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May 27, 2012

Registration open for Meridian Museum School of Art Summer Classes

MERIDIAN —     The Meridian Museum of Art’s summer art classes for children return Monday, June 4, featuring a collection of classes for children ages 4-12, including pottery, clay sculpture, cartooning, make a book classes, drawing, painting, jewelry making, mixed media, papier mache sculpture/mask making, and origami.

    The classes are one week long, Monday-Friday, and last an hour each day. The cost is $35 per class, or $30 for currently paid members or children of members. All materials are provided as part of the tuition.

    “Our classes are designed to be equal parts fun and education,” said Kate Cherry, museum director. “We make sure the students have a great time — but we also make sure that they get real instruction that will build and sharpen their artistic skills. And the classes are open to everyone, including young people visiting Meridian for the summer. It’s not unusual for grandparents to sign up their visiting grandchildren, for instance. It gives the children an exciting diversion during their stay in Meridian … plus they get some great ‘souvenirs’ to take home.”

    Space in the classes is limited, Cherry said, and some classes do fill up quickly. “We encourage parents or grandparents to sign their young artists up as soon as they know what they’d like.”

    Dates and details of this summer’s classes include: The final, climactic event of the summer programs is a special exhibit featuring all of the artwork created by these young artists. The exhibit will be on display Aug. 5, highlighted by a reception from 2 p.m.-3 p.m. All students who take part in the classes will be invited to attend, along with their parents, family, and friends.

    “The show serves as a grand unveiling of the terrific work that the students have created,” says Cherry. “And a great way to celebrate their accomplishments.”

    The Museum’s Summer Art Classes for children are sponsored by The Riley Foundation, Community Foundation of East Mississippi, The Phil Hardin Foundation, the Mississippi Arts Commission, the National Endowment for the Arts, Kiwanis Club and the City of Meridian.

    Space in the classes will be limited and pre-registration is required. Registration forms are available at the museum, 628 25th Ave., or phoning (601) 693-1501 or online at the School of Art www.meridianmuseum.org.

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