Children will draw in celebration of the Japanese Cherry Blossom Festival, baby animals, baby birds, and spring peepers in April at the Rockland Public Library for its ongoing children’s drawing class. Participants draw along with artist Catinka Knoth as she demonstrates.

Subjects may include cherry trees, koi kites, umbrellas and Japanese woodblock scenes; baby birds such as nestlings, chicks, ducklings, owlets and eaglets; and baby animals such as bunnies, puppies, kittens, lambs and colts. Classes will also include some poetry appreciation to celebrate National Poetry Month. The National Japanese Cherry Blossom Festival inspires an exploration of cultural traditions of flying-fish kites, origami, lanterns, umbrellas and woodblock scenes. Birds arrive with their songs of mating and nest building, putting a spring in people’s steps. Baby animals such as lambs, calves, colts, fawns and kids kick up their heels to play in the fields. Choruses of spring peepers signal the land’s awakening.

Knoth invites people to take a few moments to join her in celebrating worlds of spring by drawing. The ongoing workshops, sponsored by Wendy and Keith Wellin, for age 6 and up, (including the young at heart), are free and open to the public. Children age 10 and younger should be accompanied by an adult. All materials are provided. Classes meet every Tuesday from 4 to 5 p.m. in the Community Room of the Rockland Public Library. The classes are hosted by Friends of Rockland Library. For more information call Jean Young, children’s librarian, at 594-0310.