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Art Days for kids this summer

This summer, parents can bring their children to fun, inexpensive art classes that will entertain and educate them while they cool off from the heat in downtown Suffolk.

The Suffolk Art League, in conjunction with the Suffolk Art Gallery, will offer Summer Art Days on Thursdays starting this week. There’s a $1 per child registration fee for each session, and all sessions will be held at the Suffolk Art Gallery, 118 Bosley Ave.

Summer Art Days offers six weeks of sessions for children ages 5 to 14, with Oakland Elementary School art teacher Cindy Quesenberry instructing the children on a different art project that they will complete each week.

“Each week students will experience a different lesson focusing on either a specific artist, exciting art technique, new skills, unusual art materials, or introducing the arts from other countries and cultures,” Quesenberry wrote in an email.

The young artists will be divided into separate sessions for age-appropriate projects. Children ages 5 to 8 will attend the morning session from 10 to 11:30 a.m., and ages 9 to 14 will attend the afternoon session from 1 to 3 p.m., according to a press release.

Doors will open 30 minutes before the start of each session. Sessions will be on a first-come, first-served basis with a maximum of 25 students per session. There will be no pre-registration for these sessions.

“We wanted to have a program that was available to everyone,” Suffolk Art League Executive Director Linda Bunch said in a phone interview, “(so) that if you got up that day and the kids needed something to do, you could just come. You didn’t have to sign up ahead of time.”

Art Days is made possible in part by the Suffolk Fine Arts Commission and Community Action Coalition of Virginia. Contact the Suffolk Art League at 925-0448 or visit suffolkartleague.org for more information.