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Young Children's Art

Goals of Featherstone’s Young Children’s Art Programs:
  • 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!
Miss Lani

Summer 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 3-8 
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. 

July 11 - Eagle Days

July 18 - Meet the Beetles
July 25 - Fantasy - Form and Color
August 1 - Dropping in on Rousseau

July 11
Eagle Days

We shall learn together more about the magnificent bird that is our national emblem! 

The bald eagle and golden eagle will be our focus. With binoculars and spotting scopes, we will glimpse at the ways they roost and soar. Several nature centers have helped us to make our art experience authentic and meaningful. Their research makes us smart… and as we paint our eagles, we will be mindful of the enormity of their might and beauty. Our American and mighty bird – soar, soar, soar.

July 18
Meet the Beetles

An intersection of Art and Science. 

Join us for a spotlight on a cross section of 600 species of beetles photographed by Patrice Bouchard. Fireflies and Goliath beetles are included in a beautiful Canadian national collection of insects, sure to delight and frighten us. 

Beetle effects on agriculture will be discussed, however our art focus is to view, sketch and paint while giving “voice” to fascinating species. Six to be highlighted are:
1. The Stephanorrhina Guttata
2. The Giraffe Necked Weevil
3. The Ripercera Femorata
4. The Gymnetis Stelata
5. The Strong Flium Auratum
6. The Hercules Beetle (which  can lift over four pounds with their heads)
        All will be illustrated

Not only are some color changing insect artists, but some with feather-like antennae use them as  “detectors”. This makes them a natural spy!
Sketching all six beetles will be a fun creative experience. We will then paint with acrylic on canvases, a collection of these fascinating ,  charismatic, and colorful insects

July 25
Fantasy ~ Form and Color

Form and color captures and attracts our eyes like magic. 

We will create beautiful tissue paper transparencies. Appearing to move, even though fixed to windows...our creations stimulate our thinking. Is it a sparkling star? Is it the sun’s ball rotating slowly? Does it radiate warmth? Is it a cold blue snowflake? 

We will use tissue paper and fold and fold and fold. Calm and astonishment lead one’s endeavors. Beauty the result.

August 1
Dropping in on Rousseau

We are continuing our interest in the intersection of Art and Science. 

Today, we are going to use ink to create printing plates of animals and foliage prints. When our animal images are dry, they will be hand colored cut and mounted. We will mount to the landscapes of Edward Hicks “Peaceable Kingdom” and Henry Rousseau’s magical “Jungle” Worlds. What are the differences in the works? Are there similarities?

Additionally the biomes in which animals live will be discussed.

Interesting Frames and borders will be drawn to capture color chords vibrant and “Wild”. 
Videos, books and audio cd’s of Panther Dream-Rainforest sounds and music from the Grateful Dead by Bob Weir and his sister Wendy will be loved by all the young artists today!

I hope to read the entire short book to the children as we engage in art making and real outside adventure.

Friday Ceramics 
with Nancy Blank
for children ages 7-12

Day: Friday

June: 19, 26
July: 3, 10, 17, 24, 31
August: 7, 14, 21, 28

Time: 2:00 - 4:00PM
Fee: $30 per class

Jewelry Making 
with Lauren Savoia
for children ages 12 and older

Day: Fridays

July: 10, 17, 24, 31
August: 7, 14

Time: 1:00 - 4:00PM
Location: The Barn Studio
Fee: $35

In this jewelry making class you will have the ability to create and show your own original pieces of jewelry. Design bracelets, earrings, rings and necklaces using traditional and non-traditional materials. Students will design cutting edge contemporary and fashionable accessories. No experience necessary! Just bring your love for trendy wearables with an eye toward eco-recycling. We will work with cloth, ribbon, wire, beads, and more while you learn a braiding technique. Learn how to manage color and space in your designs while mastering techniques working with tools. This class is a perfect class for everyone who is interested in making jewelry.

Art Journal Making
with Lauren Savoia
for children ages 8 and older

Day: Saturday

July: 11

Time: 9:00AM - 12:00PM
Location: Lower Barn
Fee: $45

Art journals are authentic tools for artists to record their interests and solve visual problems! In this art class you will learn how to build a sketchbook from scratch! Learn how to design an art journal with your own personal flare and you will never buy another sketchbook again! Explore different ways to make art journals using various mixed media approaches, pop-ups, and use traditional/non-traditional materials!  There is no limit to your creativity! Come discover how much fun book making can be! No experience necessary, everyone is welcome!

Art and Nature
with Lauren Savoia
for children ages 8 and older

Day: Saturday

July: 18
August: 8

Time: 9:00AM - 12:00PM
Location: Lower Barn
Fee: $45

This class is designed so students can enjoy an active learning experience outdoors and inside the classroom!  Students will collect natural materials during short nature walks around the property.  The materials collected will be transformed into 2D and 3D compositions or group installation art. Art techniques include charcoal rubbings and Calder inspired mobile constructions. Students will learn how to create outdoor sculptures like clay flowers, gnomes, bugs, birdbaths, animals, and sculptural or functional items that are found in outdoor environments. Projects will be finished with materials such as glazes, slips, stains, carving, and mold techniques. Students will learn about artists like Andy Goldsworthy who create artwork from nature using only elements of nature to assemble the art. There is no limit to your creativity! Come discover how much fun art and nature can be! No experience necessary, everyone is welcome!

with Lauren Savoia
for children ages 8 and older

Day: Saturday

July: 25

Time: 9:00AM - 12:00PM
Location: Lower Barn
Fee: $45

Have you ever made a dreamcatcher? Have you ever wondered what the purpose of dreamcatchers are? Join our class and learn some fun facts about dream catchers while discovering how to make them too! Natural materials will be collected and used in the design of the dreamcatchers. There is no limit to the size or number of dreamcatchers you wish to make!  Sewing, weaving, braiding, and beading techniques will be taught! There is no limit to your creativity! Come discover how much fun making dreamcatchers can be! No experience necessary, everyone is welcome!