The Anita Shapolsky Art Foundation, located at 20 West Broadway in Jim Thorpe, will be offering art workshops for children ages 9-14 on four consecutive Saturday mornings, June 2, 9, 16, and 23, from 9-11 a.m.

This will be followed by an exhibition of the children's artwork created and a reception on Sunday, June 24, from noon-4 p.m.

Also, the exhibition of the children's artwork will then continue on Saturday, June 30 and Sunday, July 1.

This year's workshop will have a new teacher, all the way from Harrisburg, Linda Lefevre, who is an artist herself and has taught art from elementary to college level.

Lefevre, a native of the Scranton area, is a graduate of Kutztown University and Penn State University, and she continued her studies at the Chicago Institute of Art.

She has spent time abroad in France, Italy, Spain, and the British Isles and is the recipient of several awards, including a 1997 fellowship to study at the Vermont Studio School.

She is a painter in the abstract expressionist style and has a large exhibition history.

Just a few of the locations where she has exhibited include the Allentown Art Museum, the Reading Art Museum, and the State Museum of Pennsylvania.

Lefevre is currently executive dean of academic affairs at Harrisburg Area Community College, working with the visual art program.

This four-week course will provide an opportunity for students to learn about abstract expressionism and its place in history.

They'll learn about the movement, key artists, and to experience their inspiration and technique through individual and group hands-on projects.

Students are required to wear old clothing or bring painting smocks to class as they will be working with charcoal, drawing ink, paint materials on paper and on canvas.

They will be exploring action painting and, in particular, the work of Jackson Pollock.

The students will also be exploring color fields painting, working in the style of Helen Frankenthaler and also learn about the push-pull technique of Hans Hofmann.

The students will be working individually, as well as on a group project and they will learn a little bit of what's involved in exhibiting their work as they will be helping in setting up the opening exhibition.

The class is sponsored by the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts and there is a registration fee, all materials are included.

Registration in advance is highly recommended but registrations will still be taken on Saturday June 2, between 8:30 and 9 a.m.

For more information and to pre-register, call Shirley Thomas at (610) 442-4148 between 8 a.m and 8 p.m.