When Your Kids Don’t Love Crafts as Much as You Do
I love art. Before I had kids I would envision lovely scenes of sitting around my future kitchen table, surrounded by my future darling children, all together diligently creating things worthy to be hung in a gallery.
Now that I have kids and I ask my oldest if he would like to make anything with me, his answer is almost always, “No thank you.” On the rare occasion he says yes, he loses interest after five minutes and wanders away, leaving with me with no gallery worthy artwork but instead tornado levels of mess.
What’s an art loving mama to do?
Turn Art into an Outing!
I’ve found that almost anything becomes 500% more cool if it is something we do away from home.
So this past month, when I asked my son if he wanted to go somewhere special to make something, he wholehearted agreed. I took him to Artists Creating Together’s Youth Open Studio where we got to make sun-catchers and marbled paper.
I got to share the excitement of crafting something with him with the added bonus of not having to do any of the prep work or even the bigger bonus of not having to do any of the clean-up once we were done.
Wins all around!
ACT Promotes “All Arts. All Abilities.”
Artists Creating Together (ACT) is all about “All Arts. All Abilities,” and they want to get the word out.
Founded in 1986 by the Grand Rapids Junior League, ACT has grown over the past 30 years to become a valuable resource for families in western Michigan as they work with students of all abilities to explore the many facets of the creative world.
ACT Studio (located at 1140 Monroe Ave NW, Suite 4101 | Grand Rapids, MI) hosts a variety of classes and events that explore the arts from visual and tactile to movement and music and beyond.
The second Wednesday of each month the ACT Studio offers drop-in classes open to all, highlighting a different art form or project. Youth Open Studio times run from 4:00 – 5:30 PM, are geared to children ages 5-15, and costs $10 for each student.
FREE August 9 Open Studio
Don’t miss their Open Studio on August 9 – it’s FREE and will also provide an open house style informational session while you and your kids create an accompanying art project.
Guitar and Drum Lessons
ACT is also currently offering two types of music lessons for kids ages 6-15: Drumming and Guitar & Songwriting. During these hour long classes, students will not only learn technical aspects of creating music, but also music as a means to explore and express emotions. Lesson packages are available in bundles of 4, 6, 8, or 10 lessons. Learn more about these musical offerings here.
More Ways to Connect With A.C.T.
For families with older children, you may want to get even more involved by volunteering with ACT either as an ongoing volunteer or by pitching in as a one time volunteer at annual events such as the upcoming Family Fun Night at Frederik Meijer Gardens, August 3, 2017. Use this form to learn more or to sign up to volunteer.
To keep up to date on all that ACT has to offer be sure to follow them on social media or sign-up for their e-newsletter.