Mixed Media and More for Kids

Summer time usually means busy schedules, but there is always enough time to learn fun and interesting art techniques. Children ages 5-10 are invited to spend a midsummer’s morning at the Centre for the Arts on Wednesday mornings in July from 9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.  A variety of artists and crafters are on hand at the Queen Anne’s County Arts Council to show kids how to create what are sure to be “fair-worthy projects” in time for the Queen Anne’s County Fair in August.

“Go Green” with local artists and co-creators of the Fresca & Frankie line of jewelry and crafts, Lisa Ford and Liz Meehan on July 7.  This dynamic duo will show young people how to create eco-friendly trendy jewelry and crafts that dazzle. The deadline for registration is June 22.

“Catch the Wave with Watercolor” on July 14 invites students to think about their favorite day at the beach and then transfer their thoughts to paper using watercolor techniques. Taught by award winning artist and teacher, Ann Crane Harlan, this is a wonderful introduction to this fluid medium. The deadline for registration is June 29.

On July 21 kids can “Take a Line for a Walk”. In this class participants will create fun drawings using blind contour and gesture drawing while learning about the characteristics of local birds and their habitats. Artist and birder, Susan Mayberry leads this class and guides students in making art less about perfection and more about creativity. The deadline for registration is June 6.

Wood carver Tom Yates will show students how to “Build with Bay Bounty” on July 28. Yates brings shells, tumbled stones, sea glass, drift wood and grasses found along the shores of the Chesapeake Bay to the class and shows participants how to create very cool, natural, 3D sculptures. The deadline for registration is July 13.

On Tuesday, July 13 from 12 – 2:30 pm, instructor Arthur Bounds will introduce students ages 10 and up to the lovely time honored art of Calligraphy.  Bounds will teach an easy form of calligraphy called the uncial hand. Materials are provided by the instructor including a calligraphy marker. Register by June 29.

The cost of each class is $20 for members and $25 for non-members.  Advance registration is required. The Centre for the Arts classes are designed to renew existing artistic interests, and to develop new skills. Registration materials are available at 206 South Commerce St. in Centreville, MD Tuesday through Friday from 9am to 2pm and Saturday from 10am to 2pm, or by calling 410.758.2520, online at www.arts4u.info, or request via email at exhibit@arts4u.info.  The Centre receives support through a grant from the Maryland State Arts Council.

The Queen Anne’s County Arts Council, Inc., is a non-profit organization committed to promoting, expanding and sustaining the arts.  Visit us on the web at www.arts4u.info.