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Program
Category
Description
Fee
Riley, Tom ORPHAN TRAIN RIDERS Genealogy,
Literature- Authors,
Visual Arts- Other
ORPHAN TRAIN RIDERS----I am the author of 4 books on the subject. The largest mass relocation of children in America took place during the orphan train era 1854-1929. Over 400,000 children were transported by rail out of NYC and major cities. They were America's first foster children. I do a lecture/video presentation. Life in the 19th Century could be brutal. When adults fell victim to alcoholism, job loss, or drugs, the children were the first to suffer.
$201- $350
Riley, Tom BECOME A STAMP COLLECTOR Literature- Authors,
Multicultural- Other,
Visual Arts- Crafts
BECOME A STAMP COLLECTOR-Each child receives an album and hundreds of stamps. They soak stamps off paper and mount dry stamps. They see rare stamps and are given pen-pals. They learn the history of postal services from a book I wrote. Stamp Collecting is the world's most popular hobby. Adults love my program. They learn the history of postal services and the intricacies of stamp collecting.
$201- $350
Dolan, Mary Beth ASIAN CUT PAPER ART History,
Multicultural- Other,
Visual Arts- Folk Arts
Learn how to create amazing decorations using just scissors and colored paper. Program focuses on Asian styles of cut paper art, and discusses the history of the art form, and as a Asian New Year's tradition. Includes lots of Asian New year facts, traditions from China, Korea, Tibet and Japan. A great multi-cultural program, and perfect for curing the 'winter blahs', as the Asian New Year takes place around the end of January to the middle of February!
$201- $350
Mankita, Jay Creative Cardboard Construction Workshop - Build A Better World 2017! Visual Arts- Crafts
Participants bring cardboard of all types, Jay supplies tape, ping-pong balls, kid-friendly tools, and plenty of challenges and inspiration for the kids (and families). Any age can participate. A great activity for the entire family, and finished products, or works-in-progress can be taken home. A house, a maze, an arcade game, a super-tunnel, a robot, a wild-animal, a mask, a table, a car - the possibilities are endless!
$351- $500
Dolan, Mary Beth CALLIGRAPHY History,
Visual Arts- Folk Arts,
Visual Arts- Other
Mary Beth brings feather quills, calligraphy dip pens, parchment, and lettering workbook/style sheets and teaches some calligraphy basics. Please be aware that participants will be using old fashioned methods, and the means liquid ink in use in the room the program is held in- see special requirements. Recommended ages 8 and up.
$201- $350
Dolan, Mary Beth ANIMAL DRAW! Nature- Animals,
Visual Arts- Drawing,
Visual Arts- Cartooning
A wildly funny class for younger artists! Learn how to draw the faces and bodies of several animals. Complex animals are broken down into basic shapes, almost any animal can be created using the methods used in this program. Thinking like an animal, a CD of animal sounds help set the mood for this program. Includes a cool take-home work book, and all supplies. Last five minutes of the program includes a 'stump the artist' drawing game. Ages 5 and up.
$201- $350
Landrey, Sheileen World Clothing: What Should I Wear? Multicultural- Other,
Museums,
Visual Arts- Folk Arts
A fun program that explores how people’s geographic location influences their choices in what to wear. Interactive stations include clothing to try on, a matching game with international dolls, and an art project.
$101- $200
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
Dolan, Mary Beth POLYMER CLAY EGYPTIAN STYLE History,
Visual Arts- Crafts,
Visual Arts- Other
Make Egyptian style jewelry using polymer clay! We will explore hieroglyphs, and various styles of ancient Egyptian jewelry. Students will then be given polymer clay that uses the same colors that dominated Egyptian jewelry (custom mixed clay that simulates lapis lazuli, carnelian, turquiose, obsidian, chyrophase, etc.); texturing in jewelry is also encouraged. Recommended ages 10 to adult, as we will use crafting knives for some of our work. Time permitting, the clay can be baked at your facility**- so then participants can string their jewelry before thay leave.
$351- $500
Ceceri, Kathy Fabric and Fiber Inventions Science,
Visual Arts- Crafts
Kathy Ceceri's newest book Fabric and Fiber Inventions introduces tweens, teens, and adult beginners to the basics of sewing and fiber arts. Learn to create wearables, playthings, and decorative items using traditional techniques, or explore electronic circuits and sensors with simple e-textile projects. Every participant will get to make a project to take home. Choose from several projects for differents ages and abilities! For ages 10 and up: Create Stuffed Sock Creatures (Learn-to-Sew or No-Sew versions available); Make Weavings on Your Own Cardboard Loom; Construct Tube Knitters and Make Versatile I-cord (Wooden and Cardboard versions available); Print Simple Silkscreen Wall Hangings or T-Shirts. For ages 12 and up: Sew light-up felt keychains or stuffies using DIY sensors and components; Weave personal audio speakers from yarn and conductive fiber
$351- $500
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