Topics: College of Fine Arts, Teachers College

January 25, 2008

A Ball State University program will allow kids to learn about the thoughts, ideas and creative art techniques behind children's book illustrations. Meanwhile, their instructors, Ball State education majors, will get firsthand teaching experience.

Saturday Children's Art Classes begin Feb. 16 and lasts until April 5, with children's book illustrations as the theme for the semester. The classes, taught by Ball State juniors majoring in art education as part of their course work, emphasize critical thinking and problem solving through structured art lessons for children aged 6 to 14.

"We're not just asking the kids to replicate the illustrations they see," said Mary Carter, program coordinator and assistant professor of art education. "It's more learning and understanding about the content of the image and then asking them to apply that understanding in a creative, self-expressive way."

For the students teaching the classes, this is their first in-class experience.

"At the junior level, it gives them a chance to see what it's like to be an art teacher before going further," Carter said. "It can be intimidating and a little scary because we are dealing with real children and real parents, but by the time that first Saturday comes, they're well-prepared."

For more information, contact Carter at 765-285-5676 or visit

By Alaric DeArment