Saturday, November 29, 2008

Come Make Some Christmas Ornaments!

Our Christmas ornaments are arriving, more each week! From simple to more intricate, we have something for all ages. Bring your kids in to make one, or call us to schedule your group. We even have some new ornaments that light up! Remember, our studio hours are M-F 11-6 and other times by reservation. Some other ideas for your group to celebrate the holidays with From Art to Zebras style are:
*Gift Making Workshop - Give us the age range of the group and we will come up with some special gift projects that are just right!
*Ornament Making Workshop - Pick up to three different ornaments for your group to choose from. Great for all ages.
*Cookie & Santa Plate Decorating Workshop - Kids will have a yummy time decorating not only cookies, but they can do Cookie & Milk plate sets and aprons as well.
*StoryTime Art Gathering - Have a special holiday storytime followed by an age appropriate craft. You may even want to include some festive snacks!
*Gifts for Giving Gathering - How about spreading some cheer to those in need this Christmas season by making some special gifts and cards while having some fun yourself!

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

The Christmas stock is coming in!

We got some more of our inventory in today! I love unpacking new stuff, even if it is not all for me. I will have to post some of the ornament crafts we have made soon. We made one of the doll kits that came in today. It is so cute! I think this would be ideal for a 7-9 year old myself, it says 8 and up.

You will want to stay posted for the Christmas season. We will be having a new country focus each week with crafts, Christmas traditions and storytime each week. We will continue with our FREE craft of the week while supplies last. If we are out, luckily most of our crafts are $3-$7 so it won't break the bank.

Sunday, November 9, 2008

Thursday's Classes Have Begun!

We had a great afternoon Thursday with another set of new classes and clubs. The younger group in Art 101 started the session with a little line practice and exercises. This class is focused on the elements and principles of design. They will be doing projects using various mediums and focused on predetermined elements.

Book Club is starting this session with the book Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of Nimh. We read the first chapter during our meeting. Using the wonderfully detailed descriptions of the story, the group created multi-media collages depicting the home of the Frisby family. They used all natural materials found outside such as sand for the stone and grasses and feathers for the bed. They turned out really neat and the kids didn't want to stop. I love doing these projects so the kids can get that sense of realism they can touch out of their readings.

Don't forget to sign up for the Mom's Night Out for Tuesday! Also, we will start getting some of our gift items in this week so stay tuned for some yummy, creativity conjuring gift ideas for the kids and by the kids!

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Busy, Busy, Busy!

We had a class-filled afternoon at the studio this afternoon. The PreK-K classes started back up today along with our new Geography Society. It will definitely be a hit!

In PreK-K Art, we made mixed up magazine collages. Isn't it fun to see what comes of putting together various features from all different people. It turns out quite wacky! You can also do it with all different photographs of the same person. Kind of a unique and crazy memoir!

This week we did PreK-K Math and learned about the whole and parts of the whole by making our own puzzles. The kids drew pictures that covered the entire piece of paper and decided how they wanted it divided up. They figured out the more pieces you have, the harder it is to put back together! This is a neat idea if your kids like to make birthday cards and such. They make the card on a single side of cardstock and cut it up for the recipient to put together!

The Geography Society started off by making their notebooks and made their first graphic folder to put in it. We talked about the Earth's surface and the imaginary lines that divide it up. They showed what they had learned in their folder. Their notebooks are going to be a great tool to show others what they have learned. Each time they show it off, it refreshes their memory!

Check out our calendar to see what classes and events are coming up. Be sure to reserve your spot for this Sundays Holiday Card Making and Tuesday evening Mom's (or any adult!) Night Out. We will be making some cool "treasure" boxes to put your holiday cards or other treasures in. Grab your girlfriends and join us for a productive night out!

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

New Classes Started Today!

Our Winter Session started at the studio today. It's not to late to join us. If you missed the classes today, we can just prorate the session or join us for another class!

In Masters of Art with the younger crew we took a look at Van Gogh's works and tried out our own versions of The Starry Night with acrylics. They are using only primary colors along with black and white so they will become comfortable with creating their own colors.

The Science Club will be working on Mechanical Physics this 10 week session. It sounds like a lot, but they are excited about making some simple machines and using them for lots of experiments!

(Above artwork by Sarah, age 15)
Working on frottage is a new experience for most in the Drawing and Painting class. They took various rubbings and are using them to create a sort of collage. It is cool to be able to use things around and see them in a different way. This is a great class for older kids who have gone through our drawing classes or for adults wanting to try out some new stuff.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Sticking Around

I know everyone who has kids has a LOT of artwork. But at From Art to Zebras, we have MORE than a lot. I don't like to tape everything up on the walls, and I can't, nor can I afford to, have everything framed. So my idea was to have a few pieces that can be rotated easily without damage to the artwork or the walls. So here is what I came up with.

Not the best picture, but it gives you the jest of it. I just took sheets of metal and predrilled holes about an inch in around the edges. We used drywall screws to attach to the wall. Just add magnets and artwork and wah-lah, instant framing! Of course, I have to add my funky touch, so i will be decorating some magnets. You could paint or wallpaper the metal, but I like the industrial look of it and it won't compete with the artwork displayed on it.

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Oh, Monkey Farts!

Heehee! We just got a new fragrance in for our Spa Bar, Monkey Farts. I know it sounds gross, you know the kids will love it, but it really smells yummy. It has Banana, Grapefruit, Strawberry, Kiwi, Bubble Gum & Vanilla fragrance oils in it. It is definitely a youthful fragrance. We put some Monkey Farts hand soap in the restrooms and the kids (and studio assistants) come out saying, "It smells like monkey farts in there!" I know I am a little off, but it gives me a chuckle (and I know the kids used it).

Monkey Farts is available in the Bath/Shower Gel, Body Lotion and Alcohol-Free Body Splash. Mix and match with other fragrances in 8oz. bottle for $9 each or 2 for $12, or 4oz. bottle for $6 each or 2 for $10.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Parent's Night Out Special!

We have been swamped in a sea of paperwork for taxes, blah! I feel like a child being tortured by an over extended time out! I am seeing the light though. So I thought I would post about next week's Parent's Night Out before I sink again.

Parent's Night Out will be Friday, October 24th, from 6-9pm. As always, it will include pizza, snacks , movies, crafts and activities. The special is....(drum roll here)...Register by this Friday, October 17th and the fee will be $25 for one or $20 each for more, so bring friends and siblings. Just remember, they must be potty trained. Call, email or stop in to register. You must prepay by the 17th to get this price. Start planning a fantastic night out now!

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--Michelle, whose eyes are crossing from number overload.

Friday, October 10, 2008

Fuzzy Friendz Halloween Outfits are in!

I love these little costumes. They fit perfectly on the 15" stuffed animals. Stop in during studio hours (11am-6pm, Monday-Friday) and pick a new friend to stuff along with a Halloween outfit for $20 through Friday, 10/24. The regular price on it is $25. We have the cutest Jack-o-Lantern, non-scary Skeleton, and others that are just as adorable. You must mention this blog to get the discount:). Supplies are limited, so hurry out!

From Art to Zebras
3700 N. Main, Ste. 111
High Point, NC 27265

Thursday, October 9, 2008

Hooray! We have a new blog!

We are so excited to be able to keep our loyal clients and friends informed of the happenings at From Art to Zebras. Be sure to sign up for your daily Creative Outbursts!

Join us each day for creative inspiration, special events coming up, gift and craft ideas and so much more. You won't want to miss a single Creative Outburst!

Just to give you a special incentive today, come in and mention Creative Outbursts and receive 15% off one item in the studio! Don't forget to let your friends in on the deal. Offer good through Friday, 10/17.

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