Monson Arts Council presents:

Holliday Crafternoon

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December 16, 2018. 12 pm – 4 pm at 200 Main St, Monson

Cost: $25   Who: Boys and Girls ages 6-14


Boys and girls aged 8-13 are welcome to get into the Holiday spirit by making ornaments, gifts, decorating cookies, face painting and more at the Monson House of Art. Bring a box to tote projects home in.


The cost of $25 per child includes all activities and a snack.

Fee can be paid by mailing a check made out to Monson Arts Council

PO box 306, Monson, MA 01057

Please write child's name and "Crafternoon" on memo line

Register by emailing at listing child’s name, age, address, parent/guardian phone number and any allergies.

Pre registration is greatly appreciated so as to purchase materials.

Further questions? Email or call (413)221-6660 

Summer Art Camp

Summer Art Camp a Smashing Success

This summer nature and theater themes inspired local children to get creative during the last two weeks of July as the Monson Parks and Recreation Art Camp sponsored in part by the Monson Arts Council took place at Quarry Hill Community School. In the first week kids created dream catchers with Faith Ward, mandalas in nature with Kimberly Welch, color wheels and charcoal drawing with Alanah Nelson, decorated paper and made books with Jackie Griswold, embroidery and sewn tapestries with Linda Rogers and created a mixed media flower sculpture with Heidi Irwin. Juliet Bacchus and Linda Spelko of Juliet Rose Pottery Studio in Monson taught kids how to create an African coil pot which was fired at their studio. Students glazed their pots so they are actually food safe. The group of 21 students took a field trip to the Worcester Ecotarium where they explored nature and science exhibits and saw a planetarium show about asteroids. A big thank you goes out to Monson Savings Bank for sponsoring the cost of bus trip. The end of the week culminated in an art show for friends and family to view work from the week.

In week two a theater theme inspired 15 kids to create two original skits. They took a field trip to the Majestic Theater to see Sleeping Beauty and enjoyed the costumes, props and singing skills of the actors. Faith Ward helped students brainstorm and block out a retelling of Charlotte’s Web and Snow White with a twist. Linda Rogers helped students create costumes on a sewing machine. Juliet Bacchus created clay mask sculptures that the kids glazed and were again fired at Juliet Rose Pottery Studio. Kimberly showed them techniques for set design and kids painted a farm scene and a castle scene backdrop. Alanah led the groups in a canvas painting of their scene and led them in improv games. Students also sewed little pillows, stuffed animals, created crowns and dioramas depicting a scene from a fairy tale. The art show at the end of the week included a theatrical performance for parents and friends with special tickets and a playbill for guests.

The Young at Art program for boys and girls ages 5-7 had a different teacher and activity each day. Juliet created clay pendants, Alanah taught gymnastics moves and figure drawing, Faith taught them theater games, created masks and put on a skit for parents and Kimberly helped them create a puppet show and butterfly drawings based off The Very Hungry Caterpillar. The program had 9 students all very excited to create art every day. Noella told her grandma, "I love going to art school!"

Summer Art Camp is directed by Andrea Newland, a Monson native and Mass Art graduate. As a Monson Arts Council board member she also organizes Crafternoons for Kids at the Monson House of Art for Halloween, the Holidays and Spring sessions. Kids move through the rooms as different teachers help them build, sew, paint, have a photo portrait taken, do yoga and decorate cookies. Halloween Crafternoon will be held October 1, 2017 from 12-4 pm. Stay tuned for sign up information!