The Future of CAM-A Sale

As many of you know already The Children's Art Museum is undergoing some
transition. Due to financial stress we have decided to let our physical
space go (as much as we do love it)

We will continue to run/sponsor all kinds of family friendly Arts events
in the Hilltowns and our Blog Studiocam will stay current (just as soon as
the transition is over)

As we are downsizing we have lots of excess Art and craft supplies and
Children's book for Sale. The sale is a fundraiser to help us catch up
with some overdue expenses. If you have any good quality toys, games,
books and art supplies that you would like to donate to the sale please
contact me.

I am also looking for some volunteers the day of the sale to help keep
things organized. If you are interested please contact me.

Thanks in advance......

-Tony(a) Lemos (and everyone one else who is invilved with CAM)

The Children’s Art Museum
Buckland Side/Shelburne Falls, MA
(same building as the trolley museum)

Art &Craft Supply
& Children’s Book Sale

Sat May  17  9:30am-1:00pm

For more info 413.625.2030

This event is a fundraising event to help us transition tour next stage of
being. If you have quality art supplies or children’s books that you would
like to donate please email me
Published in: on May 7, 2008 at 1:33 pm  Leave a Comment  

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  

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  

Kids Bazaar Photos!

Sienna over at Hilltown Families has put together a great photo montage from the Kids Bazaar. Check it out over at Hilltown FamiliesBy clicking on the linkAs you can tell the event was a hit! Look for it again next year on the Friday after Thanksgiving in the town of Shelburne Falls………..the night of Midnight Magic! 

Published in: on December 3, 2007 at 2:49 pm  Leave a Comment  


Want to be part of the craft fair and do not know what to make here are some ideas…..


Everyone needs wrapping paper, cards, gift tags and boxes for the holidays! All you need to get started is newsprint, cardstock paper, used magazines, small boxes, paint, crayons, rubber stamps, and embellishments in holiday colors. Then gather the kids and let them go to town!

These can be decorated and embellished several ways:

Wet on Wet Watercolor
Wax Crayon Resist (First example; Second example)
Stamping using foam stamps or rubber stamps or even creating/carving your own

Try making sets. A set of 6 matching holiday cards and envelopes. Or make an embellished set that includes an envelope, card and wrapping paper. Take the opportunity to talk about patterns and repetition, technique and style.

Here are some links to inspire:

Creative ways to re-use old cards
Bird Beak Pop-up Card
Puzzle cards
Kids Craft Weekly Cards Issue

For a more advanced projects try making paper. Here are some links to get you started:

Make Your Own Paper, with Crafty Daisies and Mainly Zaz
Check out this Making Paper Tutorial
And this Making Paper Pictorial

Coasters : These can be made painting ceramic tiles. Cheap tiles can be purchased at home depot. I recommend sticking felt underneath them to protect furnature from being scratched. Another fun coater making method is decoupaging a tile with you favorite image. Remember to coat well with “modgepodge” to waterproof. Coasters can also be made with fabric, cardboard or cork……the opportunites endlesss. Try matching a coaster with a teapot cozy? or placemat?

Another open ended simple gift is making Photo Frames. Again try decoupage you can use old photos, newspaper /magazine clippings, used postage stamps, special finds from your nature walks, kids art etc

For a fun project try “Tomato Can Stilts” click here for a tutorial

Here are a few more ideas with tutorials for older children:

A crayon roll tutorial (for the older child) You could also try a pencil roll or marker roll, or a knitting needle/crochet hook roll, or a needle holder book.

Felted notebook covers

Please do not forget to let us know that you would like to be part of this kids craft show. For APPLICATIONS please email me at and I will email you all the pertinent info. Thanks.

Published in: on November 15, 2007 at 4:06 pm  Leave a Comment  

The Amazing Gwendolyn and the Good Time Gang comes to CAM

Hilltown Families & CAM present …

Gwendolyn and the Good Time Gang

at the Children’s Art Museum (in the Trolley Museum building)
in Shelburne Falls, MA.

on Saturday, November 3, 2007 at 2pm.
Tickets are $6.00 per person (infants free) Tickets at door no advanced sales

In their hometown of L.A., a recent performance by the Gwendolyn and the Good Time Gang was described like the second coming of Beatlemania, with kids shrieking and
rushing the stage. Developing a following on the East Coast, this West Coast band will be touring through New England with a stop at the Children’s Art Museum in Shelburne Falls, organized by Hilltown Families.

Both children and pop-art aficionados will enjoy this seven-piece band whose lead singer, Gwendolyn Sanford, dresses like a rag-doll with knee socks and exaggerated blonde pigtails. Their music has aired locally on both the Hilltown Family Variety
Show and Spare the Rock, Spoil the Child radio shows on WXOJ-LP 103.3FM (Northampton, MA). And their music video “Farm Animal Friends” has been played nationally on Noggin.


“Gwendolyn and the Good Time Gang, one of those rare kiddie albums that’s endearing to tots but has enough weirdo musicality to make it appealing to adults.” – LA Weekly

“Gwendolyn and the Good Time Gang adds to the kids music genre what the Muppet’s added to the prime time TV landscape when I was a kid.” Sienna Wildfield, Hilltown Family Variety Show (

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Coming this fall:Dr Marmelade


Dr. Marmalaid, A Puppet Show
Sept 15 2007, 11am

Dr. Marmalaid has traveled the world helping animals in distress. Her gentle, empowering methods leave everyone with a sense of well-being and adventure.

She introduces the children to many puppet friends: a gorilla with a belly ache, a singing dinosaur, a snake that wants to be a kitty, a giraffe, crow, rabbit and many others. All the animals come to Marmalaid for help.

The children become her assistants giving hugs, words of encouragement, and even translating for a lost puppy. A beautiful map is the backdrop for Dr. Marmalaid’s world. Her traveling “Emerge-And-See” Wagon will surprise and delight.

Published in: on July 16, 2007 at 4:35 pm  Leave a Comment  

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)  

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