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Spring art programs to launch

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BY LINDELL JOHN KAY
Staff Writer

Monday, February 18, 2019

It may still be kind of cold outside, but spring is blooming early at the Imperial Centre.

With returning favorites and new classes, the spring season has something for everyone, according to staff at the Imperial Centre for the Arts and Sciences.

Two new pilot programs will launch this season: Mommy+Me Arts, scheduled for 10:30=11:15 a.m. Fridays in March, will give children 2-3 years old and their caregivers the opportunity to explore a variety of art materials, experience new textures, improve fine motor skills and enjoy being creative in a group setting.

Children and adults alike will enjoy Make+Take, a lunchtime mini-workshop that explores different materials and techniques. The workshop runs from 12:15-1:15 p.m. Wednesdays in April.

Family Sundays and Make Art Saturdays are both returning. A collaboration between the Maria V. Howard Arts Center and the Arts Education Department, Family Sundays gives families the opportunity to drop into the art gallery for art making, interactive play, gallery sketching or to go on a self-guided exhibition tour.

Every other Sunday through May 26, guests may visit the art gallery for an afternoon full of activities from 2-4 p.m. Make Art Saturdays allow visitors to experiment with and make different types of art from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. every other Saturday through May 18. The workshops are free and open to all ages.

Helping participants explore techniques to create a range of sculptural and functional clay wares, Arts Education Center staple, Handbuilding with Clay will offer two classes. One class will be held 9 a.m. to noon Wednesdays through March 20 and 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Mondays from April 1 to May 6.

Wheel Throwing will offer classes two times per week, in the mornings from 9 a.m. to noon Tuesdays and Thursdays beginning next week through March 14, and again from April 2-20.

Participants should be at least 13 for Handbuilding with Clay and 14 years old for Wheel Throwing. The cost for each course is $103 for city residents and $154 for non-residents.

Another returning favorite is the opportunity to interact with and hear from various artists during Lunch and Learn. Talk and Draw, noon to 1 p.m. pn April 12, will feature an artist and lecturer. Guests will explore art in two different ways — first by listening to a brief talk; then, participants will make their own work during a short, artist-led drawing session. The sessions are free. Lunch will be provided for a fee.

For the rhythmically challenged and advanced, Jazz Funk: Master Class promises to get attendees moving from 2-5 p.m. April 6. The hip-hop influenced dance style is for participants 14 and older and costs $16 for city residents and $24 for non-residents.

Children will enjoy the Family Workshops from 1-4 p.m. Saturdays, this weekend, March 30, April 13 and May 18. Sessions are Alphabet Characters, Clay Flower Pots, Clay Sculpture and ARTitecture, respectively.

Other learning experiences include a variety of dance classes, Macramé, Crash Course in Acrylic Painting, Clay Sculpture Workshop and more. Costs, dates and ages vary depending on the activities.

For more information call 252-972-1266.

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