In the summertime, children are looking for something to do all week, not just on the weekends. The Taube Museum of Art has classes throughout June and July for ages 2 and up that fill the bill.
"The instructors for the littlest ones, Tracey Schmitz and Margaret Lee, both have degrees in early childhood education," said Nancy Walter, executive director of the Taube. "Both Wendy Kimble and Tonya Stuart have art degrees, and our final instructor, Charlie Lee, is an art student who has been teaching here for three years already."
Walter said she is pleased with the lineup of classes this year.
Submitted Photo - - Students in an art class at the Taube Museum of Art display some of their creations.
Submitted Photo - - Students take part in an art class at the Taube Museum of Art.
"It's the best I can remember as far as variety and number," she said. "The newest ones are photography and clay. There's also food art and art in movement.
"They're geared for children, but could be introductory classes for adults, too -- especially the photography and clay sculpting," she added.
There is no limit to class sizes, so no advance registration is required, but it would assist in planning for those interested to contact the museum once they selected their classes. The classes are priced based on the number of hours each takes, with additional fees for materials in some sessions.
Participants come away with artwork they've created, including animal masks, bobble heads, jewelry and musical instruments among other items. A full listing of class dates and times along with all registration information can be found at (www.taubemuseum.org).
Besides the one-day classes, the Taube is holding its popular Artrageous Art Camp again from Aug. 1-4 for ages 5 to 12. Students may be registered for the morning or afternoon session through the Web site listed above.
"We have a lot of repeat students for these," Walter said. "Generally the instructors handle about 80 kids during camp."
The Taube has several other events planned for the summer, beginning with its third annual "Run for the Arts" Race June 4.
Walter said the race kicks off the Taube's Summer "Art"ventures program, and is a family-oriented event for competitive and non-competitive runners and walkers. Preregistration is encouraged, she said, but participants can register the day of the event, which starts at 9:30 a.m. that day.
Also, on July 13 there is a trunk show from Bead Unique of Velva featuring Todd Reed's Rough Cut Diamonds. On July 14 the Taube will take part in the Artrageous Art Exchange with the 62 Doors gallery.
For more information about upcoming events, contact the museum at 838-4445.