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  • From the Art of Feng Shui to Video Game Design, Worcester Art Museum Offers New Creative Classes

    (WORCESTER, Mass., August. 15, 2003) - If you thought art classes were just about drawing and painting, it's time to broaden your horizons and discover new creative classes and workshops at the Worcester Art Museum this fall.

    Sure, the Worcester Art Museum, renowned for its art education program, continues to offer many levels of instruction in drawing, painting, watercolors, sculpture and photography. And those classes are perennially popular. But recently, the Museum has flavored its youth and adult class programs with offerings that connect art with nature, popular culture and technology.

    Classes for adults, ranging from one-day and weekend workshops to 12-week courses, begin Monday, Sept. 15. The public is welcome to tour the studios, meet instructors and learn more about Worcester Art Museum classes at the Fall Adult Open House from 5:30-7 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 4. Classes for youth ages 5-17 and Art Together classes for children ages 3-5 with an adult begin on Oct. 7 and run for eight weeks.

    Dedicated to providing art for all, the Worcester Art Museum offers one of the nation's most extensive scholarship programs for youth and adults. Scholarships are based on financial need, and applications are processed on a first-come, first-served basis.

    Complete class listings, scholarship applications and online registration are available on the Museum's web site: www.worcesterart.org. To request a Classes brochure by mail, call the Education Desk at (508) 799-4406, ext. 3007.

    From Art and Yoga for Novices to Botanical Form, The Art of the Quilt and Introduction to Digital Photography, the options are limitless for tapping your creative side.

    Every class at the Worcester Art Museum takes advantage of the world-class collection, spanning 50 centuries of art. This fall, the Museum offers several classes inspired by the upcoming exhibition, Paths to Impressionism: French and American Landscape Paintings. Opening on Oct. 5, Paths to Impressionism features more than 40 masterworks by Barbizon and Impressionist painters including Corot, Inness, Monet, Sisley, and Sargent.

    In the studios, students can try Drawing and Paintings from the Impressionists, Landscape Drawing and Painting and Art from Nature. Those interested in art history and appreciation can take The History of Landscape Painting, sign up for a lecture, or get a Ticket to Impressionism, a day trip that includes a Museum tour, train ride to Boston, and visit to the MFA.

    There's no better introduction to art history than to look at the art with the director of the Museum. In his Masterpiece Series, Worcester Art Museum Director James A. Welu enthusiastically shares his insight into some of his personal favorites in the collection, such as the famous Freake portraits and the Worcester Hunt Mosaic.

    Writers and readers alike will find something to spark their interest, whether it's a Writing in Color or Short Story workshop or the Worcester Art Museum's new Book Club, which will begin by reading and discussing Azar Natisi's Reading Lolita in Tehran: A Memoir in Books.

    New weekend workshops also delve into The Art of Screenwriting, Picturing the Picture Book, The Art of Feng Shui, and Explorations in Shibori Dyeing, an ancient art of fabric resist dyeing.

    The Worcester Art Museum offers several classes for college credit through Clark University's COPACE program, Fitchburg State College, Massachusetts College of Art and Quinsigamond Community College's portfolio review. All classes and workshops are available for educator professional development points.

    Afterschool and weekend classes introduce children and teens to the joy of art-making, from the staple Artful Animals and Creative Construction classes to the popular new Video Game Design, Cartooning, and Drawing Fantasy and Realism.

    Young students can also explore the Paths to Impressionism exhibition and experiment in the studios with Drawing and Painting the Landscape and Drawing and Painting: The Impressionists. New classes for teens serious about art help them build a solid portfolio of work for college and career with Drawing and Painting the Portrait and Drawing and Painting the Figure.

    Meanwhile, in Art Together classes, preschool-aged children with an adult embark on creative adventures, such as You and Me Under the Sea, Sculpture Safari and Stories in Art.

    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 Japanese prints, 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.

    Museum hours are Wednesday through Sunday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Thursday, 11 a.m.-8 p.m., 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. 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.