AU-artworkshop

7/26/99

Janet L. McCoy

CHILDREN'S ART WORKSHOP TO BE HELD TWO WEEKS IN AUGUST AT AU

AUBURN -- An annual workshop for children to instill in them a love of art has been set for early August on the Auburn University campus.

The sixth annual Children's Art Workshop! is scheduled for Aug. 2-5 and 9-12 and about 75 children ages 4 through 15 are expected to attend.

The workshop is a way to introduce students to art where they may not otherwise learn to appreciate it, says Chi Chi Lovett, an assistant professor in AU's Department of Art and coordinator of the program.

"Art just makes our life better in every way," she says, noting that art programs are among the first to be cut by schools. "Arts are a constructive form of self expression and it develops critical thinking and eye-hand coordination.

"The quality of life is just better with the arts." This year, the workshop will focus on five artistic areas: printmaking, painting, 3- D, mixed media and drawing. Local artists, AU art faculty and AU students assist in teaching classes.

The cost of the workshop if $25 per child for each week, but no child is turned away because of finances. This year, the Auburn Arts Association, who is sponsoring the workshop along with AU's Department of Art, has provided scholarships. In addition, several individuals have donated scholarships and parents can barter their services for free tuition or a reduced cost tuition, she said.

Spaces are still available in each session and to register for either workshop, contact the AU Department of Art at 334/844-4373.

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CONTACT: Lovett, 334/887-9659.