My Art is a free art class for children ages 4-17 with special needs. This class allows children to explore their creativity in a positive, encouraging environment, while simultaneously allowing them to explore their senses in new and exciting ways. Each week students have the opportunity to explore a new artistic medium, including acrylic paint, watercolor, colored pencil, crayon, charcoal, and craft materials. Projects are designed to challenge the students both physically and creatively. Physical and sensory stimulation is encouraged through an exploration of materials, such as finger-paints. Students are challenged to think outside of the box and afterwards they are encouraged to describe their work to the class. Kids get a chance to socialize with one another, and everyone gets a chance to view and compliment the works of others at the end of class. But most importantly, My Art is fun!We are currently collaborating with the Art Education Department at the University of Central Arkansas. Art Education students will work with participating children as “Art Buddies,” helping them to stay focused and complete challenging projects. We hope to continue this collaboration well into the future! Currently, this class is being offered for children from around the ages 7-12, but we hope to expand in the future to accommodate both younger and older students!