Massillon Museum to Offer Butterfly Acrylic Painting Class

The Massillon Museum will offer a one-day Butterfly Acrylic Painting class on Saturday, March 19, from 10:00 to 11:30 a.m. Instructor Diane Gibson invites students in grades one through five to participate.

Students will learn how to paint a butterfly step-by-step. Artwork will be displayed in the Museum lobby on March 23, when Julia Alvarez, internationally-renowned author of The Big Read book selection, In the Time of the Butterflies, comes to Massillon to speak.

Gibson is an artist and art teacher whose artistic inspiration comes mainly from nature, especially butterflies. Although she works primarily with acrylic paints and pencil, she also creates jewelry using hardware, and has worked with a variety of media including charcoal, pastels, mixed media, and wood. She is a licensed visual arts teacher, with a Bachelor of Arts degree from Ashland College and a Master of Education in Integrated Arts degree from the University of Rio Grande. A member of the Ohio Art Education Association, she teaches private lessons and workshops at the Massillon Museum, Pat Catan’s, and Massillon Public Library, and she works as an activities assistant at the Canton Christian Home.

The class fee is $15 ($10 per Museum member), including materials. Pre-registration is required for this class by March 11. Mailed registrations must be postmarked by February 22. Students may register by phone, by mail, or in person using cash (exact change), checks, or credit cards. For a detailed class schedule, call the Massillon Museum at 330-833-4061 or visit

The Massillon Museum is located at 121 Lincoln Way East in Massillon.  Free parking is available on adjacent streets and in nearby city lots.