Students at Quincy's Monroe Elementary got the chance to show off their artistic side today.
Kids molded colorful clay into pots as part of the art mentor program with the Quincy Art Center.
The goal is to give students the chance to explore arts in the classroom at a time when they don't have regular art classes.
"I think art is a necessary thing for children because it teaches them to follow two step directions. It's precursors to handwriting skills, their shapes, their colors, and it builds on everything they do," said Patricia Mahoney-Kuhn of the Quincy Art Center.
The program is funded by Quincy Public Schools Foundation, The Quincy Art Center, The Illinois Arts Council and individual donations.
Most students get to attend art classes multiple times a year.
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