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Tuesday, 16 September 2014

Young At Art - Saturdays in Saskatoon

As promised, here is the information about the Saskatoon Children's Discovery Museum Young at Art program.  There are visiting artist every Saturday until the end of November.  Each Saturday, children 5 to 10 can participate in a 1 hour activity to create art - from water colour resist to felting, clay to embroidery (that would be me), puppet making to face painting lessons.  It's very affordable at $3.75 per class.  Parents are invited to stay.  You can sign up at Pic-a-Tic here.  You can also show up the day-of and see what time slots are available.  They just started the sessions this past weekend and it sounds like a lot of fun and experimentation.

Find them on Facebook to see more images of the recent art : )

I will be wayyyy at the end on November 15th.  There are five 1-hour slots throughout the day with a maximum of 20 spots each hour.  I'll be leading children through some fabric collage and hand embroidery.  We'll be constructing art flags to string along like a bunting banner that can remain on display at the Museum.  This is the organization that will be moving into the available Mendel Art Gallery space in a couple years.  Maybe these art flags will hang there in the future!  I think they will be very pretty.  Children are welcome to take home their project or make 2.  I'll also have some experimental on site fibre art projects like a Yarn Bombing and hopefully a tapestry table too.  Good for all ages!

yes - i stole this image.  this is a mini example of what we'll be doing.  Ours will be 6x8"

So - the flag project is based on traditional Tibetan prayer flags.  I'm not Buddhist or pushing any particular religion.  A lot of Fibre Artists really appreciate the idea of this though.  I think it's a beautiful idea - like journaling onto cloth.  It's a vision board on fabric.  It's putting your hopes and wishes out there - making them known.  I think it will create a beautiful energy, but also be beautiful visually as a group project.  It's very experimental.  Children can stitch whatever is important to them onto their cloths.  There will be lots of colours, fabrics, and embellishments to work with.  I'll have what we call, 'kid needles' that are larger and blunt so no one gets hurt.

royalty free image... the inspiration to the project.

Not sure what a yarn bombing is?  Check this out...  Bus and Bike

Although the children may not be knitting and crocheting, they can still tie and wrap and add beauty to the mundane.  I can't wait to see what they do with my bicycle!  : )  Maybe we'll add a rocking chair too...

I can't wait to meeting new small people and watch how creative they get with strings and fabrics and colours.  I'm sure they'll knock my socks off!  : )  Thank you to the Saskatchewan Arts Board for sponsoring the artists in this program, and thank you to the CDM for such a great opportunity for kids and artists alike.


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