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Careers in Art Series for Kids

May 24, 2019

Architecture and Design

The fifth children’s workshop in the Careers in Art Series for Kids, Exploring Architecture and Design: Lessons in Seeing and Creating the World Around You will be led by Judith Schneider at The Folk Art Studio at Fiber and Vine, 402 Main Street in Norway on Saturday, June 8th.  This workshop series is designed to expose children to the myriad of processes and professions for visual artists and aims to open pathways for kids to consider making as a worthwhile activity and even imagine a dream that becomes a viable profession one day. For this workshop, please register by June 2nd for the workshop on June 8th.

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Workshop Description                     

Students will discover the relationship between their bodies and their surroundings and gain an understanding of how design ideas turn into built environments. We will look at ways in which architectural proportions are geared to human scale: doors are to walk through, windows are to see through and stairs are to climb. Why are they the same? When are they different? Students will learn a practical way to understand units of measurement; What is a Smoot? Why are horses measured in hands? Learn how to measure spaces and make a scaled drawing.

Judy Schneider is a painter, a printmaker and a designer. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Massachusetts in Amherst, MA for interior architecture. Her MFA in studio art is from Maine College of Art in Portland, ME. Judy maintains both her art and design practice. She is a member of the Peregrine Press and has a studio in her home on Pennesseewassee Lake in Norway.

The Western Maine Art Group, The Folk Art Studio, and Fiber & Vine have partnered to bring this workshop series to the Oxford Hills. Through a generous grant from The Norway Savings Bank, Oxford Credit Union, and the Rotary Club, scholarships are offered for those with financial need.  Workshops cost $35 each or $10 for scholarship recipients. Workshops are currently presented for two age groups: 10 am – noon for children ages 6 – 8 and 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm for children ages 9 and up.  For information, scholarship requests, and registration, call 207-739-2664 or contact fiberandvine.com.

For more information, contact Diana Arcadipone, 617-780-9629

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Make A One-Page Book!

January 27, 2019

Saturday, February 9, 2019, Norway

Make A One-Page Book! with Sarah Keener

Careers in Art Series for Kids

10am – Noon for ages 6 – 8

1 pm – 3 pm for ages 9 and Up

Winter in Maine is long, but there’s a lot to love! Celebrate the five senses of the season by creating a one-page folded book of poetry. This workshop will include playful poetry writing prompts and a hands-on exploration of some basic bookmaking techniques, including cutting, gluing and folding paper, suminagashi paper marbling, and stencil “printing.”

Sarah Keener taught language arts for several years and has worked with children of all ages in the areas of literacy and art. A lifelong lover of books and of arts and crafts, she believes language and the arts are a natural fit and draws from a variety of digital and print resources to implement effective and engaging activities. Sarah seeks to create opportunities for kids to explore these disciplines in a positive and playful environment, which helps them grow more confident and excited about expressing themselves in words and a variety of mediums. 

Workshops cost $35 each or $10 for scholarship recipients. Workshops are currently presented for two age groups: 10 am – Noon for children ages 6 – 8 and 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm for children ages 9 and Up.

For information, scholarship requests and registrations, contact fiberandvine.com or call 207-739-2664. All workshops are held at The Folk Art Studio@Fiber & Vine, 401 Main Street, Norway, Maine, 04268.

More information about the program:

This workshop series is designed to expose children to the myriad of processes and professions for visual artists (illustration, design, fiber arts, literacy and making books, visualizing nature and science, architecture, etc.) The series aims to open pathways for kids to consider making as a worthwhile activity and even imagine a dream that becomes a viable profession one day.  It has been evidenced that activity in all of the arts fosters creativity and increases a childs’ learning capacity for all subjects.

The Western Maine Art Group (WMAG), The Folk Art Studio and Fiber & Vine have partnered to bring this workshop series to the Oxford Hills. Through a generous grant from The Norway Savings Bank, Oxford Credit Union and the Rotary Club, scholarships are offered for those with financial need.

Workshops cost $35 each or $10 for scholarship recipients. Workshops are currently presented for two age groups: 10 am – Noon for children ages 6 – 8 and 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm for children ages 9 and Up.

For information, scholarship requests and registrations, contact fiberandvine.com or call 207-739-2664. All workshops are held at The Folk Art Studio@Fiber & Vine, 401 Main Street, Norway, Maine, 04268.

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Kids Comic Class

October 14, 2018

Folk Art Studio

Saturday, November 17
Folk Art Studio at Fiber & Vine
Session 1 | Ages 6-8 | 10am-12pm
Session 2 | Ages 9-12 | 1pm-3pm
Tuition $35

$25 Scholarships are available

Sign up online, over the phone, or in person at
Fiberandvine.com
Fiber & Vine | 402 Main Street | Norway, Maine | 207-739-2664

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Who Are They? Oxford Hills Region Part 1

March 1, 2018

Folk Art Studio at Fiber and Vine

This blog post is part one of a series that aims to bring awareness to the Maine Arts Ed blog readers about the many visual and performing arts venues and educational opportunities in the Oxford Hills. The Oxford Hills Region of Maine is a perfect setting for the arts as it is centrally located where the rolling foothills of the White Mountains and beautiful lakes regions intersect. Located 45 miles north of Portland, 35 miles east of New Hampshire, and 20 miles west of Lewiston-Auburn, the region hosts multiple year-round opportunities for learners of all ages and a thriving arts community. The Oxford Hills School District (SAD17) is Maine’s largest school district in geographic area, with nine community schools, a regional middle school, a comprehensive high school and the Streaked Mountain School, an alternative school for high school students. The Oxford Hills serves the towns of Buckfield, Harrison, Hartford, Hebron, Mechanic Falls, Norway, Otisfield, Oxford, Paris, Poland, Sumner, Waterford and West Paris. A great big THANKS to Diana Arcadipone for writing this series of posts.

The Folk Art Studio is housed in the downstairs space of Fiber & Vine at 402 Main Street in Norway. The studio offers a place for artists, craftspeople and makers of all mediums to gather, learn, share information, techniques, traditional crafts and art. Workshops are scheduled on a regular basis, usually on weekends, and have included Nuno Felting, Paper Making by Hand, Paint Brush Making with scavenged materials, Bookbinding, Doll Making from Scraps, Embroidery, Beading, Basketry, Printmaking, Wood Carving and more.

The studio was founded on the basis of Folk Art & Craft being for the people, by the people, and of the people.  Without ceremony, the folk arts have evolved by necessity over time and in every reach of the globe.  Clothing, toys and everyday objects were created within the community from materials that were readily gathered, harvested and processed, and with tools and implements that were rudimentary and easily fashioned. Historically, there were no textbooks or learning manuals, but rather information and techniques were handed down orally from grandmothers and elders to the younger ones. Technologies became tried and true and more sophisticated through time and progress. Today we live in a high speed digital world where information is easily accessed on our devices within seconds. The Folk Art Studio is a way to revisit the joy of creating in a relaxed collaborative atmosphere of learning and making, and revisit our inherit resourcefulness.

With the help of a Maine Arts Commission grant, the first year of programming was made possible and the Folk Art Studio was launched. Kimberly Hamlin, Manager and co-owner of the retail store Fiber & Vine (a yarn and wine shop) offers classes in knitting, embroidery, crochet, felting and the fiber arts and was a likely partner. Fiber & Vine offered space to help launch the folk art and craft center’s first workshops by lending a large wooden community table located at the back of the store (a work of art in and of itself). The Folk Art Studio enabled a handful of participants the chance to sit down in an inspiring environment, and make something beautiful and useful. Two years later, The Folk Art Studio accommodates as many as ten participants in a workshop setting in the downstairs of the store.

The Folk Art Studio engages local art educators, artists and artisans to offer one-day workshops at an affordable cost. It makes the studio available to artists who want to create their own programming to serve their established group of students. And, all participants are encouraged to request specific workshops that can be accommodated in the space. Recently, Fiber and Vine and The Folk Art Studio hosted an open house “Upstairs/Downstairs” where artists and artisans were invited to bring a current project to work on, enjoy lunch, snacks and beverages, and a controlled wine tasting in the store. So far, the line up of accomplished teaching artists include Don Best, Sarah Shepley, Kimberly Hamlin, Kristin Roy, Rebecca May Verrill, Becky Cheston, Patt Pasteur, Kate Castelli and Diana Arcadipone.

Although the workshops have primarily served adult learners, Fiber and Vine hosts a “Kids Craft Club” and plans to offer kids studio classes through The Folk Art Studio, gearing up for this summer. Continuing Education Certificates are available to teachers. SPRING WORKSHOP PROGRAM or on Facebook: Folk Art Studio at Fiber & Vine.

Saturday Workshops Scheduled this Spring

  • March 10: Wild Crafted Basketry with Rebecca Verrill
  • April 14: Woodworking with Don Best
  • April 28: Letterpress Postcards with Kate Castelli
  • May 5: Bead Loom Bracelets with Becky Cheston
  • June 16: Coiled Fabric Basketry with Patt Pasteur

Interested in learning more about the Folk Art Studio? Email Diana Arcadipone at arcadipone@gmail.com.

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