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Online Art Workshops for Kids

April 6 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am

- $61

Engaging art workshops at home.

Ages 8-12 years

Nature can be a wonderful source of inspiration that teaches us about form, line, color, relationship, movement, rhythm and story. In this three week series of 3-day workshops, children will have the opportunity to explore the arts, culture and folk lore of different cultures and their relationship to the natural world around them. Choose one session, or join all 3.

These workshops will be organized as ZOOM online conferences which are super easy to join. Links will be sent to parents the day before the workshop and parents are welcome to join in the creative fun as well. Kids will be able to continue working on their artworks after the online workshops are concluded if they feel inspired.

Parents will collect GRAB AND GO Art Kits (which will include many fun art materials for the children to use in these classes) by appointment only after registering for the workshop.

Instructor: Melissa Koch is a full-time practicing artist and arts educator, bringing a lifetime of experience, appreciation, and world travel to her classes. Melissa has had many years of experience teaching art to youth of all ages, providing fun, interesting and diverse art projects to learn from. Check out her work at www.melissakochfinearts.com. Email: melibeekoch@gmail.com

WHAT YOU WILL NEED Requirements for workshops:

  • Solid internet access (WIFI or lots of data). See Zoom system requirements.
  • Ability to link to ZOOM via computer/phone/tablet and engage with video and audio. Links to be provided.
  • Ability to pick up Grab & Go Art Kit from a South Whidbey location, to be arranged.
  • In addition to the included “Grab & Go Art Kit” you’ll need to provide for your child: Tape, scissors, paper towel or rag, and a pot, jar or small container with water for painting. Please indicate if you have any art paint brushes, watercolor paints or colored felt pens at home already.
  • Children will need to have plant and animal imagery to work from. Magazine print outs or copies made from online resources will work best for the collage part of the projects. They can also draw from book imagery.
  • Flat work surface, at least 17″ X 24″ preferably where messes can be made. Best covered with the 17″ X 24″ brown paper provided in the art kits, to protect the surface.
  • Clothing that can get messy.
  • Water & snack on hand (optional)
  • Behavior: If participant is unable or unwilling to engage in the workshop in a productive way (being disruptive, being unsafe or not following direction), they may be temporarily “muted” or permanently dropped from the course with no refund.

Week 1: Mixed Media Workshop

Mixed media is artwork in which more than one medium or material is used, such as paper, fabric, wood, paint, pencil, ink. In this fun and creative workshop, children will get to learn about how to make mixed media art works using different materials and artistic techniques including basic printmaking, drawing and collage.

What you can provide from home if you have these: corks (wine bottle corks), wood clothes pegs, plastic bottle caps, leaves and twigs from the garden, string, bolts, washers etc.  Basically anything that can be pressed onto an ink pad to pick up ink for stamping.

  • Monday: Basic printmaking skills and creating a story and drawing a story board
  • Wednesday: The art of collage
  • Thursday: Putting it all together to create a mixed media art work.

Week 2: Art of Northwest Coastal Tribes

Learning about the art of Northwest coastal tribes – their stories about animals and the representation of nature in their art and cultural activities. You will have the opportunity to learn about form line drawing, and how to create your own miniature button blanket representing animals such as the orca, frog, wolf, eagle etc. Art kits provided will include all the materials required for this.

  • Monday: Learning and drawing about NW coastal art
  • Wednesday: Designing and preparing your button blanket
  • Thursday: Sewing and crafting your button blanket

Week 3: Embossing & Relief Drawing

For this really fun drawing workshop children will work from imagery of plants and animals. These can be cutouts from magazines, books, imagery printed out from on line sources. They will learn drawing skills and how to create a relief art work using cardboard, silver foil, an embossing tool and ink stamp pad. Relief art is inspired from carved wood and stone surfaces. This technique allows one to create relief imagery on a flat surface by building up layers of card and paper and then etching back into the surfaces to make a textured art work.

  • Monday: Looking at form and composition. Children will learn drawing skills working from imagery they have selected from home. (for example: trees, flowers, orca whales, polar bears, frogs etc) Step 2, Learn how to make a relief drawing Step 3, explore the figure in movement creating wire drawings
  • Wednesday: Continue working on your relief drawing building layers, adding silver foils, and learn how to add color into the relief work.
  • Thursday: Explore form, line and movement to create wire drawings of plants and/or animals.

Week 1: Mixed Media Workshop

Mon/Wed/Thu | Apr 6-9| 10-11:30 am | $61*

Week 2: Art of Northwest Coastal Tribes

Mon/Wed/Thu | Apr 13-16 | 4-5:30pm | $61*

Week 3: Embossing & Relief Drawing

Mon/Wed/Thu | Apr 20-23 | 4-5:30pm | $61*

*Fee includes a “Grab & Go Art Kit” which parents will collect by scheduling a pick-up at a South Whidbey Island location, to be arranged after registering. Some basic supplies will need to be provided by you.

Register here.


April 6
10:00 am - 11:30 am
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