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Children's Art

Weekday Classes 
for Children 
Ages 7-12

KIDS Mixed Media ARTS Drop In 
with Lauren Savoia

Monday - Thursday 

June: 27, 28, 29, 30
July: 5, 6, 7, 11, 12, 13, 14, 
18, 19, 20, 21, 25, 26, 27, 28
August: 1, 2, 3, 4, 8, 9, 10, 11, 
15, 16, 17, 18, 22, 23, 24, 25

Time: 1:00 - 4:00pm
Location: The Lower Barn
Fee: $35 per class
Class size is limited, please call ahead

Do you have a free afternoon? Drop into Mixed Media Arts! NO commitment! 

This session is a wonderful chance to be creative as we explore different art activities everyday! Children can work their choice of materials! Bring your imagination and join the fun!

No experience necessary, everyone is welcome!

Mondays: 2-Dimentaional Arts (Painting/Collages/Drawing) 

Tuesdays: Printmaking

Wednesdays: Jewelry (bracelets, earrings, rings)

Thursdays: 3-Dimensional Arts (Paper Arts, Pop-ups, Mobiles)

Friday Ceramics for children ages 7-12
with Nancy Blank

Day: Fridays

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

Photo By David Welch

Saturday Classes 
for Children 

Saturday Art Adventures
with Lani Carney

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. 

June 11
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. 
If you would prefer to pay with check or cash please call 508-693-1850 to register

June 25
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. 
If you would prefer to pay with check or cash please call 508-693-1850 to register

July 9
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.

If you would prefer to pay with check or cash please call 508-693-1850 to register

July 16
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 - nowan 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!

If you would prefer to pay with check or cash please call 508-693-1850 to register

August 6
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.

If you would prefer to pay with check or cash please call 508-693-1850 to register