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A Rainbow Celebration!

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Over the weekend a sweet + adorable HANDMAKERY friend turned the magical age of five!  We were thankful (and of course SO excited) to have the opportunity to celebrate with this little one, her friends, and her family!  She loves rainbows and made a wish to have “rainbow” as her birthday theme.  She made a second wish to celebrate turning five at HANDMAKERY: A Children’s Art Studio located in beautiful Carbondale | CO!  We were honored and decided to celebrate her special day with mixing up magical + rainbow play dough!

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Magical Mask Making

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Exploring {hands-on + mixed-media + sculpture + mask making} in just four days together from 9AM to noon in our MAGICAL MASK MAKING workshop, each 6 – 9 year old artist created a magical dragon mask!  Each artist was super excited to take home their 3-D sculpture just before the July 4th festivities got underway!  We were thrilled to create eleven of these 3-D sculptures primarily out of recycled + reclaimed + re-used goods.  The interior of each sculpture housed a handcrafted, plaster, facial mask.  Take a peek below!

This week we are excited to announce we’ll be at Anderson Ranch Arts Center in Snowmass, Colorado instructing Carve Away- An Exploration of Linocuts + Block Printing!  Read more!

On July 31 + August 14 HANDMAKERY:  A Children’s Art Studio will be hosting two more CRAFT NIGHTS: Under the Stars + In the Studio for children ages 6 – 9 years of age from 5:30 – 7:30PM!  These special nights are filling fast!  June’s CRAFT NIGHT was a huge success!  Enroll today while spaces are still available, last month our special event sold out!

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CREATURES BIG + small

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A few highlights from our half-day/9AM – noon workshop, CREATURES BIG + small, creating with 6 – 9 year olds in our art studio located in Carbondale, CO!

UPCOMING SUMMER + SCHOOL YEAR ART WORKSHOPS FOR CHILDREN:  

We still have {just a few spaces} in our workshops:  CRAFT NIGHT(S): UNDER THE STARS  + IN THE STUDIO (one special evening/each summer month + starting this Thursday!!!), MAGICAL MASK MAKING (starting this Monday!!!), CARVE AWAY! AN EXPLORATION OF LINOCUTS + BLOCK PRINTING (on location at Anderson Ranch Arts Center in Snowmass, CO), BIRDS OF A FEATHER FLOCK TOGETHER (on location at the Roaring Fork Club in Basalt, CO) and in our 2014/15 SCHOOL YEAR {mixed-media} ART WORKSHOPS  (6weeks/Thursday/4 – 5:30PM)  1.  HANDMADE LITTLE ENTREPRENEUR  2.  HANDMAKERY FROM THE HEART  3.  HANDMADE WITH LOVE  4.  SPRING IS IN THE AIRTIST but spaces are quickly filling!  Enroll today by visiting our studio at www.handmakery.com to checkout our workshop brochure + schedule!

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HANDMAKERY + PRINTMAKING + ANDERSON RANCH ARTS CENTER

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LOVE-ly Owls {painting + mixed media}

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Our Vintage Camper Painting

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A little vintage camper drawing {on stretched canvas} started by a little artist in our workshop creating with six to eight year olds in HANDMAKERY FROM THE HEART: making + creating to give.  Day #1 of a six week workshop, gathering to create once a week!   This project was inspired by HANDMAKERY’S  -{LOVE}-  for vintage + collected + time-worn objects, graced with patina + imperfections + textures + unique colors, that tell a one-of-a-kind story.  We dreamed up this project and envisioned it beginning 2-D, then moving into  3-D, with the addition of mixed media.  Can’t wait to show you how it evolves and gets personalized below!

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A few of our personal vintage object from 2Market2: clothing + handpicked goods located in Carbondale | CO used for inspiration + learning about vintage.

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A photograph of one of our favorite vintage campers {borrowed for educational/artistic purposes} from one of our favorite blogs featuring Elsie + Emma at A Beautiful Mess.

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Discovering vintage colors and developing a color pallet for our vintage camper painting. Think avocado green, bubblegum pink, creamsicle + clementine orange + more.  We LOVED when each little artist shared their specific color scheme, as they were SO excited to create their own combination and very interested in getting the exact wording! Visit + follow our collection of “vintage inspiration” on our HANDMAKERY Pinterest page!

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Take a peek above at all the variations of our Vintage Camper Paintings!

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A close up of a Vintage Camper Painting complete with special editions including:

  • a snowy + sparkly clothesline with wooden clips + handmade winter wear
  • skis + snowboards
  • garland created with washi tape + red and white twine
  • a personalized quote on handwriting paper
  • sparkles, shine + snowflakes, oh my!

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Sparkle + Shine + Style

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Sometimes you have to put a sparkle + shine + style in your step at HANDMAKERY: A Children’s Art Studio located in beautiful Carbondale | Colorado!  * inspire * express * create *

Ami Maes

Founder + Creative Director

HANDMAKERY: A Children’s Art Studio

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Instructing Printmaking at Anderson Ranch Art Center: Summer 2014

Excited to announce that we’ll be back to Anderson Ranch Art Center in Snowmass | CO for Summer of 2014 to instruct printmaking!  The 2014 Summer Workshop registration will begin in January.  Wanted to tell our HANDMAKERY families first, as space will be limited!  Here is a link to our PRINTMAKING 101 workshop at Anderson Ranch Art Center last summer creating with 6-8 year olds!  Link to our 2014 workshop–> Carve Away!  Below are photos of the printmaking process taken at HANDMAKERY: A Children’s Art Studio located in Carbondale | CO creating with teens.  {Above photo credit: Anderson Ranch Art Center}

2014 Summer Workshop at Anderson Ranch Art Center:

Carve Away! An Exploration of Linocuts and Block Printing

July 7-July 11

9am-3pm

Ami Maes, Art Instructor

9-12 Years

Discover the in depth world of printmaking as artists focus their week on linocuts and block printing. We explore the elements and principles of art and design while using our imaginations to come up with expressive themes for our art. We gather inspiration from everything around us such as nature, music, travel and more! Join the fun to create large scale carvings to print and an intricate set of stamps. Your everyday world of art making will be forever changed with this new set of printmaking skills!

Ami Maes has taught classes at Anderson Ranch, the Aspen Art Museum, the Aspen Center for Environmental Studies and the Wyly Community Art Center. She is the recipient of the Mary Ellen Nix Art Educator of the Year Award through the Aspen Art Museum. Ami is the founder + creative director of HANDMAKERY: A Children’s Art Studio in Carbondale | CO and also instructs art at the middle school level.

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Ami Maes

Founder + Creative Director

HANDMAKERY: A Children’s Art Studio

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Creating Wool Foxes for a Community of Little Readers

 

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Local teens + HANDMAKERY came together to create over 17 soft sculptures using reclaimed wools to give back to their community!  Each teen created a fox to live at the local library for children to read with, while visiting the library.  The process of hand-stitching these little woodland creatures took several weeks of LOVE + PATIENCE + DEDICATION + HARD WORK + HANDWORK + GIVING OF THE HEART  ♥.  Each fox is very unique and includes a photo of the artist + the name and personality of the fox!  Check these out at the local, NEW,  library!  {Photos of the process, foxes + delivery below.}

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Creative + Eco Friendly Lunch Design

 

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Must haves for creative and eco-friendly lunch design!  This is what we’re packing to head to the studio to create!  Love that it’s all beautiful + washable + eco-friendly!  Packing lunches = FUN!

1.  two+two chic reusable bags that are food-safe + eco-friendly and are locally based in Carbondale, Colorado.  Find them on-line, at the Aspen Saturday Market or in local shops!

2.  Stainless steel, stackable and easy to wash lunch containers with a convenient carrier system.

3.  To-Go Ware bamboo lunch utensils that include a set of chopsticks, fork, spoon, knife + a washable travel bag that clips onto your lunch box.

4.  Labels- Don’t forget to make creative + durable labels for your creative lunch wear so it will find its way back to your kitchen.  Create your own or head to Etsy!

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Ami Maes

Founder + Creative Director

HANDMAKERY: A Children’s Art Studio

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