Children’s art classes offered this summer in Kent

Weekly classes in a wide variety of artistic mediums will be offered for children ages 5 to 12 this summer by the Kent Historical Society in Kent, CT. The classes will begin June 25 and continue through August 3, with sessions offered in both the morning and afternoon each week.

Children can explore painting on fabric, creating collages, drawing scenes from nature and transforming paper into art through folding techniques. Other classes will hone a student’s skill with painting by using a palette that emphasizes color mixing or letting nature inspire creativity by constructing a fairy house or an ogre’s cave.

There will be five instructors this year, including Albert Coffill, the retired Kent Center School art teacher; Gabriella Martinez, a current art student at the Hartford Art School, as well as three new teachers Lisa Weinblatt, Wendy Clery and Joy Gaiser.

Paid childcare is being offered over lunch during Week 1 (from noon to 1 p.m.) for those students who want to attend both the morning and afternoon sessions at a cost of $30 per week. This is being provided by a teenage assistant.

The Historical Society offers arts education for young people in the area to honor the memory of George Laurence Nelson, an eminent 20th Century artist known for his portraits, landscapes and florals, who lived at Seven Hearths for many years and bequeathed his 18th century home to the Kent Historical Society to operate as a museum.

Registration is not complete until payment is received, either by check or online at www.kenthistoricalsociety.org. Fees are $130 per session per week and $120 for KHS members at the Family membership level and above. For more information, email summerart@kenthistoricalsociety.org or call 860-927-4587.

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