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Martin Park Nature Center hosts art class



Young artists are encouraged to explore creativity and art outdoors with more than a dozen local autumn-inspired artists teaching nature-related crafts at Oklahoma City's Martin Park Nature Center.

Natural seasonal beauty is the focal point of "Fall Into Art," which runs from 1 to 5 p.m. Friday at the center, 5000 W. Memorial. Visitors inspired by fall and the park's colorful foliage will be guided in creating miniature pieces of take-home art.

Dispersed along Martin Park's 1.25-mile-long trail, a handful of local artists will aid aspiring artists in capturing the beauty of nature with painting, pottery, woodcarving and jewelry making.

A variety of tools and materials "? including pine needles, arrowheads and straw "? can be used with pencils, pastels and watercolors to create bold autumn imagery.

Casey Wieczorek, the park's assistant naturalist, said the event will inspire kids and young artists to enjoy the beauty of nature and help children discover new art forms outside of school.

The on-site artists will help kids experiment with natural media and nature and will match project sophistication levels with appropriate ages. "Fall into Art" educators will also teach children about sustainability by helping them create maracas from recycled materials.

An animal display with snakes, turtles, fish and salamanders will be featured at Martin Park's renovated education center.

Admission is free. For more information, call 755-0676.

"?Natalie Burkey


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