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Summer Arts: Lots for Children to Do


Here's a select listing of children's summer arts programs:

Los Angeles Area

Autry Museum of Western Heritage (4700 Western Heritage Way, Los Angeles) offers several summer children's programs including: "The Art of Nature," a class for ages 7-9 exploring different artists' depictions of the West plus hands-on activities in painting, sculpture, collage and more. 9 a.m.-noon, Aug. 4-8. $55-$65, supplies included. "Pioneers and Early Communities," a class for ages 10-12, examining the early European settlers, plus hands-on activities in making candles, toys and games, 1-3 p.m. Aug. 11-15. $55-$65, (213) 667-2000.

Barnsdall Junior Arts Center (4814 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles). Summer session 1997 is July 7-Aug. 30 and includes classes for ages 5-17 in music-video making, creative writing, furniture and wearable art, puppet fun and photography. $18-$42. (213) 485-4474.

Japanese American Cultural Center (244 S. San Pedro St., downtown) has summer sessions July 21-25 for ages 7-12 and July 29-31 for ages 4-6. Children can experience an introduction to Japanese language, making musubi and tsukemono, obon traditions, making origami and more. $40-$110. Call Chris Aihara at (213) 628-2725.

Long Beach Playhouse (5021 E. Anaheim St., Long Beach) presents the 13th annual Summer Youth Workshops for ages 8-13, Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 9 a.m.-noon, June 16-July 14. Each day students have an hour of music, an hour of dance and an hour of acting with a final showcase to demonstrate learned skills. Tuition $98, (562) 494-1014.

Los Angeles County Museum of Art (5905 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles) offers its second year of summer art classes throughout the month of August. Classes are divided into two age groups: one for kids ages 6-8 and one for kids ages 9-12. The one-week sessions are Monday-Friday. Students may participate in the morning, afternoon or both. In "Back to the Basics" (Aug. 4-8) students will discover the basic techniques used by Cezanne, Van Beyren and Rodin. "The Twentieth Century and Beyond" (Aug. 11-15) allows students to study and practice techniques used by artists represented in the museum's permanent collection. In "Art of the Masters" (Aug. 18-22) students will create with acrylic, charcoal, oil and clay. "The Artist and the Studio" (Aug. 25-29) will give students a chance to explore painting, figure drawing, collage and assemblage, $65-$110,(213) 857-6139.

Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl (2301 N. Highland Ave., Hollywood) offers "Musical Treasures of the World," a festival of performing arts for young people featuring music, dance and storytelling performances, arts and crafts workshops and open orchestra rehearsals. Mondays-Fridays, July 7-Aug. 15. Performances at 10 and 11:15 a.m., workshops follow performances at 11 a.m. and 12:15 p.m., and are divided into the following age groups: 3-5, 6-8, 9 and up. Themes for the weeklong programs are: "Adventures in Jazz," "Klezmer Craze," "African Explorations," "Viva Mariachi!," "Rhythm of the Philippines" and "Splendid Strings." Performances $3 per person, workshops $1. Advance tickets encouraged, (213) 850-2000.

Los Angeles Theatre Center (514 S. Spring St., downtown) is now accepting applications for the summer session of Wordsmiths, a playwriting workshop for ages 18 and older led by California Arts Council artist-in-residence and playwright Silas Jones. The 12-week workshops, July 8-Sept. 27, meet Tuesdays, 7-10 p.m. for beginners; Wednesdays, 7-10 p.m. for intermediate; and Saturdays, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. for advanced. Deadline for application, including submission of stage play, is June 23, (213) 485-1624.

Museum of Latin American Art (628 Alamitos Ave., Long Beach) will hold an art camp titled "Paper Angels." The program, divided into five two-week sessions, June 16-Aug. 22, will focus on different creative uses of paper, from tissue to cardboard. There are two workshops scheduled every weekday. The first, from 10 a.m.-1 p.m., is for children ages 6-10 and the second workshop, from 2-5 p.m., is for students ages 11-15. June 16-27, Book Art; June 30-July 11, Papier-Ma^che; July 14-July 25, Collage; July 28-Aug. 8, Paper Sculpture; Aug. 11-22, Paper Architecture. The program ends with a one-week exhibition of the children's projects in the museum. $25 per two-week session; enrollment closes one week before the session begins, (562) 901-9162.

Pacific Asia Museum (46 N. Los Robles Ave., Pasadena) will hold several workshops for children throughout the summer. Children ages 7 and up can learn taiko drumming in a 10-week session; classes Saturdays 9:30-11 a.m., $70. Ongoing, six Saturday session Chinese brush painting classes are held from 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., $90-$99. Creative dance, yoga, Chinese language and tai chi also available, (818) 449-2742, Ext. 31.

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