Winter Workshops for Children–Art Talk Monday

This week’s Art Talk Monday, written by Jessica Slaughter, NCLAC Executive Director

Those of us with children are well aware of the countdown till school ends for the long holiday break. The Christmas/New Year’s break is full of excitement for the kids, and for us as well, but we also have to figure out where they will go, and what they will do, when we have to go back to work and they’re still out of school. Even for parents who are home during the holiday break, there are still those days when we all need to DO SOMETHING! For parents, it’s often clearing out toys and putting away decorations; for the kids, it’s getting out of the house and finding some creative stimulation.


The North Central Louisiana Arts Council (NCLAC) is ready to help with that “what to do?” decision, by offering 4 classes for students ages 7-12. As part of our mission to foster opportunities for creative expression, arts education plays a major role in our programming. We are offering one day classes on December 27th and 28th, and January 3rd  and 4th. These will be held at the Dixie Center for the Arts, 212 North Vienna in Ruston, and will last from 9am-3pm.  The December classes will be taught by Sophia Maras, NCLAC Gallery Coordinator, and the January classes will be taught by myself, Jessica Slaughter, NCLAC Executive Director.


Classroom, ready for campers. Photo courtesy of Jaime Johnson

Photo courtesy of Jaime Johnson

Each day we will explore the building blocks of art, using methods such as assemblage, printmaking and origami, to investigate the elements and principles of design. No previous experience is necessary, and each day is unique so that students may register for one or all of the classes.  All supplies and a snack will be provided with the one-day class fee of $25 for NCLAC members, $30 for non-members.


NCLAC often holds classes for students during school breaks, to give parents a suitable childcare option that is fun, educational, and affordable. Discounts are available as well: sign up for 2 classes, save $5; register for all 4, save $10. Pay full price for one child, register a sibling for half price.

Pre-registration is required for the classes, so that we may adequately prepare our supplies. You may call our office at 255-1450, or email us at   Students must bring a sack lunch and wear “art-making” clothes. Workshop space is limited. We ask that your student come ready to have fun while playing with hands-on art activities. NCLAC is supported in part by a grant from the Louisiana State Arts Council through the Louisiana Division of the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts. Contact us about membership options.


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