Every first Saturday of the month from 1-3, the ARTSpace at the Appleton Museum of Art welcomes children ages 4 and older to create a project at one of the several stations around the room.
On June 6, a day at the beach was recreated by several children. The ARTSpace provides all materials and the event is free of charge to enter. There is a charge of $8 for adults 18 and over to enter the museum and $4 for children aged 10-18. Admission to the museum is free for CF students.
The event attracts newcomers and regulars alike. Rachel O’Brien brought her daughters Clare, 10, and Bernadette, 3, to experience what the ARTSpace had to offer.
“I love it. We just came back from six months in Africa and to see that the girls have a deeper understanding of the art that can be found around the Appleton Museum,” O’Brien said.
For the day at the beach theme, the volunteers organized 2 different crafts. One table had a worksheet with a pair of flip-flops, pieces of foam stickers, cardboard, and stickers to decorate their own pair of flip-flops.
Another activity featured blank umbrellas on a coloring sheet. The children could color the beach and decorate the umbrellas.
Yaisa Segrest brought her friends children, Aaliyah, 20, and Aleric, 8, to participate in the activities being offered.
“I’m an artist and I wanted them to take them out for a little bit. We hope to start coming every month,” Segrest said.
The ARTSpace offers the projects to children of various ages and many of the projects can be enjoyed by several age groups.
“We’re making crafts right now. I’m working on the umbrellas,” Aleric said as he busily worked on decorating the beach scene.
The ARTSpace also offers other stations that stay in the room permanently, such as a LEGO station and several new stations that have been implemented. These new stations will become permanent starting the fall.
The stations include a portrait station where the visitors can learn to draw a portrait and a Math & Science stations. A binder can be found at each station detailing the activitiy and easy to follow instructions.
The next First Saturday class be on September 5th. The theme will be Dog Days of Summer.
For more information the ARTSpace and first Saturday projects, please contact Mary Moore at firstname.lastname@example.org
By: Alison Martin