Students who are looking for art programs to help keep the summer doldrums at bay have a variety of options available through the Chesterton Art Center.
The center has a variety of classes for children aged 5 through 14 that begin this month and are available in a variety of mediums, including ceramics and jewelry making. One art class takes on a variety of media forms, including 3D, recycled art and weaving.
Mara Wible said the class she teaches emphasizes techniques children can go home and repeat.
“I try to gear each class to a different technique that can be used in other projects. Also, I try to make sure the products used are easy for mom and dad to find at local craft stores,” she said.
For example, one class will make a necklace out of newspaper, and another class will turn a found object into a pendant.
In Amy Burnham’s ceramics classes, students will learn how to make several different projects, including impressed dishes, pinch pots and a mini cake stand. They also will be able to paint and glaze their projects and pick them up after the class is completed.
Burnham said it’s important for students to see their artwork through from idea to completion.
“We want them to feel comfortable making unique works of art,” she said. “We want them to enjoy working with clay, and enjoy using their projects after they get completed.”
Jennifer Martin said her class will expose students to different artists and art forms, and range from Picasso to Monet. She said her goal is to get kids to open up their minds to endless possibilities.
“When a three-year-old can tell you a little bit about Pablo Picasso or a seven-year-old can tell you what abstract expressionism is about, that’s a great feeling,” she said. “Getting kids to think outside the box creatively helps build character and develop problem solving skills.”
FYI: The schedule for Chesterton Art Center’s summer children’s classes are listed online at www.chestertonart.com/childrensclasses.html