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Artspace uses professional artists to teach kids painting techniques

CorrespondentJune 28, 2013 

This summer, the non-profit arts center, Artspace, is adding one-time Saturday classes to its programs. They are available for several different age groups, from third grade through high school.


If you’re still figuring out the best use for large swaths of summer time, Artspace has options for nurturing your child’s inner artist. The nonprofit arts center is adding one-time Saturday classes to its programs. This Saturday, rising third- through fifth-graders can bring photographs of their pets and learn to paint them.

Saturday classes are from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and cost $35. They are available for several age groups, from third grade through high school. There is a one-time registration fee of $12, so it pays to take more than one class.

Future Saturday classes include action painting (think Jackson Pollock), screenprinting and the Japanese dying technique shibori. For a detailed listing, go to or call 919-821-2787.

Artspace Executive Director Mary Poole said the classes are a way for kids to dip their toes into the center’s Summer Arts Program, and that no prior art experience is required.

Poole emphasized that Artspace classes, even those that meet every day for a week, are not summer camps designed to keep kids busy and send them home with daily craft projects.

Instead, professional artists teach in-depth techniques and most students complete just one or two works of art in a weeklong class. She said the classes help kids see their creativity and innate artistic ability – and that it’s important to nurture that confidence now.

“The beautiful thing about kids is they don’t have inhibitions,” Poole said. “They know how to draw. They know how to paint. They’re not afraid to just try.”

If you’re looking for more than just a weekend activity, there is still space in several of Artspace’s weeklong classes.

Poole promises, “They’re going to come home with something that they’re going to be wowed by and that you’re going to be wowed by.”

Pollinator Festival

If you’re just looking for a free family outing this weekend, Lake Crabtree in Morrisville will hold its first Pollinator Festival 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.

There will be games, crafts, speakers and other activities celebrating the role of pollinators – such as bees, hummingbirds and many others – in the ecosystem.

No registration is required. For information, call 919-662-2850.

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