Alex, 11, and Lydia, nine, Lippman respond to Las Meninas by Diego Velazquez by creating their own scenes in a similar “room” on paper.

WAC hosts ‘Famous Sculptures Kids Should Know’


The Winona Arts Center will be offering the second of two children’s interactive art history seminars every Friday in March from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.  The series, entitled “Bringing Art History to Life,” is designed for children ages 7-11, and includes a presentation of a famous artwork, group discussion, and communications and art activities related to the artwork.  

The first of the two seminars, “Famous Paintings Kids Should Know,” just wrapped up last Friday after having discussed Las Meninas by Diego Velazquez, The Persistence of Memory by Salvador Dali, Self Portrait with Thorn Necklace by Frida Kahlo, and Transverse Line by Wassily Kandinsky.  Activities included surrealist games, painting self-portraits, and responding to music while making abstract art with oil pastels, among many others.

The next series, “Famous Sculptures Kids Should Know” will start on this coming Friday, March 10. The cost is $25 per child and includes four classes, all art materials, and a small snack at each meeting.  

The instructor for the series is Morro Schreiber, an independent art and communications educator and homeschooling parent who has lived in Winona for almost 13 years. Schreiber offered to teach the classes in hopes of raising both awareness and some money for the Winona Art Center’s “Make Art Open to All” fund, which seeks to create barrier-free access to both floors of the building for the mobility impaired. The full tuition for the class will be donated to the fund.

“The Winona Arts Center is a wonderful place, and I want to see it accessible to all members of our community,” said Schreiber. “It’s an expensive project, and they’re still in fundraising for it. I thought if I could do something – even something small – to help, it would be good. They’re going to need as much help as our community can give them, and it’s going to pay off when people can take classes or go to events that they would never have been able to participate in before.”

Schreiber in an award-winning writer, has formal art training from School of Visual Arts in New York, a Bachelor’s degree in art history from Rutgers University in New Jersey, and has studied communications and writing at New York University and University of Pittsburgh. Prior to moving to Winona, she worked in marketing communications for the high-tech industry. She has been teaching art and communications workshops to children and adults for the past five years.

For more information on the art history series or to register a child, please email For information on the “Make Art Open to All” initiative or to make a tax-deductible donation to the project, please contact Mary Coughlan at the Winona Arts Center at 507-453-9959.


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