Community interest in art, especially opportunities for children, has led local artist and musician John Simmons to create and teach an art and design workshop. Simmons said he believes in the joy and catharsis involved in creating art and hopes to teach children fun ways in which they can explore their creativity.

During June, Simmons has taught art and design classes to children ages 10-14 at Yarns by HPF, 402 Pelham Road N. His last class will be a collage class on June 23. Supplies are provided. Call 256-294-5318 for more information.

Simmons was reared in Jacksonville. He is working toward a bachelor of fine arts with concentrations in drawing and graphic design at Jacksonville State University. His personal body of work ranges from digital graphic work to more fine art motives like mixed media drawings and paintings or found object assemblage sculptures. He creates in an explorative realm, often building ideas through layers of images, textures and colors. He said the interest in exploring and finding new techniques is what fuels his artistic process.