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The power of art against the winter blues

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The New Year has officially begun and families can look to new beginnings with a center filled with art and classes to enhance your creativity. Looking for a way to inspire yourself and your children this winter in the northern suburbs of Chicago? Look no further than the art center of Highland Park, IL.

This center is called the art center highland Park, a nonprofit center geared towards providing visual arts education assuring access to cultural arts to all individuals in neighboring communities. The center has over 400 annual classes and features various guest artists throughout the year with over 20 exhibits. The current exhibit is one of a kind featuring work with the art center's faculty, students, and members showcasing various methods such as painting, drawing, mixed media by both local and national artists. The reception is free and open to the public on January 10, 2014 from 6:30 pm-9pm.

The center also features various art classes for adults and children. The classes start January 13, 2014 running for ten weeks and range from $260- $320 without membership. Classes offered at the art center range from ages 4 and up that focus on art with children's books in various methods. Another class focuses on making art based off famous artists. The last children’s class focuses on freestyle art giving children freedom of expression using paints, oil pastels, colored pencils, and collages.

The art center is a wonderful creative hideaway in the north shore area for both the young and the young at heart. Take a class or come to a free art exhibit event and soak in the inspiration!

Winter time can be a time for many to experience sadness and depression art can be healing and therapeutic to fight the winter blues. Check out this free sample lesson on this topic.

Objective: To express feelings of sadness and showcase ways to decrease the winter blues

Materials:
finger paint
white drawing paper
glitter glue
water dish

Procedure:
1. Lay out the finger paint, glitter glue, white drawing paper, and water dish on the floor.
2. Ask the child to tell you a time where they felt sad. Have the child chose colors to represent these sad feelings and the experience. Allow the child to create their sad scene using the paint.
3. Once child has finished telling their story and creating the sad picture ask them to create another picture about what they would like to make them feel happier use the paint and the glitter glue.

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