Alcohol Ink Birdhouse Gourd

Kids shouldn’t have all the fun in the summer. Our adult workshops on Alcohol Ink and Cannonball Gourd Lanterns were so much fun, we had to squeeze in one more workshop.

Alcohol Ink Birdhouse Gourd

Art First Inc - Summer Art Camp for Kids - Hockessin DE
  • Workshop Date: Thursday, July 18, 2019
  • Time: 6:30-8:30
  • Registration Deadline: Friday, July 12, 2019
  • Cost: $40

Transform a dried gourd into a stunning garden birdhouse through the magic of alcohol inks. Learn new techniques, experiment with favorite color palettes and watch the stunning colors transform a plain gourd into a work of art. Watch the inks drip and slide across the surface to create a stone like appearance and add luminous highlights with metallic inks for pizazz. Take home* an exquisite birdhouse for the birds to enjoy.

*Due to time restraints, please leave the bird house overnight to be sealed then pick up the following day.

Reminder: There is still time to register for the Harry Potter adult workshop on Thursday, August 1, 2019.

General information: All workshops will be held at Art First, Inc. (728 Yorklyn Road, Hockessin, DE 19707, 1-302-239-3544) All supplies will be provided. 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.

This is a nut free facility. Nut free snacks and beverages are welcomed. 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 or are processed in a facility with peanuts or tree nuts.

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

Painting Self Portraits

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