Weekday Classes for Young Children
with Lani Carney
Goals of Featherstone’s Young Children’s
- To encourage children’s creativity through art
- To be with them so that we might foster their enjoyment through art
- To be sensitive to children and allow them to unfold naturally while with us
- To be quiet, wise and gentle as we guide them
If new to us, kindly come early (15 minutes) to familiarize your child with our wonderful Children’s Studio. Welcome.
Please let us know if your child requires any particular considerations.
Our Children’s Studio is a loving and caring, peaceful place for superb quality art making.
Learning is also, fun!
3:00 - 5:00PM
For ages 4, 5, 6
$35 per child, per class
Keith Haring inspires us with his zest for making art fun and active.
3:15 - 5:45PM
For ages 6, 7, 8
$35 per child, per class
From the Denali Mountain to the Galapagos Islands- we shall paint the resilient animals, their habitats and their ROARS for our help to protect the abundance of all animal species.
3:15 - 5:45PM
For ages 8, 9, 10
$35 per child, per class
The Grand Palais in Paris showcase of Picasso’s paintings and those artists he influenced- David Hockney, Jeff Koons, Roy Lichtenstein and more… will inspire us.
May: 5, 12, 19, 26
June: 2, 9, 16
3:00 - 5:00PM
For ages 3, 4, 5
$35 per child, per class
Watercolor- wet and lively for preschoolers. Eric Carle and his caterpillars and his butterflies lead us into fall vibrance.
May: 6 (FULL), 13, 20, 27
June: 3, 10, 17
4:00 - 6:00PM
$35 per child, per class
We will immerse ourselves for these seven classes as if we were painting shoulder to shoulder
with contemporary, inspiring new artists. Art "talk" concludes each class session so as to
facilitate better understanding of the featured artists's profile.
Children's Art in the Press
Friday Ceramics for children ages 7-12
with Nancy Blank
July: 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
August: 5, 12, 19, 26
Time: 10:00am - 12:00pm
Location: The Potter Studio
Fee: $30 per class
A series of pottery experiences, glazing and firing
Saturday Art Adventures
The cost is $45 per child for each adventure class.
All Saturday Pre-school age and Elementary school age Arts Adventures are for ages 4-10
from 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
NO snack is provided. Please pack your child a healthy,
nut-free snack to bring to class.
Everything is Interesting
How do we become an explorer of the world? Children who engage in art making know:
- Always be looking
- Consider everything alive and animate
- Everything is interesting...look closer!
- Alter your course
Today, let us put our knowledge to work! We shall study patterns and make connections today. It occurs to us that artists and scientists analyze the world around them in surprisingly similar ways! They also have one thing in common - they are collectors! We will learn about ethnographers - people who collect and document. Everything is interesting...we are going to learn about and focus on what we are drawn to... what works for us. Individual pear wood boxes will be painted by you to treasure and hold all the notes, collectables and things we document that are important to you! You are an artist, an explorer and this is a BIG DAY for explorers - a new artful mission begins, TOP SECRET!!
World Whale Day
Let us celebrate the majestic beauty of Whales. A special day is set aside each year in Maui, Hawaii to honor the humpback whales there. Why not - a Cape and Island’s Whale Day that we advocate? We are surrounded by these beautiful creatures and our whaling and maritime history on Martha’s Vineyard offers depth - reverence and layers upon layers of stories, songs and examples of adventures and bravery.
Our year round artists have beautiful ancestors’ stories - whaling voyages chronicled by captains and family traditions and legacies to share!
Whaling created the path for America’s founding to subsist - and remains vital to New England’s strength and balance.
The Creature Connection
Animals and People. We have always been bound together. Humans are animals, after all.
In art, we shall look at the many bonds with animals and also to the distance between us and them. No other animal makes operas or nuclear weapons. How did we become so different? What made us human?
Animals abound in our earliest art, suggesting that a basic fascination with the bestial community may well have been innate, the cave paintings at Lascaux are an ochre zooanalia of horses, stags, bisons, felines, a wooly rhinoceros, a bird and a leaping cow - and only one very frail man!
We shall enjoy looking at researcher’s traces to our roots of animal love. It is our human capacity to infer the mental states of others, a talent that emerged 50,000 to 100,000 year ago.
Back to the present. This year the children and I have adopted a rhino, named “Bob” and an elephant named “Lady Gray” that we support along with twelve other Jane Goodall’s Roots and Shoots youth groups. We have sent contributions that provide food and shelter for these animals from poachers. We wish for them to roam free from harm You may recall that we formed eighteen youth groups eight years ago and adopted “Golden and Glitter”, two chimpanzees. Our chimps are supported by all of us and are healthy and safe from poachers, as well. Animals are valued by us, and we believe in an abundance of a species! Much like the jaguars in Central America- we wish to see early intervention and animal lives sustained for these beautiful creatures. Is is exciting and fantastic to save these species, these animals...Animal plight represents the fragility of life on our planet...it is inspiring to be a part of the complex organizations of many to save miracles of nature! It is a privilege for the children and me to be involved.
Van Gogh (1853 ~ 1890)
In 1888, Dutch artist Vincent Van Gogh moved to the south of France, attracted by the sunny southern landscape - especially its fields full of sunflowers.
Van Gogh had something he liked that we like, children...and a welcoming picture - sunflowers! He loved local sunflowers and he painted them again and again. I know Samie, Nina, Lily and Hannah LOVE painting them. Van Gogh used thick acrylic paint - we call it, “like toothpaste” and made bumby layers! He used paintings to decorate his house and welcome his artist friends, like Paul Gauguin, who came to stay with Van Gogh for months at a time.
Often Van Gogh would paint dozen of sunflowers arranged in a simple clay jar - so I bought some beauties from a Vermont farm for us. He liked to dazzle viewers with brilliant color! We have the brightest and best here today. Colors are symbolic and to Van Gogh, yellow represented happiness and friendship. That suits us; for we in the Children’s Studio at Featherstone VALUE relationships and happiness. Come paint vibrantly with us, today.
Graphic Passion: Matisse - an artist whose work jumps off the page
Henri Matisse: the cut-outs at the Museum of Modern Art, in New York City, last fall were incredible! Surprise, surprise - now an astonishing Matisse art collection heads to the MORGAN Library and Museum. The remarkable collection donated to the Morgan in 2010 by Frances and Michael Baylson totals 70 pieces.
It is clear to us that the subject of Matisse is as broad and deep as that of Picasso. What is clear - the more we look, the larger and more innovative Matisse’s achievements become.
This exhibit demonstrates that Matisse was a master colorist in both full color printing and in black and white. Even his scrolling suggest a squiggle type dance - and they somewhat muscle themselves across all his pages of this great collection.
The children in our advanced class have voted to incorporate Picasso’s friend now into our year-round Thursday art curriculum.
Matisse’s cool airy blue grounds surrounded by yellow stars and birds in Jazz 1947 is rocking our studio. We are enthusiastic about art and passionate for Matisse! Our course today will inspire you, for certain!
Drips ~ Dropped: Jackson Pollack and his Influence
Dazzling - an abstract expressionist - take an object, do something to it. Do something else to it! Sound familiar?...a new kind of art making was emerging. Extreme - using deflection from the known to the unknown, his artwork - Pollack was said to say,“had a life of its own.”
Our Saturday morning class will look at Pollock’s ambition and drive that was typical of his experimental ways as a student of Thomas Hart Benton.
Children like his comma-like curls and circles, in yellows and white. His looping, dancing lines and poolings of paint are freeing and delightful.
Seeking originality - using zest and delicacy...he is a fascinating artist to study.
Today’s artmaking will be inspired by how this man’s ambitions impacted our art world. We shall drip, drop watercolor on canvas - splatter, maybe, even “toss” colors that we love using our brushes, coupled with a spirit in our hearts of freedom. Join us outside in our Children’s Studio Garden….we welcome you.
Past Saturday Art Adventures
Soulcraft--art and design coupled with gathered found Island wood and objects
Woodworking...art...design utilizing gathered found Island wood. Two great dads, Rick Brew and Tom Turner have shaped wood blocks for the children and me. Now we will set out to create things and add joy in the making. Every child is sure to walk away today with a sense of pride in
what they have made from piles of wood using tools and our art materials, from lathes to planes, and auger to chisels, a safe environ...having fun along the way!! The work reminds us learning can be fun. Miss Lani’s class is hands on and engaging Let’s try woodworking out...perhaps we shall pursue it further.
HUGE--VIBRANT--We love David Hockney's'' canvases, art-making and color chords!
We will paint largescale abstract art today. Hockney’s inventive paintings teach us to delve into our art making with deep brilliance of color chords! His line and texture dynamics are so rich that we shall want to continue the entire day and into the evening...Samie Dowd Warren loves this artist like none other. Our advanced student is thrilled to realize we shall, today highlight his work and plan to, along with her little sister, Nina, enjoy the artist and our class.
The Creature Connection
Animals and people. We have always been bound together. Humans are animals, after all.
In art, we shall look at the many bonds with animals and also to the distance between us and them. No
other animal makes operas or nuclear weapons. How did we become so different? What makes us
Animals abound in our earliest art, suggesting that a basic fascination with the bestial community may
well have been innate, the cave paintings at Lascaux are an ochre zooanalia of horses, stags, bison,
felines, a woolly rhinoceros, a bird and a leaping cow and only one very frail man!
We shall enjoy looking at researcher’s traces to our roots of animal love. It is our human capacity to
infer the mental states of others, a talent that emerged 50,000 to 100,000 years ago.
Hoola Coola Day
This is our annual day to “laugh at the cold” with a luau dance and art party highlighting a
morning of FUN! Put away your winter parkas, unpack your summer swimsuits and flip flops,
for it’s limbo time!! This adventure is always popular because it is fun to dream of being warm
again. We reach for the SUNSHINE - paint it, create it and enjoy it today. Aloha! Sunglasses, a
must!! A beach towel, if you would like. Hawaiian leis are going to swing around our necks...
for it ‘tis a HOOLA COOLA DANCE and art party day!!
World Whale Day
Let us celebrate the majestic beauty of whales. A special day is set aside each year in Maui, Hawaii to
honor the humpback whales there. Why not a Cape and Islands Day that we advocate? We are
surrounded by these beautiful creatures and our whaling and maritime history on Martha’s Vineyard
offers depth, reverence and layers upon layers of stories, songs and examples of bravery. Our year round
artists have beautiful ancestors with whaling voyages chronicled by captains and multi-generational family traditions and legacies to share! Whaling created the path for America’s founding to subsist and remains vital to New England’s strength and balance.
National Day of Hope
We are going to link with David’s House at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center once again.
We aim to commit to mobilize and assist children in need who are hospitalized in this medical center.
Templates, sketches and a box of our favorite paintings that spell “HOPE” will be hand carried to the
David’s House staff for distribution to young cancer patients that radiate much resilience in light of their
serious prognoses. Children linking with children - we are only as strong as our links, entertwined.
Surely, we desire to give more hope. No child should ever be alone or without art.
Ya gotta have it and we’ll share it.
Love Your Brain Day
Kevin Pearce, a snow boarder who survived a brain trauma injury and who is from Vermont inspires this
day of art making! We are using special cloth paint and fabric “art pens” to create a “Tee” shirt with an
image of the brain. The preciousness of life is at the heart of this day. Simply put all artists value
inventiveness and resilience. How we cultivate these neurological functions via art is that which we
celebrate today. Every stroke of your brush and art pencils cultivates neurological health.
Believe it! Thank you.
To You, Young Artist: Youth Art Month
Since 1961, March is a commemorative time set aside to emphasize the value and importance of
art and art education in the development of all children and young people. The Council of Art
Education is delighted that we are paying attention to the self expression of our youth.
You are all number 1! Talent number 1! Passionate about sketching, number 1! And number 1 in
Miss Lani’s heart. An assemblage will be created by each artist today incorporating every art medium
that you choose, that works for your imaginative mind and fingers today.
Get Smart with Art...You are!
Here’s to Incredible Kids
April is the month of the young child. In order to promote awareness of the importance of children and their needs - we shall look at the International Year of the Child Bill of Rights, composed in 1979. In Salzburg, Austria, the World Health Organization, Canada and Austria hosted the conference known for drafting this document. Miss Lani was a delegate, as was her daughter who sat on a youth panel with 10 children from all over the world!!! Yes, to action - yes to support - yes to children! Advocacy for children is in our hearts and spirits here in the Children’s Studio and we plan to complement all families and children who make up our “art family” with nurturance and positiveness! Attaboys, attagirls - our kindnesses and manners transcend all relationships in emotionally literate ways. Yes to children and their authenticity. Paintings of children from all over the world will be created! A mural for all to see - you got it!!
Absolutely Incredible Kid Day
Camp Fire, one of the country’s leading youth groups sponsors this day of appreciation for America’s youth. We will design letters and write, including love and encouragement, to incredible childhood friends in our young artists lives! Each artist today will take home a set of their own social papers.
For five years, we have held our own KITE FESTIVAL on our FCA grounds and the Children’s Green! Favorable breezes, s’mores, small bonfire - we sure had fun. Today, we revisit our tradition. Bring your own kite - we will transform parts to reflect the child artists, “art signatures”, and fly, fly, fly!
Yummy firepit seared treats and hot chocolate will round out our outside art activity. The American Kite Flyer’s Association in Portland, Oregon salutes our efforts.
The Power of His Nature - Vincent Van Gogh’s Birthday
We shall celebrate this wonderful artist’s birthdate, March 30, 1853. Many of his famous paintings enshrined in the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, will be viewed by all of us on this day. We will be screening the rustic, panoramic landscapes of Auvers, deeply rooted in his “Wheatfield with Crows”, as an example. The power of nature had long sustained the artist...and many days that we paint together, are a result of our love of nature, as well. We will paint with brilliant colors today!
Happy Birthday Vincent Van Gogh!
We Love Books An Especial Author’s View Celebrating International Children’s Book Day.
April 12 is the birthday of Hans Christian Andersen and today we commemorate this great story
teller and the international aspects of children’s literature. Illustrations will be viewed of this
famous author/illustrator! While on sabbatical in Europe, Miss Lani visited the author’s home
and village and enjoyed the Danish people’s love for this great man of literature. Miss Lani’s
college roommate was from Skona, in southern Sweden. The love of the Scandinavian culture
runs deep in her heart...some of which will be “given away” to you today. Every child will go
home with a book today by Hans Christian Andersen.
Bark in the Park
A lovely actor and volunteer for our Island Animal Shelter will sketch and paint with us today. Diana Muldaur leads efforts to educate and nudge “action” to assist rescue animals. Our “s’more love” that cares for endangered species is in our hearts as we focus on our own Edgartown Shelter’s needs...and the pets who wish for loving homes. Seven years ago, our children painted wonderful outlines of dog’s faces and dog’s portraits for the Edgartown Center. “Moon Dogs”, we called each of them. We loved the experience. We will love the experience anew.
World Penguin Day
A day of awareness for these amazing creatures is celebrated by many conservation groups.
Penguins spend 75 percent of their life at sea. They can dive to 1,850 feet. There are 17 species
of these flightless birds. Annually on April 25, the Adelie penguins begin their northward
migration in Antarctica. One of our own young artists, Broden, is our research expert on
Penguins! We will ask his wise assistance and also enjoy the NEW Princeton Press book about
Let’s create a family on canvas forever to cherish. “Way up north...in the ice and snow...”
We Love Books
An Especial Author’s View Celebrating International Children’s Book Day.
April 12 is the birthday of Hans Christian Andersen and today we commemorate this great story teller and the international aspects of children’s literature. Illustrations will be viewed of this famous author/illustrator! While on sabbatical in Europe, Miss Lani visited the author’s home
and village and enjoyed the Danish people’s love for this great man of literature. Miss Lani’s college roommate was from Skona, in southern Sweden. The love of the Scandinavian culture runs deep in her heart...some of which will be “given away” to you today. Every child will go home with a book today by Hans Christian Andersen.
Join Hands Day
A day to pledge an “artful” kind of volunteering that brings youth and adults together to nurture our Island community. Children submitted their original ideas in January - we have cast votes and we shall announce the project “to be”. Stay in touch. We are gearing up our energies to do something “very cool” and purposeful this Saturday in May. Can’t wait for the all morning project that promotes “together we sure can” make a difference.
Frank Stella ~ Color with Contrast
An artist who mixed simple form with bold scale - he fell in love with Paris - where he liked being alone, liked being a stranger and liked the silence in the early fifties.
Stella was influenced early by Picasso and Byzantine mosaics - however he quickly immersed himself in museums and added both Asian art and Matisse to his eclectic store of influences.
He used Paris - the city around him as his source and his early paintings were derived from patterns found on sidewalk grates, configurations of pipes on sides of buildings, griddle-like fields of black and white squares were inspired by the play of light on the Seine.
He did not want to compose pictures...he wanted to find them. He often said, “So much to see!” The investigation of perception was of his greatest interest!
Miss Lani met Frank Stella four years ago when the opening of the Leon Black Family’s Visual Arts Center at Dartmouth College was celebrated. Stella’s massive single color , five panels of steel were permanently installed on campus at this time. He spoke to the audience of invited guests with a gusto and spirit! Miss Lani will always remember that he, in his nineties, was considered “forever in the present.”
Stella wanted it to be known that his paintings did not represent objects - they are objects themselves and fragmented perceptions of things...He said, “I think what we all want from art is a sense of fixity, a sense of opposing the chaos of daily living.” This is an illusion, of course. What I have tried to capture is the reality of flux, to keep art OPEN, incomplete situation, to get at the rapture of seeing.
Today - we shall enjoy Stella’s desire to look, see what is around us and enjoy it...and playfully find things that inspire our art-making in acrylics.