Free Art Friday is a free, family-friendly program that provides the opportunity for children ages 1-5 to explore movement, music and visual arts. Each event features themed, educational projects and crafts that give children and caretakers a hands-on experience learning and creating together. Light refreshments are provided.
Join us 9-11:30 a.m., no registration required.
Feb. 7 - Color Carnival
March 6 - Daring Dinosaurs
April 3 - All About Earth
May 1 - 3, 2, 1 Blast Off!
If you enjoy our Free Art Friday Program and would like your child to continue their creative experience, look into classes at Edna Arts! Classes are available for all ages, in a variety of subjects, including dance, art and theater.
At Winter Wonderland, we learned...
Fine motor skills
- Placing cotton onto paper
- Handling play snow
Gross motor skills
- Imaginary snow play with movement activity
Social Emotional Skills
- Sharing art supplies
- Collaborating with others during movement activity
Activities to try at home
Popsicle Snowflakes: Decorate 3-4 popsicle sticks and then glue the sticks together in a snowflake pattern. Twine can be stuck to the back for hanging the snowflake.
Movement Cards: Introduce gross motor skills at home by creating cards with prompts like "run," "jump," and "skip." Call them out for your child to recreate this whole-body movement.
Blender Snow: Make snow by pulsing ice in your blender. Place the snow on a cookie sheet and use small toys to create a miniature snow adventure at home!
For a PDF copy of the handout provided at the event, click here.
"Do you like it!?" Here are some ways to help your child grow and learn while showing you care about them and their work.
- Point out colors or ask them to tell you what colors they are using
- Point out various shapes or have them tell you what shapes they have used
- Point out contrast in the art work, such as one corner full of circles while the other has only a few straight lines.
- Talk about or ask them to describe the order they create their work
- Ask them what parts were hard or simple to create
- Ask what they would like to do with the work when it is complete -- hang it in a museum? Give it to a friend? Show it to everyone they meet?
- Avoid asking "why," especially with younger children. Instead, express curiosity and allow them to explain their process as they choose
How you handle your child's art tells them how you value their effort and imagination as well as how art should be treated. Avoid any damage to work created at Free Art Friday by utilizing our Drying Station -- just don't forget to grab your art before you go!
Edna Vihel Arts Center
3340 S. Rural Road
Tempe, AZ 85282
Dani Godreau, Arts Engagement Coordinator
Maja Aurora, Director of Arts Engagement
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