Budding young artists can develop their skills

Campbell River art gallery offering kids spring art classes

Kids looking to learn more about art, and have lots of fun at the same time, will want to check out the Campbell River Art Gallery’s spring classes for children.

The first class of the year, ‘People in Paper,’ happens Wednesdays from March 7 to March 28 with popular instructor and well-known artist Angela Hanuse. During the four sessions, set for 3:30-5 p.m. each Wednesday in March, children aged 7-12 will use paper products and papier mache to create cool people and characters. The class costs $35 for members of the Campbell River Art Gallery and $45 for non-members.

Do your kids love landscapes? Why not sign up for Fun Landscapes with instructor Nathan Birch, on Tuesdays from April 3-24. During the four sessions, from 3:30-5 p.m. on Tuesdays, participants aged 7-12 will learn the elements of landscape painting and explore all the ways they can depict the world around them. Birch, a working artist, will teach kids techniques that professional artists use, like perspective, colour and proportion. The cost for the class is $35 for Art Gallery members and $45 for non-members.

Do you have a young artist who enjoys being creative with a laptop? Then the One Day Kids’ Animation Workshop with Fred Jiles on Wednesday, April 4 from 1-5 p.m. will be a big hit. The workshop, for children aged 8-12, will take participants from the initial scripting of a story idea through two-dimensional construction and finally to the three-dimensional medium. Space is limited to 12 students, so sign up early! The cost for the workshop is $30 for CR Art Gallery members and $40 for non-members.

For kids who want to take a look at spring with an artist’s eye, Spring Art Fling with Kathi Rudko will be the perfect class. Spring Fling takes place Tuesdays from May 8 to May 29 from 3:30-5 p.m. for children aged 7-12. Rudko, a longtime teacher and artist, will work with kids to create art from garden and nature themes, including flowers, shells, insects, seascapes and beachscapes. Participants will use everything from pastels to watercolours to acrylic paints to develop drawing and painting skills. The cost for the four sessions is $35 for CR Art Gallery members and $45 for no-members.

Spring is the perfect time for kids to explore their creativity. Stop by the Campbell River Art Gallery Tuesday to Saturdays from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m., call 250-287-2261, email admin@crartgallery.ca or check out www.crartgallery.ca to find out more.