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Playful art classes

Playful Art, a three-week class for children ages 2 1/2 to 4 years old with an adult, will be offered Mondays, April 14-30, from 9:45 to 10:45 a.m. at The Phipps Center for the Arts.

Little ones will explore a variety of art materials and make many creative art projects. This structured class offers children the opportunity to use small and gross motor skills, explore textures, and try new techniques. The adult's role is to assist the child when necessary.

Instructor Christine Melby is the founder/director of Messes & Masterpieces, a non-profit educational organization that holds creative classes and events for children and adults. She has a B.F.A. from the College of Visual Arts and has taught creative classes for over six years. Her work is constantly evolving yet she is particularly fond of book-making, felting, and collage, as well as finding artistic uses for recycled materials. Melby has a passion for leading community art projects where she witnesses joy in the process of creating together.

The class fee is $44. For more information or to enroll, go to, call (715) 386-2305, or stop by the center.