The Historic Arkansas Museum has an ongoing project entitled, Arkansas Made, a statewide outreach effort, which seeks to document decorative, mechanical and fine art produced by Arkansas artisans. Exploring Arkansas’s creative legacy, this material evidece offers a window into Arkansas’s unique history.
To learn more about the diversity of Arkansas-made objects, the museum’s research team has been traveling across the state, seeking out works of art in all its forms including photography, firearms, quilts, pottery, furniture, handmade silver, and other artisan-made objects created in Arkansas prior to 1950 (and sometimes beyond).
These objects will eventually be published as the third and fourth volumes in the series – “Arkansas Made: A Survey of the Decorative, Mechanical and Fine Arts Produced in Arkansas”, to be published by the University of Arkansas Press.
Do you have an original family heirloom created in the state? If so contact the researchers at (501) 324-9376 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also follow along with their recent finds and check out daily “Arkansas Made Object of the Day photos at the Arkansas Made Facebook page.
The holiday season is just beginning and there’s plenty to do in the region. Check out our weekly list of family-friendly weekend events.
Big Jingle Jubilee and Parade: You don’t want to miss the annual Christmas Parade! The Parade will begin at 3:00 p.m. at 2nd and Broadway, follow Broadway to Capitol Avenue, then proceed down Capitol Avenue to the State Capitol. This event will include Santa and Mrs. Claus will be joined by various entries such as marching bands, floats, cars, animals and much more! Following the parade at dark (approximately 6pm), enjoy the Lighting of the State Capitol Ceremony (Sponsored by the Arkansas Secretary of State Office) with entertainment and fireworks.
Breakfast with Santa at Bravo Cucina Italiana : 9:00- 10:30 a.m. Bring your cameras and enjoy a delicious breakfast with Santa! Bring an unwrapped package for charity and enter to win prizes. RSVP needed. For more information call 501-821-2485
Sherwood’s Enchanted Forest Trail of Holiday Lights. Beginning this weekend view over 92 lighted displays in this drive-thru trail over a mile long. Donations are welcome. Everyone receives a candy cane. For more information contact Amy Jackson at 501-833-3790 or send an email to email@example.com. Click here for address and driving directions.
Toys Designed by Artists Exhibit at the Arkansas Arts Center This event has been going since 1973 when the Arkansas Arts Center initiated an exhibition of toys designed by artists. Inspired by Alexander Calder’s circus figures of the late 1920s and early 1930s, this exhibit is geared toward stimulating the imagination of both children and adults, engaging them, as the Arts Center explains,”with toys of whimsy, delight and good craftsmanship.” According to the Arts Center, “the wildly inventive toys selected often hearken back to the days before plastic and mass production, when all toys were handmade and, whether simple or elaborate, engaged the imagination of both maker and users.” Admission is FREE. For more information call 501-372-4000 or click here.
Holidays on Ice: Get ready for the season at the annual ice skating rink in the River Market’s open air pavilion! This weekend is the perfect time to enjoy the ice. For a full schedule and more information check out www.holidaysinlittlerock.com. 9.00 per hour. Children age 4 and under free with paid adult admission.
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Thea Foundation and Arkansas Children’s Hospital are hosting a patient art show beginning today! The show will culminate in an art sale in conjunction with the Argenta Art Walk this Friday from 5:30-8:00pm.
According to the Thea Foundation, “the Artist-in-Residency Program, made possible through a grant from the Arkansas Arts Council, brings art participation to the patient’s bedside, allowing the patient an outlet for expression and creativity.”
Artists Hamid Ebrahimifar and Elizabeth Weber work with the patients, teaching them content standards in art as well as addressing Mathematics, Social Science, and Language Arts as outline by state core standards. This experience offers patient a way to “express themselves and gain some control over their environment, decreasing their fear and anxiety of being in a hospital.”
For more information about ACH please call the ACH Foundation at 501-364-2646. For more information about Thea Foundation and/or its ArtWalk events, contact Elaine Akin at 501-379-9512 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Thea Foundation is located at 401 Main Street, Suite 100, North Little Rock. Gallery hours are M – F, 9am – 12pm, 1 – 5pm. Admission is free and open to the public. For more information on Thea and its programs, visit www.theafoundation.org.
If you’re on any crafting blogs or sites, you’ve probably seen these adorable melted crayon projects. I thought it would be fun to share it with our readers just in case anyone has missed it, as it’s one of the most easy projects I have seen, and it’s almost impossible to make a mistake – making it perfect for even really young kids.
For this “painting”, you will need 2-3 large boxes of crayons, a canvas, a hot glue gun, and a hair dryer. Pick out the colors you want to use, or let your child. Have them arrange them on the canvas in whichever order they’d like. (I find that sometimes when doing projects like this, it’s best to have one that is “yours” and one that is your child’s, to stop yourself from trying to correct their art or make it seem more like you want it to look.) The point of art is to express creativity, after all, so don’t stifle their imaginations just because YOU don’t like their choice of colors.
Here are a few photos for inspiration:
A great example of mom taking a step back and letting the kids lead.
I love the use of character-shaped crayons in this one!
Once your crayons where you want them (remember, you will want to leave a LOT of white space for the colors to run!) you can glue them down with hot glue. Then, all you do is point the hair dryer at the crayons and let it melt them! If you want swirls or curves, rotate your canvas as the crayons melt. If you want straight lines, just let it drip. Remember to have something to catch the drips, you don’t want a crayon-covered table or floor!
After the wax is dry, your art is ready to frame and hang. We’d love to see your crayon art – post it on our wall on Facebook at www.facebook.com.