Controlled chaos mixed with art Wednesday in the back room of the CityArts building in Old Town.
Blue and pink foam was scattered across the tables, and more littered the floor. Low-temperature glue guns were connected to extension cords that snaked up between the tables. Contraptions made of foam reached toward the ceiling or spun madly in circles.
About 20 kids, ages 6 to 8, were making kinetic sculptures in a CityArts class with the theme "Art in Motion." The CityArts building typically has art classes for youths in the evening, but officials decided to hold a couple of daytime art classes this week to give students something fun to do over spring break.
Angela Cato, marketing director for CityArts, said the kids can "do whatever they want to, they just have to piece it together."
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Colby Shieh burned himself three times with a glue gun while building his art project. The 7-year-old didn't let it bother him.
"The first time it hurt. Then it got better," Colby said.
Avery Gonzales, 6, said that she "didn't touch the glue gun cause it's hot and people got burned."
The kids took a base of foam and attached a motor to it that spins a CD, also attached to the base. Then they glued the foam shapes to the top of the CD and started creating art. A paper clip acted as a switch, and when it was touched to the battery, the CD would spin the contraption.
Lane Yee, 8, decorated his art with a ribbon that looked like an American flag. Lane said he had fun creating the art and that his favorite part about his sculpture was that "it got to move."
Ethan Taylor, 8, also liked his project's motion.
"It was cool cause it was spinning," Ethan said.
Nearly two hours were required to create the projects, each of which displayed the artist's individuality.
Avery made a cat's face with an angel attached to the top, while Colby's work had two houses, a diving board and a spaceship.