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New fall classes for young artists, preschoolers and babies at Valley Art Center

Jul 17, 2017 03:58PM ● Published by Today's Family

By Laura Lytle

Valley Art Center in Chagrin Falls has expanded its fall youth art programs and has developed new classes to extend art experiences for children earlier than most traditional art programs.

Youth art programs and summer camps are nothing new for the Valley Art Center which has offered youth art classes since its beginning in the 1970s, and serves hundreds of students annually.  But now the center is offering new classes that include a Baby and Me class and an independent art class for preschoolers.

“All By Myself Art is designed to bridge the gap between Mommy & Me classes and school-age classes.  Many preschoolers no longer want or need a parent to assist them and are independent enough to be dropped off for a class.  This also gives parents an opportunity to run to the grocery store!  There will be a morning and afternoon class to accommodate preschool and half-day kindergarten times,” said Emily English, art teacher at Valley Art Center.

Preschoolers can also get imaginative in the Collage & Storytelling class where students ages 3 to 5 years old can explore a variety of painting techniques to create papers and collages inspired by artist and author Eric Carle.

Parents can get involved in creating art with their children in Baby and Me or Mommy & Me: Crazy Mixed Up Art.  New parents can meet other parents and have some fun experiencing art with their babies in the new infant art class.  Parents and preschoolers can have fun together too as they experiment with different mediums and create two- and three-dimensional masterpieces.

“Art for young children and babies helps cognitive and physical development as well as hand-eye coordination, important for handwriting as children enter school.  It also benefits language development - both visually and conceptually.  Art enhances a student’s learning process and helps build problem-solving processes,” said Brian Jacob, marketing & communications manager.

Older children, ages 4 to 6 years old can have fun with 3-D art by using clay in the Pottery Prewumps class.  Children get dirty experimenting with clay in the pottery studio and learn how to glaze and fire.

Students can also show off their masterpiece paintings, pottery and jewelry during the annual student and faculty art show for family and friends.

“The students are always proud to share and show off their art when finished.  Especially when it hangs on the same walls as the other adult art,” added Jacob.

Students can enroll for fall art classes beginning early August online at ValleyArtCenter.org, by phone at 440-247-7507 or in person at 155 Bell Street in Chagrin Falls.

A complete program is available online.

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