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Summer Fun with Art at the Erie Art Museum

Imaginations will soar this summer, as the Erie Art Museum provides children of all ages lots of opportunity for artistic expression. Summer programs for children at the Museum include Art in Action, Art Camp for Kids, First Fridays and a wide range of classes beginning June 14. Activities are held throughout the summer; prices vary for each activity.

Erie, PA, May 24, 2010 --( Art in Action

‘Tweens and Teens Program
Every Tuesday, from 3–4:30 p.m. the Museum offers an energizing and creative program for 10 –14 year olds. Each week education staff guides young people through a different exhibit-inspired artistic endeavor. All materials provided.

Every Tuesday, June 15 – August 17

Cost is $5 per child, free for Museum members.

Art Camp for Kids – for kids aged 7-12

Children spend the week of June 21 – 25 from 9 – 1 pm creating their own comic strips, characters, and stop motion animation. Tuition is $95 per child, $75 for members, scholarships available. Contact the Museum to register.

First Friday--A Preschool Program

Join them the First Friday of every month from 10–11 a.m. for a special program for 3–6 year olds and their families. Museum staff lead adults and kids through exploring one of the exhibits using story, song and art making.

Cost is $5 per child, free for museum members. Cost is $5 per child and free for Erie Art Museum Family members. Babes in arms are welcome at no charge. Call the Museum to reserve a space. Theme changes each week.

Second Sundays--Ages 5 – adult
A special hands-on program for families the second Sunday of every month. Stop by any time 2 – 4 p.m. and explore a new art-making process and learn to see through artists’ eyes. Every month offers something different that is cool enough for kids and easy enough for adults.

Cost is $4 adult, $3 student/child, free for Museum members.

Art of the Magical Forest

Students create their own fairy dolls or pose-able wizard, construct a miniature tree house, enchant their own magic wand and other accessories. This class teaches kids to use many different materials and techniques with a focus on nature and cultivating imagination. For kids ages 5-12. A make-up class is offered on the fifth week.

Tuesdays for 4 weeks, Starting July 6 from 10 – 11:30 a.m.

$85 ($65 members)

All materials included

Photography for Kids

This class introduces both the foundations of photography and how to discuss works of art. Through demonstrations, group projects, and individual work, students learn about the interaction of light and materials to form photographs. Additionally, students spend time looking at images, talking about what they see, and explore how to make great photographs on their own. For those aged 8 – 13. Access to a digital camera and a way to print photos is strongly advised.

Thursdays for 6 weeks, Starting June 17 from 4 – 6 p.m.

$85 ($65 members)

Digital camera required

Parent Child Clay
Here is a chance for children to learn alongside a parent, grandparent, or adult friend. All participants will have an opportunity to create tiles, trophy cups, animals and cookie jars. Everyone will also learn proper handling and glazing methods. The small class size ensures personalized instruction for everyone, making it a great experience for beginners. Everyone will create lots of finished pieces to take home. Ages 6 to 96. Students 9 and older may take class without adult.

Sundays for 6 weeks, Starting June 27 from 2 – 3:30 p.m.

$215 ($160 members) for one adult & one child

$125 ($105 members) for additional child

Includes 25 pounds of clay per pair, all glazes, and firing

Mid-Day Art Break – for people aged 4-104

Lunch on the front steps of the Museum every summer Wednesday beginning June 2 for the Museum’s Mid-Day Art Break from 12-1 p.m. Take a break for lunch and enjoy some great music. Free, family-friendly gallery tours are given at 12 & 12:30 p.m.

Classes – for all ages

Photography for kids, Parent-Child clay and more! Check the Museum’s website, for a complete listing. Most classes start the week of June 14.

About the Erie Art Museum
The Erie Art Museum anchors downtown Erie’s cultural and economic revitalization, occupying a group of restored mid-19th century commercial buildings, including an outstanding 1839 Greek Revival Bank. It maintains an ambitious program of 15 to 18 changing exhibitions annually, embracing a wide range of subjects, both historical and contemporary and including folk art, contemporary craft, multi-disciplinary installations, community-based work, as well at traditional media.

The Erie Art Museum also holds a collection of over 6,000 objects, which includes significant works in American ceramics, Tibetan painting, Indian bronzes, contemporary baskets, and a variety of other categories.

The Museum offers a wide range of education programs and artists’ services including interdisciplinary and interactive school tours and a wide variety of classes for the community. Performing arts are showcased in the 24-year-old Contemporary Music Series, which represents national and international performers of serious music with an emphasis on composer/performers, and a popular annual two-day Blues & Jazz Festival.

The Erie Art Museum is open Tuesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m. Admission is free for members, free on Wednesdays, $4 for adults, $3 for senior citizens and students and $2 for children under 12.

For additional information on the Erie Art Museum, visit online at or call (814) 459-5477.

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Erie Art Museum
Carolyn Eller

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