Winter Art Classes and Workshops….

We have three art making classes available for those yearning for some creative winter fun….AND….we are also gearing up for some mighty fine Earth Day workshops….please take a moment to read this information and contact the ArtCenter at 231-941-9488 to register for the classes(in purple) OR contact Little Artshram for the Earth Day Workshop information (in green) at 231-326-3493. THANKS! Please feel free to share our information with others, and, Happy, Happy NEW YEAR!

Drawing and Cartooning, for 8 years and older
with Penny Krebiehl

6 weeks January 6, 13, 20, 27, Feb 3, 10th, 10 AM to 12 PM
ArtCenter Members: $80/Non-members $90

From cave-art to animating the inanimate, each week will be an exploration of drawing and cartooning techniques. Materials list available at first class.

Class size: Minimum 5-max 10

Puppets and Maskmaking for kids, ages 9 and up
with Penny and other puppet-making friends

6 weeks January 6, 13, 20, 27, Feb 3, 10th, 1 pM to 3 PM
ArtCenter Members: $80/Non-members $90

Explore the ancient art of puppetry and mask making! Learn to make the teeniest finger puppets to the mighty big 3 pole puppet and the paper maiche ways of mask making. Create simple stories and scripts with a make-it at home puppet theater guide for hours of crazy, family entertainment! Materials list available at first class.

Class size: Minimum 5/maximum 10

OUTLOUD! Girls Creative Group,
for girls 10 years and up

with Penny, Dede Alderman and Lauren and other mentors

6 weeks, Wednesdays, Jan. 10, 17, 24 , 31 and Feb 7, 14th, 6 PM to 8:30 pm

ArtCenter members: $75/Non-members $85

Art is a mighty power! OUTLOUD! is a way to engage that artistic power through a “coming of age” program for girls, sharing girl centered issues with journal and book making, creative writing, puppet and mask making and a little Yoga. Yes, Yoga is a method of creative expression also! Our first art project will focus on drawing and painting techniques and beginning watercolor. Bring a sack supper, each week and there will be a materials list at the first class.

Class size: minimum of 5 to 15

Please contact the ArtCenter of TC to register for the above classes at: 231-941-9488

2007 Earth Day Mask Making and Storytelling Workshops

For 10 years, Little Artshram has been conducting residencies in public and private schools and community centers throughout Northern and Mid-Michigan. In 2005 Penny Krebiehl, Little Artshram’s founder and Artistic Director, received recognition by the Northern Michigan Environmental Action Council as Environmental Educator of the Year in the Grand Traverse region. This award was directed toward Little Artshram’s devoted work in organizing and implementing the annual Earth Day Parade and Celebration and Community Art Studio in the five-county Grand Traverse area. Dede Alderman of Rhythmic Adventures joined our Little Artshram teaching staff in 2003 and adds the lively element of music-making through drumming and song.

Beginning in January through March, and in preparation for Earth Day 2007, we will focus on the “idea “of nature, as our theme and are currently offering one-day, to one-two week-long workshops in basic mask design and recycled art construction. Our workshops are focused on blending art and music-making with performance and environmental education. Your participants can learn specific skills such as storytelling, mask-making, and build musical instruments out of recycled items.

We are Nature Working
Mask making & Storytelling Workshop

Explore the old art of mask-making in the new world order….Nestled inside during the winter months we turn inward and explore the idea of nature, how we humans conceive of it, and the ways we connect ourselves to it…through art making, story and song.

With Little Artshram Puppet and Mask Theater learn the garbage-art method of building a nature inspired mask that speaks in extra-ordinary ways and comes alive with a lively and fun impromptu drumming and storytelling performance.

Bring your stories, poems, and any found natural (or otherwise) objects that will inspire you , and, that you might want to incorporate into your mask. Participants are led through the entire process –from scripting to design and construction of masks, garbage-art instruments, basic rhythmic and drumming, and finally to a brief rehearsal and performance!

Workshop Presenters: Penny Krebiehl and DeDe Alderman

Contact Little Artshram to schedule an Earth Day Workshop at: 231-326-3493


1 Comment »

  1. Hello, Penny and all,
    I am now updating a TC Light & Power insert that will promote Earth Day April 21, 2007. Last year, we wrote:

    “Grand Traverse Earth Day Parade! – Participate in costume or watch! Parade line-up is at 12 noon at Central Grade School (7th Street and Pine). Parade starts at 1 p.m. and will end at Hannah Park along 6th Street. Visit or call (231) 326-3493 for more information.”

    Is the above information correct? Can you contact me with your changes or approval of this text on or before noon this Wednesday (2-14-07)?

    Please advise.
    Many thanks,
    — Phil Callighan
    Work Phone: 231-947-9707 x 207

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