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New classes available at children’s museum

As the school year kicks off, so does a new batch of classes and activities for children and adults at the Sierra Nevada Children’s Museum.

The art program at the museum is opening creative doors for children of all ages with new art instructors Nina Ski and Mimi Sanchez.

Ski, a local artist, is the museum’s new Art Coordinator, who is now teaching regular “Kid Art” classes, and Sanchez will be teaching “Bilingual Art” classes.

“The museum is really thriving,” said director Pamela Williams. “With Bilingual Art now being offered, this is really exciting.”

Besides the art program, the museum is focused on offering a diverse range of programs for all community members. Preschool and Afterschool Enrichment programs offered on Wednesdays and Fridays target kids from 2 to 5 years old and ages 6 and up. On Saturdays, a range of adult workshops are offered. Thursdays are geared for bilingual programming.

“We’re trying to offer classes for the different segments of the community,” Williams said. “Having Nina on board has been a huge help for me.”

Williams said Ski is extremely talented in working with children and she is excited to watch the art program grow under her direction.

For Ski, the idea is simple: offering creative outlets for children in the community.

“I hope to expand on enabling kids to blossom their ability in creating art,” Ski said. “It’s a matter of allowing the children to explore different techniques and apply themselves.”

Her longtime goal is to provide an active art center in which the entire community can take part. For now, her “Kid Art” classes are for children of all ages (children under four need to be accompanied by an adult). She is excited about the work children are producing and what it means to them.

“Art puts you on a different planet,” she said, adding in that her classes the children do an actual critique of their work at the end of class to explain why they chose a certain image, the technique they used and take questions from the audience.

“They have to get in front of a group and talk and that’s a great experience for them,” she said.

Another new instructor, Diane Gale, will be facilitating a self-awareness class this month, called “Creating the Life You Want” for both teens and adults. Her technique is called “Soul Work.”

“It’s a direct approach to personal growth through creativity and awareness using simple practical tools,” Gale said. “Some of us are just unaware of our potential to live our lives the way we really want to. My adult workshops can show you how.”

Gale has been facilitating workshops for eight years.

The Sierra Nevada Children’s Museum will be expanding its space, exhibits and play toys when it moves into the new KidZone, located near the Teen Center, which project organizers hope will be in December.

The following classes are listed on the children’s museum’s

September 2000 calendar of events:

– Afterschool Enrichment -3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Fridays; for ages 6 and up. (Program is 3:30 to 4:30 on Sept. 8) Classes include “Kid Art” with Nina Ski and “Rope Making and Ceremonial Incense” with Hillary Humphreys. Price for supplies cost between $5 and $10 each class.

– Preschool Enrichment – 10 to 11:30 a.m. Wednesdays (Sept. 6-27); for ages 2-5. Enrichment includes “Kid Art” with Nina Ski, with a variety of art projects, with parent participation. The cost is $5 per class.

– Bilingual Art -3:30-5:30 p.m. Thursdays, Sept. 14 and 28. Class is taught by Mimi Sanchez. Cost is $5 per class.

– Town Portrait 2000 – Sept. 17. Lots of children’s activities are available. There will be a museum fund-raising event at the Town Portrait.

– Self Awareness -3-5:30 p.m. Saturdays, Sept. 9 and 23. Topic is “Creating the Life You Want” with Diane Gail. Cost is $25 per class for teens and adults.

– Ceilings, Furniture and Mural Backgrounds -2-4 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 16. Class taught by Lteha Thomas for adults. Uses Latex Glaze technique. Cost is $25.

– Feng Shui Adult Class -7-9 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 25. Taught by Chris Blanchard.

– Thai and Vietnamese Seafood Class -6 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 29. Class taught by Mai Nygen. Price of $30 includes instruction and dinner. Preregistration and payment a must.

For information, call the museum at 587-KIDS.

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