Family Workshop Series www.shemerartcenter.org
Plan A Night Out – An Afterschool Outing With Your Child……Cultural Arts Activities/Projects & SAC Snack
Learning about other cultures is important, especially for young children. Exploring cultural traditions and development helps children think critically and become open-minded and curious. It may be difficult for them to visualize how other cultures work so reinforce lessons about foreign traditions with art projects from around the world. Not only does this help children better appreciate other cultures, it encourages their curiosity and creativity. Experience this art trek around the world with your child, grandchlld, nephew or niece and experience cultural traditions!
Just $200 for all 6 exciting workshops!
or $35 for individual classes
Tree of Life
Discuss how the Tree of Life is significant in the Mexican/Latin American cultures and to all of us (the universal connection and uses), shapes, symbolism of fruits/flowers/ people and other objects depicted in traditional Tree of Life sculptures of Mexico. Participants will construct a tree out of felt and glue it onto a cloth banner. Layers of shapes will be cut out of felt to represent added to create more dimension to the pieces. Pipe cleaners can also be woven into the banner or springing up from the top to create a more 3-D effect. They will be ready to hang on the wall
Class # CHP-3
Thurs., 5-7pm, 9/19
Kokeshi & Samuri Figure
The Kokeshi is a traditional figure, originally made in northern Japan. They are painted in bright floral designs, kimonos, and other traditional patterns. The Samuri has long been a symbol of the warrior, a honorable and trustworthy figure. This workshop will explore the history and traditions surrounding the Hinamatsuri (girl’s day or doll festival) and Kodomo No Hi (children’s day)/Tangu No Sekku (boy’s day) in Japan. Each participant will design their own version of a Samurai or Kokeshi figure.
Class # CHP-4
Tues., 4-6pm, 9/25
Based in African and the southern United States, Memory Jars are a way to remember loved ones, document family histories and honor cultural traditions. The jars are traditionally covered with everyday obje cts like keys and shells, varying by the individual maker. We will create our own one-of-a-kind dimensional scrapbook, covered with colorful papers, beads, buttons, and fun objects. The inside may hold photos, a handwritten story, or note to a special loved one. You might want to bring a couple of special personal items to add to your jar.
Class # CHP-5
Tues., 4-6pm, 10/2
Masks of Mystery
Masks are used around the world to help humans transform their identity, celebrate special occasions and dress up. Wearing a mask can temporarily turn you into a super hero, royalty, monster or animal. Whether fancy or simple the mask you create will help you to transform into someone or something else, maybe an alien?
Class # CHP-6
Wed., 4-6pm, 10/10
Chinese Zodiac Tapestry
Chinese Zodiac Animals hold incredible power to cultures around the world. Depending on your birth date, everyone has a particular animal that is thought to bring you anything from good luck, wealth or even love. Use a Zodiac calendar to find the animal that hides inside of you. Participants will design a small textile using their animal as the focus, embellishing it with ribbons, fabrics and colorful beads.
Class # CHP-8
Tues., 4-6pm, 10/23
Highlight Middle East
Jingling necklaces of the Middle East/Saudi Arabia
A Bedouin woman’s jewelry is a true treasure filled with sounds and symbols of protection and status. With their nomadic lifestyle, the woman’s jewelry is thought of as a walking bank account that women could use as currency in local markets. Participants will create a musical necklace with bells, glass and metal beads
Class # CHP-7
Tues., 4-6pm, 10/17
Art and Animals! Winter Family SeriesJust $200 for all 6 exciting workshops! or $35 per session
Create birds nest using a variety of materials then create small colorful clay birds to live in the nest (baby birds and eggs are welcome too!). We will also talk about desert animals and general animal symbolism. Each participant will receive a special “totem” animal bead to use on their desert necklaces.
Class # CHP-9
Thurs., 4-6pm, 11/8
We will explore animal symbolism from cultures around the world including, Africa, Japan, the Arctic and North America. Decide what your favorite animals are then shape them out of clay. Once the finishing touches are made, they will be stacked on a dowel to look like a traditional totem pole.
Class # CHP-10
Tues., 4-6pm, 11/13
Critters of the World Sculptures
Do you like tigers, penguins or bears? Where do they live? Animals have adapted to living in different environments around the world, anything from freezing cold to a burning desert or even a tropical jungle. This workshop, will help you to construct your favorite animals out of clay then create a little “living space” for your new friends out of paper, fabric and other materials
Class # CHP-11
Tues., 4-6pm, 11/20
Tiny Mighty Spirits
Dolls or figure have been used in many cultures and tribes throughout history for role-playing, storytelling or as symbols of self. Do you ever wish you could fly or have a super-human power? What would it be? We will explore figures used in world cultures while creating your own embellished figure that will tell your personal story.
Class # CHP-12
Thurs., 4-6pm, 12/4
Quilts can keep you warm at night or tell stories about an entire family’s history. We will design and embellish a miniature quilt that will tell a story about you, your interests or family. Use fabric, beads, ribbons and found objects to get started, bring some personal photos or fabric to make it unique to you.
Class # CHP-13
Sat., 10am-12pm, 12/1
Use basic embroidery stitches to create doodles, flowers, colorful squiggles, and other fun designs on a little cloth puppy form. Add colorful buttons, sequins or beads to create a chunky texture. Your finished puppy may look realistic, fantasy-inspired, or maybe a mixture of both.
Class # CHP-14
Thurs., 1-3pm, 12/13