Young artist summer classes

Summer is coming and with that the art and pottery school will be in session at the Shatford Centre.

Elise Weisiger works on a pottery project at a previous class held at the Shatford Centre.

Elise Weisiger works on a pottery project at a previous class held at the Shatford Centre.

Budding artists get out your paintbrushes and smocks.

Summer is coming and with that the art and pottery school will be in session at the Shatford Centre.

Instructors Kathleen Murphy and Chandra Wong will be teaching skills in pottery, painting, printmaking, mosaics and drawing this July and August. The classes are for children ages five to 12 years old.

“Kids will learn actual art skills when they come to class this summer,” said Wong, a teacher at the Shatford. “During each week-long session, we focus on helping kids develop their abilities in painting, drawing and pottery.”

Children will get to experiment with different media — like pens, pencil, paint and pottery — and improve their art skills under the guidance of two experienced instructors. Students will also be exposed to art history and artists like Jackson Pollack and Emily Carr.

Murphy and Wong taught classes during spring break in March. Past students, like Rowyn Maier enjoyed their learning.

“I think you would probably have fun,” said Maier. “It’s just so nice to see all the artwork that everyone else worked so hard on. Yeah, it’s just so fun there.”

Participants in the art classes have a choice of three theme weeks: Outer Space (July 6-10), Animals on Parade (July 20-24) and Octopus’ Garden (Aug. 17-21). Pottery classes take place July 13 to 17, July 27-31, Aug. 10-14 and Aug. 17 -21.

Three hour-long classes are available for children ages five to 12 years. Morning sessions are for ages five to eight. Afternoon sessions are for ages nine to 12.

More information about the classes is available on the Facebook page Art and Pottery Classes at The Shatford Centre. Online registration is available at www.osarts.com.