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Positively Philadelphia: A Rolling Art Studio For Kids

(Standing alongside the Fleisher Art Memorial's "Color Wheels" van are, L-R,  Eddy Sacksith, Cambodian Afterschool Program director; students Cameron and Jezalique; and teacher Kathryn Sclavi.  Credit: Lauren Lipton)

(Standing alongside the Fleisher Art Memorial’s “Color Wheels” van are, L-R, Eddy Sacksith, Cambodian Afterschool Program director; students Cameron and Jezalique; and teacher Kathryn Sclavi. Credit: Lauren Lipton)

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By Lauren Lipton

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — “Color Wheels” is a traveling art studio from the Fleisher Art Memorial that brings art to neighborhoods throughout Philadelphia.

Picture the van as a “Swiss army knife” for the arts.  The truck rolls up, equipped with the supplies and tools for the art project of the day.

“The new project is called ‘Wish You Were Here postcards,’ ” says Kathryn Sclavi, a teaching artist at Fleisher.  “We have a camera which will take a photograph of families or individuals.  They can affix the photograph to a postcard, then  use colored pencils, markers, pens to make their own postcard.

“They could actually use this postcard — send it to a family member or friend in another country or in another place in the city.”

This past Saturday, Color Wheels  was at the Cambodian New Year’s festival.

“The children enjoy doing the arts, especially showing what they’ve produced,” says Eddy Sacksith, director for the Cambodian Afterschool Program in Philadelphia.

Student and budding artist Cameron agrees:

“What I like about art is, I get to draw and be creative, show all the art that I can do and how I do it.”

For more information and where the “Color Wheels” van is going to be next, go to fleisher.org.

And that’s “Positively Philadelphia!”

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