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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 + 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!

Art in the Afternoon

Friday Afternoons, 3:00-4:00pm at the MAC, Ages 5-10
Cost for each 4-class session: $80 for MAC members | $95 for nonmembers

Spring Session 1: Art Elements – POSTPONED
(4 classes, no class April 10, April 24 – see April Vacation week below)
Join us for an exploration of art making!  We’ll create inspired art by thinking about color, size, shape, texture, and  more!  If you like paint, clay, fiber art, and everything ART, this is the class for you!

Spring Session 2: Art + Nature – May 22, 29, June 5, 12 (4 classes)
Do you love making art and being outside?  This is the class for you! We’ll spend some of our time outside in the little park across from the MAC and some of our time in the studio—and we’ll have lots of creative fun making art inspired by the natural world!

Note: Parents may provide release forms to Sippican School for students who want to attend Art Lab at the MAC at the end of the school day. Please contact the school and the MAC to make arrangements with an Art Lab teacher.

Art Lab – April Vacation Week 2020

Monday, April 20 – Friday, April 24 (choose any number of days)
Camp runs 9:00am-12:00pm daily, Ages 5-10
$40/day for MAC members | $45/day for nonmembers
*Receive a discount if you register for three days or more – see form below.*

Monday, April 20: Mixed Up and Messy!
Wear your old clothes and get ready to dive into some super messy (and super fun!) projects!

Tuesday, April 21: Art+Science
Join us for a morning of creative arts activities with a scientific flair!

Wednesday, April 22: Moon and Stars
This camp will be out of this world! Make your own moon rocks, a moon phases wall hanging, and more!

Thursday, April 23: Plants and Flowers
Spring has sprung! Let’s make art using nature as our guide!

Friday, April 24: Amazing Animals
Make art based on your favorite animal using clay, paint, and paper!