Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Dive into Summer fun at LRMA

Lauren Rogers Museum of Art Education Department has a busy summer art program with a variety of classes for all ages.

Free Family Art will be offered Wednesdays in June from 1 until 4 p.m. in the Museum Annex. These classes will feature a variety of free art experiences for children and families. No reservations are required for these “make-and-take” summer classes.

LRMA will also offer free art activities at the Townley Center as part of the Laurel Housing Authority’s Summer Programs. These classes will be offered from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. on Mondays during June and July.

Art Camp will be offered twice this summer. Students may sign up for the July 12- 15th session or the July 19 - 22nd session. The theme for this year's Art Camp is “Celebrating Mississippi Artists.” Projects will include art work based on the works of several Mississippi artists in the LRMA collection. Students will make pottery, paint, and explore printmaking techniques. Be sure to sign up early before the classes are full!

In the Carriage House Studio, we will offer Children’s Pottery Camp Tuesdays and Thursdays, June 7, 9, 14 and 16. Grades K5-6 will meet from 10 a.m. - noon or 2 – 4 p.m.

Participants will create functional and sculptural pottery using hand-building and wheel- throwing techniques. This class always fills up quickly so we encourage anyone interested to sign up at their earliest convenience.

We are also offering two new studio classes for middle school students to adults in the Carriage House Studio.

Tommie Rodgers will lead an Aqueous Painting workshop Wednesday, July 13 from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. This experimental process of painting is about moving paint with water. Painters of all levels are encouraged to participate in this class. Materials and lunch are provided and registration is required.

Cassie Marcellino will lead a Concentrated Drawing Class for the beginning to intermediate art student. This class will be offered Thursday mornings in July from 10 a.m. until noon. Students will be introduced to basic drawing techniques using different drawing media. Supplies are included and registration is required.

Because girls just want to have fun, we are offering “Girls Night Art” Thursday, August 25, from 6 until 9 p.m. This class promises a good time; so, ladies, get your girlfriends together and sign up! All materials are provided to create your own canvas masterpiece!

To register for any of these summer programs, please contact Liz Brumley at 601. 649. 6374 or We have art programs for everyone in the family. Also, a tour of the Lauren Rogers Museum of Art is a great way to beat the heat on a summer afternoon! For more information, contact Mandy Buchanan or Angie King at 601.649.6374.

Mandy Buchanan is Curator of Education at Lauren Rogers Museum of Art.

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