Warren Art Academy Launches Free Art Classes Series for Area Youth

From art classes like printmaking, filmmaking, photography and comic design, the Collaborative in Warren invites students to explore their creative side.
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During the Warren Art Acadamy, students have the freedom to use their creativity while developing new skills. Photgraphy by Janet Moscarello Photography.

Sign up your young Spielbergs, O’Keeffes and Picassos for the Collaborative’s art class series, where they can let their innovative minds run free. The Collaborative’s Warren Art Academy returns for its fifth year of teaching and commemorating the arts with young creatives on April 18 through 22 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The arts nonprofit is offering free art classes for children in grades six through twelve, featuring classes in printmaking, photography, filmmaking and comic design.

Grades six through nine can participate in “Let’s Make Comics!” daily from 9 a.m.–noon and “Fundamentals of Photography” from noon–3 p.m. Grades nine through twelve can sign up for “Digital Storytelling (Film)” daily from 9 a.m.–noon then “Printmaking” from noon–3 p.m.

Taught by arts education professionals, the goals of this art class series is to not only teach the fundamentals of art and help grow new skills, but to develop the students’ appreciation of the arts as well as encourage confidence and self-esteem, according to the Collaborative executive director Uriah Donnelly.

“Immersion in the arts empowers students to access their most authentic selves and provides them with a creative outlet for expression and reflection,” says Donnelly.

The Collaborative hopes that the art students take the lessons they’ve learned from classes like digital storytelling or photography, and use them throughout their everyday life, whether it be communication skills, changing perspective or collaboration with other students.

“Programs like the art academy allow students to create art that is expressive and unique to them so that they can begin to translate their feelings and thoughts into a visual statement and be able to speak about their own artwork and choices confidently,” Donnelly says.

The classes are free but there is a fully refundable deposit to reserve a space in the academy. After completing the full week of classes, the deposit will be refunded.

Warren Art Academy is held at the organization’s two spaces, 498 Main St. and 4 Market St. in Warren. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. $50. To register, visit thecollaborative02885.org



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