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.