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  • Take Five with the Worcester Art Museum's April Art Break

    (WORCESTER, Mass., March 5, 2004)-The Worcester Art Museum encourages parents to take advantage of the world of creativity and imagination offered to their children during the April school vacation week.

    April Art Break, April 20-23, transforms the Museum's galleries into a place of adventure for kids to explore for hidden art treasures. In the Museum's studios, kids work hands-on to create artistic treasures of their own.

    The April Art Break features daily two- or four-hour workshops for youth ages 3-16. Kids can create an Asian-inspired scroll using Oriental brush painting techniques in “All Rolled Up.” Get involved in “Crown Jewels,” and make wearable clay creations, or try “Stitchery and Weaving,” an exciting lesson in using recycled materials for art. Learn the techniques of Impressionist artists through “You Can't Resist,” a program exploring the use of wax crayon and watercolor.

    Children can stay all day, 8:30 a.m.-5:15 p.m., with the Extended Day program. Full-day workshops include “Comic Art,” in which students discover ways to tell stories through art; “Trash to Treasure,” creating sculpture from recycled materials; “Digital Manipulations,” where modern artists can work in the new medium of computer graphics; and “Woodblock-Style Printmaking,” exploring printmaking techniques and Japanese prints made from carved wood.

    A two-day workshop called “Cameraless Photography & Bookmaking” is offered for youth ages 12-16. This program explores methods of producing pictures without the use of a camera, as well as techniques to manipulate the images.

    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.