21 June 2011

CAC Monday Night Crafts

One Night One Craft at the Contemporary Arts Center

Here are the Monday night events for the rest of the summer. Some of the classes would be great for kids, and a lot of families are making free admission Mondays a regular family visit, so you are likely to meet other downtowner families. Classes are Mondays 6-8pm and although as always, Mondays are free admission, some of the classes have a $5 material fee. I've heard rumors that there is a cash bar at some of these events:

June 27th 6-8pm Book Making Bonanza!
Make your own journal or sketchbook with a few simple instructions from local artist Annie Stephens.

July 11th Paint Your Yoga
Yoga instructor, Ann Ducharme, will guide us through simple yoga asanas (postures), and then show us how to translate those poses through painting with sumi-e ink using meditative strokes.

July 18th Seed Bombs!
Join the people behind VisuaLingual as they help you explore your inner guerilla gardener through the creation of seed bombs.

July 25th From Ply to Play
Woodworking enthusiasts, Joel Armor and Joe Civitello, employ combinations of both traditional and non-traditional woodworking methods for functional furnishings with an emphasis on repurposing materials. In this week’s class, the boys will ensure that no materials go to waste as they turn wood scraps into crafty works of art using image transfer techniques. Feel free to bring small Xerox images of your liking.

August 1st Mud Cloth (Bogolanfini Modified)
Fiber artist and 2001 Post Corbett Award winner Judy Dominic will teach you a dying technique based on the traditional black and white dyeing technique of bogolan fini (mud cloth) from Mali, West Africa. See what sorts of colors you can coax out of the various dirt and clay of our area. Bring a white shirt (100% natural fiber - cotton, linen, ramie; prewashed, no softener in wash or dry), some dirt from your yard or wherever you see a nice dirt color and an old newspaper. Feel free to contact the instructor with questions: judy at judydominic dot com
Shirts will be on sale in the UnMuseum that day.

August 8th Stick 'em Up
Are you tired of postcards falling off your refrigerator because they're being held up by wimpy magnets? Well, have a beer or a pop and save the cap. The ladies from the Cincy Craft Cartel will show you how to make magnets using bottle caps and your favorite images. Bring your own materials to make it personal or use some of ours!

August 15th Henna Tattoos
Always wanted a tattoo but wanted the freedom of a temporary one? Learn the traditional Indian art of temporary Henna (Mehndi) tattoo designs from artist Sneha Nirody, who has been classically trained and creating Henna designs exclusively for brides and wedding parties for over 10 years.

August 22nd Paper Craft
Join Jessica Wolf of local craft company Paper Acorn for a surprise craft session. Her handmade paperwork was featured in Martha Stewart’s Summer 2010 Wedding Magazine and she is well known for the creation of intricate paper boxes, luminaries, and garlands. Come see what surprise she has in store for you.


VisuaLingual said...

There's also a series of cool-sounding workshops at the Betts House:

The Betts House, Ohio’s oldest brick house, starts its second year of Family Fun Saturdays. This year, the theme of Family Fun Saturdays is American Architecture.

Each Family Fun Saturday, there will be a hands-on craft activity about a specific architectural style from American history. Activities are suitable for children ages 5 – 10; coloring activities related to theme will be available for younger children.

This week we'l...l be making Architectural Details Prints to explore revivals in architecture – including Gothic, Tudor, Moorish.

Family Fun Saturdays are made possible, in part, by a grant from Summerfair Cincinnati. The Betts House is open 12:30 – 5 pm on Family Fun Saturdays. Families can participate throughout the day, and no advanced registration is required. All crafts are included in the regular $2 admission.


Upcoming Family Fun Saturday Programs:
July 23 – TBD (Queen Anne & Beaux Arts)
August 27 * – Skyscrapers (Chicago Style/Skyscrapers)
September 24 * – Patterned Mosaics (Art Deco)
October 22 * – Tissue Paper Windows (Frank Lloyd Wright)
November 26 – Mid-Century Paper House (Modernism)
December 24 – No Program; Holiday Weekend

*On these dates, there will be an additional program with The Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County at 2 pm.

VisuaLingual said...

I asked Jaime at the CAC about whether or not the One Night | One craft events are kid-friendly, and here's what she said:

Children are welcome but I really do want this to be an adult class. This program fills a niche the museum was missing- hands on art for adults. It is both an educational opportunity but also a social opportunity (hence the bar). Many of the projects are too difficult or dangerous for little hands. With that said I would not recommend people to bring kids but if they do that isn't a problem as we have plenty of other art materials and the UnMuseum exhibits are still open.

So, not kid-friendly per se, though our session on July 18th will be appropriate for all ages.