Arts Workshops

March 6, 1998

Arts Workshops Offered in Celebration of Children

Numerous art courses and workshops for children, their parents or teachers will be offered throughout March, April and May as part of the celebration of a national art exhibit of young people's work.

The activities will be offered in conjunction with the Crayola Dream-Makers regional art exhibit sponsored by the University of Wisconsin-River Falls and to be held April 13-May 10 at the Phipps Center for the Arts in Hudson.

The exhibit will feature 80 pieces of artwork created by grade school students from across 10 states. Millions of youngsters entered their artwork for consideration to be included in regional shows across the nation.

After being selected as one of three host sites in the central region for the traveling exhibit, UW-RF partnered with the Phipps Center for the show. Their combined resources give families the opportunity to participate in a variety of collateral activities, contributing their creativity to the celebration.

The art workshops and course activities, which will all be held at the Phipps Center, range from fiber weaving for third graders to art exploration in the classroom for adults. The titles, dates, times, presenters and costs are as follows:

"Crazy Character Sculptures," for families or children March 28 from 9 a.m.-noon, by Mary Onkka, St. Croix Central Schools, and Teri Power, New Richmond Schools, $10 individual fee, $15 family fee. Register by March 28 by calling the Phipps Center. This non-credit workshop is designed for families to experience the joy of developing visual images and celebrating the tales we all have to tell. Using common materials the participants will create large sculptural puppet forms that will be decorated with wonderful patterns and colors in acrylic paint using traditional and non-traditional tools. These large-scale, colorful sculptures may become a wonderful presence in the lobby of the Phipps Center during the Dream-Makers exhibit. The instructors have a wealth of experience as artists and educators in classrooms and workshops for both children and adults. They each have students with artwork in the Dream-Makers exhibit.

"Cartooning Basics with Angie Barnhart," for ages 6-9 April 25 from 10 a.m.-noon, and for ages 10-12 April 25 from 1-3 p.m., $10 fee. Participants must bring a pencil and a two-pocket folder. This hands-on beginning workshop is for those who have no experience in cartooning. Participants will draw people, animals and cartoon strips, finishing off with two-part animation. Examples of original cartoon art from the book "Cartooning Basics" will help the beginning artist. Barnhart is co-owner of Cartoon Connections, a cartooning, teaching and design studio.

"Animation Workshops with Duane Barnhart," for ages 9-12 April 25 from 10 a.m.-noon, and for ages 13-adult April 25 from 1-3 p.m., $10 class fee plus $2 materials fee. Participants will discover what makes animation work by drawing characters and making them move in two-part animation and flip books. They will also learn about registration and extreme movements. Participants will draw a character and paint an original animation cell, which will be mounted in a mat and taken home. Two-part animation will also be created and transferred onto video for home viewing. Students who wish to have their own copies of the simple animation project should bring a blank VHS tape, which is not included in the materials fee. Barnhart, a professional cartoonist, teacher and author, has taught thousands of young people the techniques used by professionals.

"Book Arts: New Forms to Tell a Tale," for grades 3 to adult, May 2 from 9 a.m.-noon, by Suzanne Stout, fiber artist in River Falls and teacher in Farmington, Minn., and Cindy Moe, artist and teacher in Clear Lake. Register by April 24 by calling the UW-RF Continuing Education Extension. Participants must bring two pencils and an eraser. This workshop will show the art of making books in a wide range of shapes and sizes. The class will make bridge books, pop-up books, books with doors and windows, and flips and flaps. The class will explore ways to make decorative papers to use within the books using marbling and paste painting techniques.

"Grandmother Spider's Work," for grades 4-6, May 9 from 9 a.m.-noon, and May 16 from 9 a.m.-noon, by fiber artist Christine McKahan, $25 fee. Register by calling the Phipps Center. This non-credit fiber arts workshop will teach how to card wool, spin yarn and weave a small tapestry. Children will learn to appreciate fiber and comprehend the structure of cloth as they work with the simple tools of spinning and weaving. McKahan is a certified teacher who is completing her second certification in art at UW-RF.

"Teacher Share Session," April 30 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Register by calling the Phipps Center. Teachers are invited to share an evening together to offer and gather rich ideas to bring into their classrooms. Participants will tour the outstanding Dream-Makers exhibition of children's art and enjoy refreshments and conversation with colleagues. A group session will give teachers an opportunity to show and tell about a strong art lesson they have used in their program. This gathering is hosted by the UW-RF student chapter of the National Art Education Association to honor the wealth of experience and passion brought to the art programs in the region by dedicated teachers.

Art 489/689: Special Topics in Art: "Art and Language: The Dialogue of Image and Word," for K-12 teachers, reading or arts specialists, or those who work with words and image, one credit, April 24 from 6:30-9:30 p.m.; April 25 from 9 a.m.-12 p.m. and 1-5 p.m.; May 7 from 6:30-9:30 p.m., by Gin Weidenfeller, $10 materials fee plus tuition. Register by April 17 by calling the UW-RF Continuing Education Extension.

Art 489/689: Special Topics in Art: "Art Explorations for the Elementary Classroom," for K-12 teachers or those who work with children in informal settings, non-credit, April 18 from 9 a.m.-noon, by Suzanne Benjamin, Smith & Binney, $15 materials fee. Register by April 10 by calling the UW-RF Continuing Education Extension. This workshop will introduce hands-on experiences that use a variety of materials to explore art concepts with children. No art experience is necessary.

For registration information, contact the UW-RF Continuing Education Extension at 715/425-3256 or 800/228-5607, or the Phipps Center for the Arts at 715/386-2305.

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