Columbus Arts Festival Offers Hands On Art Activities for Kids of All Ages
For immediate releaseApril 2, 2013
Contact: Jami Goldstein
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Columbus Arts Festival presented by Time Warner Cable, June 7, 8 & 9 announces Hands On Arts Activities to take place during the event. Kids and parents can have fun together sculpting paper, constructing adventure journals with tradition bookmaking techniques, creating comic book characters, contributing to a colorful bottle-cap mural and more! All activities are open to kids and adults.
Activities for Friday, June 7-Sunday, June 9, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.:
Sculpt handmade paper. Make a mosaic tile with colored paper made by local artist Daniel Colvin of Cobenick Studios.
Get your face painted. Esthetic students from the Spa School of Salon Schools Group will be on hand to paint your face for free. Interact with performing magicians while you wait to be transformed.
Make a tie-dye flower. 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 or window decoration.
Construct an adventure journal. Make a map-covered journal with the Ohio Craft Museum. Fold, glue and stamp the pages of your pocket-sized book, which will be perfect for chronicling your summer vacations and road trips. Saturday and Sunday Only.
Draw with a scribbling robot. Why create art yourself when a robot can do it for you? Use a COSI scribbling machine made from common household materials to create robot-made art. Take home instructions to make a scribbling machine of your own.
Design a comic book character. Create your own comic book character and storyline with local comic creator Victor Dandridge of U Cre-8 Comics.
Decorate a craft carrier. With so many amazing crafts to enjoy at the festival, you’ll need a way to transport all of your works of art! Macaroni Kid will make life easier by providing a brown paper bag for you to decorate with stickers, markers and craft paper.
Make an animal silhouette. Transform an everyday coffee filter into a decorative background for an animal silhouette with the Columbus Zoo & Aquarium. Color your filter with markers, then spray it with water for fun blending effects. Saturday and Sunday Only.
Glaze bisque pottery. Use glazes to decorate handmade ceramic pottery and tiles. Stay and watch as Clayspace fires your work in a raku kiln, creating beautiful metallic and iridescent effects on your creations.
Help make a bottle-cap mural. Use colorful, recycled bottle caps to create flowers, plants and insects around the Columbus Recreation and Parks Department’s theme, “We are a garden of many colors…growing together.”
Construct a fanciful flying butterfly. Let your creativity take flight with the King Arts Complex. Use card stock, paint, feathers, dowels, glitter and string to design your one-of-a-kind flying creature.
Additional family-friendly music and arts performances will take place on the 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 Art Gallery 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 Rudyard Kipling’s The Jungle Book performed for children by young actors from all over central Ohio near the southwest corner of Bicentennial Park on Main St. Performance times are Saturday, 11:30 a.m., 1 p.m., 2:30 p.m. and 4 p.m. and Sunday at 1 p.m., 2:30 p.m. and 4 p.m.
Festival Hours: Friday, June 7 and Saturday, June 8 from 11:00 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. and Sunday, June 9 from 11:00 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 Columbus Arts Festival is produced by the Greater Columbus Arts Council.
The 2013 Columbus Arts Festival is presented by Time Warner Cable. Additional sponsors to date are Adept Marketing, American Electric Power Foundation, Bic, Blue Moon, Clear Channel, Coca-Cola, Dine Originals, FlyColumbus.com, Glazer’s, Hollywood Casino, Huntington, Jeni’s Ice Cream, La-Z-Boy, Live! Technologies, Orange Barrel Media, Sugardaddy’s and The Westin Columbus. Media sponsors include Alive, Ohio Magazine, WBNS 10TV, WOSU Public Media, CD102.5, WCBE 90.5, Mix 107.9 & Rewind 103.5/104.3.
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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