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Mary C. O'Keefe Cultural Center of Arts & Education

1600 Government Street

Ocean Springs, MS 39564

Phone: (228) 818-2878

The Mary C. O'Keefe Cultural Center is located in the historic 1927 Ocean Springs Public School Building. The Center provides a diverse set of programs and facilities for the arts. The beautiful lobby area houses the spectacular 1937 WPA tile murals painted by James McConnell Anderson and fired by Peter Anderson and now lovingly restored and protected.

Inside the Cultural Center an art gallery filled with beautiful artwork and the Ocean Springs Art Museum.

Open Monday - Saturday 10am-6pm.

Facility Info
  • Description The Trent Lott Performing Arts Theatre is available for performances and meetings. With 393 seats, the Theatre accommodates concerts, plays, musicals, recitals and town meetings. The Mary C. O’Keefe Cultural Center also offers seven other rooms throughout the center for workshops or gatherings! The Duckett Gallery, Paper Mache Room, HOSA Room, Performing Arts Room, VA Room, Pottery Studio, and Woodcarving Room are available for your meeting needs. Call for details & rental fees!

Join us in Becky’s Kitchen and learn how to prepare the perfect lunch.

Menu: 

Classic Patty Melt
German Potato Salad
Succotash
Mississippi Mud Cake

Mississippi Songwriters Alliance, The  Mary C and The Feder Foundation present Songs and Stories Show featuring Tommy Barnes.

Join us for a fun night at the movies.

Costumes are encouraged. Bar will be open. Show recommended for 21 and up.

VIP seating will include props. Outside props are not allowed.

The Art of Preserving Architecture; Principles and Theories in the Process of Preserving the Built Environment.

With over 4 decades of training and experience in Egyptian/ Lebanese Cabaret & Folkloric Dance, Nourhan Sharif is a leading American Artist of Middle Eastern dance and music Her skills are in demand around the world; She has taught and performed on nearly every continent!

During each session, students will learn different techniques to design and create beautiful jewelry using fine, high-end Swarovski and Czech crystals, glass, wood, ceramic beads; natural stones, cultured pearls, sterling silver and pewter charms, pendants, etc. from our large selection. You will learn how to professionally finish necklaces and bracelets using various techniques to attach clasps. Students will create necklaces, earrings, and bracelets of their choice and take them home at the end of each class.

Instructor: Shirley Cahela

(Individual Classes)

Please note Registration Deadline is 1 week prior to class.

Join us in Becky’s Kitchen and learn how to prepare the perfect lunch.

Menu: 

Cajun Tomato Braised Chicken
Cheese Grits
Chess Pie

Let’s kick off the 1699 Weekend of Discovery at the Mary C with a membership drive and fundraiser. Free admission but donation opportunities abound with a full bar (cash or card), signature 1699 beer, art auction, and RPS tournament.

Our special guests of the Mary C House Party will be the Mardi Gras Indian Collective from New Orleans. Their performance is sponsored by the R&B Feder Foundation. They will enchant us with their beautiful ceremonial garb, fascinating history, and lively drumming and dancing.

DJ Doug Funnie will be spinning his best vinyl records. Get your teams assembled for our Rock/Paper/Scissors tournament. Wear your best wig to win prizes.

$30 entry fee for teams of 3 for the Rock/Paper/Scissors tournament. There will be two grand prizes for the winning team and the team that raises the most money.

Cooking demo in Becky’s Kitchen
Kids art auction
Karaoke with the Queens

Mr. Jamell Richardson was born in Meridian, MS and raised in the small town of Butler, AL

Jamell’s musical journey all started shortly after the day he was born. His Grandmother who was a church pastor carried him to church with her every chance she could. By the age of one  Jamell, was already being influenced by all the church musicians, with his grandmother taking notice to his interest in music she decided to buy him his first guitar. By age 11 he was already an active studio and church musician as well as a vocalist. With his inspiration spawning from being raised in the church, Jamell groomed his skills playing behind numerous gospel quartet groups, from Rance Allen, Paul Beasley, to Donnie McClurkin, Marvin Sapp and a number of other well- known gospel acts. As he matured, Jamell began to expand his horizons by listening to B.B. King, Jimi Hendrix, George Benson, Eric Johnson, and many more which lead to his growing interest in other genres especially the blues. By 2012 he was on the road touring and recording with the legendary Southern Soul Bluesman Mel Waiters. There is where he quickly began to shine being featured as Mel Waiters’ “Young Gun” and “Phenomenal Guitar Player” capturing every moment he was called on for his electric solos, he became a youtube sensation and one of the most memorable parts of the show.  Fall 2013 with Jamell’s music career taking off he also got introduced to acting, when he was cast as guitarist Jimmy Nolen in the upcoming movie “Get On Up,” (August 1, 2014 – Produced by Mick Jagger and Brian Grazer- Featuring, Chadwick Boseman, Dan Aykroyd, Jill Scott, Tika Sumpter, Craig Robinson, Nelsan Ellis) Not only did Jamell play James Brown’s long time friend and musician Jimmy Nolen, but he also worked as the movie’s guitar instructor and coach. He taught everyone from Top 10 Billboard recording artist Aloe Blacc to Keith Robinson (Dream Girls), and a number of other cast members from the film. So far in his short career as a musician he has had the opportunity to share the stage with legends such as Bobby Womack, Lenny Williams, Bobby Bland, Latimore, Al Green, Shirley Brown, Denise LaSalle, Millie Jackson, and many more blues legends.

Join one of the Gulf Coasts Top Chefs for a delicious and entertaining evening.

Menu: TBA

Instructor: Chef Alex Perry

Join us in Becky’s Kitchen and learn how to prepare the perfect lunch.

Menu: 

Fried Catfish and Sauce
Tomato Pie
Wilted Greens
Root Beer Cupcakes

Join Karen Abernathy, David Delk and Jonathan Brannan as Coast Big Band goes to the movies.

Learn the ins and outs to cooking perfect Mexican cuisine.

Menu:

Fresh Tortillas
Garlic Salsa Shredded Chicken
Guacamole
Black Bean Tostadas
Tres Leche Cake

Instructor: Chef Cheri Hiers

Ages: 14 & up

Join us in Becky’s Kitchen and learn how to prepare the perfect lunch.

Menu: 

Flank Steak Salad 
Tomatillo Dressing
Fresh Tortillas
Butter Pudding

THE TAKEOVER actually stars a 9-month-pregnant woman playing a 9-month-pregnant woman in an off the wall, no-holds-barred comedy! Prepare to laugh harder than ever before as you surrender to The Takeover. She's expecting, but you'll never know what to expect in this hillarious, bold, poignant production.

Mix a little bit of country and Cajun, with a touch of Rock-n-Roll and Blues, and you have a funky Louisiana flavor that fiddler and singer Amanda Shaw brings every time her high heels dance across a stage. Amanda's passion for her culture is evident in the diverse blend of music she creates with every note she plays.

Becoming a classically trained violinist at age four, Amanda studied music at Southeastern Louisiana University Community Music School, and has been memorizing fans with locally- infused performances for nearly twenty years. As a young child, Amanda was inspired by artists like Dolly Parton, Loretta Lynn, Bonnie Raitt and others that influenced the entertainment industry. Similar to those artists, Amanda made a name for herself by achieving goals and breaking records like becoming the youngest soloist to perform in the Baton Rouge Symphony at the tender age of eight.

Join us in Becky’s Kitchen and learn how to prepare the perfect lunch.

Menu: 

Pepper Jelly BLT
Sweet Potato Fries
Lemon/Lime Cupcakes with Blackberry Buttercream

A 1980s crime tale based on true events concerning the Dixie Mafia.

Dr. Sasha Ferreira - Violin 

Dr. Gosia Leska - Violin 

Mr. Jim Lichtenberger - Viola

Mr. Daniel Martinez - Cello

From Mobile AL, the Mulligan Brothers have spent the last three years touring throughout the US and Europe, playing their brand of Americana Folk Rock.

The songwriting and warm, honest, straight-to-the heart voice of lead singer Ross Newell draws listeners into the group’s signature sound, where the harmonies of Greg DeLuca, Ben Leininger and Melody Duncan make the songs soar or haunt from the shadows. De Luca plays drums and Leininger is on the bass. Fiddler Melody Duncan joined the band last year, bringing a female voice and perspective.

Children Ages 7 - 10 will learn drawing, painting, and collage in this class for beginning artists. This class is highly popular throughout the school year, and is now available for summer! 

Instructor: Carmen Lugo

Learn to draw and paint from life! Students will learn the fundamentals and basics of drawing in this educational class. Learn contour drawing,  shading, and techniques to draw different textures and surfaces in this class designed for beginners  (Note: This class does NOT cover anime, or cartoons)

Instructor: Carmen Lugo

Age Group: 11-15

The Mary C and Lynn Meadows Wings Performing Arts have partnered together to offer innovative performing art camps for children this Summer here at the Mary C.

From Page to Stage, Explore the world of playwriting in this inspiring workshop led by Cayson Miles.   Aspiring young playwrights will create a short play that will be presented in a staged reading on the final day. WINGS playwrights have gone on to win awards at the state and regional level as well as received college scholarships.  Last summer instructor Cayson Miles  playwright was awarded a scholarship to the prestigious Vassar Power House Summer Program in partnership with New York Stage and Film where his play Waves was presented.  Cayson also won runner up in this year's state play writing competition held by the Mississippi Theatre Association. 

Instructor: Cayson Miles

Grades: 4-8

Send your up and coming Culinary Star to our Jr. Chef  Summer Camp where they will spend  each day chopping and dicing, kneading and baking and much more on their way to becoming a great chef.

Instructor: Chef Cheri Hiers

Ages: 8 & up

Week's Menu:

6/4 Spinach Pasta, Pesto, Cauliflower Alfredo, Watermelon Cake with Fresh Whip Cream
6/5 Teriyaki Turkey Meatball and Pineapple Kabobs, Vegetable Stir-fry, Baked Pears
6/6 Frittatas, Potato Cakes, French Toast, Fresh Fruit Syrup 
6/7 Chicken Parmesan, Crispy Green Beans, Garlic Bread, Marshmallows
6/8 Hagrid’s Cottage Pie, Professor Sprout's Brussel Sprouts, Cauldron Cakes

Explore colors and drawing using pastels. Students will learn to use the color wheel and other techniques to make beautiful pastel art.  You can work on your favorite cartoon characters or bring in your own items that you would like to like to draw.

Instruction will be age appropriate. All supplies and materials are provided.

Instructor: Debra Baldinger

Age Group: 5-6

Playmaking led by the award winning Playwright Cayson Miles. Cayson will lead younger students in creating and performing their own plays which will be presented in a showcase on June 8th! Student will learn about story structure, plot, character and dialogue while creating original work.

A showcase will be presented during the last hour of camp on Friday. 

Grades: K-4

Instructor: Cayson Miles

The chefs of tomorrow will spend their “staycation” learning about different cultures and creating tasty, kid-friendly dishes from around the world.  Each day will focus on delicious and unfamiliar foods from far-away lands.  In addition, the chefs will be taught kitchen safety, knife skills (age appropriate), table setting and service, and dining etiquette.

Kid Chefs will receive a Passport of Tastes to record their international food experiences.  The kids will receive a stamp on their passport for tasting the menu items they prepared.    There will be additional pages for them to record future adventures of foods for servers from restaurants or home chefs to sign off on.

Instructor: Chef Robin Pate

Ages: 8 - 13

Menus:

Monday-France
Quiche Lorraine
Crepes with Assorted Fillings and Homemade Whipped Cream
**Homemade Pickles for Wednesday 

Tuesday-Mexico
Homemade Hot Tamales
Mexican Street Corn
Sweet Pineapple Empanadas

Wednesday-England
Bubble and Squeak
Coleslaw with Homemade Pickles
English Trifle

Thursday- Jamaica
Jerk Chicken
Dominican Rice and Noodles
Coconut Candy

Friday-Italy
Handmade pasta with Meatballs and Marinara Sauce
Brownie Biscotti
Homemade Chocolate Gelato

Anything goes in this fun filled class! Includes some favorite student projects and activities, including drafting designs for their own inventions, mock advertisements, integrating art and poetry, illustrating words, and playing art - based games in which the students collaborate in groups / teams.

Instructor: Carmen Lugo

Age Group: 6-10

Children Ages 7 - 10 will learn drawing, painting, and collage in this class for beginning artists. This class is highly popular throughout the school year, and is now available for summer!
Instructor: Carmen Lugo

Age Group: 7-10

Send your up and coming Culinary Star to our Jr. Chef  Summer Camp where they will spend  each day chopping and dicing, kneading and baking and much more on their way to becoming a great chef.

Instructor: Chef Cheri Hiers

Ages: 8 & up

Week's Menu:

6/11 Spinach Pasta, Pesto, Cauliflower Alfredo, Watermelon Cake with Fresh Whip Cream
6/12 Teriyaki Turkey Meatball and Pineapple Kabobs, Vegetable Stir-fry, Baked Pears
6/13 Frittatas, Potato Cakes, French Toast, Fresh Fruit Syrup 
6/14 Chicken Parmesan, Crispy Green Beans, Garlic Bread, Marshmallows
6/15 Hagrid’s Cottage Pie, Professor Sprout's Brussel Sprouts, Cauldron Cakes

In depth exploration of colors, perspective and various drawing methods using pastels. Students will learn to use the color wheel and other techniques to make beautiful pastel art.  You can work on your favorite Marvel characters or bring in subjects that you would like to like to draw.

Instruction will cover beginners through more advanced experience. It will be age, content and experience appropriate. 

All supplies and materials are provided.

Instructor: Debra Baldinger

Age Group: 12-13

Students will explore photography as creative expression by developing powers of observation and applying the basic elements of visual design. We’ll find new ways to look at the world around us, discuss elements of design in existing photographs, and then create our own work to discuss. Students must provide their own cameras, of any kind.

Instructor: Diane DeCesare Ross

Age Group: 11-15

Over the two week period, the students will learn what it truly means to put on a Theatrical production. The students will be cast and rehearse for a production called Space Pirates! A new Children’s Musical… Pirates! Aliens! Space Travel! This is a story about Gabby, a kid who gets picked on for being smart. It’s only after going on a whirlwind space adventure with her classmates that she truly becomes comfortable in her own skin. Areas of performance and technical skills will be covered as the students enjoy this exciting theatrical experience. Other skills to be covered: Movement, Dance, Prop Building, Pantomime, Mask Work, and Storytelling. 

The class will culminate in 2 productions on Saturday, June 23rd,  at 1PM and another at 3PM.

Please note that each camper will get 2 free tickets. General Admission: $5

Instructor: Ryan Pierini

Ages: 7-16

Campers get ready for an exciting baking adventure.  The budding bakers will experience five fun-filled days of preparing both sweet and savory treats! Baking essentials taught will include kitchen safety and sanitation, reading recipes, mise en place, measuring ingredients, mixing ingredients, and techniques. At four o’clock on Friday, each baker will host an afternoon tea for two guests. 

Instructor: Chef Robin Pate

Ages: 8 - 13

Week's Menu:

Monday
Baking Essentials
Basic Pie Crust
Fruit Hand Pies

Tuesday

Pizza Scones
Homemade Cat Head Biscuits
Strawberry Jam

Wednesday
Cream Puffs
Eclairs
Pastry Cream 

 

Thursday
Classic Sugar Cookie Pops
Whoopie Pies
Petit Four Cake

Friday
Afternoon Tea with Guests
Lemon Thyme Tea Muffins
Cheese Straws
Petit Fours

Send your up and coming Culinary Star to our Jr. Chef  Summer Camp where they will spend  each day chopping and dicing, kneading and baking and much more on their way to becoming a great chef.

Instructor: Chef Cheri Hiers

Ages: 8 & up

Week's Menu:

6/25 Pork Chops, Sautéed Apples, Grilled Corn, Rainbow Sugar Cookies

6/26 Roast Chicken and Vegetables, Ricotta Gnocchi, Meringue Cookies

6/27, Chili, Cornbread, Strawberry-Basil Crepes

6/28 Marinated Chicken Fajita Kabobs, Salsa, Fresh Tortillas, Lemon Rosemary Cookies

6/29 Whole Wheat Pizza with Fresh Tomato Sauce, Chocolate Pudding

In this camp we will be utilizing plastic bags to make the base of our marionettes, & polymer clay to add character & facial features to them. This is a great camp to help your child soar with their imagination, as well as letting them learn to pay attention to detail.

Instructor: Summer Bat

Ages: 4-5

In this class, children will learn about the lives of famous artists and prominent art movements, and create works inspired by their art. Educational and fun, this class was a big hit last year, and we're excited to offer it, again! 
Instructor: Carmen Lugo

Age Group: 6-10

Explore colors and drawing using pastels. Students will learn to use the color wheel and other techniques to make beautiful pastel art.  You can work on your favorite cartoon characters or bring in your own items that you would like to like to draw.

Instruction will be age appropriate.

All supplies and materials are provided.

Instructor: Debra Baldinger

Age Group: 7-11

Using a series of small objects, teens will learn to use pencil, colored pencil, and paint to learn to render objects realistically. This class is perfect for beginners, and aims to break down the concepts of realism in approachable way by focusing on small objects, and creating a series of smaller works. 

Instructor: Carmen Lugo

Age Group: 11-15

Learn the basics of drawing and painting from life in this class that focuses on the fundamentals. Perfect for beginning artists.
Instructor: Carmen Lugo

Age Group: 7-10

Send your up and coming Culinary Star to our Jr. Chef  Summer Camp where they will spend  each day chopping and dicing, kneading and baking and much more on their way to becoming a great chef.

Instructor: Chef Cheri Hiers

Ages: 8 & up

Week's Menu:

6/18 Pork Chops, Sautéed Apples, Grilled Corn, Rainbow Sugar Cookies

6/19 Roast Chicken and Vegetables, Ricotta Gnocchi, Meringue Cookies

6/20, Chili, Cornbread, Strawberry-Basil Crepes

6/21 Marinated Chicken Fajita Kabobs, Salsa, Fresh Tortillas, Lemon Rosemary Cookies

6/22 Whole Wheat Pizza with Fresh Tomato Sauce, Chocolate Pudding

The Mary C and Lynn Meadows Wings Performing Arts have partnered together to offer innovative performing art camps for children this Summer here at the Mary C.

The Magical Word of Puppets and Masks.  Students will be introduced to various types of puppetry and mask work as well as create their own in this exciting fun camp!  They will perform with their creations on the final day in a showcase.

Instructor: MSU Intern

Grades: 1-4

The Mary C and Lynn Meadows Wings Performing Arts have partnered together to offer innovative performing art camps for children this Summer here at the Mary C.

The Magical Word of Puppets and Masks.  Students will be introduced to various types of puppetry and mask work as well as create their own in this exciting fun camp!  They will perform with their creations on the final day in a showcase.

Instructor: MSU Intern

Grades: K-2

In depth exploration of colors, perspective and various drawing methods using pastels. Students will learn to use the color wheel and other techniques to make beautiful pastel art.  You can work on your favorite Marvel characters or bring in subjects that you would like to like to draw.

Instruction will cover beginners through more advanced experience.  It will be age, content and experience appropriate. 

All supplies and materials are provided.

Instructor: Debra Baldinger

Age Group: 14-17

One of our most popular summer camps! Throughout the week students will learn the proportions of the face, and how to shade and render features. Students will create two self portraits, one in graphite, and one painting.  A great class for a beginner artist! 
Instructor: Carmen Lugo

Age Group: 9-13

Kids will learn to keep an art journal filled with writing, sketches, ideas, and artwork. Different phototransfer, drawing, painting techniques and journal prompts will be given for this class. Please provide a hard backed journal.
Instructor: Carmen Lugo

Age Group: 6-10

A slightly more advanced version of art journaling - Teens will learn to keep an art journal filled with writing, sketches, ideas, and artwork. Different photo transfer, drawing, painting techniques and journal prompts will be given for this class. Please provide a hard backed journal.
Instructor: Carmen Lugo

Age Group: 11-15

A very interactive, hands-on  camp for children age 6 –14.  Children will work side by side with a professional chef and learn the science of food.  Each day we will do a different science experiment and link that experiment to the menu we are preparing for the day.  The importance of safety and healthy food practices will also be taught.  Join us this summer for our best culinary program yet.

Instructor: Chef Danie

Ages: 6 - 14, younger ages will be considered.

The Mary C and Lynn Meadows Wings Performing Arts have partnered together to offer innovative performing art camps for children this Summer here at the Mary C.

Gotta Sing, Gotta Dance! Join the fun of Musical Theatre and prepare to perform in a show case. Students when learn basic musical theatre techniques including voice and dance and perform in a final showcase at the end of the week!

Instructor: MSU Intern

Grades: 5-6

The Mary C and Lynn Meadows Wings Performing Arts have partnered together to offer innovative performing art camps for children this Summer here at the Mary C.

Gotta Sing, Gotta Dance! Join the fun of Musical Theatre and prepare to perform in a show case. Students when learn basic musical theatre techniques including voice and dance and perform in a final showcase at the end of the week!

Instructor: MSU Intern

Grades: 1-4

Send your up and coming Culinary Star to our Jr. Chef  Summer Camp where they will spend  each day chopping and dicing, kneading and baking and much more on their way to becoming a great chef.

Instructor: Chef Cheri Hiers

Ages: 8 & up

Week's Menu:

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Due to the popularity of this class, we are offering a second session! Children Ages 7 - 10 will learn drawing, painting, and collage in this class for beginning artists. This class is highly popular throughout the school year, and is now available for summer!
Instructor: Carmen Lugo

Age Group: 7-11

Rainbows provide a beautiful color palate in the sky, but did you know they can provide the same palate on your plate?  “Dining from the Rainbow” Culinary Camp will be remarkable journey of learning about different colored foods-what they taste like and all the nutrients they provide for your health.  Each day will unfold a beautiful color set of foods for you to dine on.  The student chefs will learn the essentials of kitchen safety and sanitation, reading recipes, mise en place, measuring ingredients, mixing ingredients, and cooking techniques.

Instructor: Chef Robin Pate

Ages: 8 - 13

Monday

Green Menu
Spinach Pinwheel Sandwiches
Cream of Broccoli Soup
Pistachio Cream Cheese Cookies

Tuesday

Orange Menu
Honey Soy Salmon
Roasted Rosemary Root Vegetables
Peach Crisp with Maple Cream Sauce

Wednesday

Yellow Menu
Turkey Wellington
Saffron Rice
Pineapple Upside-Down Cupcake

Thursday

Red Menu
Hot wings
Red Hot Smashed Potatoes
Cherry Pie

Friday

Purple Menu
Ratatouille
Purple Coleslaw
Blackberry Cobbler

The Mary C and Lynn Meadows Discovery Center's Wings Performing Arts have partner together to offer innovative performing art camps for children this Summer here at the Mary C.

Join Sarah Grammar, a graduate of Harvard University with a concentration in theatre for a rollicking, musical version of the Lewis Carroll classic children's story.   

The class will culminate in 2 productions! Friday, July 27th, 6:00 PM -7:00 PM and Saturday, July 28th, 2:00 PM-3:00 PM.

Please note that each camper will get 2 free tickets. General Admission: $10

Instructor: Sarah Grammar

Send your up and coming Culinary Star to our Jr. Chef  Summer Camp where they will spend  each day chopping and dicing, kneading and baking and much more on their way to becoming a great chef.

Instructor: Chef Cheri Hiers

Ages: 8 & up

Week's Menu:

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Back this year by popular demand: Paper Dolls camp! Students will design and color their own paper dolls and accessories. The students name their dolls, assign them careers and hobbies, and develop accessories and wardrobe to match. Safety scissors used for younger students, and assistance is provided as needed with cutting.
Instructor: Carmen Lugo

Age Group: 6-9

Students will explore photography as creative expression by developing powers of observation and applying the basic elements of visual design. We’ll find new ways to look at the world around us, discuss elements of design in existing photographs, and then create our own work to discuss. Students must provide their own cameras, of any kind.

Instructor: Diane DeCesare Ross

Age Group: 11-15

Learn the art of altered books in this hands on class with lots of creative prompts! Students will bring a hardback book to alter by cutting, collaging, and painting - creating a work of art out of an old book. Some books provided, but bringing your own hardback or paperback books are encouraged.

Instructor: Carmen Lugo

Age Group: 9-15

Send your up and coming Culinary Star to our Jr. Chef  Summer Camp where they will spend  each day chopping and dicing, kneading and baking and much more on their way to becoming a great chef.

Instructor: Chef Cheri Hiers

Ages: 8 & up

Week's Menu:

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Learn different mixed media and painting techniques - from creating texture, to working images into artwork, layering, and creating successful abstract work. Explore your creative side by adding different types of media to your work!
"Instructor: Carmen Lugo

Age Group: 7-11