FORT BRAGG, N.C. - Creative minds run wild in the Mini Monet Mommy and Me class that is taught every Tuesday at Tolson Youth Center from 9 to 9:45 a.m.

Children ages 2 and 3 are encouraged to experience art while working on building fine motor skills, socialization skills, and confidence in artistic expression.

The class is taught by Sally Rebel, who encourages safety, cleanliness, messiness, friendliness and environment awareness, but also lets the artists express themselves in various creative ways.
"(Caleb) asks every day if we are going to art class. He'll be sitting in the car and ask, 'are we going to paint''" said Damaris Camacho, Caleb's mother. "He absolutely loves this class."

Children who are interested in participating in the class need to be registered with Child, Youth, and School Services. Fees are $20 per student for four, 45-minute classes with a parent or guardian. Sessions are available until May 24. All supplies are included with the fee. Children participating only need to bring a smock or old T-shirt to protect their clothing.

There is also a class for older children, 4 to 5 years old, called Pint-Sized Picasso, that costs $25 for an hour class. Pint-Sized Picasso classes are held on Tuesdays at 10 a.m.
For more information on the program, call 90-SKIES.