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!

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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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Happy Family Day from Collage Collage.

Drop by the shop and join us for open studio by drawing some portraits of each other or pick up a set of family wooden doll kits and make something great together.

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This week are featuring A Family Is A Family Is A Family written by Sara O’leary and illustrated by Qin Leng. A book that reminds us that there are many family dynamics in homes today. Moms and Dads that had kids before they met each other, Moms and Moms, Dads and Dads, Grandmas to Foster Care – all the families are here tucked in the pages of this sweet book. A beautiful way to celebrate families.

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We will have this book and some wooden doll kits at the shop and you can join us this week for Drop In Classes where our project will be based on this book.

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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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MAKE SOMETHING GREAT | POM POM Making 101

We LOVE making Pom Poms around here. This giant one we posted on Instagram got so much love we thought we might show you this video on how to make em’ at home. You can use the cardboard version from the video, or use one of our amazing Pom Pom Makers we have in store. They are SO EASY to use you’ll find that you can make a zillion while watching holiday movies. XL Makers in stock now, restock of small, medium and large ones coming December 17th! pompom making

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