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  • Young Artists Blossom at the Worcester Art Museum This Spring

    (WORCESTER, Mass., March 5, 2004) - Springtime classes, March 23 - May 22, at the Worcester Art Museum cultivate creativity in your children.

    All youth, not just those with perceived talents, benefit from working with art materials, learning about self-expression, and exploring other cultures. The creative instructors at the Museum help kids tap into their talents and discover their own style.

    Weekday classes highlight many varieties of art making, from drawing and painting to sculpting and cartooning. Children ages 3-5 with a caretaker can build their art vocabulary as well as their confidence in Art Together: ARTful Start. Kids 5-7 years old can experiment with paint, paper, and clay during a Sculpture Safari, or learn traditions of ancient cultures through stories and art making in Mixed Media: Stories in Art. Cartooning allows kids ages 8-10 to discover ways to bring characters and their stories to life on paper. Pre-teens learn to tell a story through pen and ink in Pen and Ink Drawing for ages 11-13.

    Saturday classes for youth offer more ways to discover art and creative expression. Art, Movement, and Music offers a fun nurturing environment that complements learning with music, movement, and visual art for ages 5-7. A new program, Flash Computer Animation, allows children ages 11-13 to make their creative stories come alive using Flash, a web tool for animation and interactive media.

    High school students ages 14-17 can participate in watercolor or figure-drawing classes. A special workshop, The Picture Book: How It Works, is also offered to help teenagers learn to communicate their fairy tale or novel story through pictures and words.

    Pre-registration is required for any program. Find more information and register online at www.worcesterart.org or call the Museum at (508) 799-4406 ext. 3129. Space is limited and is available on a first-come first-served basis.

    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.