When it comes to the arts, some parents who home-school their kids might feel out of their element -- but the Ohio Craft Museum has a solution.

When it comes to the arts, some parents who home-school their kids might feel out of their element -- but the Ohio Craft Museum has a solution.

The museum, 1665 W. Fifth Ave., offers a monthly art program for home-schoolers.

Art Through Time will take place from 1 to 3 p.m. the second Wednesday of each month through May.

The program is open to students in grades 1-6.

Each month's session spotlights a different period in art history, said Phyllis Walla-Catania, education coordinator for the museum.

"We're trying to take art history and make it fun for the children by incorporating some lesson work along with chances for the students to be creative and work on their own craft projects," she said.

The class is designed to supplement and support the education provided by parents who home-school their children, Walla-Catania said.

Walla-Catania leads the program with retired art teacher Nan Hadley, who taught at the Columbus School for Girls.

"I think some parents who don't have a lot of experience in art may not feel as competent and confident about teaching the subject to their children," Hadley said.

They also may not have the resources or equipment art teachers at schools are able to provide their students, she said.

One of the goals of Art Through Time is to help encourage children's interest in art and create a desire to explore that interest, Walla-Catania said.

The first session, held in November, focused on prehistoric art.

The December class was about Egyptian culture. Students made their own sistrum, an ancient musical instrument, and used clay to create a small pot on which they stamped hieroglyphics.

In January, students will explore Native American art; February's theme is scheduled to be art of the Italian Renaissance.

The fee per class is $10. Parents can register their children at ohiocraft.org or by calling the museum at 614-486-4402.

Interest in the program has been growing, Walla-Catania said.

"We had three students for our first session and eight for our second class, so more people are hearing about it," she said.

Two students who attended the first two sessions both said they are enjoying the class.

"It's fun to come in to the museum and work on the crafts," said Jack Pandew, 8, of Dublin. "I like working with the other kids."

Kyle Ziringer, a fifth-grader from Hilliard, said he is learning a lot about art history.

"I'm finding out about ancient art and culture, which is really interesting," he said. "It's not always something I'm interested in, but here they make it really fun."

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