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Mississippi Children’s Museum Hosting Artist Rick Anderson

Artist Rick Anderson is Mississippi Children’s Museum’s resident artist for March.

Artist Rick Anderson is Mississippi Children’s Museum’s resident artist for March.

Renowned Mississippi artist Rick Anderson will teach "Spring into Arts with Acrylic," an interactive painting class, at the Mississippi Children's Museum March 2 and March 16.

Kathleen See, communications coordinator for the Mississippi Children's Museum, says this is Anderson's second appearance at the museum. His visit last March yielded a good turnout, and See expects an even better one for this year's class. "We're excited to have him," See says.

A native of Clarksdale, Miss., Anderson earned a bachelor's degree in fine art and a master's degree in arts education from Delta State University. He began teaching in 1970 while still working as a professional artist, and he has illustrated a number of children's books such as "M Is For Magnolia" (Sleeping Bear Press, 2003, $17.95) and "Natural Numbers" (Sleeping Bear Press, 2008, from $12.79), both written by Michael Shoulders. Locally, Anderson has shown his work at Brown's Fine Art & Framing (630 Fondren Place, 601-982-4844) and the former Bryant Gallery. He has earned more than 150 awards throughout his career.

"He's very engaging with the students," See says, explaining that Anderson asks questions to engage them in the creative process and technique. For budding painters of all ages, it's a fun afternoon learning to paint with acrylics.

But the class isn't just for kids. "Parents are welcome to participate with their children," See says. The Mississippi Children's Museum encourages parents to be involved in the learning and creating.

"Spring into Arts with Acrylic" at the Mississippi Children's Museum (2145 Highland Drive, 601-981-5469) is from 1-4 p.m. March 2 and March 16. The class is free with museum admission ($8). Visit rickandersonart.com and mississippichildrensmuseum.com.

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