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Creativity focus of KidsArt fun

Nov. 24, 2012 @ 10:55 PM

HUNTINGTON -- If the best things in life are free, then the dozens of participants at Saturday KidsArt at the Huntington Museum of Art are as good as gold for at least three hours each week.

About 20 kids and their parents made their way to Studio 5 at the museum Saturday afternoon to unleash their artistic and dance skills, with appropriate supervision of course. After art class is over, the kids get to participate in one hour of movement with instructors from the Jeslyn Performing Arts Center.

The event has been a staple at the museum for more than a decade said Eva Cox, who teaches the class.

"It's just about letting them be creative and have fun," said Cox. "Especially now that the weather is getting cooler and it might be getting more difficult to go to the park and run around, this is a place where they can come express themselves and burn off some energy in a designated space for moving around and a little bit of messiness."

The class is intended for kids from kindergarten through the 5th grade, but pre-school age children are welcome to participate with parental supervision, Cox said.

In addition to getting to take home their personal masterpieces, participants become a bigger part of the museum each time they visit.

After a student has participated in five Saturday KidsArt sessions, they become members of the Huntington Museum of Art, and after they have completed their fifteenth session, they receive their very own HMOA artist apron.

Getting her artist apron is the next step for 5-year-old Auna Warner, who participated in her fourteenth KidsArt on Saturday with her father, Neal Warner of Huntington.

Auna Warner said her favorite part of KidsArt was getting to dance, and she would tell her friends that the event is very fun in order to get them to join her.

Neal Warner said he and Auna's mother had similar reasons for getting her involved in the class.

"We felt like it was important to get her started early in art because it can help her culturally, educationally and in so many other important ways," he said. "Someone who isn't coming here really is missing out on a great opportunity for their kids to interact with their creative side and other kids."

Saturday KidsArt events are free and open to the public. It takes place form 1 to 3 p.m. each Saturday.

For more information about Saturday KidsArt, visit www.hmoa.org.

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