“I was telling my kids the other day that when I was young my teacher would tell me to draw a picture and it was very systematic. Now creativity is encouraged. Everything Bella makes is self-motivated and nontraditional,” McCourtie said.
“It's just great for them. And the power of creativity can't be stressed enough. Everything from cars to the chairs they're sitting on come from the thought process they're building right now.”
“I used the word adventurous because the people who came here had to be adventurous. And because I like going to different places, too,” Isabella McCourtie said.
Sue McCoy, an assistant educator at the museum, said “Saturdays for Kids” is a privately funded program that features different workshops on the first Saturday of each month and is free for children ages 4 to 12 and their parents.
“It's a gift to the community,” McCoy said.
McCoy, who has volunteered and worked for the museum for 10 years, said her favorite part of each class is to watch the children's facial expressions as they learn something new.
“For some of them it's the first time they've created anything,” she said.
If you go
The next “Saturday for Kids” event is at 10 a.m. Dec. 1 and will teach children how to make old-fashioned Christmas ornaments. Participation is free but registration is required. For more information or to make reservations, call Sue McCoy at 478-2250, ext. 264.