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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. 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
Cost for each 4-class session: $80 for MAC members | $95 for nonmembers

Schedule: November 6, 13, 20, December 4 (4 Classes, no class Nov. 27)

Students will explore 3-D projects in this fun and creative class! We’ll use cardboard, tape, clay, paint, and paper to make innovative sculptural art work!

We will hold class outdoors if at all possible.  Please send your student with a mask.  Students will be asked to wash and sanitize hands before beginning class. Class size will be limited to maintain adequate social distancing in compliance with state regulations.

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 3pm at the MAC. Parent pick-up is at 4pm. 


Fall Session 1: OCEAN ART LAB - In Session
Schedule: October 2, 16, 23, 30 (4 Classes, no class Oct. 9) 
Students will explore the ocean world through an artistic lens!  We’ll work with clay, paper, paint, and more to create an enchanted coral reef, a “small world” ocean, and lots more hands-on art experiences!  

Art + Music


Wednesdays, 10:00-11:00am in the MAC Studio (downstairs)
Children aged four and under, accompanied by an adult
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.

Cost for 8 week session: $125 for MAC members | $145 for nonmembers | $20 drop-in*
*Full session price will be updated weekly to reflect remaining classes

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!