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Penn State School of Visual Arts’ Saturday School Classes Beginning Soon

UNIVERSITY PARK, PA - The Penn State School of Visual Arts (SoVA) is excited to announce its Saturday School Art Classes for spring semester, beginning February 15.  One of SoVA’s treasured gems, Saturday School is an opportunity for local children and teens to come together to explore ideas and materials with advanced Art Education majors, under the direction of faculty and graduate assistants, over a period of eight weeks. The program focuses on approaches to learning art that are innovative and exciting, and help students experience art in many forms. Classes are offered in both spring and fall semesters, running Saturday mornings from 9 to 11 a.m., and are designed for students at each grade level from preschool through adolescence. 

“These students become part of a community of artists who support one another's interests and ideas,” said Christine Thompson, faculty member in charge of the program. “Having two hours to work with students every week allows us to do more complicated and long-term projects than are possible in the public schools, and we focus on expanding students' experiences with traditional and newer media and technologies.”

Saturday School is a tradition in the community. Parents and grandparents of students enrolled today recall coming to Saturday School themselves. The program takes advantage of the University's resources, with field trips to places such as the Aboretum and the Palmer Museum of Art, and visits from artists, scientists, and architects. 

This semester's program will focus on creating large-scale work in sculpture and fibers, which may be selected for installation in the Children's Garden at The Arboretum at Penn State when it opens in summer 2014. Students will learn several methods of creating permanent outdoor sculpture and participate in individual and collaborative projects, exploring wildlife, birds, insects, and plants that are native to Pennsylvania. 

Registration forms are mailed to parents two to three weeks prior to the start of class. To be placed on the mailing list, please call 814-863-5349. The next session will begin February 15.

For more information, please contact:

Professor Christine Thompson cmt15@psu.edu, Saturday School Coordinator

Tammy Hosterman tmk7@psu.edu, SoVA Communications

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