Our young artists have so much fun during the summer that we decided to spread the fun around! Come join us for three evenings of art and fun…just for adults. Learn about alcohol inks, create gourd lanterns, and spend the evening with Harry Potter and all the magic that abounds there! Join us for one or all of the evening workshops and bring a friend along.
Alcohol Ink Fun
- Workshop Date: Thursday, June 20, 2019
- Time: 6:00-9:00 pm
- Registration deadline: Friday, June 14, 2019
- Cost: $50
Come play with alcohol inks! Explore the magic of this medium and learn new techniques for painting with this unpredictable medium. Create two tile paintings and a painting on Yupo paper*. Don’t miss out on the fun!
*Due to time restraints, artists will receive instructions on how to seal the works of art at home.
Cannonball Gourd Lantern
- Workshop Date: Thursday, June 27, 2019
- Time: 6:00-9:00 pm
- Registration deadline: Friday, June 21, 2019
- Cost: $65 for small gourd/ $70 for larger hanging gourd
Use a Dremel to turn a plain gourd into a work of art! Plan a design and transform a cannonball gourd into a light display that bathes a room with spectacular patterns of light*. Stunning and fun!
*Plug in light cord will be provided. Larger gourds meant to hang can be purchased for an additional $5 dollars. Please indicate choice when registering.
- Workshop Date: Thursday, August 1. 2019
- Time: 6:00-9:00 pm
- Registration deadline: Friday July 26, 2019
- Cost: $50
Attention Harry Potter Fans! Tonight is for adult fans only! Wear your costume and come prepared for magical thrills. Watch the Sorting Hat at work and begin the adventure. First stop: “The Art of Paint”. Cast a spell on a paint brush to create an enchanting magical owl that Hedwig would be proud to have in the owl post. Next stop: “Disappearance of Socks” class. With a flick of the wand conjure up a “Free Dobby” laundry helper to cast a spell on socks that magically lose their mate. Discover fortunes, take pics in front of Platform Nine and Three Quarters and have a ball. Who knows what will happen on this magical evening! Better brush up on the Harry Potter trivia! Hurry to Platform Nine and Three Quarters and join the fun!
Sign up early and join us! We can’t wait for our adult artists to “wow” us!
General Information: All workshops will be held at Art First, Inc. (728 Yorklyn Road, Hockessin, DE |302-239-3544). All supplies will be provided. A light dinner of snacks and beverages will be served. Wear old clothes that will be improved by paint smears and blobs. Harry Potter costumes will “disappear” when the paint flies. Come prepared for a creative adventure.
Workshop fees include tuition and a materials fee. Refunds are given if the request is made 15 days prior to the scheduled date of the workshop. Refunds for withdrawal less than 15 days prior to the scheduled workshop will be issued only if the slot is filled. No walk-ins are accepted. Registrations will close a week before the workshop to ensure needed supplies are available.
This is a nut free facility. In order to keep our young artists safe during the week, please do not bring any snacks or drinks that contain peanuts or tree nuts.
P.S. Please let us know what other workshops we can provide that will inspire your inner artist!
The lonely board was begging for color….
So – color is what happened…
Layers and layers of it: Clear Gesso, Black Gesso, NeoColor II Crayons, Acrylic Inks, paint pens in fluorescent and metallic hues, and metallic paints.
Brushes were not the instrument for painting…oh, no!
The vibrant colors were: Scraped, dripped, smeared and swirled.
Art marks took flight and dots, dashes, spirals, swirls and squiggle writing added to the layers of color. Stencils sporting circles of all shapes and sizes added elegant black to the surface. Happy accidents appeared. No worries! Just more fun!
White pens and metallic markers created “zing” and upholstery tacks gave finished elegance.
The result: A tower of color, layers and layers of it…sad no more with lots of tales to tell!
What more can be added? Come join us and see!
Wire, metal, copper enameling…anything goes!
Just don’t leave the lonely board plain!
Join us for “The Tale of the Tower”, Ages 8-14, Week 4, July 1,2,3
Spend the week having fun at the Art First “Sweet Dreams Café”. Grab a chef’s hat and an apron and join this “culinary” adventure!
Fill the café with…
A kitchen for preparing delicious “confections” and tables decorated with hand painted tableware and illustrated menus
Create and “bake” …
Giant “cookies, fruits of all shapes and sizes, and mini cupcakes with spectacular icing…all from clay
Expand the menu…
Design edible art bouquets and fashion decorative garnishes…for another special celebration at the café. Shh…it’s a secret!
Don’t forget the monstrous classroom “cake” …
Decorate it with brilliant colors. Add pom poms, glitter and “sprinkles” of all colors and sizes. Stand back and admire the skilled handiwork!
Celebrate on Friday…
Bring a favorite stuffed bear or animal to dine at the café. Serve these favorite customers the custom-made “delicacies”. Then join in the fun for a delicious spread in the café. Who knows what the specialty of the day will be?????
Continue the adventure…
Gather up the clay creations and props for more fun and creative play at home. What will the name of that café be?
Register now for Sweet Dreams Café, Ages 4-5 and 6-7, Week 7, July 22-26
Boxes and boxes to stack. How high can they go?
Mounds and mounds of wood…piled high, overlapped, glued.
Handfuls of pom poms of all colors and sizes…glittery ones too.
Jars of buttons in every shape, color and size
Glittering jewels sparkling
Yards of yarn in the colors of the rainbow…
What can be created with all these goodies????
Imaginary playgrounds sporting vivid watercolor and oil pastel finishes
Warm and cool canvases adorned with squiggles of yarn, glitter glue, buttons galore, translucent glitter, pom poms and more!
Wire sculptures twisting and turning
And – 3-D collages fun of color and fun!
Join the fun during “Adventures in 3-D”, Week 1, June 10-14, Ages 4-5 and 6-7.
Cabinet doors transformed with the vibrant colors of Unicorn SPiT – blue, teal, purple and a tinge of white.
Bowls of sea glass, rocks, buttons, glass cabochons, marbles, pearls, seed beads, shells, colored wooden matchsticks, mirror tiles, pearls, old jewelry …bowls and bowls of ephemera just waiting to become part of a masterpiece.
Creating a cliffside village with collected driftwood anchoring whimsical cottages – all made from cut wooden spools.
Imagine the fun…
Creating swirls of beads, bridges of stones, path of pearls, moons hanging from rhinestones, and suns sparkling with gleaming beads and shiny buttons.
Creating the perfect place to dwell…
Our young artists did just that in 2018 and they were spectacular…just spectacular!!
Photos: “A Perfect Place to Dwell” Camp, July, 2018
Don’t miss the fun this summer….
The Unicorn SPiT, cabinet doors, and bowls of ephemera will be back again in 2019. This summer our artists will be creating horizontal assemblages of villages nestled in the rolling hills of the countryside as well as painting acrylic landscapes.
Are we creative?
Do our artists create amazing masterpieces?
Do our artists have fun!
Perfect example: Self-portraits using a glue technique.
Our artists created masterpieces of themselves…colorful, large, abstract!
They used simple supplies… photographs, transparencies, an overhead projector, large stretched canvases, pencils, glue, acrylic paints…and… vivid imaginations thinking in brilliant color.
Voila! Striking works of art!
Photos: “The Great Pour” Camp, Ages 8-14, June, 2018
Young artists create, inspire us all, and have fun at Art First Inc.!!! Colors pop and imagination rules!
Paint brushes brim with vibrant colors, fingers swirl in paint, spray bottles create luscious designs, and masterpieces are painted on our beloved easel that has layers of colors telling the story of many young artists.
Clay is shaped between fingers and morphed into clay frogs flying on lily pads (Tuesday by David Wiesner), arctic polar bears, or miniature worlds brimming with flowers, dragons, rainbows and pure imagination.
Whimsical animals come alive with the stroke of a brush dipped in bright neon paint. Brightly patterned fish and world-like pods emerge from layers of color sporting unique marks, and creative animals are collaged and sewn on burlap canvases.
Self-portraits, Picasso style are painted – with a twist, Mondrian canvases are cooperatively created in bright primary colors and Van Gogh sunflowers are designed…but not with paint!
“Spies” stealthfully navigate a laser beam maze, pirates decked out in regalia hunt for gold and walk the plank, and mermaid tails glisten with jewels and glitter.
Tricycles peddle through paint, elephant toothpaste explodes and soft “Cat in the Hat” pillows are designed by young artists for hours of snuggle time.
Faerie houses sport New York City skylines, chic shops, modern apartments and lush rooftop gardens.
Rolling Monsters are given personality and pizazz with papier mache and plaster, blob monsters appear, and scribble monsters too.
Gourds are transformed into bowls sporting shimmering alcohol inks and unique gourd birds with attitude, showy feathers and majestic colors flirt on the front lawn.
Beads galore are turned into necklaces and Gelli plates are the vehicle for colorful monoprints. Even faces are painted on see-through plexiglass and then printed for a unique portrait. (shown above)
Sewing machines whirr – aprons and pillowcases appear, fleece mermaid blankets or shark tails are designed and flip flops take on colorful embellishments.
Prisms sparkle, light boxes glow, water beads swell, and rainbows appear.
It is an amazing summer at Art First. Our young artists continue to delight! Come see the creativity, tour the classrooms, and take part in the creative joy that fills our building! Summer is magical here!!
Imagine…peddling through paint on a tricycle…wheels covered in dripping paint and track marks that sport the colors of the rainbow.
Imagine…dancing away to the beat of music while creating a “smooshed” masterpiece just from amazing dance moves.
Imagine…working with a partner to swirl, swing and shake “paint bags” dangling from a long, slender stick. Hint: There’s a hole in the paint bags…😊
Imagine…swinging like a pendulum while paint creates abstract designs.
Imagine…dipping Slinkys in paint and bouncing them up and down on a canvas – “boing”, “boing”, “boing”.
Imagine…squirting paint at paper, painting with feet, popping paint balloons, chasing paint filled bubbles for popping art and more!
Action! Art! Take Two! is going to be a week of rip-roaring fun! Leave the good clothes at home. Wear old clothes that would love new paint designs and join the adventure. Don’t worry – we’ll have buckets of soapy water for those colorful hands and feet. That’s fun too! Hmmm – sounds like soapy bubble prints could happen also!
Action! Art! Take Two! Week 5, July 9-13, Ages 4-5, 6-7.
Instructor: Colleen Loughlin
Three weeks! Three weeks until the creative fun begins! WOW! It will be here in a heartbeat…which means I am busy, busy, busy!
My days are filled with…
lists, lists, lists
compiling, double checking, marking off
Shopping, shopping, shopping
Ordering and ordering
I go through teacher supply lists, consolidate by stores and catalogs, compare prices and gather coupon codes and coupons. Then the ordering begins…new student grade non-toxic acrylics, more BioColor (our favorite!!!), books, beads, glues, glitter, special papers, inks, clay, banners, mirrors, feathers, Dr. Seuss top hats, pirates’ hats and monocles, boas, journals, stencils, paint markers, a new type of felt, special crochet thread to make sewing easier for little hands, huge eyelashes for rolling monsters, prisms, brushes, a clay cart and so much more!
Then, off to favorite stores!. Things jump out…
“How can we use this in a different way?
“What if we did this?”
“This is perfect!”
I find pool toys…we can print with them. Magnetic blocks…we can mix colors with them. Color changing eggs…what if we put them in the freezer…outside on the sidewalk? Monstrous fuzzy sticks…they could be amazing soft sculptures.
I find Dr. Seuss bags (Hurray!) Pirates’ chests, rocks of all sizes, shapes and colors, frames, flashlights, patriotic sunglasses, ping pong balls, moss topiaries for the faeries’ roof top gardens, spaghetti and spiked balls – we are going to paint with these, flashlights, boxes of wood pieces, hand held mirrors, fairy wings, sand toys, foam sheets, glitter, jewels, bubbles, and more! My dining room and upstairs bedroom are full of goodies!
Wood is purchased by my woodworker extraordinaire. After sawing, nailing, and sanding it will become the canvases for art projects, surprise outdoor fun, and of course, faerie houses – amid the skyscrapers of New York City!
I dig out the stored goodies purchased throughout the winter: gourds just waiting to be transformed into paisley chickens, gorgeous bowls, and small fairy cottages; baskets snagged after Easter that will become the home for a magical fairy land; stretched canvases for whimsical creatures and toy cars and trucks whose destiny is to become a rolling monster. What else is waiting to be rediscovered in those basement bins?
It’s a creative time, an exciting time and a hectic time…all rolled together. How can I only have three weeks left??????
But… Time doesn’t stand still and we aren’t either. I’m planning, organizing, shopping…making sure everything is in order for the summer. Our amazing teachers are dreaming up new ideas and methods, planning, experimenting and prepping. It’s all coming together!
Join us this summer.
- “The Magical World of Dr. Seuss”
- “Look No Brushes” (Room is still available in the class for ages 4-5, but the camp for ages 6-7 is full.)
- “Wacky Fish” (See how we will create this masterpiece in this post.)
It’s that time of the year. Our camps are filling, instructors have finalized their supply lists and I’m compiling my lists of materials needed to make the summer full of color, creativity and fun!
“In my mind I’m reviewing all the supplies we have. I’m also exploring new materials to add to those supplies…and do we have supplies…”
We have paints of all kinds and colors and best of all – non-toxic. There are: BioColors, our most favorite paints…classic, fluorescent, and metallic with “make it shimmer, glitter and puffy” additives. Glitter paints, finger paints, foam paints, activity paints, oil pastels, confetti paints, puffy paints, acrylic paints, watercolors, liquid watercolors – regular and glitter, color changing paints, fabric paints and more…all non-toxic!
“What new paint should we create with this summer?”
We have a plethora of materials for our young artists to paint with…Brushes of all sizes and shapes – chubby, rounds, flats, fans and foam, Q-tips, marbles, brooms, firemen’s helmets, balls, sponges, straws, magnets, toothbrushes, monster feet, string, sponges, scrapers, dot markers…and… fingers, hands and feet!
“What new materials should we paint with this summer?”
We have collage materials that would make a collage artist envious: fabrics, painted papers, ribbon, beads, rick rack, washi tape, buttons, yarn, glitter, jewels, Nuddles, wood, stones, chenille stems, confetti, googly eyes, pom poms, feathers, flowers, fluff and much, much more!
“What amazing material can I add to the ephemera for our artists?”
We have clay of all kinds and colors: Air dry clay – red and gray, Model Magic, paper clay, play dough, Incredible Foam dough, and Sculpey clay.
“What new clay medium can I find for our artists to knead, experiment with, develop skills and just have fun?”
And paper…do we have paper!
Watercolor, mixed media, Bristol board, tracing paper, construction paper, tissue paper, finger paint paper, sulphite paper, cardstock, poster board, butcher paper- brown and white, Yupo, drawing paper, Bare Books journals, handmade paper, scrapbooking paper and deli wrap paper…
“What’s next to explore?”
We have so much more to offer our artists…Easels, class loom, lap looms, tapestry table, outdoor easel, Gelli plates and brayers, wool for needle felting and specialty needle felting supplies, insect boxes, magnifying glasses, bug eye vision glasses, markers of all shapes and sizes, stencils and stamps by the dozens, Stabilo pencils, charcoal pencils, Gelly Roll pens, gelatos, NeoColor crayons, Inktense pencils, AquaColor crayons, blocks, Legos, stretched canvases, wooden painting panels, canvas panels, frames, glues of all kinds and on and on and on…
So…what’s new for this year? What should we experiment with, squish, pound, run our fingers through, and have fun with each day? Here’s the start of my list….
- Pluffy Sculpey clay – soft, mixable, paintable and floats
- Old tricycles to peddle through paint
- Multicultural paint
- Ultimate Art Paper to use with all art mediums
- New paintbrushes for our older artists and our younger ones too
- Balsa Foam for carving stamps
- New brand of non-toxic student grade acrylic paint
- Color Mixing eye glasses
- Scoops, rakes and buckets for the sandbox – Oh, yes! We are going to play in the sand!
- Kinetic sand
- Color changing eggs – The “Color Explosions” camp (ages 4-5 & 6-7) will love these!
- Balls that light up when dropped. Imagine painting with those…
- Special sized crochet thread so hand sewing is easier for our artists. Less twisting and knotting means more fun.
- Hoola Hoops to transform into looms
- Gourds for fabulous artwork
- Magnetic shapes – Color mixing with these on the window is great!
- Outdoor graffiti chalkboard
- Outdoor Connect 4 yard game
And that’s just the beginning! Oh, Yes! We have supplies, supplies, supplies and they are for our young artists to have fun, fun, fun! I am so excited!!!!
I can’t wait for our artists to start creating! Come join us!