February 12 Project: Create a Weathergram
Weathergrams are short poems, words, and/or images that you want to give a place in the world. They are traditionally hung outdoors where the elements reshape them. All supplies are included in this free event.
(In Person until further notice.)
January 8 Project: Rock Painting
Rocks make great little “canvases” to paint. Bring your own rock, or paint one supplied. All paints and brushes supplied to create a mini-masterpiece.
In Person (updated 1-6-2022)
December 11 Project: A Variation on Snowflake Cutting
We will use lightweight origami paper to create beautifully intricate snowflakes. You will get to choose the design you want, sketch it out on the folded paper, and cut it out. Volunteers will be available to assist with cutting.
FUN FACT: Researchers say that on a molecular level, no two snowflakes are alike, however all snowflakes fall into 1 of 35 shapes.
November 13 Project: Create a Washi Tape Coaster
Create a Washi Tape Coaster: use a 4 x 4 art board to create a coaster using decorative tape. Tapes come in solid colors and patterns. Use collage techniques, or design patterns or pictures.
Use a 4 x 4 art board to create a coaster using decorative tape. Tapes come in solid colors and patterns. Use collage techniques, or design patterns or pictures.
Washi tape is a decorative tape made out of rice paper. It originated from Japan. It’s flexible, durable and rips easily, so there is no need for scissors.
September 11 Project: Tie-dye with Cochineal, a natural dye
Join us outside of The Arts Center for a cochineal tie-dyeing workshop. You can bring a pre-tied or banded handkerchief in a natural fiber for dyeing (100% cotton, linen, or silk). The Arts Center will provide the Cochineal Dye vat, a handkerchief to tie and dye, and put your pieces through the wet dying processes.
Cochineal is a tiny insect that lives on Cactus plants. It produces carminic acid as a defense against predators and it is this acid, when extracted from the insect that makes the dye. Depending on the mordant used with it, it can produce vibrant red, scarlet, orange, and purple.
August 14 Project: Create and Decorate a Shadow Puppet
Decorate a cut-out form to create your own shadow puppets and then get ready to play. We will create a shadow puppet stage in the gallery for staging stories from your imagination.
Shadow Puppetry is an ancient art form of storytelling used in many countries around the world. A talented puppeteer can make the puppet appear to walk, run, dance and play.
July 10 Project: Create a Scroll
Use a stencil on a long piece of drawing paper to design a scroll. Add words or messages about something of your day along with stenciled designs.
Scrolls or rolls were the earliest form of record keeping texts. They were made from parchment or papyrus paper and unrolled to read. They predate books.
June 12 Project: Rainbow Beads for Pride Month
Celebrate Pride Month and make rainbow art beads with us!
May 8 Project: Bark Cloth (Asian Pacific American Month)
With respect and recognition to Asian Pacific American Month, we will be creating a “bark cloth” textile using butcher paper, crayons, and markers. This project was initially designed by a teacher in Hawaii to connect students to their heritage and culture. Pacific Island cultures used bark to make clothing and other textiles until the turn of the century when colonists brought cotton to their region.
Students will use butcher paper, crayons, and markers to create a “bark cloth” textile. All supplies are provided.