Montclair Offers “A Little Night Art VIII” For Children

Monday, Oct 17, 2011 1:00pm

Friday afternoon, bring out your little artist to A Little Night Art VII: Gallery Walk Junior, run by Montclair Center Business Improvement District and sponsored in part by The program runs from 3 pm – 5 pm and has galleries, retailers and the Montclair Art Museum providing artistic activities for kids. It’s the perfect time for giving the kiddos a dose of artistic inspiration for the weekend.

Attendees can partake of a range of activities that only require a playful attitude and the willingness to get one’s hands dirty! Kids and parents alike will no doubt be inspired by the chance to mingle and create right alongside gallery owners, artists and arts professionals. With so many different options for creative kid-friendly activities, your little Picasso is bound to find his artistic niche.

Check out the kid-friendly art activities going on at each gallery:

73 See Gallery, 73 Pine Street
The Gallery staff will a do a talk and demonstration based in the current exhibit “The History of Comics”.  The activity will include working with copies of the book: “Understanding Comics” by Scott McCloud.

Aunt Jean’s Toys & Treats, 12 North Willow Street
Go and explore the world of pumpkins at Aunt Jean’s Toys & Treats. Check out of pumpkin art gallery or join in carving or painting one of your own. They will have special treats to share with you. Event begins at 4 pm – 8 pm.

Brassworks, 105 Grove Street
Inspired by the theme of the current exhibit at BrassWorks, Beneath the Layers, the gallery will provide children and adults of all ages the opportunity to make collages. Come visit between 3 and 5 p.m., and you will be able to cut and paste to your heart’s content and take home your art creation.  The gallery will provide paper, scissors and glue, and you can let your imagination run wild.

Colorstory Home, 30 S. Fullerton Avenue
“The Color of Things”
Learn about color, collaboration and the creation of art.  Help create a community masterpiece to be displayed in the shop. OPEN to kids of ALL ages!

Essex Fine Arts Gallery, 13 S. Fullerton Avenue
Gaze in wonder at the miniature paintings wall at Essex Fine Arts Gallery. As you enter the gallery and look to the right, you see before you a whole wall full of beautiful small paintings. Listen, as gallery director Diane E. Israel explains how these miniature marvels are made. Ms. Israel will be demonstrating the art of watercolor miniatures during the afternoon Children’s program. Learn about the art of the miniature from Ms. Israel who has been painting small works since the age of seven!

Gallery 51, 51 Church Street
Raisa Nosova (exhibiting artist) will be conducting painting and digital illustration demonstrations throughout the day. Raisa is not only a gifted artist but a gifted teacher.  Raisa will be conducting children’s workshops and classes at Gallery 51 throughout the holiday season and into the spring…

Kling Gallery, 106 Walnut Street
Ms. Kling will be doing a workshop about printmaking. Everyone in the workshop will have his or her print framed-wow!

Montclair Art Museum
Drop in for a special family art activity at the Montclair Art Museum. Families will focus on a particular artwork related to one of MAM’s special exhibitions. Participants will engage in active looking, lively discussion, and interactive activities.

Nest, 15 South Fullerton Avenue
Children will have the opportunity to make their own “Artist Trading Cards.” Nest & Company will have a table filled with craft supplies for children to make their own unique cards that they can keep, trade or give to loved ones.

StudioKids Art, 211 Glenridge Avenue
Artist Rachel Marcotte will be leading the fun as kids make cool puppets based on the art of Jennifer Levine’s paintings. Using colored paper, pastels, and other found objects kids can have fun in this free workshop learning how to make simple hand puppets. They can use their puppets for an impromptu short puppet show at the end of the workshop!

See a full list of the activities here. Click here for a map of the participating venues.

A Little Night Art VIII: Children’s Gallery Walk For Junior
Who: Art lovers of all ages.
What: Participating galleries will have special arts activities for the whole family.
Where: Montclair Center. Check here for a map of participating galleries and stores.
When: Friday, October 21 from 3 pm – 5 pm
Cost: Free.

(Excerpt photo: Jennifer Levine)

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