Sign Up Now For April Art Break At The Worcester Art Museum

WORCESTER, MASS., March 24, 1999 - Children will enjoy a creative school vacation at the Worcester Art Museum's April Art Break from April 20 -23. Youngsters age 3-17 may enroll in one or more of 60 workshops offered daily in clay, paint, printmaking, paint, mixed media, and costume design.

Daily workshops are available both mornings and afternoons, with a supervised lunch break provided for children enrolled in both sessions. Longer classes are available for high school students and are ideal for those developing a portfolio. A special two-day photography workshop will be offered for children 14-17 years-old. Kids ages 9-11 and 12-14 can participate in an all day computer art workshop to make computer-generated artworks. Special family classes are also available for children 3-5 years old.

In addition, an expanded Extended Day program from 8:30 a.m. to 5:15 p.m. offers you the option of enrolling children ages 5-12 in constructive, artful, and supervised activities for the entire day. Instructors lead age-appropriate activities including sports, stories, and games.

Workshops fill up quickly so register today. To register or receive a free April Art Break brochure, call 508.799.4406, x3007 or x3056, or visit the Worcester Art Museum's Education Department at 55 Salisbury Street in Worcester. At the same time, you can receive more information on the Museum's summer youth art programs, which run from June 28-August 13.

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.