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Friday, May 17, 2013 11:16 am

The Pharmacy offering summer art classes for kids

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Artwork in progress by the Pharmacy's Janet Sgro

For the first time, the Pharmacy Studio and Gallery (corner of South Grand and Pasfield) will be offering art classes this summer for children ages 5-10. Janet Sgro, a member artist of the Pharmacy collective, will be teaching the course, which will introduce budding young artists to the work of a different famous artist each week, including such influential and contrasting figures as Picasso, Pollock and Warhol. Students will then create work in the style of that week's artist. At the end of the session, there will be a special gallery showing of the work produced by the kids, with the art mounted appropriately low on the walls, making it easier for young eyes to feast.

Sgro, who earned a Bachelors degree from the School of the Art Institute and has taught classes at the Springfield Art Association, will also be teaching pupils about the importance of keeping a sketchbook. I’ll teach them how to put their ideas in there, how to write little notes if something catches their eye, she explains. It really keeps the wheels turning, shows them how to notice details.

Classes will run from June 18 through August 15, with two sessions for parents to choose from, meeting on either Tuesday or Thursday, from 10:30-11:45. The cost per class is $20 with a suggested minimum of four weeks, and a 10% discount if you sign up two or more kids. To enroll, email janetsgro@gmail.comor call (217) 720-2222.

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