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For love of art, teacher putting on free workshop for children 2-12 in Madawaska

MADAWASKA, Maine — Local art teacher, Micheline Clavette, will host a free workshop for children from 1-4 p.m. Sunday at Big Rick’s restaurant.

Children from ages 2 to 12 have been invited to attend to learn how to draw a tulip “just in time for Easter or Mother’s Day,” according to Clavette’s Facebook event invite.

Clavette is providing all of the materials and instructions for the youngsters out of pocket.

“I’m putting this on to instill a love of art and painting in children,” Clavette said. “Many arts are on the chopping block in schools. It’s important to nurture their interest at that and any age.”

Big Rick’s is the location for many of Clavette’s paid workshops, though she says he never charges for the space.

“There are so many important aspects of life we must instill into our future generations,” said restaurant owner Ricky Nadeau. “Art is a very important one, which allows our youth to express their creativity.”

Clavette will set up the canvases and paint, and teach the children step-by-step how to paint while leaving their own flair of creativity in the mix.

“[The children] are our future and if we don’t maintain the love and interest in art, it will die,” Clavette said. “Kids don’t have limitations in their creative minds and it’s the same with art. There are no limits to what you can create.”

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