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Art class takes youth to Australia

Published: January 21, 2016

FORT RUCKER, Ala. (Jan. 21, 2016) -- Youth are invited to travel through art to Australia and learn about other cultures during a special class at the Center Library Jan. 30 from 1-3 p.m.

“Let’s Learn About the Australian Aborigines” is free and open to children ages 8 and up. All materials will be provided, but space is limited to the first 30 registrants.

According to Cameron Hill, library technician, the event provides an opportunity for children to broaden their horizons.

“Learning about other cultures is always important, especially for military families who often live abroad,” she said. “When kids learn about other cultures, it helps them understand and feel engaged in the world. Hopefully they will become interested enough to want to learn more.”

Hill said Donna Stevens, a local artist, will lead the special art class.

“Australia is a place I always wanted to visit,” Stevens said. “The Aborigine art is a great inspiration for children.  The children can learn about telling their stories through art.”

Improving communication isn’t the only educational benefit of this special art class, according to Hill.

“Art can be a great tool for teaching academic subjects,” she said. “Studies have shown that when children are introduced to a new concept, they learn it better and retain it longer if they do an art activity to reinforce the learning.

“The goal is to get kids excited about reading,” she added. “We’ll have books available during the class that go along with the Australian theme.”

What makes art a good vehicle for promoted literature and reading?

“To put it simply, literature is art,” she said.

Other upcoming library events on post include the monthly craft Feb. 9 from 3:30-4:30 p.m. and Dr. Seuss week from Feb. 29 through March 4, which will feature a variety of games and activities throughout the week. Children’s Book Week is May 2-6 with drawings and activities throughout the week to celebrate.

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