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Children’s Art Lab

Art Lab at the MAC

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 and the Program Director for ArtStart, the MAC's summer program for children. 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.

Art in the Afternoon

Friday Afternoons, 3:00-4:00pm at the MAC, Ages 7-10 or 5-10 (see each session)
Cost for each 4-class session: $80 for MAC members | $95 for nonmembers
Cost for 3-class session: $60 for MAC members | $70 for nonmembers

Masks are required for all students and anyone entering the Marion Art Center. Please send your student with a mask. Students will be asked to wash and sanitize hands before beginning class. We will hold class outside when possible. 

Note: Sippican School students can come directly to the MAC for Art Lab. Parents must provide release forms to Sippican School for children to be walked over by a MAC volunteer or staff member. All other students may be dropped off at 3:00pm at the MAC. Parent pick-up is at 4:00pm. 

Fall Sessions 2021

Art In the Afternoon Session 1: Sew Awesome! Ages 7-10
Schedule: September 17, 24, October 1, 15
If fabric, needles, and thread are your thing, this class is for you! Print and design your own fabric wall hanging, learn to thread a needle and embroider a design, weave a wrist cuff, and more!

Art In the Afternoon Session 2: Make It Big! Ages 7-10
Schedule: October 22, 29, November 5, 19
SOLD OUT - Please contact the MAC at to be added to the wait list.
Get ready for some super-sized art in this fun and creative class!  Try out different painting techniques on a huge canvas, make giant school supplies, and collaborate on an outdoor mural at the MAC!

Art In the Afternoon Session 3: Crafter-noon Holiday Sessions, Ages 5-10
Schedule: December 3, 10, 17
SOLD OUT - Please contact the MAC at to be added to the wait list.
Make your own holiday gifts for family and friends!  Projects include hand printed dish towels, snow globes, stamped cards and wrapping paper, ornaments, and more!

Art + Play

Wednesdays, 9:30-10:30am in the MAC Studio (downstairs) Ages 3, 4, 5
Winter 2021: January 12 - March 9 (no class on Feb. 23) 8 Classes
Instructor: Aylin Cetik
Maximum 8 children plus one caregiver each, Minimum 5 children for class to run

Cost for 8 week session: $125 for MAC members | $145 for nonmembers
One-Day Drop in: $20 per child

Art + Play is a one hour class for children ages 3, 4, and 5 and their caregivers (only one adult per child).
During our time together, we will explore various art materials, natural elements, art tools, and creative processes. Children will have the opportunity to discover and learn through art, while making new friends in a safe and nurturing environment. Note: Masks are required at all times for adults and are encouraged for children (though exceptions can be made for children under 5) while inside the Marion Art Center. 

About the Drop-In Option: Can't commit to a full session? This option is for you! Drop-in families should register by Tuesday at 2:00pm, for the upcoming Wednesday 9:30am class. Drop-in registration is accepted on a week by week basis, for the upcoming Wednesday only. Space is limited and may change on a weekly basis. A MAC representative will contact drop-in students with any changes to availability or if the class has filled for the week.

Aylin Cetik worked as an instructor at Children’s Art lab in Mattapoisett and has taught numerous workshops. She believes that the process a young artist goes through when creating something new is more important than the quality of the finished product. Aylin earned her degree from New England School of Photography.