and on the Museum's web site.

    Young students will take inspiration from ancient Greek togas, Japanese Kimonos, ancient Egyptian headdresses and more in Creative Costumes in Art; practice oriental brushwork techniques in The Art of Asia; or learn the ancient art of Japanese paper folding in the August Workshop Origami to Bubble Gum. For an adventure right here in Worcester, Sketching Art Around Town offers students the chance to draw landscapes and architecture at locations throughout the city.

    The Art of Yoga, an intensive class designed for the older student (ages 14-17), incorporates yoga movements with art-making to strengthen body, mind, spirit and creativity. Other high school classes include a Printmaking Intensive, Sculpture Intensive and Drawing and Painting the Figure.

    With an annual attendance of over 1,200 students, Worcester Art Museum youth classes are taught by a professional staff of artists and educators and include visits to the Museum's galleries for learning and inspiration before studio activities.

    Browse through the dozens of creative classes and workshops in the summer classes brochure. For a copy of the brochure, call (508) 799-4406 x3007.

    Museum Background

    A cultural jewel of New England, the Worcester Art Museum first opened to the public in 1898. Its exceptional 35,000-piece collection of paintings, sculpture, decorative arts, photography, prints and drawings is displayed in 36 galleries and spans 5,000 years of art and culture, ranging from Egyptian antiquities and Roman mosaics to Impressionist paintings and contemporary art. Its extensive four-season studio arts program enrolls 6,000 adult and youth students each year. Museum hours are Wednesday through Sunday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Thursday, 11 a.m.-8 p.m. (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 and Massachusetts Electric Company). The Museum is located at 55 Salisbury St., Worcester, Mass., easily accessible from the Massachusetts Turnpike (I-90), Route 290 and Route 9. Expanded parking is available near entrances on Salisbury, Lancaster and Tuckerman streets. For more information, call (508) 799-4406.