Westport Arts Center sets 2011-12 schedule
Updated 4:31 pm, Saturday, August 13, 2011
The Westport Arts Center recently set its line-up of arts programs for children ages 2 to 12, including after-school and Saturday series programs, vacation day workshops, WACky Family Days, school group visits, scout programs and birthday parties.
Registration will begin Monday, Aug. 15, for members and Monday, Aug. 29, for non-members. In the past, the center, 51 Riverside Ave., divided registration into four seasons, but this year parents can register for the entire year at one time.
The center's youth education programs will take place over seven weeks from Sept. 19 to Oct. 31 for Fall Session; Nov. 21 to Jan. 9 for Winter Session; Jan. 30 to March 19 for Winter II Session; and April 9 to May 28 for Spring Session.
The seven-week programs will include:
Special art class for toddlers ages 2-4, Tuesdays or Thursdays: The class, slated 9:30 to 10:30 a.m., will teach children about color, texture, shapes, and more as they engage and experiment with a range of fun materials with parents and caregivers. This program is designed to strengthen fine motor skills and nurture children's imaginations. Class is limited to one adult per child. Cost is $210 for members, $245 for non-members.
KinderCreate for children ages 5-6, Mondays or Fridays: Children will have an opportunity to explore the magic of art through sculpting, stacking, layering and painting. Kids will learn about a wide range of modern artists and create mixed-media works of art with an array of materials. The class will take place 2 to 3 p.m. The cost is $145 for members, $175 for non-members.
Art Factory for children ages 6 - 9, Mondays, Tuesdays, or Wednesdays: Children will explore a different artist or style from aboriginal to abstract art through building, designing and painting two and three-dimensional works of art. The class is slated 4 to 5 p.m. The cost is $145 for members, $175 for non-members.
Art Factory II for kids ages 10-12, Thursdays: Children will work with fellow artist friends and make art while learning a range of artistic styles and techniques, including painting, drawing, mixed-media, sculpture, print-making and bookmaking. The class will take place 4 to 5 p.m. The cost is $145 for members, $175 for non-members.
The center will also offer an "Eight Super Saturdays" series of art classes that will take place 9 to 10:15 a.m. for children ages 5-8 and 10:30 a.m. to noon for kids ages 9-12. The classes, at $30 for members, $35 for non-members, will include:
Comics and Cartooning, Sept. 24: This workshop will experiment with storyboards, work with children's favorite characters and show kids how to create their own comics.
Wearable Art, Oct. 15: In this class, kids will create wearable art, including hats, masks and costumes.
Foundations of Drawing, Nov. 5: Using paper, charcoal, pastels, and pencil, children will enhance their figure drawing skills as they draw from life and their imagination. They will produce a unique work of art while learning about line, shape, texture, color, value and space.
Large-scale Painting, Dec. 3: Kids will discover how modern artists work in a large-scale format and then paint their own massively cool work of art.
Painting, Collage, and Mixed Media, Jan. 14, 2012: Using vintage papers, art magazine cutouts, and textured materials, children will experiment with decoupage and other mixed-media techniques to create colorful works on canvas.
Optical Art -- Make It Pop!, Feb. 4, 2012: Children will use specific drawing techniques to create color patterns that have the effect of an optical illusion.
Build It!, March 3, 2012: Kids will use everyday materials -- including cardboard, wire and recycled toys -- to create buildings, machines, futuristic vehicles or anything else imaginable.
Experimental Painting, May 5, 2012: Children will explore methods to combine acrylic paint, pastels, ink and watercolor to create special effects and abstract forms.
The center's schedule will also offer "Three Vacation Day Workshops" for children ages 6-10 from 10 a.m. to noon. The classes, which cost $40 for members, $45 for nonmembers, are:
WACky Art, Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 8: Kids will experiment with bold colors, exaggerated proportions and dynamic designs as they engage their senses of humor and imagination.
Stir It Up!, Martin Luther King Day, Monday, Jan. 16, 2012: Kids will make art pieces with paint, magazines, newspapers, photographs, cardboard and construction foam.
3-D Dream Machines, Staff Development Day, Monday, Feb. 27, 2012: Kids will get inspired by science-fiction imagery and then build robots, mechanical animals or contraptions of their wildest dreams.
The center will hold two "WACky Family Days," sponsored by children's toy makers Melissa & Doug, where the entire family can explore its latest exhibition and participate in hands-on art projects using mixed media. The events, which cost $10 per child, free for adults and children two and under, are:
WACky Halloween, Sunday, Oct. 23: The center will hold its third annual Halloween party from 2 to 4 p.m. Families will have a chance to build haunted houses, create Halloween masks and make costumes using fabric and an eclectic mix of materials.
Toys!, Sunday, March 11, 2012: Families will join local artists from 2 to 4 p.m. to make works of art with toys such as beads, blocks, dice, toy figurines and recycled board games
For information, call the Westport Arts Center at 203-222-7070 or visit www.westportartscenter.org. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday to Thursday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday and noon to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.