Register Now for Summer Adult & Youth Art Classes at the Worcester Art Museum!

WORCESTER, MASS., April 21, 1999 - Turn on your creativity this summer with exciting adult and youth art classes offered in the 1999 summer session at the Worcester Art Museum! More than 3,000 youth and adults attend art classes at the Worcester Art Museum each year. Adult summer classes begin May 10 and youth summer classes begin June 28. A special High School Institute is offered June 28-July 2. For more information about this season's specific adult courses, be sure to attend the Adult Class Open House on April 29 from 5:30 - 7:30p.m.

Designed to educate and entertain students of all ages and all levels of artistic talent, the Worcester Art Museum offers summer classes in computer art, painting, sculpture, photog-raphy, creative writing, art history, and more. Studio facilities include nine studios, a computer lab, photographic darkroom, and exhibition space.

The Museum's youth faculty design classes to meet the cognitive, physical, and social developmental needs of children at each age level. All classes visit the Museum's galleries and work in the Museum's extensive studio space. An extended day program with expanded hours for youth enrolled in morning and/or afternoon summer session courses is also available.

Youth and adult scholarships based on financial need, as well as limited transportation for Worcester youth students, are available. Classes and workshops fill up quickly, so call 508.799.4406, X-3007 for a brochure and to register. You may register by phone with a major credit card, by mail, or in person at the Worcester Art Museum, 55 Salisbury Street, Worcester, Massachusetts.

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.