Adult Evening Art Workshops, Summer 2019

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

Art First Inc - Summer Art Camp for Kids - Hockessin DE
  • 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

Art First Inc - Summer Art Camp for Kids - Hockessin DE
  • 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.

Harry Potter

Art First Inc - Summer Art Camp for Kids - Hockessin DE
  • 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 Tale of the Tower

Art First Inc - Summer Art Camp for Kids - Hockessin DE

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

Art First Inc - Summer Art Camp for Kids - Hockessin DE

Sweet Dreams Café

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

Adventures in 3-D

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.

Amazing Landscapes and Vibrant Villages


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.

Imagine…just imagine…

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.

Amazing Landscapes and Vibrant Villages, Week 5, July 8-12, Ages 8-10 and 11-14