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Museum opens community classrooms

OCEANSIDE — Oceanside Museum of Art announced the opening of its first on-site education classroom, Studio O. Work areas in the museum were rearranged in order to free up space to be dedicated to education, creativity and imagination.Everyone in our community: toddlers to seniors, beginning to advanced artists, will be welcome, especially the children of Oceanside and the surrounding communities.

Studio O intends to bridge the art education void in some public schools.

The museum is running a donation campaign for Studio O that kicks off on Oct. 6 on Free Family Art Day. Visit to contribute to outfit Studio O with art supplies and technology. In addition, it will feature a gallery for student artwork and a reference library.

At Free Family Art Day, children and their parents work closely in the artistic process designing small works of art that reflect concepts and themes from the exhibitions on view. All art activities and exhibitions on view are free to the public. Projects are designed to engage children of all ages. No art experience is required for the art activities and all supplies will be provided. Healthy refreshments and kid-centric docent tours will be provided.

The museum is also helping Oceanside Fire Station 1 celebrate its open house. The street in front of the museum and the firehouse will be closed down to offer fire station demonstrations and food sales. OMA will also have a special firehouse creative project for the entire family on the patio.

For information about the museum or to volunteer at Free Family Art Day, call (760) 435-3720 or visit