Posts tagged ‘creative reuse’

New & Improved Open Studio!

Here is a nice little article about The Importance of Art in Children’s Cognitive, Social and Emotional Development. Now let me tell you a little about Open Studio at Averyboo Arts…

Summer is the perfect time to come in for Open Studio. These are limited hours where you pay only $10 p/hr to use almost anything in the studio. From open art supplies & easels to blocks & creative play, kids 2-8 will have plenty of ways to exercise their imaginations and express themselves. Our studio is air conditioned and a great place to meet up with friends for an indoor playdate or have some unplugged time alone.

Open Studio now comes with an optional craft each week as well as face painting (cheek only). And, grownups, you can enjoy free WiFi and a complementary glass of ice tea.

We also have an online booking system so you don’t have to call for an appointment! Hope to see you soon ❤

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July 11, 2013 at 11:19 pm Leave a comment

Favorite Photo Friday

A small group of boys came in for Open Studio and made NINJA’s! These fierce little guys were made with corks, tape & match sticks. Cool, eh?
You can save 30% on your OS visit thru 6/29 *IF* you book through our new online system. Enter Promo Code OS30 upon checkout. See website>

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June 21, 2013 at 1:55 pm Leave a comment

Teacher’s Gift – Terrarium

 

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Garden terrariums are a simple, attractive and heart-felt “thank you” gift your child can make for his or her teacher. My son & I made these for Christmas gifts last year and never had a chance to post about them, so here we go…

(1) First of all, you will need a clean glass container of some sort… Pasta sauce jar, empty spice jar, canning jar – anything you have with a lid will do. Plastic is ok too; I’m saving a bear-shaped honey bottle for this purpose. I also spray painted the jar lid light green ala Martha Stewart so it would look ever prettier (optional).

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(2) Start with a gravel layer. This will help keep the terrarium from getting moldy & looks really nice. This can be anything from marbles, aquarium gravel or small decorative stones from your local garden center.

(3) Next we added a layer of adobe clay dirt from our yard, then a layer of garden soil – do not mix together and don’t compact. Your own yard dirt will differ from packaged garden soil and will add interest to the overall piece. Keep in mind that you can make “hills” in your garden as well.

(4)  Then you’ll want to grab a spoon & a paper plate and go for a stroll around your neighborhood to gather moss. You want nice flat pieces. We grabbed some with tiny bits of clover and other interesting little weeds. Lay down the moss on top of your last soil layer & gently pat into place.

(5) At this point you can add a few stones &/or plastic animal toys, or shells, or any other interesting bobble you like. We added some plastic bunnies and it turned out oh so cute!

(6) Lastly, you’ll want to give the terrarium a good spray of water. Place the lid, keep in a sunny spot and enjoy! If there is a build up of condensation, you can open the jar for a bit… if it looks dry, spray some more water.

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This was the jar my son made for his teacher BUT it never left our house. He loved it so much he couldn’t part with it. Six months later it’s still thriving on his bedroom dresser ♥

June 5, 2012 at 5:47 pm 4 comments

Meet the Instructor – Micky

Crafty Earthlings

Spider Web using umbrella skeleton & misc found items.

We have a new class called “Crafty Earthlings” an eco-art class for kids 5-9 years beginning THURS 7/7-7/28; 11am-noon (4wks).
Kids will learn creative ways to make arts & crafts from found objects and household items. New theme each week including: The Beach, Instruments & Music, Superheroes, & Beautiful Bugs. Only $50, includes all materials!

I want to introduce the instructor, Micky… she’s a really sweet person, nurturing & patient. She will also be teaching our “Mom’s Craft Night” on 6/29 & 7/27; 6:30-8pm

Micaela Aldana Salatino

Micaela Aldana Salatino, AKA "Micky"

Micaela Aldana Salatino was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina in 1978. The artist and self-proclaimed “crafty vegan” attributes her love for art and fashion to her family’s creative roots.   Inspired by her grandmother, a seamstress and knitter, and taught to crochet by her mother, Micaela began crafting outfits for her dolls at 5 years old.

Micaela Aldana Salatino @ Averyboo Arts

Micky teaching finger crochet to kids at Averyboo Arts.

Helping give rise to the term “upcycled”, Micaela has presented eco art classes in Long Beach, CA since 2010.  Supporting the process of creating valuable products from waste materials, Micaela teaches kids, teens and adults how to create green works of art from left-over scraps of fabric, yarn and environment-friendly supplies.

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Upcycled Necklace by Micky

Micaela inspires all to take care of Mother Nature and tread lighter on the earth.
Class info here: http://averyboo.com/classes_micky.html

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Coasters made with magazines & twine by Micky

June 28, 2011 at 4:00 pm 1 comment

Wonder Woman Craft – Indoor Rocket

Wonder Woman shows young ones how to make an indoor jet rocket… perfect for one of those “boring” Summer days.

Materials:
– fishing line
– drinking straw
– balloon

June 22, 2011 at 5:16 pm Leave a comment

Robots with Dad

Happy Father’s Day!
We had a good time at our “Robots with Dad” Workshop yesterday. We had quite the variety of pieces & parts to work with and our father/child teams were very creative. It was great watching the fathers/grandfathers  interact with their kids; teaching them how to use tools, and the glue gun, planning their robots together…

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We spread out all over the studio to work.

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Here are a few of the robots!

Special thanks to my assistant, Charity, who donated
a lot of cool items for our use!

June 20, 2011 at 3:37 am Leave a comment

New Planters!

The studio has been open now for 2 years!
One of the many upgrades on my “to do” list has been to make planters out front to help draw attention from the street and keep people from leaning on the glass while waiting for the bus.

First, I *really* needed to paint the side walk. Really. It’s so boring and bland out there; people don’t notice we exist. My landlord never liked the idea of painting when I brought it up to him, but I have to make the storefront a reflection of me.

Next, I found galvanized trash cans in several different sizes at OSH. I thought they would be super cute and complement our creative reuse philosophy.

My Mom gathered succulents from her house & I from mine (including poky cactus). I also bought some purple cabbage and horsetail grass to create our little urban garden. It took 6 hours to put the containers together.

The plants still need to fill in a bit more, but I love it! I’ve noticed lots of smiles from people walking past, which always feels good. A big “Thank You” to my Mom who did all the planting!!! Here are some photos…

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BEFORE photo. See, wasn't it bland?

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Blue & Green paint added to the front sidewalk.

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Shiny new cans & plants

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Very happy!

 

 

March 20, 2011 at 12:29 am Leave a comment


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