Register Now for Worcester Art Museum's Winter YouthAdult Art Classes

WORCESTER, MASS., December 17, 1999 - Warm up this winter with more than 130 youth and adult art classes offered in the Winter 2000 Session at the Worcester Art Museum. Classes in painting, drawing, computer art, sculpture, photography, and creative writing are available at a variety of times to accommodate the busy schedules of adults and youth. Special "Art Together" programs are also available for preschoolers accompanied by parents or guardians.

The Worcester Art Museum offers student scholarships based on financial need. Transportation for youth students from Worcester locations is also available on Saturdays. Participants should register for courses and pay tuition to the Museum before the first day of class. You may register by telephone with a major credit card, by mail, or in person at the Museum. For a free brochure or to register, call the Education Department at 508-799-4406, X-3007 or X-3056. Following are just a few of the Winter programs offered:

Adult Education Open House
January 6, 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Enjoy wine and cheese at this free open house while mingling with instructors who teach more than 85 courses offered in the Winter 2000 Session. Instructors will demonstrate what they teach, so it's an opportunity to get a sense of their artistic and teaching styles. Approximately 150 works will also be on view in the Adult Student Exhibition; see if works by your friends or family are in the show!

January 8 - April 8, various times
From half-day to 12-week programs, over 85 workshops, lectures, and courses covering a broad selection of artistic interests are available in the Winter 2000 Adult Session. The Museum provides a program of core courses each session, along with a number of new classes and workshops. These represent a balance of interests, media, and skill levels. Many new classes and workshops are offered in response to specific student suggestions, including "The Healing Power of Art," "Cartooning," and "Travel Photography." Call (508) 799-4406, X-3007 or X-3056 to register.

"Healing Power of Art"
January 8 - 9, 9:30 am - 4:30 p.m.
Explore the use of expressive art to facilitate emotional and physical healing by using the body-mind's language of imagery. No previous art experience required. Call 508-799-4406, X-3007 or X-3056 to register.

Adult/Youth Classes

"Cartooning Intensive"
February 5 - February 6, 9:30 a.m - 4 p.m.
Introductory workshop in cartooning for artists who are serious about producing their own comic strips or books. Taught by local cartoonist Lennie Peterson. Call 508-799-4406, X-3007 or X-3056 to register.

Youth Winter Classes (Age 3 - 17)
January 11 - March 11, 2000, various times
Help your children develop self-confidence while introducing them to creative thinking through hands-on studio classes in drawing, painting, sculpture, and photography. Classes are available weekdays (10 a.m.-11:30 a.m. and 3:30-5:00 p.m.), and Saturdays (10 a.m.-12 p.m. and 12:30- 2:30 p.m.) There's something for every youngster, including these new offerings:
· Art Together classes for preschoolers age 3-5 with an adult will include "Get in Line" (Wednesdays 10 - 11:30 a.m.) and "Season Pass" (Thursdays 10 - 11: 30 a.m.).
· Youth age 5-7 will take an imaginary trip to the arctic in "Polar Freeze" as they have fun making polar bear portraits and painting icy landscapes.
· Other new classes include "Ready, Set, Draw," "Cartooning" and "The Big Brush Off." To register for these classes or receive a course brochure about these and other classes, call 508-799-4406, X-3007 or X-3056.

Mini-Courses for High School Students
Saturdays, starting January 15, various times
Teenagers are invited to register now for either of these four- to five-week mini-courses: "Intermediate Drawing and Painting," or "2-D Workshop." Call 508-799-4406, X-3007 or X-3056 for details about course content and times, and to register.

February Fun
February 22-25, various times
Looking for creative ways for your youngsters to spend their February vacation? Explore the possibilities in over 50 one-day workshops designed for children from 3- to 17-years-old. Students may enroll in one or more of these daily workshops that combine looking at art with creating art. As an added bonus, an extended day program is available from 8:30 a.m. - 5:15 p.m. Pre-registration is required. Call 508-799-4406, X-3007 or X-3056 to register.

Museum Background

Opened to the public in 1898, the Worcester Art Museum is the second largest art museum in New England. 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. Throughout its first century, the Worcester Art Museum proved itself a pioneer: the first American museum to purchase work by Claude Monet (1910) and Paul Gauguin (1921); the first museum to bring a medieval building to America (1927); a sponsor of the first major excavation at Antioch, one of the four great cities of ancient Rome (1932); the first museum to create an Art All-State program for high school artists (1987); the originator of the first exhibition of Dutch master Judith Leyster (1993); and the first museum to focus its contemporary art programs on art of the last 10 years (1998). The Museum's hours are: Wednesday through Sunday, 11am-5pm, and Saturday 10am-5pm. Admission: FREE for members; Non-members: $8 Adults; $6 Seniors and full-time college students with current ID; FREE for youth 17 and under; FREE for everyone Saturday mornings 10am-noon sponsored by The TJX Companies and Massachusetts Electric Company. For more information, call (508) 799-4406 or visit the Museum at 55 Salisbury Street in Worcester.