Saturday Art Club continues through Aug. 7 at Jule Collins Smith Museum

AUBURN – The Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art at Auburn University will continue its Saturday Art Club, a hands-on experience for students from kindergarten through high school, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. each Saturday through Aug. 7.

Students will work with materials at one of three stations designed for their age group: kindergarten through second grade; third through sixth grade; and seventh through twelfth grade. Parents are encouraged to work with their children or to learn more about the role of art in their child’s life at the parent’s table. An open studio format provides students and parents the flexibility to come and go at any time during the session.

Each art club session has a different focus, with upcoming themes including planes and kites, musical instruments and Old Master drawing techniques. The goal is to provide a very open experience, with the museum providing the materials and the work stations and the students creating the rest, says Education Curator Andrew Henley. Supplies for the Saturday Art Club are provided by The City of Auburn through an education grant.

Henley says that with the increase in attendance, which ranges from 80 to 100 students each session, the program always needs more volunteers. Although the opportunity is a natural fit for students who are education majors or have a background in art, he says, anyone interested in helping to provide young people with a variety of art experiences is invited to volunteer.

Preregistration is required and is on a first-come, first-served with a maximum of 60 seats available at any one time. To preregister, call (334) 844-3486. Self-directed gallery activities are available for those waiting for a seat. Parents are asked to stay with their student for the duration of the session.

For the Saturday Art Club summer schedule, go to http://jcsm.auburn.edu/edu/sat_art_club.php. For information about the program or volunteering call (334) 844-8792 or e-mail at Andrew.henley@auburn.edu.

(Written by Ashley Tatum.)

Contact: Colleen Bourdeau, (334) 844-7075 (cbourdeau@auburn.edu), or
Charles Martin, (334) 844-9999 (marticd@auburn.edu)