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Late Winter Brings Creative Classes to Easton

Get your creative juices flowing with winter classes at the Easton Community Center . Susan Allabashi will teach a mixed media class showcasing a variety of crafts, including mosaics, silk screening, printmaking, collage, watercolor and pastels. All materials are included, but you might want to bring a paint smock. Allabashi will also teach younger children crafts such as papermaking, printmaking, marbling paper, clay building, watercolors and pastels.

Another class is Brainy Alley, which encourages children to think creatively through engaging learning experiences that test imagination. Children build with random materials, act in improvisational skits and explore word challenges. "All activities teach how to be creative with ordinary things, find innovative solutions and explore new possibilities -- skills necessary for today's changing world," states the ECC newsletter. "Brainy Alley is based on the principle that intelligence is multi-dimensional and cannot always be measured."

Also available are pottery classes where children and families can create objects such as coil pots, slab constructions or figures. Students will also experiment with the potter's wheel. Beginners will be given basic instruction and students with previous experience will further develop their skills.

"This class is a great way to get young children and adult family members together to create works of art," the ECC says. Students will also learn sculptural techniques to create figurines, and final projects will be fired and glazed near the end of the session.

Allabashi has owned a decorative painting business, Billington Designs LLC, for 17 years, specializing in hand-painted furniture, accessories, faux finishes and custom murals. For more information on these and other ECC programs, visit its web site at www.eastoncommunitycenter.org .

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