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9/21/2013 4:42:00 AM
Art enthusiasts launch Princeton Arts Academy

NewsTribune photo/Kim ShuteRegistration for fall classes is open at Princeton Arts Academy. Program coordinator Liana Hall offers classes for beginners to advanced artists from ages 3 and up in mediums such as drawing, metalwork and candle making.
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Registration for fall classes is open at Princeton Arts Academy. Program coordinator Liana Hall offers classes for beginners to advanced artists from ages 3 and up in mediums such as drawing, metalwork and candle making.
Fall classes:

comic book drawing, fall baking, pumpkin decorating, Play-doh creations, holiday stationery, Van Gogh Fall Trees, holiday crafts, Christmas treat baking and decorating,
Intro to Pen and Ink Calligraphy, crayon art, beeswax candle making, tye dye
Zentangle, Zentangle Christmas Gift Workshop, pointalism, mosaic stepping stones, origami, Bringing Dr. Seuss to Life, Playing with Paint, beginning drawing, drawing faces, self portrait in different mediums, pewter casting, printmaking, ceramics, needle felting, Art Exploration Through Literature, Lego

More information or (815) 915-7717

Kim Shute
Bureau County Reporter

PRINCETON — For all those budding Rembrandts and Picassos, registration for a range of classes now is open at Princeton Arts Academy.

Artists as young as 3 years old can try their hands at classes in all types of mediums such as Play-doh creations, comic book drawing, origami, pewter casting, needle felting and ceramics according to program coordinator Liana Hall.

Hall said the inspiration for the Arts Academy originally came from her own childhood experience.

“There are a lot of opportunities for kids to participate in sports, but not a lot of outlets outside of sports.” Hall said. “We need to offer the arts as well. I like offering offbeat mediums such as metal casting and other art forms they don’t get in school to try to fill a need in the community.”

Hall said she had been offering one-on-one art lessons when the opportunity came along to expand heridea into a larger venue.

“My father acquired the building (on Backbone Road) and we started out with some drawing and sewing classes originally. This summer we added a dance studio for performing arts,” Hall said.

Hall said the five instructors at the academy have specialty arts and/or education degrees. Classes are available for all skill levels. The Tree House at the Academy is designed for students with special physical or developmental needs to engage their senses through art.

Classes are limited to eight students in order to maximize their experience.

“They have art in schools, but the more kids you have the less you can do with them; if we had 15 kids they wouldn’t get the opportunity to do as much,” Hall said.

Princeton Arts Academy also offers adult and family-friendly events such as an upcoming “Bottle and a Brush” wine and painting class at Fitzgerald’s and a 5K “Color Splash Dash “run/walk in October.

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