Creative mornings at Center for Arts

ESCONDIDO — As part of its monthly Second Saturdays series, the California Center for the Arts will host a free arts and crafts workshop for local families 10 a.m. to noon Jan. 11 at 340 N. Escondido Blvd. All ages are welcome. No pre-registration is required.

Once a month, the Center’s Education department offers free art and dance activities for the whole family. The one- to two-hour classes, held in Studios 1 and 3, explore art or movement. They provide the materials, attendees just bring their creativity.

For January’s theme of jazz, families can use pastels and paint to create art inspired by the work of 1920s American artists such as Georgia O’Keefe and Willem de Kooning, whose work was popularized during the Jazz Age. During the free workshop, jazz music will be playing in the background so families can move to the beats while they craft their creations. Families will also be able to make a guitar out of a tissue box or shoebox and can pretend to make their own music.

During Second Saturdays workshops, children typically have two or three craft projects to work on that are related to upcoming shows or events at the center. The monthly themes for the rest of the season are Classical Cello, Feb. 8; Spring/Seussical March 8; Piano April 12; String Quartet May 10 and Summer June 14.

For more information about Second Saturdays, contact Education Coordinator Kirsten Vega at (760) 839-4176 or For updated craft information for a particular workshop, visit

Fore center productions, the ticket office can be reached at (800) 988-4253. Tickets can also be purchased online. To learn more, including performance dates, times and ticket information, visit




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