Register Now For Spring Youth Art Classes At The Worcester Art Museum

WORCESTER, MA, March 6, 1999 - The Worcester Art Museum is now accepting registrations for its eight-week Spring Session of youth art classes, which begins March 21. Courses offer a fun and creative way for youth to express themselves, explore art materials, and make friends.

Classes for youth from 3 to 17 years old are available weekdays from 3:30-5:00pm and on Saturdays from either 10am-12pm or 12:30- 2:30pm. This spring, students can select from more than 20 courses including "Bugs, Birds and Beasts," Hear's the Story," "Drawing and Sculpting Animals," and "Computer Art." For preschoolers aged 3-5 who are accompanied by a parent or guardian, an "Art Together" program is available weekdays and Saturdays. The Museum will also offer "More than Clay" - a sculpture course specifically for homeschoolers and other non-traditional students aged 8-12 - on Thursdays from 12:00-1:30pm.

All youth classes visit Museum galleries and work in Museum studios; materials are included with the cost of tuition. The Museum offers scholarships based on economic need for both adult and youth students. In addition, transportation for youth scholarship students from locations within Worcester is available on Saturdays. For a free brochure or more information, call 508.799.4406, x3007. Registrations are due by March 13 and may be made in person or by telephone with a major credit card.

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.