"Because it's fun and you get to create so much stuff."
Fun and free!! May Day coordinators say art is an important part of education for every child.
"The schools just don't have the time, the means, or the money right now to do quality art programs and so coming to the art center is a great way for parents to supplement their kids education because we don't feel that art is optional. We feel that art is part of core curriculum," says Parkersurg Art Center Education Coordinator Jessica Siefert.
The event has a lot to offer, and each young artist has a favorite station.
"It's the hat thing over there..making a hat. because it's fun,"says Johnathan Corbin.
"Umm the drumming cause I'm a natural mostly i should say then," says Joseph Beaumire.
"I draw flowers and portraits of nature," says Makayla Sirk.
Many of the kids are just starting to test their artistic abilities, but some more experienced artists joined in the fun.
"I'm really good at doing portraits with pencil and charcoal," says Joseph Beaumire.
"At school I won the Young Illustrators Contest and they hung it up over there," says Makayla Sirk.
Art has many interpretations giving each child the chance to excel in their own way.
"Not every child is going to be excellent in math or not every child is an excellent football player and so this gives children an opportunity to feel good about themselves. But those kids who are great at sports or are great at academics this gives them an outlet for expression and it opens up their world," says Siefert.
May Day kicks off registration for the Art Center's yearly Summer Art Camp.
For more information on the Parkersburg Art Center and Camp Creativity visit www.parkersburgartcenter.com or call 304-485-3859.
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