Classes for Children

2016 SUMMER Offerings  

  • TO REGISTER: 1) DROP IN OR CALL – Call the Library Arts Center office at 603-863-3040 or stop by during gallery hours (Tues-Fri. 11am-4pm, Sat. 10am-2pm) Your registration is complete when we have received your competed registration form, as well as payment for the class.

    2) PRINT & MAIL a registration form with your check.  Download the CHILD REGISTRATION FORM.

     

    3)  REGISTER ONLINE NOW by clicking the link below.

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.  The 2016 Scholarship Fund is generously supported by Newport Rotary, the Endowment for Arts Education, and generous individuals in the community.

**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. 

MEMBER DISCOUNT:  Members of the Library Arts Center may subtract 10% from tuition prices of all classes.  When registering online, use the code “MEMBER”

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 info @ libraryartscenter . org and specify that you would like to be added to the children’s classes list.

Summer 16 short 

MUSIC with FRIENDS
Instructor:  Julie Love
Fridays, 10-10:45am
JUNE 3, 10, 17 & 24 
JULY 9, 16, 23, 30
AUGUST: 5, 12, 19, 26 
Location: 15 Main Street  
Ages: 0 – 5 children with a caregiver (between 6 and 12 children in the class)
Tuition: (for four-week session): $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 one child and caregiver, + $5 for each child in that family. 
Description: Experience making music with your children & friends in this class designed for young children and their caregivers. Music will come to life as everyone Sings, Dances, Drums & Claps for Fun, experimenting with voices, instruments & movement.

Summer Art Splash!
Instructor: Margaret Dwyer
Dates & Times: Friday, June 17, 
9:30-12:30 for ages 9-12
1-3:30pm for ages 6-9
Tuition: $22
Description:  Kick off summer and jump right into crazy summer experimental art fun!  Traditional art materials meet bubbles, shaving cream, squirt bottles and more!  Weather-permitting the class will take place outside.  

Crayons Beyond Crayons
Instructor: Patti Warren
Dates & Times: Monday, Tuesday and Thursday (no class Wednesday) June 20,21 & 23, 10:30-12 each day
Tuition: $25
Ages:  5-10
Description:  You will never look at a crayon the same way again after this crayon-o-licious art class!  Use this traditional media in new and unexpected and experimental ways including resist painting, melted crayon masterpieces, and crayon batik.  These art projects lend themselves to any proficiency and a wide age range- each participant will leave with frame worthy art!

Ancient Egypt
Instructor: Chris Scott
Dates & Times: Monday- Friday, June 27-July 1, 9am-12noon
Tuition: $55
Ages:  8-11
Description: Imagine you are an Egyptian craftsperson from 5,000 years ago.  Together we will explore some of the art of ancient Egypt and have lots of fun.  We will construct a large tomb for our pharaoh, and cover the walls of the tomb with hieroglyphic drawings!  We will also create a set of sarcophagi and con optic jars for the Pharaoh as well as jewelry, amulets and golden utility statues for the Pharaoh in the afterlife.  Then we will create costumes to transform us into the Egyptian priests so we can perform the burial ritual (families and friends are welcome to join in this ending performance)!  A large variety of art materials will be used including recycled materials, paper mache, clay and lots of gold paint!  

Van Gogh
Instructor: Patti Warren
Dates & Times: Tuesday-Friday, July 5-8, 10:30-12noon
Tuition: $30
Ages:  7-12
Description:  Delve into the colorful world of Vincent Van Gogh! Get to know more about the artist who saw light and movement in the world around him. Paint your own version of the famous Starry Night painting to depict your own favorite activity!  Also paint a colorful Van Gough inspired sunflower still-life.  Paint, color and insight into the life of a great artist will all be part of this studio exploration. 

LEGO WeDo2.0 Design Workshop (STEAM)
Instructor: Barry Connell
Wednesday – Friday, July 6 – 8, 1:00 – 3:00
Tuition: $27.00
Ages: 7-12
Description: Join other young designers to create Milo, the science rover. This LEGO workshop integrates science, engineering, technology, and computing. Participants will work in teams to collaborate and design solutions to challenge problems. During the first session, participants will construct Milo and experiment with programming the tilt and motion sensors. Sessions two and three will provide participants the opportunity to program Milo to solve challenge questions.

Train Town!
Instructor: Chris Scott
Dates & Times: Monday- Friday, July 11-15, 9am-12noon
Tuition: $55
Ages:  7-11
Description:  If you built a town around a model train, what would be in that town?  Design and build a whole miniature world around a model train in the studio.  From schools to homes to fire stations, pet stores and castles; the town will include whatever the group imagines!  From rolling hills to mountain tunnels, streams and bridge; create a miniature town through which a HO scale train can travel in the studio.  On the last day invite your friends and family to visit the town you and your fellow young artists have created.  The town will be constructed out of recycled materials, paper mache, clay and paint.  

Summer Garden Bracelets 
Instructor: Margaret Dwyer
Dates & Times: Tuesday, July 12, 9am-1p
Location: 15 Main Street
Tuition: $36
Ages:  9-12    
Description:  Create a delicate flower and leaf adorned garden bracelet in celebration of summer.  Margaret will supply the class with a cast selection of beautiful glass beads, colored cords and bracelet closures.  Leave the class with a one-of-a-kind floral garden bracelet to keep or give as a gift, as well as the skills and know-how to make more at home.  

Spray Paint Painting
Instructor: Margaret Dwyer
Dates & Times: Tuesday, July 12, 1:30-4pm
Tuition: $20
Ages:  9-12
Description: That’s right, spray paint!  Create richly layered art pieces with spray paint.

Felted 3D Flowers 
Instructor: Margaret Dwyer
Dates & Times: Wednesday, July 13, 9:30am-12:30pm
Tuition: $35
Ages:  11-teens, adults welcome to sign up too
Location:  15 Main Street
Description:  Create stunning 3D flowers and leaves out of a vast color array of wools.  Learn color blending and basic needle felting techniques. Beads and buttons will be on hand to embellish your felted creations.  Attach to pin backs at the end of class if you like to make your felted flowers wearable art. These are great to decorate hats, headbands, purses, backpacks, and to wear as funky jewelry! 

Nature Studies in Watercolor
Instructor: Margaret Dwyer
Dates & Times: Wednesday, July 13, 1-4pm
Tuition: $22
Ages:  9-12
Description:  Combine the love of painting with the love of nature in this studio session.  Weather permitting, the group will go outside with art supplies to observe and create watercolor paintings of nature in the shade of trees.  Bountiful collections of nature will be brought into the studio by the instructor for inspiration and observation; collections include sea horse fossils, butterflies, shells, flowers and items from the forest floor.  The studio will be filled with nature, painting and fun–we hope you join in!

Pre-K Art! Nature/Scissors/Glue!
Instructor: Caitlin Mauser Rowe
Dates & Times: Thursday, July 14, 10-11:00 am
Tuition: $7
Ages:  3-5
Location:  In the gallery
Description: Come have fun making art and being creative!  Young artists will create works of art with scissors and glue. We will use our imagination and a nature theme to create amazing pieces that will be taken home at the end of class.

Bracelets with a Twist
Instructor: Margaret Dwyer
Dates & Times: Friday, July 15, 9am-1pm
Tuition: $25
Ages:  Teens and Adults
Description:  Take the basics of macramé and transform them into a sophisticated twisting bracelet.  Choose from an array of colorful waxed linen as your base and then design with vibrant glass beads to accentuate the spiral design.   

Polymer Clay Miniatures
Instructor: Margaret Dwyer
Dates & Times: Monday, July 18, 
9am -12noon ages 9-12
12:30-3pm ages 5-8
Tuition: $20
Description:  This class delves into miniature worlds inspired by your imagination. Create a miniature city, farm, woodland, beach scene, or any landscape of your choosing. Complete your scene with the tiniest of details. Polymer clay comes in many vibrant colors and is cured at a low temperature. The tools for this medium are endless but include; hand-crank pasta machines, miniature cutters, texturing tools, and more. Lots of techniques will be covered throughout the creative process.

Accessorize your Play Guys!
Instructor: Margaret Dwyer
Dates & Times: Tuesday, July 19, 9:30-12noon
Tuition: $22
Ages:  6-10
Description:  Bring your favorite action figure, doll, fairy etc. to the studio with you, and make it all the accessories it has ever wanted out of polymer clay!  At the end of the session you will have all sorts of little personalized creations to bring home to enter the play world of your little guys.  

Polymer Bead Making
Instructor: Margaret Dwyer
Dates & Times: Tuesday, July 19, 12:30-3:30pm
Tuition: $25
Ages:  11-teen, adults welcome
Description:  Starting with a vast selection of polymer clay colors plus inclusions such as micro glitter and gold leaf, learn a variety of techniques to create stunning beads. You’ll have access to tons of great clay tools, cutters, and texture plates. Leave the studio with a variety of sophisticated finished beads and the know how to make more on your own.  

Hints to Realistic Portraits
Instructor: Caitlin Mauser Rowe
Dates & Times: Wednesday, July 20, 9-11:30
Tuition: $10
Ages:  9-11
Description:  Come and enjoy this mini workshop on portraiture. Young artists will learn simple tricks to help them draw people.  From self-portraits to sketches of friends, this workshop will teach the basics of proportion, realism, and “how to look”.  Leave feeling more confident and comfortable drawing people!

Polymer Pendants
Instructor: Margaret Dwyer
Dates & Times: Wednesday, July 20, 1-4:30pm
Tuition: $25
Ages:  11-teens
Description:  From basics to beyond, learn multiple techniques to make sophisticated pendant jewelry with polymer clay. This class will focus on sculptural pendants using detailing tools, molds, inclusions, and metallic surface treatments. Pasta machines and tons of clay cutters and tools will be available for classroom use.  Go home with a variety of pendants and a whole new skill set for jewelry making.  

Polymer Pendants:  Taking it to the Next Level
Instructor: Margaret Dwyer
Dates & Times: Wednesday, July 20, 5:30-9pm
Tuition: $27
Ages:  Teens and Adults
Description:  From basics to way beyond, learn surprising, colorful techniques to make sophisticated pendant jewelry with polymer clay.  This class will focus on layering techniques, cane work, and surface decoration.  Pasta machines and tons of clay cutters and tools will be available for classroom use.  

Pre-K Art! Animals and Paint
Instructor: Caitlin Mauser Rowe
Dates & Times: Thursday, July 21, 9-10:00am
Tuition: $7
Ages:  3-5
Description:   In this art class, young artists will be using their creativity and paint to make works of art.  Our inspiration will come from animals, real and imaginary.

Polymer Clay Canes:  Designs Multiplied!
Instructor: Margaret Dwyer
Dates & Times: Friday, July 22 
9am-12noon, ages 7-10
1-4pm, 11-teen (adults welcome to sign up too!)
Tuition: $25
Ages:  7-10, morning,11-teen, afternoon (adults welcome to sign up too!)
Description:  Starting with traditional techniques that go back to ancient glass blowing, then adding a vast color array of polymer clay, pasta machines and clay tools, learn to create colorful canes of clay.  Then cut those canes into slices to create surprising, colorful and highly detailed beads or tiles that all match.  This is a great technique that can be used to create all sorts of art projects.  This will be a fun, colorful and hands on experience that will end with incredible design results!

Under the Sea!
Instructor: Chris Scott
Dates & Times: Monday- Friday, July 25-29, 9am-12noon
Tuition: $55
Ages:  4-6
Description:  Create an underwater environment populated by hanging paper mache fish and colored tissue paper sea weed!  Filled with cardboard tree coral, clay sea urchins, bent wire fan coral, and paper bag octopi.  Explore the undersea world with friends!  We can take the family for a “swim” through our installation on the last day of class.

Basket Weaving
Instructor: Ray Lagasse
Dates & Times: Monday- Friday, July 25-29, 1-2:30
Tuition: $100 includes all materials
Ages:  10-teen
Description:  Weave your own pack basket with League of NH Craftsman Ray Lagasse.  Work a little each day on this fun project, and leave the studio Friday with a completed, heirloom quality basket of your own.    When registering, sign up to make either a pack basket, a laundry basket or a wool gathering basket.  (Wool Gathering Basket 12x12x12 w/ leather handles and a wooden bottom, Laundry Basket 11x18x12 basket form with leather handles Pack Basket 7x14x18 (or smaller to fit child) basket form with straps)

Silk Screens
Instructor: Margaret Dwyer
Dates & Times: Friday, July 29, 12:30-3:30
Tuition: $27
Ages:  9-13
Description:  Use squeegees, frames stretched with silk, colorful thick inks, layers of items from nature and fun stencils to create art!  This is the technique used to make t-shirts, so bring a shirt to silk screen in addition to the paper art projects you will make.  This class will keep you on your feet having fun and making art all afternoon!  Leave with several fun, colorful finished art projects and a whole new understanding of the interesting art form of silk screening!  

Funkadelic Wind Catchers
Instructor: Kate Luppold & Kathy Niboli
Dates & Times: Monday, August 1, 9:30am -12noon
Tuition: $10
Ages:  8-12
Description: Turn spiral cut, recycled plastic bottles into stunning and funky wind catchers!  We will paint and adorn these unique spiraling pieces turning them into unique outdoor art pieces.  We will make enough to take your favorites home, while leaving some hanging in the Arts Center’s tree to create a colorful welcome to all who stop by.  

Summer Garden Fairies
Instructor: Margaret Dwyer
Dates & Times: Tuesday, August 2, 9am-12noon
Tuition: $20
Ages:  7-11
Description: Create garden fairies in celebration of summer using  an imaginative array of materials including colorful ribbons, cloths and felts, wooden beads, chenille stems, silk flower petals, acorns, pine cones and more!  

Fairy Furniture and Accessories
Instructor: Margaret Dwyer
Dates & Times: Wednesday, August 3, 9am-12noon
Tuition: $20
Ages:7-11  
Description:  Create fairy furniture for your wee friends and fill their world with items from nature.  Use all sorts of natural items starting from natural wooden shapes, mixed with ribbons, glitter, fabrics, polymer clay and more.   There is nothing quite as imaginative as accessorizing when it comes to fairies, join the fun!

Build Your Own Board Games
Instructor: Margaret Dwyer
Dates & Times: Tuesday & Wednesday, August 2 &3, 1-4pm
Tuition: $43
Ages:  7-11
Description: It’s all fun and games in the studio, make your own board game with a spectacular assortment of supplies!  From dice and parts made from polymer clay to boards designed and painted by you… you make the rules, create the game, and have it to take home to play with your family.  

Knights & Ladies of the Round Table
Instructor: Chris Scott
Dates & Times: Monday- Friday, August 8-12, 9am-12noon
Tuition: $55
Ages:  8-11
Description:  Become a Medieval knight or lady.  In this camp we will make knight’s armor and lady’s headpieces and crowns.  We’ll make standards (flags) with our own family crests.  We’ll design and build a castle from cardboard boxes.  On the final day families and friends can join us to see our transformation into characters from Medieval times!

Fairy Doors and Wands
Instructor: Patti Warren
Dates & Times: Monday, August 8, 1:30-3
Tuition: $10
Ages:  5-12
Description:  Design and build a fairy door that you can lean against a tree trunk or between a tree’s roots…. And let the magic happen.  Decorate wands with ribbons, feathers, glitter stars and moons based on whatever your imagination dreams up!  This will be a magical afternoon in the studio filled with creativity and maybe even a little fairy dust.  

Mosaics
Instructor: Stacey Hammerlind
Dates & Times: Tuesday & Wednesday, August 9 & 10, 1-3pm
Tuition: $30
Ages:  8-13
Description:  make a beautiful mosaic using broken plates and ceramic pieces.  This ancient technique creates incredible artwork out of things as simple as broken dishes that would otherwise be thrown away.  

Mini Worlds
Instructor: Stacey Hammerlind
Dates & Times: Thursday, August 11, 1-3pm
Tuition: $12
Ages:  5-9
Description:  Create imaginative and artful mini worlds in this class for pretend little animals!  Stacey will provide just about the cutest little mini pretend animals for you to then create little magical worlds for!  Think mini animal habitats with your own imaginative twist.   Use an abundant array of art supplies to create your own mini world to take home.

Kalder Inspired Mobiles
Instructor: Stacey Hammerlind
Dates & Times: Friday, August 12, 1-3pm
Tuition: $12
Ages:  8-13
Description:  Inspired by the hanging sculptural mobiles of Alexander Kalder, create your own balancing, sculptural, colorful mobile!  This is a whole different way to think about art which will have beautiful results to bring home.  

Peter Pan & Friends
Instructor: Chris Scott
Dates & Times: Monday- Friday, August 15-19, 9am-12noon
Tuition: $55
Ages:  6-8
Description:  Never grow up lost boys and girls!  Let’s spend a week building a giant crocodile out of paper mache.  We’ll make forest creature costumes and draw maps of Neverland.  Let’s make a NO GROWN UPS ALLOWED club house from cardboard boxes.  On the last day of class we can invite friends and family to come and see what we have made. 

Felted Rocks
Instructor: Margaret Dwyer
Dates & Times: Tuesday, August 16, 1-3:30pm
Tuition: $19
Ages:  8-11
Description:  That’s right!  In this fun studio experience, you will take plain old rocks, add all sorts of colors of wool, pop it into some warm and sudsy water and mush and squish them until the rocks are totally covered with bright whimsical and sculptural art pieces in this very hands-on art project.  

Painting with Wool; Needle Felted Pictures
Instructor: Margaret Dwyer
Dates & Times: Wednesday, August 17, 1-4pm
Tuition: $23
Ages:  8-12
Description:  Who ever knew that the wool of a sheep could be used to “paint” pictures?!  Start with sheets of flattened wool and learn techniques using a needle tool to add layers of vibrantly colored loose wools to create colorful pictures with surprising detail and texture.  This is a super fun process to learn that has magical results!

Selfie Paper Dolls
Instructor: Margaret Dwyer
Dates & Times: Tuesday, August 23, 9:30am-12:30pm
Tuition: $20
Ages:  8-12
Description:  These are not your grandma’s paper dolls!  By adding a fun, modern selfie twist, turn this traditional craft into a whole new thing.  Be your own base “doll”, we will take your picture at the beginning of the class and print it out.  Then, decide if you want to be a super hero, fashionista, goof ball etc. and create outfits and costumes from a  vast array of fun decretive papers, scissors and other snazzy additions. There will be tons of cool scrapbooking tools and materials there for classroom use.

Bubble-icious Art  
Instructor: Margaret Dwyer
Dates & Times: Wednesday, August 24, 9:30am-12:30pm
Tuition: $20
Ages:  7 and up
Description:  Make and decorate your own arty bubble wands, and learn to make your own extra bubbly bubble mixture.  Then have fun with bubbles.  Weather permitting this group will move from the studio to the back lawn to create bubble magic on a big scale, including wading pools and hoola hoops!  

 

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