Girls to learn about art through new Scouting program

MORRISONVILLE - The worlds of art and Scouting will collide when the Morrisonville chapter of Girl Scouts of the USA hosts a new program this January.

"The Morrisonville Art Club" is a six-week program the local service unit will host at Morrisonville Elementary School beginning next month, focusing on various mediums of art. Lauren Currie, leadership development manager for the Morrisonville Girls Scouts, said the idea behind the program is to get girls in touch with their artistic sides while educating them about Scouting.

"We wanted to do this because now it's cabin fever time and we wanted to give girls a chance to get out and try something new," said Currie. "It aims to enhance their interest in the world of art and it's a way to really show the Girl Scout experience to girls who may not otherwise consider joining."

The service unit is partnering with Meredith Jacobs, an art teacher at CV-Tec, in facilitating the program. The program will consist of three main projects - one about interior design, one about pottery and another about watercolor painting. Each project will be intertwined with the other, showing how art is connected, said Currie. The culmination of the program will be in an art show coordinated by the girls who participate.

"That way, they can show their families what they've accomplished and have a little bit of that leadership role, planning their art show and deciding how they're going to display their art," said Currie. "And, by moving back and forth from one project to another, we're hoping the girls will plan on being there the whole six weeks."

The program dovetails with the national mission of Girl Scouts to provide "pathways" for more girls to become involved with Scouting, said Currie.

"That's why we wanted to open this up to not just the girls that were already members, but girls that weren't members, too. We wanted them to see that maybe there are other things Girl Scouts has to offer that would interest them," said Currie. "We want them to see there are so many, many benefits to Scouting."

The weekly program - which will be held from 5:30-6:45 p.m. beginning Wednesday, Jan. 13 - will be open to all girls in kindergarten through 12th grade. The cost is $17, which includes the cost of supplies and a Girl Scouts membership good through Sept. 30.

Registration is required in advance by calling Currie at 561-2667 or service unit manager Deborah Colver at 569-8049. Paperwork and payment will not need to be filed until the first session Jan. 13.

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