Early Bird Special: Hands-On Art

February 13, 2020

Get your hands dirty this ArtWeek with fun and creative firsthand experiences that involve all sorts of artistic disciplines.

A big thank you to these event hosts who submitted their event applications by the Early Bird deadline.


Community Conversation: Feather Printmaking! - Mass Audobon's Museum of American Bird Art

Artist Pop-Up at Bent Water Brewing Co.- Join artists at the brewery as they discuss, and demonstrate their artwork, with hands on crafts to create as you drink! – Lynn

Community Conservation: Feather Printmaking! at Mass Audubon’s Museum of American Bird Art- Take a guided walk through the sanctuary for inspiration, and then use foam block printmaking on upcycled fabric to make a collaborative work of art exploring birds and nature conservation – Canton

Community Paint-by-Number at the Old Colony History Museum- Drop by to leave your mark on our giant paint-by-number community mural, inspired by the history of the Liberty and Union Flag and the community spirit of the Liberty & Union Festival! – Taunton

DIY Make-Your-Own Earring Class with Brenda Morrison of Jasmine Keane at The Drawing Room- Create your own earrings made of handmade glass beads with guidance from the artist herself! – New Bedford 

Falmouth Art Center Open Studios at Falmouth Art Center- Instructors specializing in painting, weaving and clay will hold demonstrations and hands-on learning opportunities for all ages – Falmouth

Felting Workshop at Marion Art Center– Fiber artist Kristina Goransson will show you how the unique qualities of wool allow you to make three-dimensional forms using wool fiber, water, and a bit of soap – Marion


Glitch Art Demo + Workshop at Haus Studio- Try your hand at glitch art, the practice of intentionally introducing errors into electronic works, from artist Allison Tanenhaus through live demos right on your own smartphone! – Somerville

Introduction to Digital Sculpture Workshop at The Pixels and Polygons School- Unleash your creativity in this workshop with a hands-on introduction to Pixologic ZBrush, a revolutionary 3D sculpting and painting application—all equipment provided! – Auburndale

Make a Watercolor Sunset at The Cogitation Zone- Drop in at any time to make a watercolor sunset using the watercolor wash technique, learning from a local artist – Haverhill 

Make Your Own Glass Straw at Snow Farm: The New England Craft Program- Start with a tube of borosilicate glass and learn how it melts in a flame, bending or adding color as you see fit! As the straw cools, take a tour of the Snow Farm grounds, shop in our gallery, and see artists in action – Williamsburg

Meetinghouse Clay Days at Meetinghouse Clay Center- This full weekend event will feature a wine & cheese open mic night sponsored by Calliope Poetry, demonstrations and tours with professional ceramic artists, and creating live planters! – Cataumet

Mini Journal Make & Take with Carolyn Lee Cook at Western Avenue Studios– Create your own mini art journal- all materials provided! Perfect for ages 9 and up – Lowell

Open Figure Drawing Session at the Boston Figurative Art Center- Supplies and coaching from our experts will be available for you to practice drawing a live model in a celebration of figure drawing – Somerville

Open House and Molten Metal at Stonybrook Metal Arts & Sculpture School- Chat with our instructors, enjoy refreshments, view & buy local art, and carve your own tile design to be cast in aluminum – Jamaica Plain 

Open House and Molten Metal - Stonybrook Metal Arts & Sculpture School

Origami Tulip Garden -at the Hitchcock Academy- Learn to make an origami tulip to contribute to a community Origami Tulip Garden on the front lawn at the Hitchcock – Brimfield

Owl Collage Workshop with Mary Ross at The Drawing Room– This interactive workshop will leave participants with a better understanding of the art of collage. Using beautiful handmade papers, you can create your own owl project – New Bedford

Painting the Live Model at the Eastham Public Library- You’re invited to watch this demonstration of figurative painting by professional artists painting a live model from the Wampanoag Nation of American Natives – Eastham

Painting with Wool at Hitchcock Academy- Use a photo to inspire you to create a picture in wool with felting techniques, featuring instructor Marcia Beal – Brimfield

Plein Air Painting at First Encounter Beach- Paint alongside members of the Eastham Painters Guild at this historic beach where the Mayflower first arrived long ago – Eastham

Steamroller Art Festival at the Norman Rockwell Museum- Make your mark on this community art project with a workshop on linoleum printmaking. Then see massive magic as a 3-ton steamroller rolls and prints a giant mural! – Stockbridge 

The Clean Pond Poster Prize at Falmouth Art Center- Design your own poster advocating for environmental responsibility with guidance from the Falmouth Water Stewards. Both an artist and a scientist will judge for the best design, which will then be printed and distributed for use! – Falmouth 

Try Weaving at Master Weaver's Open Studio - Firecrow Handwovens Weaving Studio

Treasures from Trash Show & Hands-on Fine Craft Activities at Art Scapes Gallery and Maker’s Space- Visitors can create jewelry, glaze ceramic mugs, and create mosaic picture frames at creative stations located throughout our maker’s space—each using recycled materials! – New Bedford

Try Weaving at Master Weaver’s Open Studio at Firecrow Handwovens Weaving Studio- Ever wanted to throw the shuttle through the shed, see how warps are wound and looms are dressed? Now’s your chance! Try weaving on a floor loom and experience colorful handwoven creations in a real working weaver’s studio – Warwick

Watercolor Boxes and Bags for Seniors at Franklin Senior Center- In this workshop, participants will learn to create unique watercolor textures that will then be transformed into fun and useful gift boxes or bags – Franklin

Weston AIC Open Studio at the Weston Art and Innovation Center- Come see what’s going on at the AIC! If you’re certified, feel free to use our 3D printers, laser cutters, vinyl cutters or the etching press for your own projects – Weston

400 Years of Eastham Mural on the Town Green- Join the Eastham Painters Guild for a community mural project to commemorate the anniversary of the Pilgrim’s arrival to Cape Cod – Eastham 

Be sure to check back for more information on these events and more when our calendar goes live on April 1st!

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