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Craftworks courses are being offered

By Staff | Sep 24, 2010

Kara Rolfeson helps her son, Logan, color as a friend, Katlin, looks on. Rolfeson has enrolled both her son and daughter in Craftworks' children's classes. (Photo by Jim Whipple)

On Sunday, Craftworks in Shepherdstown held an open house. Children and their parents were invited to take part in the classes and programs.

Some of the classes taught basic drawing technique and drawing in pastels. Miriam Sanders teaches a course called “Color me Creative,” which is a lesson in basic color concepts. Stacy Volkmann leads “Fine Art for Toddlers” for children ages 2 to 5 and a family member or friend. The course will focus on developing fine creativity and motor skills.

Kara Rolfe has two children enrolled in courses at Craftworks. Her son, Logan, is taking a course called “Craftworks Comics,” and her daughter will begin a class in October called “Masks.”

“I just love the place. At Craftworks, they are about opportunities for the children. It is a great place for kids to learn about art,” Rolfe said.

The programs are taught in a relaxed atmosphere so each student can learn at his or her own pace. Parents are welcome to take the courses along with their children.

Emily Vaughn, director of the organization’s classes, said she likes working with children and believes the earlier they learn the basic art skills, the more it will help them later in life.

“Kids love to create and do in an environment that encourages creativity and fun,” Vaughn said. “Young artists can play, see and do as they participate in the wonderful programs Craftworks offer.”

There are over seven courses being offered. Courses start at $15.

Craftworks is a non-profit organization that is a satellite of Cool Springs Farm, a nature preserve and art colony located in Jefferson County.

For more information on Craftworks and the classes it offers, call (304) 728-6233 or e-mail them at info@wvcraftworks.org.