I’m pretty excited about this – one of our FIRST BIG GIVEAWAYS! Register for one of our amazing new classes by AUGUST 6th and be entered to WIN A BIRTHDAY PARTY. It’s that simple. Our parties are offered all year long Saturdays and Sundays at 12:30 and 3:00. We’d love to host yours – and we have a whole new line up of party offerings launching this Fall.

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What a week we’ve had! Crafternoon Camps have been running for 2 weeks now and they have been amazing! Russell + Erin B + Erin G planned an incredible first week of WRITE + Illustrate Camp; and books have all been printed + are ready for pick up. This past week, Russell + Ali F knocked out a totally awesome week that included kinetic sculptures, shadow films, and paper mache turtles. Here are a few highlights. You can join us for a few more FULL WEEK spots next week, or a couple DAY CAMPS!

small books made with paper and thread

Week One | Hand Made Books

Collaborating on a mixed media sculpture.

Sculpture Detail | This would eventually take over the whole table

Group Drawing with Write + Illustrate | Photo copies + INK

Making Shadow Films from our sculptures

Munari Mobiles | Made with Wood + string

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_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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