Hundred-Year Art Adventure
(art, crafts, and bookmaking for kids based on a century of art genres and movements--from Jackson Pollock splatter painting to installation art!)
• This June and July, we'll hang out at the umbrella tree at Green Bean Books (or inside if it's raining) to explore six art making trends of modern and contemporary art history and give them all a try. Each class will involve painting, collage, sculpture, or installation experiments as well as a book form to take home that makes use of these materials and methods.
• Class take place every Wednesday from June 15-July 20, 1:30-2:30 p.m. (we may sometimes run closer to an hour and 15 minutes if we're having a lot of fun!) $10.00/child/class; siblings $8.00. A portion of each fee goes towards super cool materials and supplies for everyone to make take-home projects.
• Signed up for the first 5? get the 6th for a dollar. Ages 5 to 11 welcome. Try one or all six!
June 15: Surrealism and the Exquisite Corpse: A lesson in art as a social experience, the Exquisite Corpse was a game the Surrealist artists like Joan Miró and Simon Callinet would play. One artist would start a drawing, then give it to another artist to add on an element. This process was repeated until someone decided the drawing was done! The artists tried to make them as strange and whimsical as possible. We'll make Exquisite Corpse Books--each page will contain different heads and tails that can be mixed and matched and make for some funny monsters. Each of our books will be unique, with the wonderful work of our fellow classmates in it, as well.
June 22: Dadaism: Dadaism, or simply Dada, is a a type of art characterized by found objects. Sometimes it involves actual 3-D objects put together in a certain way (assemblage), or cut-outs from magazines and newspapers (collage). Today we'll make book with thick assemblage covers and pages that are created with collaged images and texts.
June 29: Sculptures and Mobiles: Today we'll make hanging sculptures and mobiles out of recycled book pages, an homage to Alexander Calder who first coined the term "mobile" for his hanging sculptures in the 1930s.
July 6 Action Painting: Loosen up! We'll paint like Jackson Pollock with splatters, large strokes, marbles, and other elements of chance that make this artistic movement unique. We'll turn one of our works of art into a Meander Book, a book structure that mimics the randomness of action painting with a series of cuts and folds that leave us with a sculptural book that we couldn't have possibly planned out ahead of time.
July 13: Pop Art: Using Andy Warhol as our inspiration, we'll use printmaking techniques to recreate an every day object over and over, then paint and embellish our prints to make each different in some way. The images will be bound into an accordion book structure.
July 20: Installation Art: Together, we'll look at fanciful work from contemporary installation artists, like Christo and Jean-Claude. We'll talk about public art, and create a book-based installation of our own that will remain for a short period of time at Green Bean Books--either inside or our on the patio area. We will brainstorm, sketch, create, and install the work together. The process and our final installation will be photographed and made into a pamphlet "exhibition catalogue" for each child to pick up at a later date!
Join us for the Last Thursday in May (May 26th), to learn all about how important bees are to all of us. A bee keeper will be here to talk about bees, local vendors will let you sample their delicious honey, and kids will get to make "Seed Bombs" to take home and disperse! This event is free of charge and brought to you by the good people at Whole Foods Market on Fremont.
Local Artist/Author Maggie Rudy will visit Green Bean Books to share her crafty and creative, new picture book, The House That Mouse Built, on Saturday, June 4th at 2pm. The House That Mouse Built is a lyrical little love story created with adorable felted mice and scavenged materials in miniature settings! Come and hear Maggie tell us how she made her incredible, tiny mouse paradise!
Meet Local Sensation...
Carolyn Conahan!Author/Illustrator Carolyn Conahan is coming to Green Bean Books to share her latest picture book, The Big Wish! It's a whimsical story about a little girl, a lot of dandelions, and a world record wish! After the reading make an adorable dandelion wish card for free with us! This sweet spring event will be held on Saturday, May 21st at 2:00pm. Carolyn works as a staff illustrator for CRICKET magazine and has also recently illustrated L. Frank Baum's The Discontented Gopher. Many of you may also remember her spirited, The Twelve Dogs of Christmas, which featured many of our local canine friends!
Origami Paper Crane
and help Japan!
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Each crane is just $1 with 100% going to Mercy Corps!
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An ancient Japanese legend promises that anyone who folds a thousand origami cranes will be granted a wish by a crane, such as long life or recovery from illness or injury. The crane in Japan is one of the mystical or holy creatures (others include the dragon and the tortoise), and is said to live for a thousand years. In Japan, it is commonly said that folding 1000 paper origami cranes makes a person's wish come true.
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Do you think we can make 1000 paper cranes for Japan? Let’s try!
April is National Poetry Month! You are invited to be a part of the Green Bean Rhyming Machine Poetry Zine. Kids and grown-ups may submit kid-friendly poems (rhyming or not) through the 25th of April! Bring your typed or handwritten poem to the store, or email it to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Illustrations welcome! All zine authors will be invited to read their poem in front of a cozy and friendly audience at Green Bean Books on Saturday, April 30th at 4pm. Participants in the reading will each receive a $5 Green Bean Gift Certificate.