Local Artists Offer Summer Activities for Kids

Published on: 2010/07/05 - in Releases

The MacLachlan Woodworking Museum launches its drop-in programming for children this week with two exciting programs. Both Paper Play and Great to Create are included with museum admission and are an excellent way to enhance a visit to the museum.

Every Tuesday in July and August, from 10-11 a.m., the MacLachlan Woodworking Museum presents Paper Play. Children and their grown-up friends can make paper, create recycled furniture, and construct paper kites! These family oriented activities are designed for all ages and will surely inspire imagination, learning and hands-on fun. Specific activities by date are:

  • July 6 – Papermaking
  • July 13- Origami
  • July 20 – Recycled furniture
  • July 27 – Paper kites
  • August 3 – Papermaking
  • August 10 – Paper quilling
  • August 17 – Paper airplanes
  • August 24 – Paper hand-made cards

Great to Create will take place every Thursday in July and August from 10-11 a.m. Different local artists from the Kingston region will offer hands-on art activities that everyone will be able to create and take home. The following outlines the specific programs and artists that are being offered:

  • July 8 – Trevor Waurechen is coming to the museum to teach the art of lino block printing. Lino Block Print is a printmaking technique in which a sheet of linoleum is used as a relief surface. A design is cut into the linoleum surface with a knife. The raised areas represent the parts of the linoleum which will be printed. The linoleum sheet is inked with a roller then it is pressed onto paper or fabric to create a mirror image of the design gauged into the linoleum. Trevor is an illustrator, comics author and art instructor who creates images with paper, ink, paint, linoleum, knives, pencils, brushes, Macintosh and stuff. (www.waurechen.com)
  • July 15 – Dawn King will assist program participants to create unique wooden stars that are perfect for home or garden decoration. These wooden stars will be fashioned using the fun and easy to learn method of twisting twigs and branches to create the shape of a star. Working with local brush, trees and vines, Dawn produces rustic bent twig furniture as well as a wide range of arbours and trellises built from cedar. (www.dawnkingrustic.ca)
  • July 22 – Aida Sulcs has been a visual artist-educator in the area for many years, providing learners of all ages a rich experience and a chance to experiment and grow. Aida will help participants explore painting ocean water as it moves and changes in shape and colour. This is a fun lesson in colour mixing using acrylic paint and cardstock and will result in a beautiful take-home project.
  • July 29 – People have been making collages since the invention of paper, but collage came into its own as an art form in the early twentieth century. Although collage is as fun and as easy as cutting and pasting, it can also be intricate and challenging, and is always exciting. All you need is paper, glue, a support and your imagination! The MacLachlan Woodworking Museum presents Barb Carr to create paper collages in a very interesting and captivating way. (www.barbcarr.ca)
  • August 5 – Woodblock printing is a technique that has been used for centuries to print text, images or patterns onto wood. Woodblock printing uses a block of wood as a relief matrix. This means the background area of one’s design is cut out with a knife or chisel leaving the intended design at the original surface level of the wood. This design is thus emphasized when printed. Trevor Waurechen returns to the MacLachlan Woodworking Museum to help our visitors experience the art of carving the woodcut.
  • August 12 – Silk screen printing is a stencil method of print making. A design is imposed on a screen or silk with blank areas of a design coated with an impermeable substance. When pressed, ink or paint is not able to penetrate the impermeable area and thus is forced through the mesh or permeable areas onto the printing surface allowing one to print their design onto various materials such as wood, paper or even clothing. Trevor Waurechen returns to the MacLachlan Woodworking Museum to share the art of silk screening.
  • August 19 – Barb Carr returns to create paper collages under the theme of trees and outdoors. Utilizing this theme one will be able to explore their imaginative side by creating their own original and unique collage landscapes.
  • August 26 – Born and raised in Vienna, where art and design lives on walls, public buildings and subway stations, Isidora Spielman visits the museum to create watercolour designs. Isidora was educated at the National Academy of Fashion Design as a Master Tailor in Haute Couture, and she once worked in the fashion houses of Israel and Germany. Now, she strives to capture the beauty and freedom of the North American Canadian Shield landscapes in her artwork. (www.artatwork.ca)

Paper Play and Great to Create are free with museum admission. The MacLachlan Woodworking Museum is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m and is located at 2993 Highway #2 East, 1km East of Joyceville Road, exit 632 from Highway #401.

For more information, you can contact the Museum at 613-542-0543 or visit them online at http://www.cityofkingston.ca/residents/culture/museums/maclachlan and www.twitter.com/kingstonmuseums.