_0DD8519It’s just about March, which means its just about time to for Spring Break Art Camps! Our camps truly are a special experience for kids at the shop. Students 5-8 years old join us every day for a week from 1-4pm in the store. Using a picture book as our jumping off point, we build a series of projects together exploring all kinds of themes. Russell Leng (Artist and Instructor) and Erin Boniferro (Owner and Founder of Collage Collage)have prepared another series of projects that campers will truly enjoy. Paint, draw, sculpt, and make a few new crafty friends with us this March.

Crafternoon Art Camp Registration

Monday – Friday 1-4pm

Session One March 13-17th $240

Session Two March 20-24 $240

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Art Workshop Book

Art Bar’s book, Art Workshop for Children

As a little book store and workshop, we come across A LOT of blogs that become books. LOTS. And it’s not always easy to make the transition…or have content that doesn’t repeat what your loyal blog readers have already seen. Transitioning your voice, style and concept to a completely new format is difficult, and not all blogs can make the shift. After reading through Barbara Rucci’s first ever book based on her beautifully curated blog, Art Bar – you’ll be delighted to discover that she’s created an engaging and thoughtful guide with 25 new projects to share with her audience.

Rucci writes alongside Reggio Inspired Educator Betsy McKenna which I really enjoyed and respected. We are hugely inspired by the Reggio Approach around here in all our classes and also offer a purely Reggio class taught by trained ECE professionals. We honor it as an approach and really love to see it presented professionally and thoughtfully. Rucci’s experiences alongside McKenna offers a nice balance in understanding, making the book a great guide for teachers and parents alike. There’s also a lot of room for fun – see the “Still Life with Donut” pic for what I’m talking about!

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Art Workshop carries Rucci’s distinct and bright palate throughout the book; you’ll feel a familiarity of the blog, but with new projects to try. There’s also a balanced amount of reflection and encouragement of PROCESS over PRODUCT which is my most favorite element of the book. Also, Bar and I straight up like a lot of the same things – organized materials in glass jars? Check! beautiful art supplies? Check! Lots and lots of found objects and cardboard? Check! Check!

I’m pretty excited to bring a few of these projects into our classes and into my home – which I will share with you soon. In the meantime, you’ve got to see what our friends at mammapappabubba made, complete with candles!

Art Workshop for Children will arrive at Collage Collage soon, stay tuned for when you can pick up your own copy!

 

 

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Here’s to the Dads today. We hope that you’re enjoying the hats, ties, pennants and cards we’ve made you. They’re just a small token of how much we love you. Here’s to the Dads who lift us up, who drive us to be our best, who set the standard high, who inspire change, who love with their whole hearts, who make us who we are. I’m looking at you, Cino – and thankful for that guy in the picture there, who lifts us all up, builds us shelter, and keeps us safe and loved each and every day.

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In honor of today, I wanted to share my friend Lauren’s beautiful film about her Dad. Lauren is a talented film maker and blogger, and when she makes things about her family, its just the best stuff around. Go ahead, give it a look – and then call dad! He should be back from golf by now.

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One of the most amazing aspects of opening this space for me was the opportunity to introduce families to contemporary art in an approachable and authentic way. This weekend we have a wonderful event celebrating artist Cindy Mochizuki’s recent project with Access Gallery. Join us from 2-4pm this Saturday for a free crafting event, book launch, and a chance to meet Cindy herself. More about the project here;

“When we are bored, the landscape appears barren, empty. But it is precisely this arid space in which the imagination can run wild, and produce whole populations of teeming, whimsical, creaturely life. Things on the Shoreline is a collaborative project initiated by Access Gallery, visual artist Cindy Mochizuki, and the students of Lord Strathcona Elementary School and the Vancouver Japanese Language School. A guest artist at both schools, Cindy led making and storytelling workshops, working closely with grade four and five students. The starting point of these workshops was the visualization of an empty seashore and, working with ink, salt, and words, together they slowly drew out the myriad possibilities that had been waiting to emerge on the blank page. The results of the workshops—a raucous population of whimsical inky creaturely Things and the invented environments in which they live—is the focus of the exhibition at Access Gallery which runs from February 12 – April 16, 2016. This project culminates in the launch of a limited-edition, hard-bound children’s storybook, authored and illustrated by Mochizuki. The launch will be held at Collage Collage on Saturday April 16, 2016 from 2-4 PM and features a reading by the author as well as light refreshment*.”

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