A Merry Day at Holiday Crafternoon

           We would like to thank teachers Faith Ward, Kara Vicalvi, Carlee Bouthiller, Kim Uliana, Heidi Irwin and organizer Andrea Newland. Thank you Denise Newland for baking cookies and Jakub Lakomski from Bttr Studios for donating wood for the tree craft

On December 10th the House of Art in Monson was alive with joy as 18 students and 6 teachers met to craft the day away at the third annual Holiday Crafternoon for Kids. From 12-3:30 pm students rotated through the rooms in small groups and worked with local artists and teachers to build, paint, decorate, sculpt and snack. Projects included designing glass ball ornaments with paint swirling inside, soft holiday gnome stuffed toys, decorating seasonal sugar and gingerbread cookies, painting wooden tree decorations and sculpting with salt dough.

            Projects were designed to create great gifts to give or keep for themselves. This was the third Holiday Crafternoon held at the House of Art in a series of workshops that has included three Halloween Crafternoons and two Spring Crafternoons. They are sponsored by the Monson Arts Council and were inspired by the success of the Summer Art Camp hosted by Monson Parks and Rec with support from the Council. The purpose of these workshops is to provide area children a place to express their creativity while learning new skills.

Halloween Crafternoon for Kids a Haunting Success

 The Halloween season started at the Monson House of Art on October 1, 2017 when 28 kids and several artist volunteers gathered to craft spooky decorations, decorate cookies, dress up in costumes and have a photo shoot, design picture frames, glitter glue pumpkins and do some yoga outside. This was the third Halloween Crafternoon of its kind and will be followed up by a Holiday Crafternoon on December 10, 2017 from 12-4 pm. Kids will create crafts suitable to give as gifts for the holidays, have a photo shoot, decorate cookies and more.

Crafternoons were started to continue the enthusiasm for the Summer Art Camp, a Monson Parks and Recreation camp with support from the Monson Arts Council. Students love the one day workshops as they get to rotate through the rooms at the House of Art, trying out different ways of making art and taking home several projects to share with friends and family.

Summer Art Camp

2017 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!