Category - Art

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From the Heart: 10 Spots to Handcraft Holiday Gifts in the Twin Cities
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FFTC Family Guide to MEA Weekend
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Family Fun: Free Ink Day at Highpoint Center for Printmaking

From the Heart: 10 Spots to Handcraft Holiday Gifts in the Twin Cities

Handcrafted holiday gifts can be extra special when the creative process is half the fun! We’ve rounded up several local spots where your kids can mess up someone else’s space, let their imaginations run wild, and craft some serious masterpieces this holiday season:
Handcraft Holiday Gifts

Articulture | Minneapolis

Offers: Saturday, Dec 2, Articulture opens its doors for a Free Studio Art Day in conjunction with the annual Seward Winter Frolic. Make ornaments, cards & garlands, all ages plus cookies and cider.
Cost: Free Read More

FFTC Family Guide to MEA Weekend

No School MEA Weekend

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MEA Weekend is on the horizon, so if you like to plan ahead Family Fun Twin Cities has compiled a list for you to use as a starting point for this fabulous, fall four-day weekend.  If you plan more spur of the moment like me, these options will be on our October Family Events & Activities Guide for quick access.

 1) Be a farmer for the day

Harvest Days | Oliver Kelley Farm, Elk River
Oct 19-22, 10am-5pm, $6-$12/pp
I took my kids to Harvest Days on a blustery MEA day.  It was wonderful. We had a great time working with the bulls and visiting the house.  We made cornhusk dolls, explored the property and played with kittens.  Then, on the way out, we went Christmas shopping through their visitor’s center.  It was a blast! Expect even more to enjoy at the farm this year with their expanded visitor center. Read More

Family Fun: Free Ink Day at Highpoint Center for Printmaking

Free Ink Day is a program hosted four times annually at Highpoint Center for Printmaking. It’s the perfect way for an interested person of any age to dabble in printmaking without committing to a full class. Having brought young children to Free Ink Day, I have a few tips that may be helpful for those also contemplating introducing their kids to the art:

1) Have the kids arrive chock full of inspiration! Or, at least with an idea or two. A sketch couldn’t hurt, either. The central activity at Free Ink Day was creating relief prints on rubber templates a bit smaller than a postcard. The prints are made by carving a design into the rubber, coating the plate with ink, then pressing the plate onto a paper card. The biggest challenge in this process was coming up with a design, which leads me to suggest…

2) Plan to spend at least an hour designing, carving, inking and printing the kids’ creations. Free Ink Day spans three hours, but we came near the end in order to catch a special puppet show put on by Open Eye Figure Theatre. As a result, the kids were rushed in their printmaking, one squeaked in a print by the skin of her teeth, and it was semi-stressful scrubbing everyone’s hands clean in time for the show.

3) Budget time for cleanup! This one should definitely not be overlooked. Printmaking can be messy business. Aprons are provided, but you might want to dress in clothes you don’t care much for, just to be on the safe side.


Free Ink Day at Highpoint Center for Printmaking
912 W Lake Street
Minneapolis, MN 55408

Activities are open to all ages, but most kids 5 & under will need a significant amount of help with the printmaking tools. No advance registration is required.


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