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Monday, February 19, 2018

Archive for the ‘Art instruction’ Category

Southwest Maker Fest encourages kids, adults to innovate

The “maker” movement is relatively new, but it’s thriving in Mesa this month as Southwest Maker Fest takes over downtown for a day. The free public festival celebrates all things DIY — but with a high-tech twist and an emphasis on collaboration. The Saturday, March 11, event offers interactive exhibits, workshops and demonstrations to inspire […]

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Detour Company Theatre stages “Beauty and the Beast, Jr.”

Valley audiences have an opportunity to see a special performance by Detour Company Theatre this weekend, when Detour returns to the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts with “Beauty and the Beast, Jr.” An adaption of the play “Beauty and the Beast” that ran on Broadway for 13 years, “Beauty and the Beast, Jr.” is […]

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8 places to find art classes for kids

art classes for kids

Art classes for kids are especially important now that so many schools have reduced art offerings in the curriculum. We’ve found four places in the community where children and teens can take a wide range of classes that foster imagination, creativity and self-expression. MESA ARTS CENTER Youth classes in ceramics, glass, graphic arts, movement, music […]

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Holiday gift experiences for all kinds of kids

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Holiday shopping is in full swing. If you’re trying to find the perfect present for older kids or preteens, think outside the box. What are their interests and personalities? Consider these local holiday gift experiences for the kids in your life. For the musical kid Do any of your nieces or nephews love to sing […]

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5 free or low-cost activities for kids

low cost, free, activities for kids, Phoenix, Arizona

Looking for activities for kids that won’t break the bank? Here are five fun free or low-cost activities, from crafts to video game competitions. Free Crafts for Kids (Saturdays). Ages 3 and up. Create a new craft each week. No reservations required. Free. 11am-3pm. Lakeshore Learning, 4727 E Bell Rd, Phoenix. 602-482-7900. 4819 E Ray Rd, Phoenix. 480-940-7700 or lakeshorelearning.com. Kids Club (Saturdays). Ages 3 and […]

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5 places kids can take fall art classes

fall art classes for kids

It’s hard to think fall when summer temperatures still top 100 degrees, but registration is already open for a new crop of fall art classes. We’ve got the scoop on several places offering art classes for kids and teens in the coming months, so you can get a jump on finding some favorites and enrolling your […]

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Exploring The Creating Spot in Scottsdale

The Creating Spot in Scottsdale

Two local artists, Cheryl Senkfor and Bobby Harr, gathered friends last month for the opening of their new studio and gallery space called The Creating Spot in Scottsdale. Now they’re welcoming others to browse through the gallery, enjoy a night out during Thursday Scottsdale ArtWalks or take classes in jewelry, fused glass and fiber art. […]

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Tempe center has free art supplies for teachers

free art supplies, art supplies for teachers

The Art Resource Center in Tempe has free art supplies for teachers eager to incorporate art into classroom activities. The center is a nonprofit founded by Phoenix artist Sherrie Zeitlin. It also provides supplies for Valley nonprofits serving youth and homeschooling families. During years of working as a teaching artist in Valley schools, Zeitlin met […]

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Artplay helps children through expressive therapy

When Phoenix resident Liz Tomko founded Artplay in 2010, she traveled among pediatric offices to provide expressive arts therapy for young patients facing mostly physical ailments. But Tomko also wanted to focus on children’s emotional needs. She opened her own location three years ago, then moved to a new space in Central Phoenix last November. […]

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Six myths about art in Arizona schools

Phoenix Art Museum, BASIS School, Lynn Trimble photo, Raising Arizona Kids, art education in schools

When teachers gathered at the Phoenix Art Museum recently for an arts education conference, I tagged along to gather tips for parents eager to see more art in Arizona schools. Here are some of the insights I took away: Myth #1: Art only matters for the few kids with real talent We focus too often […]

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