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Summertime is art time

Summer is a great season, especially for kids, but if you think the kids in your charge are getting just a bit too much sun and screen time, there’s a great, almost-free solution happening every Thursday through Aug. 2.

Television, video games and other forms of screen time are entertaining, but the jury’s still out on how much is appropriate for young children. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends limiting media time to two hours per day and eliminating it entirely for children younger than 2.

Meanwhile, the sun outside is blazing, and an indoor activity can come in handy every once in a while, even during the summer.

Enter Summer Art Days by the Suffolk Art League. The fun, $1-per-child classes enable children to create a different art project each week.

Children participating this week made sandcastles out of air dry clay, decorating them with real sand and seashells. Other programs have included printmaking, collages and painting.

The program happens from 10 to 11:30 a.m. on Thursdays for ages 5 to 8 and from 1 to 3 p.m. for ages 9 to 14. The younger children complete simpler projects, and the older group gets the chance to get more complex.

There’s no better time than summer to expose kids to their creative side or to allow them to explore it more fully.

This excellent program is funded by the Suffolk Fine Arts Commission and the Community Action Coalition of Virginia.

The program takes place at the Suffolk Art Gallery, 118 Bosley Ave. Call 925-0448 for more information.