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August 9, 2011 > Young Rembrandts host youth workshops

Young Rembrandts host youth workshops

By Isabella Ohlmeyer

Trying to keep your children occupied this summer? Do you want them to learn something fun and educational? Young Rembrandts aims to enrich your children in an educational experience while incorporating creativity in the learning process through parent and child involvement. A franchise for over 20 years, Young Rembrandts recently came to the East Bay a year and a half ago.

Serving community centers, preschools, and elementary schools in Fremont, Newark, Union City, and Hayward, the organization teaches children visual and spatial organizational skills while working both their academic and creative sides.

Sadhna Sharma, owner and director of the East Bay franchise of Young Rembrandts, says, "The way we teach kids helps them to think abstractly and perform at deeper cognitive levels that are essential to a child's future learning in the advanced levels of math and science. With Young Rembrandts, children learn without even realizing it because they are just having fun creating."

The enrichment program kicks off the month of August by hosting several drawing workshops. Anime and Cartoon Workshop for kids ages 7 - 13 will be held August 8 - 12 at the Fremont Warm Springs Recreation Center from 9 a.m. - noon, and for kids 10 - 15 from August 15 - 19, 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. at the Ruggieri Senior Center in Union City. This Japanese-style drawing workshop specializes in drawing Anime characters. It also focuses on the facial expressions in the artwork while teaching motor skills and attention to detail.

The Cartooning Under the Sea Workshop teaches children how to draw underwater characters and recreate a coral reef environment, using colored pencils, markers and sharpies to create an artistic visualization. This workshop for kids ages 7 - 13 is currently underway at the San Felipe Community Center in Hayward through August 11 from 1:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. A similar class, Jr. Under the Sea Workshop, is offered to kids 5 - 7 at the Fremont Centerville Recreation Center on August 16 from 10 a.m. to noon.

This is the first time that Young Rembrandts has offered this course in their program and they are optimistic about the success of their workshops for youth. All classes focus on teaching children how to draw, learning proportions as well as shapes in creating their compositions.

Classes available in the fall include Pastels, an Eric Carle drawing workshop, Fall and Winter Still Life Drawing workshops, and preschool classes in Fremont, Hayward, and Union City Community Centers. The Eric Carle classes are held in both the Hayward and Fremont Community Centers from December 19 - 22, and the Fall Still Life Drawing is from November 21 - 23 at the Hayward Community Center. In the future, Young Rembrandts' goal is to create adult enrichment classes as well.

The organization also offers a Critical Elementary and Cartoon Drawing curriculum during the school year as after-school enrichment programs right on campuses, in which they have an art history lesson once a month teaching how art relates to people in their daily lives, in addition to investigating the works of famous artists.

Parents can sign their children up in advance for the Anime and Cartoon Comic Book Workshop course directly at the Ruggieri Senior Center in Union City. For all other future classes, one can sign up directly at the community centers or on-line at The Ruggieri Senior Center in Union City is located at 33997 Alvarado-Niles Road, Fremont Centerville Recreation Center is on 3355 Country Drive, and the Warm Springs location is on 47300 Fernald Avenue. In Hayward, the San Felipe Community Center is located at 2058 D Street.

Young Rembrandts is also available in Milpitas and Santa Clara County. For information, call (408) 719-8723 or visit

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