Arts for kids ­ playful Sundays set at arts center

Arts for kids � playful Sundays set at arts center The University of South Dakota Art Education Department and the Vermillion Area Arts Council are coordinating a pilot program of arts experiences for youth on Sunday afternoons March 12 and 19.

All classes are held from 3 to 5 p.m. at the Arts Center, 202 Washington Street.

The project brings together arts educators/graduate students Ruth and Joel McKinney, with USD art education students who will provide instruction and supervision. The experiences are intended to offer reasonable creative adventures for Vermillion area youth and to provide practical, hands-on experiences for future arts educators. Dennis Navrat, who heads the Art Education Department, fully endorses the project.

"Collaborative efforts between the University and the community are an important part of our mission," he said. "We are pleased to be a part of this program and for the opportunities it provides USD students and community young people."

Class sessions will be offered for youth in grades K-3, 4-6, and 7-8. Activities include making clay pots, illustrating stories, simple printmaking, drawing, painting, making puzzles, weaving, kite and mask making, paper folding, and creating puppets. A family hour for parents and friends follows from 5 to 6 p.m. when art works may be viewed and complimentary snacks enjoyed.

Class fees are $5 for the first child in a family and $2 for each additional child in the same family. Classes fill quickly and only a limited number may be accommodated � registration deadline is March 4. For more information and to register, call Ruth McKinney at 677-6580 or leave a message at 624-4342.

The program is supported through arts education funds provided by the Vermillion United Way and Vermillion Area Arts Council members.

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