The second session of Toddler Art classes, which run Thursdays, begins Feb. 23, with subsequent classes March 2, 9, 16, and 23, and April 6, from 10 to 10:45 a.m., at the Bonifas Arts Center.
Toddlers (mobile to age 3), accompanied by their caregivers, can try a variety of hands-on art stations, learning while creating, with music- and story-time as well, enjoying creative play designed to nurture imagination, language, communication, problem solving, and motor skills, facilitated by professional musician and music educator Lorne Watson.
Even if parents work diligently on these skills with toddlers at home, each toddler still will benefit from classes, said Watson. “It’s great for kids to interact,” he said.
For instance, each toddler working with Play-Doh likely will create something different, and when they see each other’s art this “expands horizons,” giving each toddler a new perspective about what is possible, allowing them to “learn as a community,” and, in the same manner, parents and caregivers benefit from talking with each other, said Watson.
There will be no class March 30 due to spring break, but caregivers and toddlers still can visit the Bonifas that day and use free art supplies at the Creative Corner.
Each Toddler Art class is $5, or $25 for the entire six-class session.