Worcester Art Museum Holds Adult Art Classes Open House and Announces Impressive Class Schedule

WORCESTER, MASS., August 12, 1999 - Discover which courses resonate best with your creative spirit at the Worcester Art Museum's Adult Art Classes Open House and Reception on Thursday, September 9, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. The event is a great way to learn more about adult classes, view the current education exhibition, attend studio demonstrations and artist presentations, and register for classes. You'll also have an opportunity to talk with instructors about this fall's courses and workshops. As always, the event is FREE and includes wine and cheese to top off the evening.

Designed to educate and entertain students of all ages and skill levels, classes and workshops start on September 11, 1999. More than 85 hands-on studio courses and workshops in computer art, painting, sculpture, photography, creative writing, calligraphy, and art history are offered. Many are available for college credit through Quinsigamond Community College, Massachusetts College of Art, and the College of Continuing and Professional Education at Clark University. In addition, educators may earn Professional Development Points (PDPs) by taking selected courses.

The Worcester Art Museum provides New England's most extensive museum studio space, featuring a Macintosh networked computer studio, a photographic darkroom, and unique exhibition space. This fall's new adult classes include "Drawing on the Left Side of the Brain," "Illustrating Children's Books," "Sculpt it for the Garden," and "Drawing and Painting Wildlife." Whether you're a beginner, an amateur, or a working artist in search of professional development, the Worcester Art Museum has a class for you!

In addition to offering a superb course selection and learning environment, the Museum Art Classes provides more scholarships than any other art museum in America. Based on financial need, these scholarships enable one out of every three youth and one out of every five adults to attend classes at the Museum.

Course registration and tuition payments are due at the Museum before the first day of class. You may register at the September 9 Open House, by telephone with a major credit card, by mail, or in person at the Worcester Art Museum. For a free brochure or for more information, call the Education Department at 508-799-4406, X-3007. Classes fill up quickly, so register early!

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.