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Area children are using their senses to create colorful art pieces at the Beatrice Mary Family YMCA.

On Tuesday, students worked on negative space by drawing with white crayon then painting over it with watercolors, learning how the different mediums affect each other.

Upcoming sessions include a clean canvas painting, where the kids will put paint on a canvas then cover it with plastic wrap, pushing the paint around with their fingers to create art. They will also be given a blank face and blow through a straw to create hair using paint.

“It gets their mouth muscles to really work and makes them use their brain on ‘where does the hair go? If I blow it this hard, how far is it going to go? How do I get it to look like hair?’” Alisyn Wenzbauer, a YMCA volunteer and the class’ teacher, said.

The class is open to kids in kindergarten through fifth grade, and currently has five students signed up for six total sessions. The Y held its first sensory art class at the end of 2019, which was holiday themed.

“We don’t want to just be a place for sports and swimming,” Jennifer Elliott, Program Director at the YMCA, said. “Art kind of touches on something that not a lot of kids might get to do outside of school.”

Wenzbauer said the response from the classes has been positive and exciting.

“By doing this, they’re going to unlock parts of their brain that they didn’t think that they had,” Wenzbauer said. “Especially at a young age, because they don’t quite know everything that their mind can do, so this will hopefully teach them more about what they can do, how they can be creative.”

Students’ finished pieces will be displayed in the YMCA’s lobby starting April 18.

Elliott said sensory art will also be part of the YMCA’s Best Summer Ever camp.

More information on the camp can be found at beatriceymca.org/y-programs/child-care/summer-camps/

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