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Clock is ticking for youth art program

Posted by Travis Andersen  July 23, 2009 11:23 AM

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The Recreation Department will cancel its youth art program for the second straight weekend, if enough kids don't sign up for an animal sculpture workshop scheduled for 10 a.m. on Saturday at the Milano Family Senior Center.

All 10 spots remain available for the workshop, according to recreation director Frank Olivieri. He said four or five kids will have to register by Friday to hold the one-day session.

"A lot of times we get people at the last minute," Olivieri said.

That didn't happen last Saturday, when the department scrapped "Into the Woods," a landscape painting workshop at the senior center.

"I'm going to assume everyone was out of town and not interested," Olivieri said.

Each 90-minute session costs $16 per child, which covers the instructors' pay, the cost of renting the facility, and project materials. Any surplus - usually no more than a couple dollars, Olivieri said - flows back to the Recreation Department.

School teacher Julie Fox is slated to lead this Saturday's sculpture workshop, billed as "Zoo to You!"

"She does a great job for us," Olivieri said.

Upcoming workshops in the series include "Great Stuff!" - where youth will make giant paper figures - and "Picture Me," where they'll create self-portraits and the frame using mixed-media tools.

Information on the art workshops, other programs, and online registration is available at the Recreation Department website.

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