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Published in: on November 22, 2010 at 2:00 am  Leave a Comment  

Week 24, Day 47: March 24, 2009

Spring is here, albeit brief reminders that we live in New England, and the sun and warmth are still very sporadic! In the morning, we still have fire in the wood stove, but by afternoon, we are outdoors for 30 minutes or so, playing among the rocks, forsythia huts, the fairy (fire) circle, and the beech grove.

We are using our number lines in math to solve number sentences in addition and subtraction. Friends work in pairs to solve problems, check their work, and make progress. We are working on focus—being able to sit for 20 to 30 minutes and work on various tasks, and not be distracted by other friends and their words/work. It is a challenge, but needs to be learned!

We have started our story about Japan that we will perform for Ruth on Friday, April 3rd, at our next visit. (It is a collective story that friends each contribute to, and it incorporates some of the aspects of Japan we have learned.) Today we also began assembly of our Emperor and Empress puppets (I suspect some of them will be villagers for the puppet show, as not everyone can be the BIG cheeses!), adding color to their faces, and collars so they can be attached to their kimonos.

 

We have been singing and signing together each day. Ask your friends about the songs, “Heart of the World,” “Valley of Vegetables,” and “My Teacher’s got a Skunk on her Head.” (The first is by Sarah Pirtle, the latter two by Laurie Berkner.) We are getting ready for a show/concert at Elmer’s on Saturday, May 30th. (Mark your calendars and invite your friends and relatives!)

Our reading of Gaia Girls by Lee Welles continues. Friends are learning about the factory farming of pigs, its impact on the environment, and how the earth is the recipient of all of our collective blunders. The story has some very poetic and magical aspects (The main character, Elizabeth, can travel through the root systems of trees, has been transported to a fairy circle filled with concentric circles of violets and buttercups, and converses with Gaia, who has transformed herself into a talking otter.), and friends are learning to listen to the song of the trees and the babbling snow runoff.

 

April is National Poetry Month, and we’ll be playing more rhyming games with small words, and working on our Peace Travelers Alphabet Book.

Published in: on March 25, 2009 at 7:39 pm  Leave a Comment  

Celebrate Japanese Girl’s Day with a Mother/Daughter Tea

Hilltown Families and CAM present a special Mother/Daughter Tea this Friday, February 29th at 4pm, just prior to Japan’s National Girls Day at the Children’s Art Museum in Shelburne Falls, MA (same building as the Trolley Museum).

This Mother/Daughter Tea is a community celebration to honor happiness and health of our girls. Peach Blossom tea and symbolic snacks will be served. Participants are encouraged to dress festively and to bring a snack to share, especially snacks that are pink (implies peach flowers), white (implies snow), and green (implies new growth) foods, fruit, sweet rice cakes, and vegetable sushi.

Collectively, participants can create a display to honor girls with small objects, pictures or poems brought from home. All are welcome to add to the display and to offer a word or two about their contribution.

Japan’s National Girls Day is also know as the Japanese Doll Festival, or Hinamatsuri. Girls are welcomed to bring along their favorite doll. Our craft will be Kokeshi Dolls, traditional wooden Japanese dolls (pictured above). All ages are welcomed. Pre-registration is required ($). Click here reserve your spot, or call 413.625.2030.

Suggested Titles:

  • Japanese Celebrations: Cherry Blossoms, Lanterns And Stars! by Betty Reynolds
  • Tea Ceremony: Asian arts & crafts for creative kids by Shozo Sato, Alice Ogura Sato, Masturah Jeffrey (Illustrator)
  • Best-Loved Children’s Songs from Japanby Yoko Imoto
  • Girl’s Day in Hawaii with Yuki-chanby Tokie Ikeda Ching, Sets Arai (Illustrator)

Published in: on February 27, 2008 at 4:49 pm  Leave a Comment  

This week at CAM- VACATION WEEK!

MONDAY 10AM-NOON

PUPPETS AND STORY TELLING

A morning of Simple Puppets and Storytelling. $8

All ages welcome (under 7 years must bring an adult)

***Call to register 413 625 2030 and check in about the weather***

 

MONDAY 2-4PM

CREATE AND MAKE A SOFTIE CREATURE $12

All ages welcome (under 7 years must bring an adult)

***Call to register 413 625 2030 and check in about the weather***

 

WEDNESDAY 10-12PM

ART AND CULTURE: Paper Dolls Around the World. Come and Make paper dolls while exploring colors and textiles from around the world. $10

 

All ages welcome (under 7 years must bring an adult)

***Call to register 413 625 2030 and check in about the weather***

Published in: on February 16, 2008 at 12:26 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
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.

Published in: on January 11, 2008 at 5:52 pm  Leave a Comment  

Support CAM

IMG_4805Originally uploaded by HerbalTWe are having a holiday raffle!The grand prize is a Tote Bag filled to the top with quality Art and Craft Supplies and Projects and Creative play games ( including Stockmar beeswax crayons, Haba games, a Harrisburg Peg Loom and Usborne Art Book and much more…..hours and hours of creative fun!!) (price value over $60)Tickets are $5 each (your generosity will greatly help CAM)The winning ticket will be selected on Sunday December 16th.Tickets will be on sale at CAM events and at the KIDS-MADE HOLIDAY BAZAAR (Moonlight Magic in Shelburne Falls) You can also buy tickets by mail: Send checks made out to CAM and a piece of paper with you Name, Phone number, Email address (to recieve confirmation) and Mailing address.CAMPo Box 6Shelburne Falls MA 01370

Published in: on December 3, 2007 at 3:03 pm  Leave a Comment  

DATE CORRECTION

Please note that the “KIDS-MADE HOLIDAY BAZAAR” is on Friday Nov 23rd.

Published in: on November 15, 2007 at 3:54 pm  Comments (1)  

KIDS-MADE HOLIDAY BAZAAR

KIDS-MADE HOLIDAY BAZAAR

HOSTED BY: the Children’s Art Museum (CAM) & Hilltown Families (HF)

WHEN, WHERE, WHY:
CAM along with Hilltown Families will be hosting a Kids-Made Holiday Bazaar during the Moonlight Magic Celebration in the village of Shelburne Falls on November 23nd from 3:30-5:30pm. Intended to inspire creativity while affording exposure to the field of cottage industries, children up to the age of 13 are invited to participate as vendors to sell their handmade / designed crafts.

CALL FOR KID CRAFTERS:
To apply email tlemos@noho.com for an application
Application fee $5 per table.
For more information call CAM at 413.625.6826 or email info@thechildrensartmuseum.org.
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ABOUT THE CHILDREN’S ART MUSEUM (CAM):
The purpose of CAM is to make art available to children through a unique community gallery and learning space. By providing hands-on educational and multi-cultural experiences in the arts we seek to develop and strengthen creative skills, build self esteem and a sense of individuality, and to encourage self-expression and stimulate imagination. We are committed to using an “Earth Day everyday” approach, fostering ecological awareness by creating art from nature-based and recycled materials. We welcome children of all backgrounds and experiences.

CONTACT CAM:
CAM is located in the Shelburne Falls Trolley Museum building on the Buckland side of Shelburne Falls. For more information call CAM at 413.625.6826 or email info@thechildrensartmuseum.org.

ABOUT HILLTOWN FAMILIES (HF):
HF is a grassroots communications network of families with school aged children in Western Massachusetts. Serving all learning modalities, HF is committed to supporting educational and enrichment programing in our communities, while offering an avenue to create, connect and continue community through the common thread of our children.

Published in: on November 12, 2007 at 1:43 pm  Leave a Comment  

What a show!

“Green means go” all the kids danced a storm, suddenly they all froze “red means stop” and so went one song performed by Gwendolyn and the Goodtime Gang yesterday to a full house at CAM. They were good! Now I must admit that I was not expecting to enjoy the sound….I am not a rock fan, acoustic folk and bluegrass is more my style but I found myself smiling and enjoying the show

Click here to see a set of photos from Sienna Wildfield over at Hilltown Families

Published in: on November 4, 2007 at 7:27 pm  Leave a Comment