Shaunna Watson of Locals will teach two painting classes on Saturday and children will learn to paint winter themed characters and places such as snowmen, ice palaces, and snow flakes.
"I am excited we are able to add Locals to our growing list of community partners. When we all work together, it's a win-win-win for the community, the kids and the partners. The Delta Arts Alliance is always seeking new ways to partner," said Delta Arts Alliance Executive Director Rori Herbison.
Children who participate will get a coupon for free popcorn and special seating for the movie.
The kindergarten through second grade class will be at 9:30 a.m. at Delta Arts Alliance.
The cost is $20 and they will be painting an 8x10 canvas.
The third through eighth grade class will be at 11 a.m. at DAA and the cost is $25. They will be painting a 9x12 canvas.
The event is open to kids as young as kindergarten age and Herbison believes it's important to include kids this young because when it comes to creativity, age is irrelevant.
"I think it's for that exact reason — creativity. To me, grade is irrelevant. The most important word in the question you posed is kids. These classes are open to children because the Delta Arts Alliance is committed to fostering that creative expression in all ages—young emerging artists, included. The experience of being guided through a painting is important, particularly as the children learn to evaluate and recognize where they are going to deviate from what they see the instructor do. For example, everything around them may tell them a snowman is white, but that moment a child opts to paint their snowman neon pink because that's what they were led to do, creatively—that's a golden moment. Golden," she said.
When asked what kind of artwork she expected to see, Herbison said, "I am always intrigued with the direction a young artist takes their painting. When I glance over their shoulder, I think I know where they are heading, but if I come back in five minutes, they have completely moved away from where I thought they were going. I love that moment of being shocked. I love being witness to that creative independence. Young artists are fun because they are fearless. They are bound by their imagination, and more often than not, that imagination is working overtime."
For more information about the painting class call the Delta Arts Alliance at 662-843-3344. For more information about the movie at the BPAC call 662-846-4626.