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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
Instructor: Aylin Cetik
Max 8 students

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

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. Parents should reach out to the instructor after registering to notify her that children will be walked over. All other students may be dropped off at 3:00pm at the MAC. Parent pick-up is at 4:00pm. 

Spring Sessions 2022

Art In The Afternoon Spring Session 2: Foraged Art
Ages 7-10 
Schedule: May 27, June 3, 10, 17
In this class, we will be using various elements of nature in a creative way to make art objects. Nature weaving, hammered flower greeting cards, watercolor leaf printing are some of the projects we will be exploring.

Art + Play

Wednesdays, 9:30-10:30am in the MAC Studio (downstairs) Ages 3, 4, 5
Spring Session (4 weeks): April 27, May 4, 11, 18

In this class we will be using natural elements for our fun projects. We'll explore natural dyes, create sun prints, make seed bombs and celebrate Earth Day!

Instructor: Aylin Cetik
Maximum 8 children plus one caregiver each, Minimum 5 children for class to run

Cost for 4 week session: $70 for MAC members | $80 for nonmembers
One-Day Drop in: $25 per child

About this class: 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.