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Arts on Main gears up for winter classes

By: Aaron Brand - Texarkana Gazette
Winter classes at Arts on Main teach everything from puppetry to mosaics, painting to ballroom dancing.

Presented by the Texarkana Regional Arts and Humanities Council at the Arts on Main building downtown across from the Perot Theatre, winter art classes run Jan. 26 through March 4. People can register through Friday, Jan. 23.

Children’s classes include ArtWall Project (Tuesdays), Children’s Art Class (Mondays) and Kids Public Art Project (Wednesdays). Those classes are geared for kids ages 5 to 10 and meet from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. Adult classes include Mosaics (Tuesdays, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.), and Metal-smithing (Tuesdays, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., at LeGrand & Sons Welding). Workshops scheduled include Drop-In Art for kids, and both the Puppetry Workshop (ages 10 and up) and Ballroom Dancing (ages 12 and up). Details for a DSLR photography workshop have yet to be announced.

“We’re offering the chance for children to exhibit their artwork on the ArtWall. We have been successful with that in the past. This past fall’s exhibit was Under the Sea, and the kids really enjoyed creating their own outside exhibit. So we’re offering that again this winter,” said Amy Donohoe, director of visual arts and community programs at TRAHC.

The Kids Public Art Project gives youngsters an opportunity to create two public art projects, one the painting of a window at a building next door to Arts on Main, and the other a chance to paint gourds and suspend them from a tree in the ArtSparK.

A three-hour Drop-In Art Workshop for kids at the RAC on Feb. 28 is free and starts at 1 p.m. A parent or guardian must accompany children. Donohoe teaches it.

“The puppetry workshop has been very popular with local puppetry ministries in churches around here. You’re free to bring your own puppets. The puppets will also be provided,” Donohoe said. A play is presented at the end. It meets on Feb. 21, 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., at the RAC.

For the ballroom dancing workshop (10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the RAC, Feb. 14), the basics of the waltz and foxtrot will be taught. Wear comfortable clothes and shoes.

TRAHC has some financial assistance available for those who would like to take classes.

“We also have needs-based scholarships available for children, and thanks to United Way we’re able to provide those,” Donohoe explained. If interested, contact her. TRAHC also is offering Arts on Main gift certificates. Contact David Murphy at the Perot Theatre to buy them.

(More info or to register: Contact Amy Donohoe at 903-792-8681 or, or visit for full descriptions, class dates, prices and registration forms.)
Published: 12/19/2014

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