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Dolan, Mary Beth Me, the Super Hero! Literature- Creative Writing,
Visual Arts- Drawing,
Visual Arts- Cartooning
2009's MOST POPULAR PROGRAM! Participants are asked to imagine themselves as a super hero. By answering a series of questions, they develop a super hero persona. The answers are then used to draw themselves as the super hero they are! Cartooning, drawing, and creative writing and thinking are developed and refined during the program. Wild, zany answers are encouraged! All supplies are included.
$201- $350
Dolan, Mary Beth Paint like (Jackson) Pollock Health & Fitness- Other,
History,
Visual Arts- Painting
Participants will watch a short media that introduces them to Jackson Pollock and his art. We then will (in summer- out doors) paint like Pollock. we paint in a controlled manner,and drop cloths and washable paints are used. This "eco-friendly" program uses recycled cardboard, and supplies, brushes, etc.
$201- $350
Merklein, Paul Build Your Own Cartoon Character Literature- Creative Writing,
Visual Arts- Cartooning,
Visual Arts- Drawing
"Build Your Own Cartoon Character" is a new program for the 2017 Summer Reading Theme of "Build A Better World". Cartoonist Paul Merklein shows you how to create your own original cartoon character. See Paul's videos at paulmerklein.com
$351- $500
Maurer, Jim Juggling WorkShop Life Skills- Other,
Performing Arts- Juggling,
Visual Arts- Other
Who has not wanted to learn how to juggle. Well it takes determination, and proper training. Starting with 1 ball all the way up to 3 ball tricks and 5 ball juggling, Jim teaches all ages and all education levels.
$101- $200
Sprague, Lindsay (Lynn) Chrysalis Ornaments Nature- Animals,
Visual Arts- Crafts
Using a real butterfly chrysalis, string an ornament and see if it hatches on your special day! Great for the holiday season. Butterfly education and cage instructions included. Suitable for 2017 Summer Reading Program
Up to $100
Field, Barb Balloon Art! Performing Arts- Clowning,
Visual Arts- Other
BJ and Company will custom design the right program for your needs. We have worked extensively with children and families and performed hundreds of shows. BJ will encourage the participants to have fun while they use their own creative ideas to design unique balloon sculptures. She will show them how to prepare the balloons and a few different ways to twist them. Then they will need to think and plan ahead. This involves a little bit of painless, hands-on deliberating about dividing and fractions … how much balloon do I have left to twist how many legs??? Although some participants may want to learn how to make a standard balloon dog, BJ prefers to encourage them be creative on their own and see what they can design. We can also add on a brief BALLOON MAGIC SHOW or just perform the show with no hands-on twisting by the audience. THIS PROGRAM IS BEST SUITED FOR SECOND GRADE TO ADULTS. www.bjandcompany.com 607-432-0988
$201- $350
Brown, Wayne & Karen The Ocean Adventure Nature- Marine Life,
Science,
Visual Arts- Other
Professional underwater photographers, California marine biologist, Wayne Brown, and his SCUBA instructor wife, Karen, bring their exciting real-life expeditions to your patrons with fast-paced and entertaining multimedia presentations using unique props, biological specimens, breathtaking photography, storytelling techniques, audience participation and life-sized, inflatable animals. Programs include: • The Australia Great White Shark Expedition • The Belize Whale Shark Expedition • A Visit to Nemo's Home -- The Australia Great Barrier Reef • Funny and Freaky Fish in the Caribbean Sea • Diving with Dolphins and Humpback Whales • Playing with Living Mermaids -- Florida Manatees • Slimy Seaweed & Funny and Freaky Fish in the California Kelp Forest • Funny and Freaky Animals in the Belize Rainforests and Coral Reefs • Weird & Creepy Sea Creatures that Go Bump in the Night in the Caribbean Sea
$501- $1000
Mankita, Jay Build A Better Rube Goldberg Machine Workshop - Build A Better World 2017! Media- Other,
Science,
Visual Arts- Crafts
Artist/Educator Jay Mankita guides and inspires kids to construct delightfully complicated contraptions that accomplish simple tasks. Jay supplies dominos, popsicle sticks, magnets, rubber bands, string, balls, marbles, etc…, set up includes Jay’s basic table and floor-based templates as well as some pre-constructed machines for kids to study and play with, with plenty of opportunities for making, and learning from, their own mistakes. Goofy fun, and real engineering, with a bit of Rube Goldberg history thrown into the mix.
$351- $500
Sprague, Lindsay (Lynn) Butterfly Release Nature- Animals,
Nature- Gardening,
Visual Arts- Crafts
Everyone loves butterflies, especially up close and personal. They are a medium that unlocks the heart of angry teenagers, and are able to coax the shyest of children out of their shells. When there is a butterfly release in town, people literally drop everything to attend. The day of the event students learn how to identify host and nectar plants, what Monarch eggs, larvae, and pupal forms look like; how to tell a male from female and why the males have pheromone pouches on their wings. There is much discussion on native butterflies in NY and identifying specimens patrons have observed. Releases attract the attention of the local media, and are great publicity. I have Monarch, Painted Lady, Mourning Cloak, Eastern Black Swallowtail, and Red Admiral Butterflies this season. Wild-caught displays (not always available) might include Eastern Tailed Blue, Eastern Tiger Swallowtail, Clouded Sulphur, Cabbage White, White Admiral, and Baltimore Checkerspot. At the end of the program the butterflies are released either individually or as a group. This program is suitable for the 2017 Summer Reading Program.
$101- $200
Dolan, Mary Beth Fabulous Fish- polymer clay fish Nature- Marine Life,
Visual Arts- Crafts,
Visual Arts- Other
We explore the world of fish with fun fish facts. While making our own fish with polymer clay! Fish are made using simple shapes, and if space and time allows we bake some of the clay fish during the program. Appropriate for ages 5 and up. Great parent- child activity!
$351- $500
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