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Elementary art club to start in Rugby

By Staff | Sep 16, 2016

Elaine Sveet with her son, Ethan, at a parent-child painting class in Moorhead, Minn.

Children in grades K-6 can look forward to another after-school activity option. Rugby Elementary Art Club is now being offered, starting the beginning of October and running through the end of April.

This free program will be held at Heart of America Library on Mondays from 3:30-4:30 p.m. and is run by Rev. Elaine Sveet, Pastor at First Lutheran Church.

Sveet said she decided to start the program after her eldest son, Ethan, mentioned that he didn’t have an Art Class, his favorite subject, at school.

“Ely Elementary is a wonderful school and offers a lot of programs, but obviously, it can’t offer everything,” Sveet said. “It doesn’t have, currently, a designated Art teacher. This seemed like something that could be added to the community that would be, possibly, filling a void.”

After inquiring on Rugby Rummage Sale’s Facebook page about interested community members, Sveet was excited to see that so many people wanted the program in the community.

“I was really excited about that, that other people were also wanting something like that for their kids,” she said.

Each month, a different art leader will instruct the students on a variety of projects. Art projects may focus on drawing, painting, beading, clay, Pinterest projects, etc.

“It’s a program for children who are really into art,” Sveet said. “Those budding artists, the kids that want to draw and doodle all the time. Kids who maybe like to hang out in art museums, if they had the chance.”

Sveet will be teaching the first month of the program, focusing on cardmaking and scrapbooking, among other projects. She also plans to have the children write a short story and illustrate it.

The Club plans to display the children’s artwork in various businesses around town and in semester showcases, so that the community can see what the program is and what the students are working on.

The program is being offered at no cost to the children or their parents. Sveet says that the hope is for individuals and businesses in the community to sponsor the club in order to keep it free for the kids.

Sponsorships will help fund needed art supplies, as well as t-shirts and possible art museum field trips for the participants. Interested parties can sponsor the club for a week at $25 or for a month at $100. Sponsors will receive a ‘Thank You’ photo of the group with whatever art project was made possible from the donation. Art supply donations will also be accepted. A list of needed supplies will be made available each month.

“We’re hoping to have a good relationship with the community,” Sveet said. “We’d like to have that sense of ownership, that people feel like this is our community’s [art club] and that people who love the arts can encourage and support this.”

Sveet and the rest of the Art Club Team have reached out to the Rugby Jaycees and the Rugby Art Council for grants to help fund the program.

The Art Club Team includes Sveet, Coordinator, as well as Renata Warner, Rita Sveet, Carrie Schieve and Cassandra Swanson. The Team is still welcoming those who want to help plan and oversee the club.

The Team is currently looking for art leaders, adults who love art and are available to lead projects in various art mediums. Art helpers are also needed; preferably teenagers who want to volunteer to help the children with their projects. Skilled artists are also welcome as visiting artists, to show their artwork to the children and inspire them.

“I think it’s going to be crazy fun,” Sveet said. “We want kids who love art to have the opportunity to participate in this, grow in their skills and be encouraged. We’re looking to provide a really positive and encouraging environment for kids who want to be creative and grow their creative minds.”

The Club’s Vision Statement is ‘To inspire creativity in children, build esteem, nurture relationships among club members and their community, and grow in artistic skill.’

More information about the program can be found on their Facebook page, Rugby ND Elementary Art Club.

Registration Night for the Rugby Elementary Art Club will be held Monday, September 19 from 3:30-5 p.m. at the Heart of America Library. There, parents can register their children. A group art project will also be available for students to work on.

Online registration forms can be found on the Club Facebook page and are available now.

People interested in leading and volunteering or who may have questions can contact Sveet at (218) 443-2227.

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