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Classes for kids set at the Carnegie Art Center

NORTH TONAWANDA – It’s never too early to begin an appreciation for art. The Carnegie Art Center, 240 Goundry St., invites children ages 6 to 12 to participate in its series of Kids Art classes, beginning on Saturday, with a total of three classes offered during the winter break.

Deadline for registration is Wednesday.

Here is the lineup:

• “Hopi Happenings,” from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, is a workshop to explore the art and culture of the Native American Hopi tribe. The class will focus of the kachina doll, a figure carved by Hopi people to represent the spirit of the universe. According to the Hopi, these are immortal beings that bring life-giving rain, as well as order and control. Students will be taught various drawing and painting techniques to create two-dimensional artwork inspired by the kachina.

• “Forever Fish,”10 a.m. to noon Feb. 15, will give young crafters a chance to explore the anatomy of our underwater friends. The workshop will team up art and science, using air dry clay to create a detailed fish sculpture that depicts various parts of a fish.

• “Expressive Portraits,” 10 a.m. to noon Feb. 17, will use the artwork of Agnes Cecile to inspire young artists to create large-scale watercolor portraits that evoke emotion and expression.

The cost is $16 per class for members or $20 per class for nonmembers. A Carnegie Art Center family membership is $35. Registration forms are available online at www.carnegieartcenter.org.

The classes are made possible in part by the City of North Tonawanda and members of the Carnegie Art Center.