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Houston professionals, author, Melissa Williams and artist, Hanh Tran are teaming together efforts to teach young children to have a fun and creative summer.

Their workshop, “The Art of Creating Characters,” at The Children’s Museum of Houston will be held on July 12 for children ages 8-14 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The fee is $135.00.

Students will learn valuable insight from both professionals when it comes to inspiration, brainstorming and using your creative imagination. All students will take home their very own Brainstorming Notebook, 16×20 Painted Canvas along with a goodie bag. Lunch will be provided. Students will have the chance to enter their artwork in the afternoon art show and receive a gift basket full of amazing prizes from FES Tutoring , One-Hour Private Art Lessons from Hanh Tran, four Tickets to a Houston Dynamo Game, and autographed books from Melissa Williams’ Iggy the Iguana and Turtle Town Series.

Melissa Williams is the Houston-based children’s author of the Iggy the Iguana chapter book series, the Turtle Town chapter book series and the Little Miss Molly picture book for kids, the owner of LongTale Publishing and founder of the Literacy Non-Profit Foundation–READ3Zero. Her websites are www.melissamwilliamsauthor.com or www.Read3Zero.org.

"Hanh and I both have a passion for keeping creativity in the lives of children,” said Williams. “The workshop allows kids to get a hands on and behind the scene experience from a professional author and artist, which can often be life changing. Kids learn how to develop a character from scratch, give them a story and paint their character on canvas. In a world where imagination is quickly being replaced by technology, it is our mission to protect our kids' natural gift of creativity."

As an established artist in the Houston area, Tran creates oil paintings reflective of self-study on the human form, nature, culture and emotion. In addition to her canvas work, Tran uses accessories to transform ordinary items into transportable fashion masterpieces. More information on Tran’s work can be found at www.hanhgallery.com.

Tran added how important the chance to be creative is for children.

"Melissa and I are very excited to present our second summer workshop. Last year proved to be a great educational experience for not only the kids, but also for Melissa and myself. Being able to extend our talents and passion for writing and art is a gift. It's amazing to be able to see the kids grow and become more confident in their own talents throughout the day. Our key focus is to nurture their imagination and explore their talents,” she said.

The Children’s Museum of Houston is located at 1500 Binz in the Museum District. To register, go to www.melissamwilliamsauthor.com/the-art-of-creating-story-characters-work....

For more information on The Children’s Museum of Houston, go to www.cmhouston.org.

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