Mari and I signed up to take Madison School & Community Recreation‘s (MSCR) “I Made That!” art class. The class is for ages 18 month to 3 years (and there is a separate class for ages 3 to 7). It’s only $33 for 5 classes. We love it so far.
The first class was exploring materials. Feathers and beads, pipe cleaners that you can fit in and out of drinking straws, construction paper with sparkly cut-outs, fuzzy colored balls and other shapes and materials. There were no shortage of shiny, fluffy things, and each child picked as much as they wanted and configured them as they wished. And there were glue sticks and scissors (with adult help) to help create an art piece.
Mari is 19 months, at the young end of the age spectrum for the class. She loved touching the materials (and throwing them and twisting them). And there were lots of containers to sort and dump and re-sort again. We didn’t use the glue stick or scissors. Most of the kids had something to bring home. Mari didn’t, which didn’t matter to me.
Next week we will be painting, and other weeks we will be drawing with different mediums and working with clay.
The class is 45 minutes total — and with set up and clean up at the end, it’s about 35 minutes of art play, which is perfect for this age. No one melted down or had to stop for a snack. It’s a basic art exposure class; perhaps something that you can do at your home for free. But they really do have all the materials you could need, and plenty of them. And, being a rather non-artistic person, myself, these are not things I have at home.
Madison School & Community Recreation (MSCR) is the public recreation provider for the residents of Madison (within the boundaries of the Madison Metropolitan School District). MSCR’s mission is: “to enhance the quality of life for individuals in the Madison Metropolitan School District and for the community by providing recreation and enrichment opportunities year-round that are accessible to all.”
You can sign up for the MSCR’s Summer Session starting March 14th at www.mscr.org. There are 8 sessions of “I Made That!” this summer, for various ages, along with several other preschool and school-aged classes. You can find the complete index of Summer 2011 classes (including registration information) here.
Have you or your children taken any classes through MSCR?