The University of Wyoming Art Museum will offer a series of free art classes, called Paint Pony Express, for children ages 4 to 11 during three weeks in July.

Each day of the week is designed for a specific age group. Classes for students ages 4 and 5 will be held Tuesdays, July 7, 14 and 21. Students ages 6 to 8 will meet on Wednesdays, July 8, 15 and 22. Classes for students ages 9 to 11 will be Thursdays, July 9, 16 and 23. Classes meet from 1-3 p.m. each day.

Guided by museum teachers and visiting artists, students will use art and storytelling to explore a different exhibition and theme each week. The program uses “Placing Art at the Center of Learning” at its core, including discussions based on current art exhibitions, creating art, and reading and writing activities. Paint Pony Express gives children an opportunity to have fun while they learn about art.

All age groups will have the opportunity to make art using paint, printmaking, sculpture and more. Children should wear appropriate clothing. Parents must stay with children under 5 years old.

Classes are free, but preregistration is encouraged. For more information and to register, contact Master Teacher Heather Bender at (307) 766-3515 orhbender1@uwyo.edu.

“Placing Art at the Center of Learning” is a guiding principle of the UW Art Museum’s programs. Located in the Centennial Complex at 2111 Willett Drive in Laramie, the museum is open Mondays through Saturdays from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Admission is free.