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'Saturdays for Kids' at Oklahoma City museum encourages children's creativity, parents say

November's “Saturdays for Kids” event at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City focused on character building and creativity.
BY NASREEN IQBAL niqbal@opubco.com Modified: November 3, 2012 at 8:19 pm •  Published: November 4, 2012
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/articleid/3725439/1/pictures/1875199">Photo - Cameron Samson (cq), 8, takes a picture of her friend, Candy Lopez, 9, holding the collage she made  during a workshop at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum on Saturday morning, Nov. 3, 2012. Both girls live in Oklahoma City and both made artwork. Samson  used an owl as the centerpiece of her collage; Lopez collage's focus is a wolf.   The children, along with parents and grandparents who attended,  were given a variety of materials and asked to create a collage that rillustrated the resilient Spirit of the West, which was the theme of the workshop.   Photo by Jim Beckel, The Oklahoman
Cameron Samson (cq), 8, takes a picture of her friend, Candy Lopez, 9, holding the collage she made during a workshop at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum on Saturday morning, Nov. 3, 2012. Both girls live in Oklahoma City and both made artwork. Samson used an owl as the centerpiece of her collage; Lopez collage's focus is a wolf. The children, along with parents and grandparents who attended, were given a variety of materials and asked to create a collage that rillustrated the resilient Spirit of the West, which was the theme of the workshop. Photo by Jim Beckel, The Oklahoman

Milton McCourtie said the class helps to encourage his daughter Isabella's creativity.

“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.

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