Parents can give their babies a head start in developing important learning skills by exposing them to works of art. Kathy Danko-McGhee, owner and director of the new First Encounters- An Art Gallery invites parents to bring their 6- to 18-month-old babies to see, touch, and smell the art of local artists. She is the former Director of Education at the Toledo Museum of Art, and a former professor and early childhood art education coordinator at the University of Toledo, she wants parents to feel comfortable talking about art with their babies noting, “…the art will develop a listening vocabulary, which is a step toward building literacy skills, which, in turn, can help with success in school later on.” In her classes, parents view the art with their babies, then enjoy time painting with them. The Gallery will also offer seminars for early childhood education teachers and art consultation services.
Classes (registration required) are offered at the Collingwood Arts Center, 2413 Collingwood Boulevard, Suite 101.