Weekday Classes for
with Lani Carney
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!
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.
December: 1, 8, 15
January: 12, 19, 26
February: 2, 9, 16
March: 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
April: 5, 12, 26
May: 3, 10, 17, 24, 31
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.
December: 2, 9, 16
January: 13, 20, 27
February: 3, 10, 17
March: 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
April: 6, 13,27
May: 4, 11, 18, 25
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.
December: 3, 10, 17
January: 14, 21, 28
February: 4, 11, 18
March: 3, 10, 17, 24, 31
April: 7, 14, 28
May: 5, 12, 19, 26
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.
December: 4, 11, 18
January: 15, 22, 29
February: 5, 12, 19
March: 4, 11, 18, 25
April: 1, 8, 15, 29
May: 6, 13, 20, 27
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
Homegrown Preschool Art Series
for ages 3-5
with Coral Shockey
Time: 9:30 am - 11:30 am
Special preschool Islander winter enrichment rate
Cost: $60 for 6 week Series, $20 for drop-in class
Location: The Pebble, Featherstone
Featherstone's Homegrown Preschool Art Series is a weekly art class designed to provide a safe nurturing environment where preschoolers have the opportunity to discover and color their world through different art mediums.
Children will be encouraged to explore their self expression and begin to develop their own art making process. Each class will introduce new art mediums that include watercolors, mosaic tiles, acrylic paints, collages with unique materials including fabrics, as well as, collecting found objects and turning them into works of art. Throughout the art series, children will also learn about some of our favorite artists that might spark some inspiration within their own work. Come join us for some preschool art making fun!
Saturday Ceramics for children ages 7-12
with Nancy Blank
January:16, 23 (full), 30
February: 6 canceled , 13, 20, 27
March: 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.
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...”
Join Hands Day
A day to pledge “artful” kind of volunteering that brings youth and adults together to improve our Island community. Children are submitting their original ideas in January - we will cast a vote and determine the project “to be”. Stay in touch - an announcement will be made. We are gearing up our energies to do something “very cool” and purposeful in early May. Can’t wait for the all morning project that promotes “together we sure can” make a difference.
Pisarro’s Love for Harvest Time
Miss Lani will explore with children ages 411 the life of Camille Pissarro, the French landscape artist who was particularly fascinated with pastoral orchards and farmlands. He loved to showcase the people who tilled the soil and worked the fields at harvest times. His positive
altruism to paint the beauty of the hearts of people, at work, motivated him! He strongly held "that no one was greater or lesser than anyone else...". Pissarro's proactive behavior was influential and gained new attention for justice and equality for the working class in France.
Impressionism evolved with the young artists, including Monet and Degas. Pissarro painted until his passing in 1903.
Pluto and Me--An Outer-space Adventure
Our July observations of Pluto were magnificent! Young astronauts, artists, will rocket deep into outer space, exploring this planet and discovering alien life! We will paint rockets based on our imaginary trip and always include the heart, so visibly shining, on Pluto this past summer.
Think FUN...VIBRANT thoughts...
Colorful Clever Creepy Critters
Did you know that beetles are much like artists? They spy in their world, love to change colors and surprise and delight in size and patina. Our students painted “MEET THE BEETLES” in a Saturday Art Adventure in July. The result: brilliant specimens and environs. Let us capture
creepy critters once more. We shall add to our showcase….cannot wait!
Chocolate and Art--
It is an art party like none other
“The reason I love chocolate: it makes me happy! The reason I love art: it makes me smart! ~ Words spoken by one young artists. We shall celebrate the fun, festive offerings of our FCA Chocolate Festival by creating our art work. Painting with chocolate syrup and making homemade ice cream and chocolate, of course! Fun. Hilarious. Edible Art, you might say. It is a
tradition. Join us in welcoming Marko the Magician, a professional Miss Lani has met from Vermont. Marko is an exceptional magician. We ask only that he play no tricks that would make chocolate disappear...ha. Marko’s magic lends vibrance to the entire FCA Festival for certain.
Come. Come Magic of chocolate and art!
Wonder of Elephants
Majestic, extraordinary creatures teach us this Saturday about the differences of the two species “forest” and “savanna.” We will identify the reasons that the populations of both species are in a “free fall” and shy. As young Americans, we can join and support in solid ways the Treaty sponsored by IUCN and CITES that regulate global trade in endangered wildlife. We hope to study, PAINT and HELP the highest risk elephant populations. Studies have found that forest elephants declined 65 percent over the past 15 years. Less than onetenth of them remain, gone from 75% of their original habitat. We want to act now…
Beautiful inspiration comes from Jean Campbell’s superb photographs of elephants taken personally on her global travels. She joins us in our proactive interests to preserve all animal life!
Funny Faces- with Mocha Mott s' silly grinning 'Joe' !
We recall that it was Walt Disney, Charles Shultz and Dr. Seuss that originated cartoon art! Grandparents remember well and we, do too...how fascinating these funny faces and art making methods delight!! Silly, active, colorful cartooning ways stir laughter and smiles. Our love for our Vineyard Mocha Mott’s “Joe” logo is an example that is like a Keith Haring action figure.
Let us design a street smart, hilarious creature on a roll or “boarding” you decide. Naturally our focus will be on the shapes, sizes of our eyes, noses, mouths and ears. It will be fun thinking about how we feel through faces we observe and paint.
"S' more" Awareness: Young Artists ask for Action and Art for our natural world!
We are, the children and are astonished at the creative force creatures, small and large, exude wherever in their habitat. We have devoted today’s art making and every Wednesday class, Fall 2015, to paint and observe the creatively expressive animals of our world. “In order to love their world, children must be given the respect to study and become aware of their global environs
their world! Art teaches them about the world and the world offers to them the artfulness and brilliance of nature and the inhabitants, therein.” (A Miss Lani, direct quote) Whether the experiences of Mt. McKinley Denali, or the Galapagos Islands of Ecuador or in all of my travels while on sabbatical or at world conferences as a college professor my heart continues the beat that somethings DO NOT need to justify their existence, because they are
priceless. Too much of our world is measured by economical value and our research scientists teach that all of our animal species are fighting for survival. May we today begin to be more mindful and CARE about animals, art and science. The relationships of Jane Goodall’s Institute and Charles Darwin, National Park and Marine Reserve professionals and proactive conservationists, worldwide, matter. May we listen with S’MORE empathy and take ACTION.
The children and I value the abundance of all animal species. It is not an abstract thought...we believe in their creative forces.
Sailor Keepsakes Recreated
Large canvases given to our Children’s Studio by the Gottlieb family will frame the art making today! We will attempt to replicate “sailor valentines” shell designs embodying love and remembrances...It has been researched and said that whaling captains and mates created these “jewels” and sent them to their loved ones from ports of call, while on their journeys often lasting many years. The Island’s lovely Christina Gallery in Edgartown has showcased radiant works of Sailor Valentines. Many a family, here, has had one passed down for generations to treasure. We honor these mariners artfulness and loving gestures, today. We thank the Gottlieb’s for their generosity and love.
French Doll Making
Doll Making in the French way ~ delicate and sweet style at play. Learn how to make a doll to play with, from scratch, using soft fabrics to create the shape, form doll’s head, body, and clothing. Hand painted faces will be the creative work of thin brush strokes. It is really a keepsake. This is the third art offering to incorporate the beauty of stitching and creating dolls. The color chords are youthful, playful and beautiful for certain! Several seamstress artists will join us to ease our work with sewing needles and threads.
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!!