HANFORD — In addition to featuring art shows and exhibits, the Kings Art Center offers a fall arts after-school program

The first session, “Light Bright,” will run from Aug. 30 - Oct. 5 and features abstract projects that focus on light and shadows. The second session will run from Oct. 11 - Nov. 16 with students using a variety of media and experimenting with various colors.

Classes are held Wednesdays and Thursdays for three age groups. For students ages 5-6, classes run from 3-3:45 p.m. on Wednesdays. Classes for students 7-8 are held from 3:45-5 p.m. Wednesdays. Classes for students aged 9-11 run from 3:45-5 p.m. on Thursdays.

The after-school art classes are taught by graduate students with art degrees, said Interim Children’s Coordinator Tiffany Perkins.

There are also Saturday art classes for students ages 12-14.

“We haven’t been [offering classes] for that age group, but this summer we had a lot of people who were asking about the older kids' [classes],” said Perkins. “So they will be meeting two Saturdays a month and it will actually work out to be six sessions total for this fall semester.”

Saturday art classes will be held from 1-2:30 p.m. on Sept. 6 and 16, Oct. 14 and 21 and Nov. 11 and 18.

Art classes cost $10 per class or $54 for a full session and include art supplies.

“We are really trying to make art affordable for kids so that families can get introduced to art,” Perkins said. “It’s really meant to be fun for the kids, get them introduced to art and different techniques and spark their creativity.”

The center doesn’t usually feature an art show for its fall after-school program as it does for its summer arts program, but it does partner with local schools to put on a Young Masters Show for the spring semester.

“Classes from different schools can participate. Whether it is a whole class project or a student from a school doing a project, it can be entered and we can display it,” said Perkins.

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