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Children ages 2-7 can learn while getting creative at the Dahl's Saturday Art Adventures.

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Kids can take an art adventure at the Dahl Arts Center on Saturday with the "April Showers" art event.

The event, part of the Dahl's Saturday Art Adventures program (which takes place on the second Saturday of every month), will see children taking part in an art project that's a perfect fit for the classic rhyme "April showers bring May flowers."

"We'll start off with a story that will tie in with the art project," said Sean Kittrell Simon, arts education director. "Then we'll make paper plate umbrellas with rain hanging from them."

All supplies will be included, including all paper, string and glue. Children will be able to choose their own colors to add to the project.

"We'll show them what to do and then let them make their own choices."

Simon said she believed children liked the mixed media aspect of the project.

"Kids really like working with a variety of materials, not just crayons or paintbrushes," Simon said. "They like to be able to use scissors, string, colors and glue, and having different facets to what they're creating."

Children will also be able to tour the Dahl facilities, from the kids gallery (which includes iPads, toys, games and more) to the Native American humor exhibit "A Comic Spirit."

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"I think that one will be of interest to children," Simon said.

But best of all for kids will be the chance to get involved with art supplies that they might not have access to otherwise.

"Not every home has art supplies, and there's no K-5 art education in Rapid City area schools, so please, join us," Simon said. "Art is a missing element, and I think it excites them to come to a facility that's not home. There's a level of excitement and anticipation, and kids look forward to joining us every month."

For more information, visit thedahl.org or call 394-4101.

Contact Max B. O'Connell at 394-8427 or max.oconnell@rapidcityjournal.com

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