(Posted September 21, 2009)

HUNTINGDON, Pa. - Local school children will literally get a hands-on art experience at the Juniata College Museum of Art from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., Friday, Oct. 3. The Museum will invite children five to eight years of age to participate in a hands-on educational experience including an interactive tour of the art exhibition followed by creating personal artworks with finger paint.

For registration forms and information about the Art Museum Program, please call (814) 641-3657 or e-mail streb@juniata.edu. The program is free, but space is limited to 12 children. Send registration and release forms to Jennifer Streb, Good Hall Juniata College, 1700 Moore Street, Huntingdon, PA 16652. The registration deadline is Sept. 23.

With an emphasized focus on color, form and space, artists featured in the exhibition present unique artworks inspired by the Northern Irish land and seascapes. The artwork each child creates will be based on the nature-inspired pieces they view throughout the museum.

The finger painting program was created and designed by two Juniata Students: Cody Fulton, a senior from Robesonia, Pa., studying history and museum studies; and Erica Strang, a junior from Altoona, Pa., studying art and museum studies.

While the program helps expose children to art and the museum at an early age, Jennifer Streb, assistant professor of art history, says it also "provides a unique opportunity for Juniata museum studies students by allowing them to use knowledge gained in our museum education class to create and lead the sessions."

The art department has held various programs like this one over the past four years with hopes to continue increasing interest among community kids and art education.

Written by: Molly Sollenberger

Contact April Feagley at feaglea@juniata.edu or (814) 641-3131 for more information.