Peace Birds on MLK Day

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This coming Monday , MLK Day we are going to have a special crafting session at CAM (It will kick off our Monday afternoon series but youattend as a one off class)

 

Monday Jan 21, 2008

2-4pm

$10 per family

(All ages welcome)

 

Birds for Peace

 

We will make a beautiful bird “Peace” garland for post holiday home-decorating. We will also create a beautiful bird scene applique that can be sewn onto a child’s item of clothing. (Don’t forget to bring an item of clothing to embellish……it can be a wool sweater (felted is fine) or as weatshirt, a dress. Ideally something thicker than a cotton t-shirt butif that is what you have we’ll make it work)

 

No sewing skill is necessary.

If you have a sewing kit bring it.

If you have fabric/ felt scraps, we’ll use them!

 

“LOVE IS THE KEY TO THE PROBLEMS OF THE WORLD” MLK

 

 

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Homeschool Wednesdays

I thought I would share some of the activities we have been up to recently in our homeschool coop. My daughter and  I recently read the book “Me on the Map” by Jane Sweeney. A very simple and sweet book that encourages the cartographer in everyone! A great introduction to the world and maps. Thus this lesson plan was created. First we read the book………..It was a hit! Next I gave the group a list that looked something like this

  •  A airport
  • A dump
  • A train track/station
  • A residential street
  • A CSA
  • A soccer field
  • A horse farm
  • A pond 
  • A hospital
  • A school
  • A church
and a bucket of toys. Their task was to create a village / town that included all the above. Once the town was created, they were given a large piece of paper and some markers to draw a map of the town. Once this was completed I pulled out this 24 piece “Our world floor puzzle” made by Barefoot books which they worked together to complete. Once completed with talked about the Countries and the Continents and looked for various sites that were pictured on the puzzle.
 
The next book was 

“My Granny Went to Market A Round-the-World Counting Rhyme” by Stella Blackstone
 
Next we began making a”Papier-mâché” globe.
 
What is “Papier-mâché” you ask?
It is French for “chewed up paper!”
 
We began layering a balloon with our newspaper scraps and using a simple flour water paste to adhere. Once this dried it was painted to look like a globe.
 
 
The last activity we did was play a round of “Great States Jr” 
 
Our group consists of 4-7 year olds. We are presently looking for a few more families to join us.  

 

 
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Monthly Concert Series:Canto for Kids

A concert at CAM Canto for Kids with Laurie Davidson and Tom CarrollSun Feb 10th,  3pm $1o per familycopy-of-dscf0248.jpg 

Performing traditional and original songs in English and Spanish, Canto for Kids engages young children and their parents in an interactive program that is both fun and educational. The program encourages participation through catchy melodies, simple phrases, and movement.  Come sing along and have fun!

 

Published in: on January 17, 2008 at 1:03 am  Leave a Comment  

Winter/Spring 2008 Schedule


Sunday Jan 13th   Create a Cardboard Village
 2-4pm $8
All ages (under 7 years must bring an adult)
Recycle gift wrap and holiday cards. Bring your old holiday cards wrapping
paper and small boxes (match boxes if you have any)
Sunday January 20th   A felt-made picnic
 2-4pm  $15
All ages (under 7 years must bring an adult)
We will create felt food (cookies, cake, sandwiches and more) Great for
the play kitchen, suprise doll picnics, swapping with friends.

 

Friday Feb 1st    Sand Mandalas  (co-sponsored by Hilltown families)

All ages (under 7 years must bring an adult)
4-6:30pm $12
Come and Celebrate the Tibetan New Year by creating Sand Mandalas and
hearing some Tibetan Folk Tales. We will also make a set of prayer flags.
Friday Feb 8th   Valentine card and Gift Making
10-6pm    $10 per family
All ages (under 7 years must bring an adult)
Sunday Feb 10th  Matryoska Madness   (co-sponsored by Hilltown families)
 10am-12:30pm pm $18 (per doll set made)
 All ages (under 7 years must bring an adult)
Spend an afternoon listening to 2 magical stories and making your own
Matryoska Dolls(these are the Russian Nesting dolls) (MUST REGISTER BY Jan
20th)
Friday Feb 29th Celebrate Girls! (co-sponsored by Hilltown families)
4-6:30pm   $12 per mother/daughter
All ages welcome
Celebrate Girls!…..Mothers and daughters bring your girls to a craft
celebration and special tea. We will learn Girls Day in Japan,  make a
Kokeshi Doll and participate in a Mother Daughter Community Ritual for
girls’ happiness and health. I encourage people to dress festively and
bring a festive snack. Tea will be provided.
Sunday March 23  Eggs Galore!
2-4pm $10
 All ages (under 7 years must bring an adult)
 Join us for a morning of Springtime fun. A story plus egg decoration, egg
dying, card making, paper garlands and more….wax, wooden, real
eggs….decoupage, stickers, batik, engraving
 All ages (under 7 years must bring an adult)
IMPORTANT REGISTRATION INFORMATION
In order to register for these classes please call me at 413 625 2030 and
send a check to CAM PO Box 6, shelburne falls ma 01370.
PRE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED FOR THESE CLASSES TO RUN SUCCESFULLY

 

Published in: on January 17, 2008 at 12:45 am  Leave a Comment  

Dear Friends of Children’s Art Museum,

 

I am writing to you with the hopes of drumming up some communuty support for CAM. We need you! In order for CAM to continue it’s efforts creating fun and quality educational programs in Shelburne Falls.

 

In the year that CAM has been in operation we have hosted some great sold out concerts including The Nields, Lui Collins, and recently Gwendolyn and the Good Time Gang ALL THE WAY FROM LA!!  We have had a whimsicle Fairy Tea Party, a gruff pirate party!, Fun Art openings (Mischa Epstien Alvorado), a great puppet show featuring Dr Marmalade. Our Wednesday homeschool group has met for a little over a year. We have offered Mucho Gusto Spanish and a Hilltown Music Together, Sewing 1-2-3 . That is without mentioning the fun art classes and workshops; making clay, papier mache, felting, painting, and more. And lastly and perhaps most importantly we have formed a great relationship with Hiltown Families and have been recently co-sponsoring and planning events. Not bad for a first year! We have more concerts and classes planned and in the works this Winter and Spring. If you have not received a schedule for upcoming events/classes you can either check it online at studiocam.wordpress.com our blog or ask me for one.

 

However we need your help to continue. The Children’s Art Museum has been a labor of love! By that I mean

 that I have volunteered 100% time and resources and am unable to continue to do so alone.

 

Here are 3 ways you can help CAM………

 

– PLEDGE $5 PER MONTH TO HELP CAM. OUR GOAL IS TO HAVE 100 PEOPLE EACH MAKE THIS COMMITMENT. 

– BECOME A MEMBER OF CAM FOR $12O PER YEAR. WITH THIS MEMBERSHIP YOU WILL RECEIVE 10% DISCOUNT TO ALL EVENTS AND INVITATIONS TO MEMBER ONLY EVENTS.

– MAKE A LARGER TAX DEDUCTABLE DONATION. PLEASE CALL ME IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN MAKING A DONATION (413 625 2030) AS THIS GOES THROUGH OUR FISCAL SPONSORS THE IMA.

Other forms of help are also greatly appreciated suggestions include volunteering to grant write, join an organizational commitee, offer classes, rent space and SIGN UP FOR CLASSES!!!

Please act fast and generously as time is really a factor here. I think CAM has a lot to offer families in our community.

Sincerely Yours,

Tony(a) Lemos

 

Please send checks payable to CAM. Po Box 6 Shelburne Falls MA 01370

 

 

CAM Mission Statement:  

The Children’s Art Museum will make art available to children of all backgrounds and experiences through a unique community gallery and learning space.  By providing hands-on educational and cultural experiences in the arts, we seek to develop and strengthen creative skills, build self-esteem, encourage self-expression, and stimulate the imagination.

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ongoing classes-winter/spring 2008

ongoing classes:

Monday Afternoon Art

begins Monday Jan 14th-March 8th (8 weeks $95)

All ages (under 7 years must bring an adult)

2-4pm 

Sewing, Felting, Painting, Book Making….Projects galore……

 

Wednesday Home Schooling Coop

Ages 4-7    10-2pm (potluck lunch) $18

This class has some spots this Winter please call to find out more about planned projects. 413 625 2030

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