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30 June 20 - July 3, 2009
AZ Arts
5 art projects to ignite kids’ creativity
Summer is a welcome relief from the overly for two minutes and images will appear. Then soak 5. Baby Oil Painting - Using Q-Tips and light
scheduled, competitive, pressured lifestyle that so paper in water for one minute and dry fl at. Kids have colored construction paper, “paint” a design with
many kids experience for most of the year and children created unique prints using sunlight. ordinary baby oil or vegetable oil. The oil makes the
need time to “play” and explore their own creativity, 2. Texture Hunt - Kids can look around the house paper transparent when held to the light or hung in a
says a children’s art expert in Chandler. or yard for items with interesting textures. Lay a piece window. “Kids will love the interesting effects that the
“Summer offers lots of opportunities to keep of paper over the item and rub with the long side of a oil creates,” says Estay.
kids’ imaginations in tip top shape,” says Laura peeled crayon. See who can collect the most different Founded in 1998, KidzArt is an international art
Estay, executive director of KidzArt, a children’s art kinds of textures. enrichment franchise company that helps kids of all
education franchise in Chandler. “Try incorporating 3. Disappearing Masterpiece - On a hot day, let the ages explore their inner artistic potential. Through
the outdoors as inspiration for some fun projects and kids “paint” the house! Get a bucket of water and afterschool classes, camps and birthday parties,
as a way to boost your child’s creativity.” some large house painting brushes. Take a brush of KidzArt offers a diverse, multi-cultural, multi-media
Estay offers some summer art projects, involving clear water and apply it to the house, fence or concrete drawing and fi ne arts curriculum designed to inspire
nature or the outdoors that will excite and involve kids wall. It usually will enhance the apparent color until kids throughout the world. KidzArt’s “no mistakes”
of any age: it dries. Encourage them to “paint” designs; they’ll dry philosophy encourages children to try new things,
1. Sun Prints - Start by collecting items, such as and disappear later. “It’s fun and the kids can cool off explore their creativity and overcome their inhibitions
fl owers, ferns, rocks, leaves, shells, etc. from your at the same time,” says Estay. or obstacles in order to grow and learn.
yard or any outdoor spot. Each child can arrange an 4. Plant Pressing - Gather fl owers and leaves and For more information on summer art projects,
assortment of items on top of Nature Print Paper “press” them in a book or fl ower press. Once they dry, classes or camps, call Laura Estay at KidzArt at
(available at Expose it to sunlight make a collage. 602-312-0751 or visit
‘Desert Splendor’ show ends, ‘Oasis’ starts
More than 30 artists have their work on display and mosaic; Michael Hayslip, photographer; Debbie Coleman with art and craft projects geared to 2- to
for sale at Art on Boston Gallery, and the current show, Jennings, jewelry; Linda Jones, jewelry; Chris Kane, 5- year-old tots and one adult. Price includes all
Desert Splendor, ends June 27. silk wearable art; Dale Kesel, photography; George materials and meets from 10 to 11 a.m. Fridays June
A new show, Oasis in the Desert, will open July 1 Lenz, digital photographer; Ellen Liddell, watercolor; 26 through July 17 for $60.
and will include two new artists: colored pencil and Marcia McGovern, air dry clay fl orals; Natalie Mosier “Elementary Arts Journey” for students in fi rst-
charcoal painter Michelle Cornelius and mixed media & Steve Van Riper, acrylic sculpture; Terry Nagel, through fi fth-grade starts June 29; sixth- through
and art doll maker Mary Poindexter. painter; Mary Poindexter, mixed media, art dolls; Craig eighth-graders can “Explore Your Inner Animal” and
A reception for artists will be held on the third Roberts, pottery; Kathleen Seery, polymer jewelry; build a mask starting June 29. In addition, Coleman
Saturday in July from 7 to 9 p.m. Sat., July 18, which is Loralee Stickel, mixed media; L.A. “LuLu” Thompson, teaches two acoustic guitar sessions on Fridays for
free and open to the public. mixed media; Alice Van Overstraeten, watercolor; ages 8 to 12 and Thursdays for ages 13 to adult.
Gallery artists are Susan Blessing, lampwork Marian Ward, fi ne silver jewelry. In-Studio artists Coleman is also a wildlife painter and maintains a
jewelry; Gail Boyd, oil, acrylics, watercolor; Anita are Sandra Neumann Wilderman, watercolor; Bonnie studio and teaches art classes at Art on Boston.
Bonesteel, oil, jewelry; Sarah Brodie, ceramics; Troy Lou Coleman, mixed media; Catherine York, jewelry, For more details, call Coleman at 480-917-
Buchanan, photographer; Adriene Buffi ngton, fi ber; watercolor; Laurie Fagen, fi ber, fi ne silver jewelry; and 1112, email or
Suzanne Chudnoff, glass; Michelle Cornelius, colored Wendy Fallon, mixed water media. visit
pencil, charcoal; Marian Crane, acrylic, mosaic; The Community School of the Arts youth classes
Pablo Juan Garcia, watercolor; Evelyn Gholson, fi ber, include Parent & Tot Art Discovery with Bonnie Lou
Tryst Gallery show
The contemporary black and white art of Phyllis
On Valley stages
Lane continues at Inspirador’s Tryst Gallery.
Her ink art was featured recently in an Art &
“Chitty Chitty Bang Bang,” through June 21, ASU Gammage, 1200 S. Forest
Soul event at the facility to benefi t Free Arts of
Ave., Tempe. Stage adaptation of the classic family book and fi lm. Box offi ce: 480-
Arizona, a nonprofi t organization that “sparks 965-5062.
the creative spirit of abused, homeless, and
at-risk children.” Info:
“Guys and Dolls,” through June 22, Chandler-Gilbert Community College
Performing Arts Department, 2626 E. Pecos Rd., Chandler. Musical tale of two New
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York couples betting on love despite the odds. Box offi ce: 480-732-7343.
“The Little Mermaid,” through June 28, Nesbitt/Elliott Playhouse, Mesa Arts
Center, 1 E. Main St., Mesa. East Valley Children’s Theatre musical production of
Hans Christian Andersen’s classic tale. Box offi ce: 480-644-6500.
“Wicked,” July 1-26, Gammage, 1200 S. Forest Ave., Tempe. Based on Gregory
Maguire’s bestselling novel set from the Wicked Witch of the West’s point of view.
Box offi ce: 480-965-5062.
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