This week at CAM

Friday Feb 8th   Valentine card and Gift Making
4-6pm    $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)
Spend an afternoon listening to magical stories and making your own Matryoska Dolls(these are the Russian Nesting dolls)  
All ages (under 7 years must bring an adult) 
**A few spaces still available** 


 Sunday Feb 10th Canto for Kids with Laurie Davidson and Tom Carroll
A Bilingual Concert
 3pm $10 per family All ages
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! 

Please call to register for all classes and events
413 625 2030


Published in: on February 4, 2008 at 5:19 am  Leave a Comment  

Peace Birds on MLK Day


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


$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!





Published in: on January 18, 2008 at 1:50 pm  Comments (1)  

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.  


Published in: on January 18, 2008 at 1:27 pm  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
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)
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.


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

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)


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

Published in: on January 8, 2008 at 2:08 am  Leave a Comment  

Series:Crafting with Kids (Part 1)

Crafting with Kids Series: Interpreting your kids art into family keepsakes

Due to keen interst and (bad timing!) Part 1 has been rescheduled Crafting
w/ Kids Series: Interpreting your kids art into family keepsakes (part1)

Sunday Nov 11 2007 1:30-3:30pm
$20 (plus $5 materials fee)
All ages welcome

Have fun with your child while creating family collaborative art. Kids
draw, and we’ll creae sewn art based on your childrens work. Instruction
and materials provided. You bring the inspiration. We’ll make cards,
quilted wallhangings or pillows. Great Holiday gifts for family and

Sunday Oct 28 2007 1:30-3:30pm
$25 (plus $5 materials fee)
All ages welcome


Great Holiday gifts for family and friends.

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Collage Workshop Fun

zoe’s collage

Originally uploaded by HerbalT

tony’s collage

Originally uploaded by HerbalT
Published in: on October 18, 2007 at 3:01 pm  Leave a Comment  

Mucho Gusto Spanish

Hola amigos,

If you were planning on signing up for Mucho Gusto Spanish

Don’t Hesitate Classes are filling fast……Just 3 more spots. Classes start next week Wednesday October 3rd

Here is the scoop….

Mucho Gusto Spanish classes are conducted in Spanish, with minimal English used when necessary to facilitate understanding.

Classes are a combination of music and movement, stories, and circle games. While hearing the language, children make connections as they move their bodies, respond to visual aids such as puppets and pictures, and manipulate simple props. Mucho Gusto participants vary in language background, from parents with little or no prior exposure to Spanish to those who are raising their children bilingually.

Start Wednesday October 3rd and end November 21 at Childrens Art Museum in Shelburne Falls

Wednesdays 3:00pm for 4-7years, 4:00pm for 0-5 years
Cost $95, (siblings $85)

To Sign Up Please contact Laurie Davidson
413 367 9608

About the instructor:

LAURIE DAVIDSON holds a B.A. in Spanish from Tufts University and an EdM in Bilingual Education from Boston
University. She taught for five years in a two-way bilingual program in Chelsea, MA., where she taught the first grade curriculum in Spanish to an integrated group of native Spanish and native English speakers. Now the mother of three, she is experiencing first hand the importance of introducing a second language at an early age. In addition to teaching Mucho Gusto classes, she performs Spanish and English children’s music at area libraries and schools with husband Tom Carroll as the
musical duo Canto for Kids.

Published in: on September 28, 2007 at 3:39 pm  Comments (1)  

Local artist Mischa Epstien Alvarado returns to CAM

Sat October 13 2007, 2pm-3:30pm $12 All ages

Last summer she was here “Cutting up the Sky” making collages of rocket ships, start and moons and sun! Fun was had by all who attended young and old! Now she returns for the first of a seasonally inspired series of collage workshop “Fall in New England”

You can see/purchase her work at “Wings of Light” in Shelburne Falls and a few galleries/gift shops in Northampton.

Mischa Epstein Alvarado

“When other artists see a tube of red paint they see a fire truck,
When I see a piece of red paper, I see that same fire truck.”

Published in: on September 3, 2007 at 1:31 pm  Leave a Comment  

Twirl! Twirl! Twirl! – Let’s Make a Twirly Skirt

LuckyStitches and The Children’s Art Museum present:

Twirl! Twirl! Twirl! – Let’s Make a Twirly Skirt

Twirly Skirt

All Girls (and boys too…) need to twirl. Sew a Twirly Skirt with or for the kiddo in your life.

What exactly is a Twirly Skirt?
It’s a wonderful piece of clothing that sits on your waist, and when you spin around fast – the skirt twirls out and high!

Monday, June 18
The Children’s Art Museum, Shelburne Falls
$50 per person/pair (children insterested in sewing are welcome to sew with you)
Registration is required.Call Tony(a) Lemos (413) 625-6826

Instructor: Zanne Blair – LuckyStitches (

Class Size – 5 (hurry! class is filling up. If you miss this one, get your name on the waiting list for the next class a few weeks later)

Materials Needed:
• Your Sewing Machine
Your Sewing Kit
• Fabric for the skirt:
◦ Please, wash, dry and press your fabric before class. This will prevent shrinkage.
◦ You will need 2 pieces (1 front and 1 back) of these items (providing you want contrast for these items, or they can all be from the same fabric)
▪ waistband (waist measurment + 4″ x 4″)
▪ body of skirt (double the waist measurement +4″ x desired length of skirt)
▪ bottom of skirt ( doubel the waist measurement +4″ x 8″)
◦ You will need approx 1.5 -2 yards of fabric depending on waist measurement and length.
• Thread

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