Children’s Art Exchange w/Mutianyu China.

Shelburne Falls Sister Village Mutianyu is the gateway to the Great Wall in China


Public Participation in Shelburne Falls Visit by Chinese Delegation June 4 – 6 to Include Ceremony Formally Establishing Sister Village Relationship

Residents of Buckland and Shelburne and interested members of the general public are invited to attend the official ceremony establishing the sister village relationship between Shelburne Falls and Mutianyu.  The ceremony will be held on Monday, June 4, from 12:00-12:45pm at the Shelburne Buckland Community Center, located at the corner of Main and Church Streets, Shelburne Falls.  During the ceremony the  Memorandum of Understanding establishing the sister village relationship will be signed by town officials on behalf of the villages of Shelburne Falls and Mutianyu, formalizing what the organizers believe is the first sister village relationship between a village in China and a village in America.

Other opportunities for residents to welcome delegation members and take part in the festivities on Monday, June 4, include the following:
-Beginning at approximately 10:30am the delegation will visit the Bridge of Flowers.

-From 2:00-3:00pm the delegation will visit the Shelburne Falls Trolley Museum and have a ride on Trolley Car No. 10, followed by a visit 2:30 to the Children’s Art Museum, where an exchange of artwork by local children and children from China will be made.

ABOUT Mary Lyon Foundation:  The Mary Lyon Foundation is a community-based 501(c)3 non-profit organization which supports all aspects of quality public education in the nine rural western Massachusetts towns of Ashfield, Buckland, Charlemont, Colrain, Hawley, Heath, Plainfield, Rowe and Shelburne. The Foundation has been involved in developing and supporting the Shelburne Falls-Mutianyu sister village relationship from its outset.

ABOUT The Schoolhouse at Mutianyu:  The Schoolhouse is an American-invested enterprise established on the premises of an abandoned elementary school in Mutianyu.  The investors, including Julie Upton-Wang, principal proponent of the Shelburne Falls-Mutianyu sister village relationship, are long-time American residents in Beijing whose interest in rural tourism arose from two of the principal investors’ experience of becoming the only long-term foreign householders in the village.

Please scroll down to read more blog entries on this art exchange.

Published in: on May 30, 2007 at 5:24 pm  Comments (1)  

Summer Sewing 1-2-3

There are lots of fun projects planned for the Summer Sewing 1-2-3 at CAM. These classes are perfect for a child/adult pair. Sew together with your little one, make some memories and a project together! What better way to spend a summer morning?

sew123pincushions - stitching

The great thing about this summer session – you can take one class or take them all! Some projects might not tickle your fancy, and others might be just what you are looking for. Like the Cape Class. Make a cape for your little fairy, super hero, flying nymph or butterfly. The Cape Class is perfect for the guys.  What little guy doesn’t want a cape?  Get him interested at a young age, and he’ll be able to sew a button, hem his pants or fix a knee tear.  Then ther is the Doll Quilt Class. This one will be 2 sessions, but tons of fun.  Each class we’ll learn something new about sewing, on the machine or by hand, and get to practice what we learn, class after class.
The thing to remember: Let the kids make all the creative choices. Let them learn about color and patterns and shapes. Share with them as they discover how to make a pattern and sew it together! They’ll be learning about math, color, pattern and sew much more.

Here’s the schedule (see below). Be sure to check the CAM website for items that you’ll need to bring. I’ll be updating the CAM website over the next week with more details about each class. So check back. Your sewing kit, your sewing machine are staples, you’ll need to bring them to every class.

All classes are $18 (for parent/child pair) with an occasional materials fee. Come for one or come for all, but you must register. This is not a drop-in class.

Classes are from 9:30am-11:30am, starting sharply at 9:30.

  • June 5 – Tote Bag
  • June 12 – Zipper Pouch
  • June 19 -Applique
  • June 26 – Cape
  • July 10 – Doll Quilt 1
  • July 17 – Doll Quilt 2
  • July 24 – Bucket Hat
  • July 31 – Belt
  • August 7 – Apron
  • August 14 – Sock Critter
  • August 21 – Lunch Bag

You can see some photos from classes here

To register for any or all of the classes, please contact The Children’s Art Museum 413.625.6826

Posted by ZanneStar

Published in: on May 30, 2007 at 1:00 am  Comments (1)  

Fairy Tea Party


July 15 -Fairy Tea Party 2PM-4PM
$15 per child

Make Fairy Art – Eat Fairy Food
Fairies, elves, pixie, gnomes, sprites all welcome! Come dressed in your faerie finery!

If interested please register in advance as this event is filling fast. Stay tuned for more info.

Published in: on May 23, 2007 at 4:58 pm  Leave a Comment  

Cutting Up the Sky

June 24-Cutting Up the Sky with Local Children’s Artist


Come explore the depth and beauty of the night sky through the medium of collage. Basic shapes will used as building blocks to construct rockets, stars, moons, planets,and every thing else thats needed to create a compelling portrayal of outer space. We will make use of numerous materials including papers, felt, glitter, fabric, and other household objects . Bring your imagination when you come join the fun!

10AM-11AM Collage Workshop with Local Children’s Artist Mischa Epstein Alvarado

(Ages 3-6) Drop in rate $15
A morning of collage fun, focusing on what’s up in the sky. Art created will be hung with artist’s work for evening opening.

2PM-3:30PM Collage Workshop with Local Children’s Artist Mischa Epstein Alvarado

(Ages 7-11) Drop in rate $18

A morning of collage fun, focusing on what’s up in the sky. Art created will be hung with artist’s work for evening opening.

June 24 – Cutting Up the Sky Art Opening 4:30PM

Everyone Welcome! Meet the artist! Mischa Epstein Alvarado is a collage artist . She has been a visual and performing artist most of her life. Over time she has developed a distinctive personal style. Her images combine childlike imagination and fantastictical compositions into a compelling visual style for children of all ages.

Mischa Epstein Alvarado

Published in: on May 23, 2007 at 4:54 pm  Leave a Comment  

Shelburne Falls Sister Village Art Exchange info

On Monday June 4th at 2pm the delegation from our sister village in China will be visiting the Children’s Art Museum and the Trolley Museum. They will be presenting us with art work from the children who attend school in Bohai as Mutianyu no longer has its own elementary school…similar to our regional school idea.

Be a part of this historic exchange. Meet the delegation from our sister village in China.

At 1:30 our art supplies will be out, come and make art that will be displayed in China………….We will also learn some about China and our sister village.
Come make art or bring art to present. There is no “fee” for this event but a donation to CAM would be appreciated. Suggested $3 per child.

All children welcome
Please come in a festive mood
Bring a photo of your children to be made into a collage.

If you cannot be there for the actual event here is how you can participate. Drop of at CAM* an art project. Here are some ideas of projects that can be submitted for the Art Exchange….

– Make a map of your hometown (markers, pencils, collage)
– Draw a picture of your town
– Draw a picture of your favorite tree in each of the 4 seasons
– Draw/paint a self portrait
– Draw/Paint a picture of your family
– Draw/Paint / collage a picture of your home
– Make a picture of your favorite thing to do in each season
– Make a picture of how you get around your town
– Make a collage of the bridge of flowers
– Make a collage of your favorite meal
– Draw a picture of what the sky is like at night
– Draw the Deerfield river
– Draw a picture of your favorite toy.

Make all of the above and bind them into a book about your life. You can make a copy of it for you before we pack it up and send it to China

*All artwork must be matted or framed. You may leave it well wrapped in a plastic bag or two on CAM’s from or back porch.

Published in: on May 18, 2007 at 11:57 am  Leave a Comment  

Submit your Art: Self Portraits

From June 1st to June 21 we will be having a children’s art show “Self Portraits”. To have your child/rens art included please encourage them to draw/paint/collage a self portrait ( a picture on themself!!)

Once this is done bring it to CAM before May 30. Art work must be framed (or at least matted to be included). You may pick up your work any time after June 20th.

It has been great seeing the images so far…this is sure to be a GREAT show! They can also submit a small photo if they like as well as a sort bio about the author!

Published in: on May 13, 2007 at 3:44 pm  Leave a Comment  

Elastic band art

Elastic band art

Originally uploaded by HerbalT.

Published in: on May 11, 2007 at 1:08 pm  Leave a Comment  

Birds of a Feather: The Art of Eric Carle and Leo Lionni

Coming up later this month at the Eric Carle Museum

Keep your eyes on this site for field trip information

Birds of a Feather: The Art of Eric Carle and Leo Lionni
May 11 – December 9, 2007

When Eric Carle returned to America in 1952, a meeting with Leo Lionni resulted in a friendship and a job lead. The rest, as they say, is history. Neither Eric Carle nor Leo Lionni ever imagined they later would create some of the most memorable picture books of our time. The similarities between these two artists are quite striking: their pictures are filled with animals and nature; they drew inspiration from their childhood experiences; and their early careers in graphic design can be seen in their bold simplicity and elegant sense of design.

Published in: on May 2, 2007 at 5:10 pm  Comments (1)