Art for everyone

The Taube Museum of Art in downtown Minot is going out of its way to encourage both boys and girls to explore art this summer, said Margaret Lee, education coordinator for the museum.

“There are some cool classes this summer,” said Lee. “We really wanted to target young males.”

While they provide art education for both boys and girls, Lee said she’s noticed that many of the classes have mostly girls and one boy. That can put some boys off from taking the classes.

With that in mind, the art museum staff did some brainstorming and came up with a couple of classes that should have boy-appeal as well girl-appeal. Some of the classes will also be taught by male art teachers.

“Who wants to be a superhero?” will be offered at the museum on June 24, 25 and 26 from 1 to 3 p.m. In the class, kids ages 7 and up will create their own superhero character, design a costume and write a comic. The class still has openings and the cost is $50 for non-members. Teachers are Wendy Kimble, Charlie Lee and Jon Ross.

“Cardboard Knights” will be offered on July 9 and 10 from 1 to 3 p.m.

“They get to create and decorate their own cardboard armor, shield and sword,” said Lee.

The class is taught by Charlie Lee and Jon Ross and will cost $40.

“Clothespin Characters” will be offered July 18 from 1 to 3 p.m. Jon Ross will teach kids how to create their own colorful characters out of clothes pins. The cost is $32.

Other classes are also offered throughout the summer for toddlers as well as for the older children. A series of adult classes called “Paint the Town Red” is also offered.

Lee said the art museum also allowed children to enter the small works exhibit for the first time this summer. Last week, children in an art class created a small painting that could be entered in the art show that also includes art by adults.

The small works exhibit will be on display at the museum from Thursday through Aug. 1. Children’s exhibits will be in the lower gallery, while adult works will be on display in the upper gallery.

“The kids are so excited to actually have their art on display this summer,” said Lee, who said this is just another way to help children feel part of the museum in downtown Minot.

For more information about exhibits and class offerings, log on to the Taube Museum of Art website at (www.taubemuseum.org/).