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The Marion Art Center Welcomes Children’s Art Lab!

The Children’s Art Lab is a mobile art studio, bringing art to children and families on the Southcoast of Massachusetts. We offer a nurturing environment where children can experiment with materials, get messy, and discover creative methods for self-expression. Our focus is on child-led, process driven, developmentally appropriate artistic opportunities.

Why an Art Lab?
The word “lab” suggests a place for experimentation, which is exactly what artists do in their day to day studio practice. Instead of merely asking a child to follow directions and create a specific product, we provide the opportunity for a child to “tinker” with materials and come to his or her own discoveries. We also like the idea that art and science often overlap, from color theory to using natural materials for inspiration.

Benares Angeley is the owner of Children’s Art Lab. Benares has an MFA in Fiber Art from UMASS-Dartmouth and studied as a Core Fellow at Penland School of Crafts. She has been working with children in creative art endeavors for more than twenty years and loves what she does with her whole heart. She is deeply inspired by children making art, both those who she teaches, and her own two little innovators, Penelope and Silas.

Current Art Lab Programs offered at the MAC

Art + Music

Wednesdays, 10:00-11:00am in the MAC Studio (downstairs)
Children aged four and under, accompanied by an adult
January 15 – March 11 (8 classes, no class on February 19)
$125 for MAC members, $145 for nonmembers, $20 for drop-in

Art + Music classes include music, movement, and creative art exploration. The classes are designed for children ages four and under, accompanied by an adult caregiver.

What can you expect from a morning at Art + Music?
Caregivers and children are welcome to explore our warm and nurturing space when they arrive. Our instructor begins each class with a welcoming song on her guitar, and then moves on to fingerplays, traditional contra dance songs and dances, songs with scarves and shakers, and more. Songs are interactive and definitely get everyone up and moving! The goal is always to have fun and enjoy being together, and there’s never any pressure to participate. We believe that each child takes part in class at their own speed, and we always honor the pace of the child.

After our music time, we get together for a short explanation of materials and processes, and then we create! All projects are designed to be hands-on, creative, and explore process-based art. In other words, the child leads and the process of making is more important than the end product. We love to explore paint, stickers, clay, glue, collage, and much more!

Art in the Afternoon: Art is Magic

Friday afternoons, 3:00-4:00pm at the MAC, Grades 2-5
January 24 – March 20 (8 classes, no class on February 21)
$160 for MAC members, $180 for nonmembers

Do you love wizards and witches and all things mythological and magical? Come join us for a weekly dose of art magic at the MAC! We’ll explore potion making, create spell books, practice drawing our favorite fantastic creatures, and more! We’ll use clay, paint, drawing tools, and more to make our creations!

Note: Release forms will be available through Sippican School for students who want to attend Art Lab at the MAC at the end of the school day. Please contact the MAC to make arrangements with an Art Lab teacher.

Mini-Camp at the MAC: Teeny, Tiny Worlds

Monday, January 20, 2020, 9:30am-12:00pm, Ages 5-10
$50 for MAC members, $60 for nonmembers

Join us a for a morning of art making on this school holiday! We’ll create our own structures from cardboard, tape, collage materials, and more. Make your own teeny furniture, itty bitty clay food, and people and animals to inhabit your teeny, tiny world!

Art Lab Registration Form

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