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Community Youth Art Program Offering Spring 2016 Classes

March 10, 2016

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MACOMB, IL – As part of the Spring 2016 Western Illinois University Community Youth Art Program, classes will be held in April at the West Central Illinois Arts Center and in Garwood Hall.

The programs are put on by the WIU Art Education Program and are sponsored by the Performing Arts Society. The free classes will be held on Sundays from April 3-24.

This semester's schedule includes:
• 1-2:30 p.m. – Grades 1-2 (Garwood Hall, room 24) and grades 3-4 (West Central Illinois Arts Center)
• 3-4:30 p.m. – Grades 5-8 (Garwood 24)

• Classes for first and second graders: Through the four-week "Spring is in the Air" program, students will explore aspects of springtime with color and materials to create unique, individualized projects. Projects will include watercolor and oil pastel, printmaking with nature, tissue paper sun catchers and garden stepping stones.

• Classes for third and fourth graders: Through the four-week "Symmetry and Balance" program, students will learn how symmetry, balance and color surround everyday life. Projects will include clay-stamped mandalas, tie-dyed t-shirts, paper mache globe lanterns and kaleidoscope name designs.

• Classes for fifth-eighth grades: Through the four-week "Movement" program, students will learn about movement as one of the principles of design. Projects will include tie-dye tapestries, following different patterns to create macramé bracelets and investigating dimension through contour drawing.

To pre-register for the classes, email Abigail Simaytis at

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