HOBART | Myles Necco, 4, gingerly touched then spread out on a table the blue sand provided to him by instructor Brianne Woodward.
"I like blue. I like blue a whole bunch," Myles said.
Myles was one of six youngsters participating Wednesday in the free Summer Arts in the Park Program held at Festival Park Community Center.
Participants were instructed to draw pictures in the sand while waiting for their first art project to dry. It was jellyfish fashioned from paper coffee filters.
"They love coming to the classes. They get so excited," Marcia Kertz said.
Kertz regularly brings children from her daycare, her grandson included, to the sessions.
High school student Adriana Hernandez helps teach the classes, which meet at 9 a.m. and at noon on Mondays and Wednesdays.
Classes meet rain or shine and no registration is necessary.
Emily Hughes, 7, and her sister, Alison Hughes, 6, are also regulars at the sessions, their mother, Roni Hughes, said.
"My girls are so crafty. They like it," Hughes said.
Emily said her favorite project was a fish made out of mosaic tiles.
"I think we can learn a lot of things," she said.
Other projects included having youngsters assemble an Uncle Sam kaleidescope puzzle for the Fourth of July and concoct spring-related items using sugar cookies.
"I made my cookie into a butterfly," Christian Kertz said.
The Arts in the Park program was reintroduced last summer after having been discontinued for several years, said Sue Kirkilewski, park secretary.
For more information, call the park office at (219) 942-2987.