The Cattaraugus County Arts Council (CCAC) is pleased to announce a new selection of high-quality February break art classes for kids. Classes will take place at CCAC between Feb. 18-22 during the morning and afternoon hours and are offered to youth in grades K-8. Students will have the opportunity to explore a variety of exciting mediums including painting, fabric arts, papermaking, drawing and much more.

“All classes offered by CCAC are educational in nature. CCAC strives to provide high quality arts education, learning and fun in all of our classes,” said Courtney Blackmon, director of grants and programs at CCAC. “Children motivated by the arts develop attention skills and strategies for memory retrieval that also apply to other academic subject areas such as math and science.”

All classes will be held at the CCAC studio at 100 West Main St. in Allegany, N.Y., and include supplies. Classes specifically designed for children in pre-kindergarten through first grade are from 9-10 a.m. and are $20.

On Monday, Feb. 18, Courtney Blackmon will instruct children in expressive painting while drawing inspiration from classical music. On Wednesday, Feb. 20, children will learn the fundamentals of still life drawing and the fun continues on Friday with Marvelous Paper Marbling. In this class, students will make handmade colored paper that will be formed into individual journals for each child.

Classes for children in grades 2-5 are from 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m. Instructor Kathie Dudley will be teaching a special series of fabric classes appropriate for both girls and boys which will teach the basics of sewing and open a world of creative possibilities with fabric. Starting on Monday, Feb. 18, Kathie will lead participants in picture stitching using a needle and thread. On Feb. 19, she will lead students to create a story and develop felt masks for each character. On Wednesday, Feb. 20, children will use basic sewing skills to create an individual pillow. On Thursday, Feb. 21, the instructor will show the students about the proportions of the face and which fabrics work best for your features. On Friday, Feb. 22, students will listen to a piece of instrumental music and create a piece of art based on what they hear. Inspired by the music, the students will cut fabric, incorporating different colors, textures, shapes and sizes, and adhere it to a fusible webbing to create a story banner.

New for CCAC is a class for children in grades 6-8. An Art Experience with Mandalas will be offered from 1-3 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 19. Instructor and art therapist Jennifer Borst will teach about the history of the Mandala, then lead students to create their own Mandala, which they can use to relieve stress in their everyday life.

All classes (except Pre-K to first grade) are $30 per class, but discounts are available for multi-class participants and those families with multiple children enrolled. Parents with siblings close in age who want to take a class together but don’t quite fit the grade guidelines are encouraged to request an exception. Students in grades 9-12 are eligible for our adult series of classes. For full descriptions of each class and to register, please visit or call (716) 372-7455.

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