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Arts Clayton organizing children’s activities for schools winter break

JONESBORO — Children will get to learn about art, love and history through a trio of educational activities Arts Clayton is planning to stage this month.

The group announced this week that it will hold three Creation Stations activities that revolve mostly around Valentine’s Day and Black History Month. The activities have been scheduled to align with Clayton County Public Schools’ winter break from Feb. 13 until Feb. 17.

On Feb. 13, Arts Clayton will hold “Talking Blocks: The Language of Quilts,” which is designed to teach kids how to make quilts using styrofoam.The class will be held at 1 p.m.

“There’s a way to use a stick to poke holes through the styrofoam so you feel like you’re sewing,” Creation Stations organizer Elizabeth Gower said. “Since we’re dealing with children, we can’t give them actual needles, so we’re going this route instead.”

On Feb. 15, “Draw Your Heart Out” will be held at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. During these classes, children will draw pictures of hearts while learning how to use multiple colors to add texture and depth.

“They’ll learn that all drawings start as a concept on paper and then grow into something bigger,” Gower said.

The final class, “The Harlem Renaissance,” will be held Feb. 17 at 1 p.m. Gower said this class will focus on teaching the children about the poetry, music and dances that emerged from the Harlem area of New York City during the 1920s.

“They’re also going to learn a dance from the 1920s,” Gower said.

All of the classes will be held at the Arts Clayton Gallery, 136 South Main St., in Jonesboro. Gower said it will cost $5 per class to sign up and advance registrations will be required. The deadlines to register will be Feb. 11 for the quilting class, Feb. 12 for the drawing class and Feb. 14 for the Harlem Renaissance class.