Jeff Kuratnick is the Curator of Education at the Paris Gibson Square Museum of Art. He says, "we hold summer classes for kids grades K-8. We do everything from pottery; we just finished a class called Paper Mache Mania". Seven year old Henry is currently in the class. He says, "today we are making monster feet. We are using glue and newspaper".
Teaching kids about art at a young age can open doors down the road. Kuratnick says, "it will impact what they can do with art in their lives. They can become a product, interior, or automobile designer". Kuratnick adds, "basically gives a practicality to the art field".
Art class keeps kids actively learning through the summer. Kuratnick says, "they are sharpening their attention skills, keeping up to par with listening in a classroom setting".
Kids love the creative outlet. Henry says, "we can do what we want and we're not told what to do". They also love showing off their creations to family members. Henry plans on giving his artwork to his mother because he knows she will love it!
Paris Gibson Square is holding one more summer art class starting next week called Art is Everywhere to show kids a broader definition of art. Kuratnick says, "everything from the shoes that you wear to the house that you live in to the car that mom and dad drive is created or designed by an artist, a designer, or an architect".
This class runs Monday through Thursday for kids grades second through 8th. Call the museum at 406-727-8255 to sign up.