Youth Express Creativity In ‘Free To Be Me’ Art Classes

Several children and their parents gathered around a table in a small bright room in the home of Paula Richards of Minden. Vivid murals covered the walls along with bright paintings, paper sculptures and foam creations. The four-year olds sat down and got right to work – unleashing their creativity on large sheets of paper with their favorite crayons.
The children were part of a four week art class in the “Free To Be Me” art program for children and youth taught by Richards this summer. “Over the years several mothers have asked me to teach art classes for children,” Richards said.
Many of those mothers had participated in Richards’ adult classes, “Paula’s Paper Pulptures” which she has taught the last four years in October and December. Richards’ artwork can be found around Minden including wall murals at East Elementary and Bethany Lutheran Church and foam and paper sculptures at the Jensen Memorial Library. Richards has displayed her artwork in the Minden Opera House gallery.  

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