Classes for Children

  2015 SUMMER CLASSES & WORKSHOPSPrintmaking Class in the Arts Center Studio

SUMMER CLASSES ARE NOW POSTED!

To register, call the Library Arts Center office at 603-863-3040.

Download the Child Class Registration Form.

**PLEASE NOTE: If the class of your choice is full or canceled due to lack of enrollment, you will be notified and entitled to a full refund. Class tuition is due in full on or before the first day of the class session. Make-up classes will only be offered when the instructor is unable to teach his/her class.

Members of the Library Arts Center may subtract 10% from tuition prices of all classes. 

SCHOLARSHIPS: The Library Arts Center has a Studio Scholarship Fund for children.  If you would like information on how to receive a full or partial scholarship for your child or if you are interested in donating to this fund please click here.

All new classes will be posted to this page.  If you would like to be added to our “Classes Email List” to be the first to know about upcoming classes, please email lac [at] nhvt [dot] net and specify that you would like to be added to the children’s classes list.

Music with FriendsMusic with Friends
(Session One) Fridays July 10, 17, 24 & 31 10-10:45am
(Session Two)  Fridays August 7, 14, 21, 28, 10-10:45am
Instructor:  Julie Love
Ages: 0 – 5 children with a caregiver (between 6 and 12 children in the class)
Tuition: (for  four-week class): $35.00 for caregiver & one child, $10 for each additional child in family
We recommend signing up for the full session if possible, for those unable to attend the full session, note that  drop-ins are welcome $10 a class for child and caregiver, and $5 for each child in that family.
Description:  Experience making music with your children & friends in this class designed for young children & their caregiver.   Music will come to life as everyone Sings, Dances, Drums & Claps for Fun, experimenting with voices, instruments & movement with the wonderful Julie Love!  This class will meet in the gallery.

DIY Board Games…You make the rules!
Instructor: Margaret Dwyer
Date & Times:  Monday, June 29, 10am-3pm
Ages: 8 +
Tuition: $30
Description:  It’s all fun and games in the studio! Bring a bag lunch and come spend the day creating your very own board game where you make the rules, you make the parts, and the sky is the limit.  Wooden boards along will all sorts of game parts, cards, spinners, dice, paints, stamps polymer clay etc. will be supplied.  Each game will be truly unique, very fun and certainly creative.

Dip itDip it with Ann magazine shot
Instructor: Ann Stout
Date & Times:  Tuesday, June 30, 9:30-11:30am
Ages: 7-12, 8 student maximum
Tuition: $10
Description: Create artists books and/or cards with swirling marbled edges using Ann’s special technique–just published in a national arts magazine!  Be mesmerized by swirling layers of latex paint in deep trays in which you dip paper to discover decadent and surprising layers of swirling colors.

Felted Bird HousesMargaret bird houses
Instructor: Margaret Dwyer
Date & Times:  Tuesday, June 30, 1-4pm
Ages: 9+
Tuition: $30
Description:  Learn to felt whimsical, colorful homes for birds or fairies.  Leave the studio with new felting skills, as well as a stunning and one-of-a-kind felted home ready to hang in a tree.

Intro to Wet Feltingwtfltg
Instructor: Margaret Dwyer
Date & Times:  Wednesday, July 1, 1-4pm
Ages: 6-9
Tuition: $15
Description:  Get your hands right into it with Wet Felting! Use bubble-filled sudsy water, rocks, bouncing balls and bubble wrap to mush and squish into colorful finished projects.

Flower Pressespressedflrwksp
Instructor: Margaret Dwyer
Date:  Thursday, July 2, 9:30am-12:30pm
Ages: 7+
Tuition: $16
Description:  Build your own wooden flower press, then give it an artful and personalized look with an array of materials.  Learn how to press flowers, turning flower blossoms into colorful art materials.  A perfect craft to start the summer!

Wind Catchersfabricwindcatcher
Instructors: Kate N. Luppold & Kathy Niboli
Date & Times: Friday, July 3, 9-10:45am
Ages: 6-9
Tuition: $5
Description:  Turn strips of colorful fabric into stunning three-dimensional wind catchers with personal style and flare.  Create one to take home and hang outside your home, and another to leave at the Arts Center where it will be hung in the big tree to greet Arts Center visitors and the wind summer-long.

Cement Stepping Stonesstepping stone image for summer classes
Instructor: Peggy & Kelley McKenney
Date & Times:  Monday, July 6, 9-11:30am
Ages: 7-12
Tuition: $15
Description:  That’s right–pour concrete, then use all sorts of shells, rocks, tiles etc. to create one -of -a –kind mosaicked stepping stones ready to place in a garden or walkway.  **Creations will be left in the studio to cure and dry and can be picked up the following week.

FAIRY WEEK!  Mix and Match or Join us for the entirety of this enchanted week

Summer Fairies
Instructor: Margaret Dwyer
Date & Times:  Monday, July 6, 12:30-4pm
Ages: 8+
Tuition: $25
Description:  Enter a magical realm of creativity where imagination fancies on the enchanted world of fairies.  Create a magical summer fairy, complete with silk flower skirts, gossamer wings, and bendable arms & legs.  Leave the studio with your new fairy friends flying around you.

Fairy & Woodland Folk House Building
Instructor: Margaret Dwyer
Date & Times:  Tuesday, July 7, 12:30-4pm
Ages: 8+
Tuition: $35
Description:  Build a permanent and magical house to take home complete with perches, ponds, gardens and fences.  These sturdy creations will stand the test of time and can be played with inside, or outside creating an impressive, imaginative and handmade play world.

Furniture & Accessories for Fairies, Woodland Folk & Fairy Houses
Instructor: Margaret Dwyer
Date & Times: Wednesday, July 8, 12:30-4pm
Ages:8+
Tuition: $25
Description:  Create woodland furniture from natural items, fiber, polymer clay & mixed media.  From dish sets, to food, to books, couches, pets & more, use your imagination to create the miniature, magical accoutrement needed for woodland fairy & folk friends.

Woodland Folk & Pets; Friends of the Fairiesfairy folk
Instructor: Margaret Dwyer
Dates & Times:  Thursday, July 9, 9:30am-12:30pm
Ages: 6-8
Tuition: $25
Description:  Create woodland elves from the forest from an imaginative array of materials including wooden beads, chenille stems, felts and cloths, acorns and more.  Also create imaginative animal sidekicks for these woodland folk ranging from butterfly friends, to rabbit companions and more.

Woodland Folk & Pets; Friends of the Fairies
Instructor: Margaret Dwyer
Date & Times:  Thursday, July 9, 1-4pm
Ages: 8+
Tuition: $25
Description:  Create woodland elves from the forest from an imaginative array of materials including wooden beads, chenille stems, felts and cloths, acorns and more.  Also create imaginative animal sidekicks for these woodland folk ranging from butterfly friends, to rabbit companions and more.

Fairy Art Party
Instructor: Margaret Dwyer
Date & Times:  Friday, July 10, 9:30am-12noon
Ages:  6-8
Tuition: $15
Description:  Enter the imaginative world of fairies yourself, creating gorgeous wings, enchanting crowns and magical wands fit for a fairy party!

Fairy Art Party
Instructor: Margaret Dwyer
Date:  Friday, July 10, 12:30-4:30pm
Ages:  8+
Tuition: $15
Description:  Enter the imaginative world of fairies yourself, creating gorgeous wings, enchanting crowns and magical wands fit for a fairy party!  Also create your own fairy paper dolls and clothes.

Meet the Masters
Instructor: Patti Warren
Dates:  Monday July 13- Thursday July 16, 10:30am-12noon
Ages: 7-11
Tuition: $25
Description:  Each day learn about an art master such as Van Gogh, Matisse, Picasso, and Monet, and then get creative with a project based on the style of the master, with unexpected fun twists!  Leave class with wildly creative projects and new Art History knowledge.

Pack Basket Weavingsmall pack basket
Instructor: Ray Lagasse
Dates:  Monday July 13 – Friday July 17, 1-2:30pm
Ages:  10-15
Tuition: $50
Description:  Weave your own pack basket with League of NH Craftsmen juried artist–Ray Lagasse.  Work a little each day on this fun project, and leave the studio on Friday with a completed, heirloom-quality pack basket of your own.

Up in the Sky
Instructor: Becky Bense
Date & Times:   Friday, July 17, 9am-12noon
Ages:8-12, (max. 8 students)
Tuition: $15
Description:  Look up!  Create watercolor paintings of the sky & clouds with Becky Bense, who will share tricks & techniques.  This class will be a fun exploration with surprising and beautiful results.

EXPERIMENTAL PAINTING- sign up for one day or both, you don’t have to do the first day to take the second day.

Experimental Painting Part 1Margaret Dwyer Experimental Painting Image
Instructor: Margaret Dwyer
Dates & Times:  Monday, July 20, 12:30-4pm
Ages:  7-12
Tuition: $25
Description:  Let’s get some experimenting going with paint!  Shaving cream and water guns anyone?  Who knows what colorful fun will come from these experiments.  Food coloring, glycerin, spray bottles, leaves shaving cream, and yes water guns and more!

 

 

Experimental Painting Part 2
Instructor: Margaret Dwyer
Dates & Times:  Tuesday, July 21, 12:30-4pm
Ages:  7-12Margaret Dwyer wc. experimental
Tuition: $25
Description:  Pick up where the experiments left off in day one for some fantastic new and different experiments in paint and techniques will be shared each day.  You don’t have to take the first session to enjoy this one, but you can take both if you want for double the experimenting.  Shaving cream and water guns anyone?  Who knows what colorful fun will come from these experiments.  Food coloring, glycerin, spray bottles, leaves, shaving cream, and more!

Paper & Scissors ROCK!
papepicInstructor: Ann Stout
Dates:  Tuesday & Wednesday, July 21 & 22, 9:30-11:30am
Ages: 8-12
Tuition: $15
Description:  Create art with the simple tools of paper and scissors with neat cutting and folding techniques.  Projects will include Papel Picado (Mexican paper cutting), Paper letters, 3-D layered shapes, mounted paper cutting, and more.  Once the students try the project, they are welcome to use the class materials and techniques to explore their own ideas.

Floral Garden JewelryMargaret Dwyer garden bracelet
Instructor: Margaret Dwyer
Date:  Wednesday, July 22, 12:30-4pm
Ages: 10-teen
Tuition: $25
Description:  Create stunning floral garden bracelets with an array of techniques & materials.  Learn beading and knot work techniques and use waxed linen, jewelry pins, glass beads and fibers to create a one of a kind wearable art piece.  Techniques learned will give the students to skills to create more jewelry at home.

polymer clayPolymer Clay Day
Instructor: Margaret Dwyer
Date:  Thursday, July 23, 9am-12pm
Ages: 6-9
Tuition: $ 15
Description:  Using vibrantly colored polymer clay, kids will mix and swirl colors, build small characters, animals, foods, beads etc. as their creative whim leads.  Hand building techniques will be shared, along with texturing, using clay tools and even pasta machines.  Leave the studio with all sorts of colorful little art creations ready to bake at home.

Polymer Clay Worlds
Instructor: Margaret Dwyer
Date:  Thursday, July 23, 1-4pm
Ages: 9+
Tuition: $15
Description:  Create a miniature landscaped world out of polymer clays.  Perhaps a city scape with buildings and cars, or an outdoor country scene with grass fields, gardens or house with a yard, the choices are endless  Use of many clay tools, cutters and pasta machines will add to the creative possibilities.  Bring your mini world home ready to bake.

Trees
Instructor: Becky Bense
Date:  Friday, July 24, 9am-12noon
Ages:  8-12, maximum of 8 students
Tuition: $15
Description:  Learn tricks & techniques for painting spectacular trees in watercolor!  From observation to imaginative techniques, leave the studio with great paintings and many new ideas and skills to  use in your artwork.

Exploring Watercolor through Landscape
Instructor: Becky Bense
Date:  Friday, July 24, 1-4pm
Ages: Teens- maximum of 10 students
Tuition: $20
Description:  Explore watercolor through landscape in this class for beginner and intermediate painters.  The group will meet in the studio then head out to paint onsite on the town common, so please bring a lawn chair or easel, bug and sun block, water and a snack.

Kaleidoscopeskaleidoscope
Instructor: Kate N. Luppold & Kathy Niboli
Date & Times: Monday, July 27, 9:30am-12noon
Ages: 6-11
Tuition: $10
Description:  Build your own kaleidoscope, then fill it with whatever you choose from colored beads, to natural items to create an every changing kaleidoscope of your own!  Decorate the outside with an array of art materials to truly personalize this unique art piece.

3ddoodle3- D Doodling
Instructors: Kate N. Luppold & Kathy Niboli
Dates & Times: Tuesday, July 28, 9-10:30am
Ages: 6-11
Tuition: $10
Description:  Watch your doodles skip off the page!  With the help of 3-D glasses and special sketch books that you get to take home create drawing that seem to hover off the page like magic!  Learn neat ways to use red and blue to make doodles raise up in 3-D ways as well.  It’s all about experimenting and discovering the endless creative possibilities of a simple line on a piece of paper.

Cement Stepping Stonesstepping stone image for summer classes
Instructor: Peggy & Kelley McKenney
Date & Times:  Thursday, July 30, 9-11:30am
Ages: 7-12
Tuition: $15
Description:  That’s right, pour concrete, then use all sorts of shells, rocks, tiles etc. to create one-of-a–kind mosaicked stepping stones ready to place in a garden or walkway.  Creations will be left in the studio to cure and dry and can be picked up the following week.

PRINTMAKING WEEK, sign up for one, mix and match, or do the full week!

Nature PrintsMargaret Dwyer printmaking
Instructor: Margaret Dwyer
Date & Times: Monday, August 3, 9am-12:30pm
Ages: 7+
Tuition: $20
Description: Use heat sensitive foam wedges to create your own stamps from shells, leaves, pine cones etc. then use those to create art.  Use printing inks, brayers and printing papers. Transform everyday natural items into one of a kind art pieces.

Silk Screening
Instructor: Margaret Dwyer
Date & Times:  Tuesday, August 4 9am-12noon
Ages: 9+
Tuition: $20
Description:  This is the type of printing used to put designs on T-Shirts.  In this class you’ll use various handmade stencils and items from nature with fine mesh silk screens, hand pull printmaking ink over the surface with a squeegee and create surprising art pieces on paper.

Design Your Own T-Shirt
Instructor:  Margaret Dwyer
Date & Times: Wednesday, August 5, 9am-12:30pm
Ages: 7+
Tuition: $20 & BYOT-shirt (or 2!)
Description:  Using Leaves, foam stamps, brayers & vibrant textile inks to design your own T-shirt.  With endless combinations and beautiful supplies you will be able to create your own wearable art.  Bring your own T-shirt or two, white or light colored work best.

Spray Paint Art & T-Shirts
Instructor: Margaret Dwyer
Date & Times: Thursday, August 6, 9:30am-12:30pm
Ages: 8+
Tuition: $20 & BYO T-Shirt (or 2!)
Description:  Spray paint, that’s right!  This is your chance, from real spray paint to squirt bottles, no paint brushes allowed!  This is going to be fun, spraying and squirting layers of colors with stencils and leaves to create surprising, colorful results.  Bring a T-shirt or two to spray paint wearable art while you are at it.

Painting Buildings & Barns
Instructor: Becky Bense
Dates & Times: Friday, August 7, 9am-12noon
Ages: 8-12, Maximum of 8 students
Tuition: $15
Description:  Watercolor can be all well, watery, moving here and there!  Learn to get that paint where you want it so you can paint buildings and barns.  Bring a photo or two to use in class of a building or barn you’d like to paint.  Becky will share her secrets on how to paint buildings in watercolor then with guidance, kids will create watercolors using the photos brought in as a starting point.

“Wee Ones” Painttempera
Instructor: Becky Bense
Date & Times: Friday, August 7, 1-1:30pm
Ages: 2.5-5 with a caregiver
Tuition: $10
Description: Little ones explore brushes, water and tempera with a caregiver and the guidance of the wonderful Becky Bense.  Caregivers will learn as much as the children, learning fun and easy ways to bring the exploration of painting home with you for your little ones.

Fish Wind Socks
Instructor: Kate N. Luppold & Kathy Niboli
Date & Times:  Monday, August 10, 9am-12noon
Ages: 6-11
Tuition: $10
Description:  Create large & colorful hollow fish out of fabric, use no sew ironing and sewing machines with grown up support to create these fabric sculptures.  Create two fish, one to take home, and one to hang in the tree at the Arts Center to welcome all who visit summer long.

Rain Sticks
Instructor: Margaret Dwyer
Date & Times: Tuesday, August 11, 9:30am-12:30pm
Ages: 7+
Tuition: $20
Description:  Create one of a kind large-scale rain sticks!  This musical tradition from around the world comes to the studio as kids create individualized rain stick sounds then create unique colorful outsides of their sticks using an array of materials to do so.

Book Making: Artists’ Booksbook
Instructor: Margaret Dwyer
Date & Times: Wednesday, August 12, 9:30am-12noon
Ages: 6-9
Tuition: $20
Description:  Not all books are for reading (though we do love to read a good book)!  Some are just for creating, with neat folds, hidden pockets, sewn bindings with room for paint, stamping, drawing and so much more.

Book Making: Artists’ Books 
Instructor: Margaret Dwyer
Date & Times: Wednesday, August 12, 12:30-4pm
Ages: 9+
Tuition: $20
Description:  Not all books are for reading (though we do love to read a good book)!  Some are just for creating, with neat folds, hidden pockets, sewn bindings with room for paint, stamping, drawing and so much more.

Multi Media Watercolor Collage
Instructor: Becky Bense
Date & Times: Friday, August 14, 9am-12noon (date corrected from earlier publication)
Ages: 8-12, maximum of 8 students
Tuition: $15
Description: Start ripping, cutting, layering, gluing and painting to create unexpected results with a mixture of great art materials.  Feel free to bring some magazines, interesting papers or other material to add into your artwork.

nest pendantsBirds’ Nests Pendants & Necklaces
Instructor: Margaret Dwyer
Date & Times: Tuesday, August 18, 9:30am-1pm
Ages: 11-teens and adults welcome as well
Tuition: $20
Description:  Use beautiful materials including colored jewelry craft wires, glass and stone beads, pearls, metal charms, leaf & floral beads to create gorgeous wire wrapped birds nest necklaces that can be worn on a chain, satin or silk cord or beaded necklace, the variations on this project are endless!

Jewelry techniques in Polymer Clay
Instructor: Margaret Dwyer
Date & Times: Thursday, August 20, 9:30am-1pm
Ages: 9- teens, adults welcome as well
Tuition: $30
Description:  Learn to transform colorful blocks of polymer clay into stunning surfaces with layers, blocks & swirls of color, additions of metallic powders & glitters with an impressive array of clay tools, beading tools, molds, pasta machines and more.

Leaves & Flowers in Watercolor Paint
Instructor: Becky Bense
Date & Times: Friday, August 21, 9am-12noon
Ages: 8-12, 8 student maximum
Tuition: $15
Description:  Use leaves, stems and flowers for inspiration in painting! Becky will share great techniques and tips for painting, and the studio will be filled with the color and vibrancy of flowers, both real and painted.  If the weather is good, the group will go outside to paint, if it’s a rainy day, please bring a few flowers or leaves growing in your yard to use as inspiration.

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