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WIU Art Department Offering Free Art Classes in Downtown Macomb

October 12, 2012

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MACOMB – Western Illinois University art education students will be teaching free art classes to area students in grades 1 – 12 in October and November.

The classes are made possible by a grant from the Performing Arts Society.

The classes will be held on Sundays from Oct. 21 – Nov. 18 at the West Central Illinois Arts Center in downtown Macomb. Grades 1-3 and 4-6 will meet from 1-2:30 p.m. Grades 7-9 and 10-12 will meet from 2:45 – 4:15 p.m.

Classes being offered include:
• Grades 1-3: Exploring Ceramics and Modern Art – Students will work in ceramics, watercolor, color pencil and crayons while developing fine motor skills and creative thinking skills.

• Grades 4-6: Exploration of Color Through New Media – Classes will include dying t-shirts, dying paper, watercolor pencil, logo designs and self portraits.

• Grades 7-9: Color Art – Watercolors will be used during the first two weeks to create two-dimensional art, including stained glass and typography paintings and crayon art will be completed in the second two weeks.

• Grades 10-12: Street Art – Students will investigate the evolution of street art from the streets to the museum and students will use non-traditional media, such as spray paint, wheat paste, mosaic tiling and silk screening.

To register for the classes, contact Assistant Professor Ta-Teh Ku at

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