Columbus Arts Festival Features Hands On Art Activities for Kids of All Ages
For immediate releaseMay 14, 2014
Contact: Jami Goldstein
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Columbus Arts Festival produced by the Greater Columbus Arts Council, June 6, 7 & 8 announces Hands On Arts Activities, located in the Huntington Local Arts Pavilion on the west side of the river near COSI, to take place during the event. Kids and parents can have fun together making glass beads, folding origami, making a kite, performing in a fairy tale and more. All activities are free and open to kids and adults.
Activities for Friday, June 6-7 Sunday, June 8, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.:
Make a Sherlock Holmes hat. Look like the master detective Sherlock Holmes by making your own deerstalker hat. Don’t forget to wear it when you visit The International Exhibition of Sherlock Holmes at COSI.
Build a Kite. Highlights invites you to build a breeze catcher with a paper bag, some string and a little creativity. Then you can send your bag soaring into the sky.
Decorate a flag. A flag can celebrate just about anything: your favorite color, your family or yourself. Stop by the Columbus Recreation and Parks’ tent to draw and paint a flag of your own.
Make a tie-dye flower or butterfly. Join Firefly Play Cafe for a fun watercolor experience. Mix the primary colors using pipettes and filter paper to create a tie-dye look, and then sculpt your creation into a flower, butterfly or window decoration.
Sculpt glass beads. Under the guidance of artists from Glass Axis, use a torch to mold glass beads. This activity is for participants who are at least 8 years old. Younger children can string together colorful bracelets.
Get your face painted. Students from The Spa School are doing complimentary face painting for children and the young at heart.
Make a wearable collage. Stop by The Ohio Craft Museum’s tent to transform a simple name tag into a wearable collage using sequins, patterned paper, feathers and lace. When you finish, be sure to show off your creation around the festival.
Paint a canvas. Try your hand at painting an 8”x10” canvas with step-by-step instructions by the talented instructors of Wine and Canvas. Don’t be nervous to paint—no experience or talent is necessary.
Gaze into a magic mirror. Step up to the Magic Mirror and see yourself come to life as a circus character! A variety of Columbus cartoonists will be on the schedule for this activity.
Fold a Snapper. Ohio Paper Folders invites you to stop by and fold a fun and amusing simple origami model with us. Disclaimer – the snapper has to be watched at all times. It’s been known to eat all of the goldfish crackers in one sitting. It’s also suspected of eating unprotected paper. Be cautious.
Perform in a fairy tale play. Shadowbox Live invites kids, ages 6–11, to get crazy with theater warm-up games, imaginative costumes, and a madhouse rehearsal for a classic fairy tale show. Parents can join at the end of the one-hour session for the grand opening of their child’s production. (Saturday only)
Test your soccer skills. Try out the Columbus Crew’s kick accuracy inflatable. You could win some fun prizes and giveaways. (Sunday only)
Additional family-friendly music and arts performances will take place on the FlyColumbus.com Community Stage throughout the weekend, located at Rich St. and Washington Blvd. on the west side of the river.
Also Located in the Hands On Activities Area, don’t miss the Children’s ArtGallery Saturday and Sunday where children 12 and under can purchase original artwork donated by Festival artists for $5 or less. The Gallery is open at noon Saturday and Sunday.
After creating your very own masterpiece, go see your favorite characters from James and the Giant Peach performed for children by young actors from all over central Ohio on the west side of the river at the northeast corner of the intersection of Washington Blvd. and Rich St. Performance times are Saturday, 11 a.m., 12:15 p.m., 1:30 p.m., 2:45 p.m., 4 p.m. and 5:15 p.m. and Sunday, 11 a.m., 12:15 p.m., 1:30 p.m., 2:45 p.m., 4 p.m. and 5:15 p.m.
Festival Hours: Friday, June 6 and Saturday, June 7 from 11 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. and Sunday, June 8 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
To volunteer at the Columbus Arts Festival, please go to www.columbusartsfestival.org/get-involved/volunteer.php.
For more information on the Columbus Arts Festival, call (614) 221-8531 or visit www.columbusartsfestival.org for a complete list of artists, entertainers, stage schedules, interactive arts activities and more. The Festival website is optimized for mobile and Smartphone viewing.
The Columbus Arts Festival is produced by the Greater Columbus Arts Council.
The 2014 Columbus Arts Festival is sponsored by American Electric Power, The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, Hollywood Casino, Blue Moon Brewery Co., Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams, Limited Brands Foundation, Piada Italian Street Food, Pepsi, Birds Eye, Live! Technologies, Sugardaddy’s and The Westin Columbus. Media sponsors include WOSU Public Media, ABC6, Columbus Monthly, Lamar Outdoor, Ohio Magazine, Orange Barrel, CD102.5, Mix 107.9, Time Warner Cable and WCBE 90.5.
About the Greater Columbus Arts Council: Through vision and leadership, advocacy and collaboration, the Greater Columbus Arts Council supports art and advances the culture of the region. A catalyst for excellence and innovation, we fund exemplary artists and arts organizations and provide programs, events and services of public value that educate and engage all audiences in our community. GCAC thanks the City of Columbus, Franklin County and the Ohio Arts Council for their continued support.
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