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For local artist Duane Hess, there's really no better way to introduce a kid to the wonders of art than through the medium of LEGO. "It instills creativity and problem solving in kids. It helps them step through the logical thinking that they need later in life to solve their problems," he explains. "LEGO bricks have rules. You have to follow them. You can bend the rules, but you can't break them. You have to work with them."

Join Hess from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. today in the Discovery Library at the Denver Art Museum, 100 West 14th Avenue Parkway, as he puts this philosophy into action by interactively re-creating the painting "The Bright Breakfast of Minnie" as a LEGO mosaic. Hess has laid out the patterns and provided the parts, and he'll invite the audience to help him complete the piece by putting together small sections while he answers questions about his art and other LEGO-related topics. Admission is free for ages eighteen and under as part of the DAM's Best Spring Break Ever week. Adult tickets are $10 for Colorado residents, $13 for non-residents. For more information, call the museum at 720-913-0167 or visit
Sat., March 29, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., 2008


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