All Things Art for Tweens

Wednesday, Aug 4, 2021 from 9:00am to 12:30pm


Join a weeklong art intensive for tweens! Young Artists will take lessons with several different instructors, most of whom are professional artists working in their fields. The MAC may add additional projects or make some changes to the schedule of activities. The cost for all materials will be added into the registration total, but young artists may be encouraged to bring a few items from home.

Projects for the Week

Picasso Plates with Stephanie Sherman
Young artists will create a colorful dinner plate and side dish inspired by the abstract style of Picasso. Participants will explore clay techniques including, slab, coil, and pinch. Final works will be decorated in underglazes and coated in a final clear glaze, resulting in funky, functional, food-safe tableware that will be enjoyed for many years!

Printing on Fabric with Shara Porter
Shara will bring forward thinking fashion and her design skills to the MAC while introducing students to the art of screen printing. Young artists will embellish t-shirts and vintage napkins using screen printing, fabric markers, and other methods, and will create their own unique stamps. Everyone will leave class with a one-of-a-kind, wearable piece of art!

Drawing with Dena Haden
Dena will lead two different drawing activities during the week. For one project, young artists will learn how to draw and create a comic. The second drawing project will include drawing from a still life and learning about certain elements and principles of design. Artists will use perspective, shading, and practice line drawing and mark making using charcoal and pencil. Students will draw outside when weather permits.

Sculptural Walking Sticks with Aylin Cetik
In this class, young artists will handcraft their dream walking stick by using materials such as clay, wool, felt, and leather. These embellished sticks will be perfect for hiking in the woods, walking on the beach, or just strolling down the street. No matter what style stick you craft, it will be a unique reminder to get moving!

Art Discussion with Benares Angeley
Throughout the week, students will talk about their ideas for their projects, what they like about each others' choices, and new creative ideas. Art discussion breaks will take place outdoors on the MAC lawn when possible.

Young artists and instructors must wear a mask at all times while inside the MAC, or when six feet of distance cannot be maintained.

About the Instructors

Benares Angeley has joined the MAC as the 2021 ArtStart program director and will lead the MAC's new All Things Art program for tweens. Angeley has been working with children in creative art endeavors for more than twenty years. She is the founder and director of Children’s Art Lab, a creative, process-based mobile art studio that brings art to children and families through the SouthCoast region. Angeley teaches pre-K through 8th grade art and music at St. Francis Xavier School in Acushnet, MA while operating Art Lab through several venues. Angeley has run many Art Lab programs at the Marion Art Center and has contributed to the MAC’s virtual programming, as well as other community partnerships such as the grassroots organization Tri-Town Against Racism. She received her Masters of Fine Arts in Fibers from the University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth in 2005 and is currently working toward obtaining her Masters in Elementary Education through Merrimack College in North Andover, MA.

Stephanie Sherman is a painter and potter from New Bedford, MA. She earned her BFA in Painting from UMass Dartmouth in 2006 and a Master’s in Art Education from Boston University in 2012. After teaching Visual Arts in the Milton Public School system for eleven years, she resigned to fulfill her dream of being a full-time artist and opened New Bedford Pottery Works, where she creates a line of work dedicated to her home city. Stephanie is inspired by nature, vintage objects, and the figure. She finds joy in creating and infusing ideas from other media into her paintings and ceramics.

Dena Haden is an installation and fiber artist from Berkley, Massachusetts who uses found wood, metal, fiber, wax, plant materials and kombucha culture, exploring the natural cycle of materials and form. Haden is the Program Director for the Co-Creative Center, a space in New Bedford, MA that offers members the ability to develop and create the work they are passionate about, while offering the opportunity for community growth and collaboration. Haden is also the co-founder and team member for SuperflatNB, a Mural Arts organization in New Bedford. For her work in the arts, Haden has received many awards and grants, including the South Coast Emerging Leader Award, Entrepreneur of the Year Award from the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, and a Mass Cultural Council Grant. In addition to her work in the arts community, she has an extensive exhibition record of her own, with numerous solo and group exhibitions in Boston, Philadelphia, and around the North East. Haden has also exhibited internationally in Europe and Japan.

Shara Porter received her MFA in Textiles from UMass Dartmouth in 2004 and soon after started her own business printing on vintage bags and wallets. Shara says "I love thrift shopping and seeing the potential in the overlooked. I had done a lot of screen printing in graduate school but had never seen printed leather goods. I began experimenting. I also worked with a chemist to develop a special ink that is durable on the leather and can withstand heavy use. My line grew -- people seemed to like what I was making. In order to keep up with the demand I began designing new pieces and having them made for me, from scrap leather when possible. I also added a few vegan offerings. I still print each piece myself in my studio in New Bedford." Shara now has her own store in Padanaram (South Dartmouth, MA). You can find her at artisan markets across the country and her pieces can be spotted in boutique shops throughout New England.

Aylin Cetik worked as an instructor at Children’s Art lab in Mattapoisett and has taught numerous workshops. She believes that the process a young artist goes through when creating something new is more important than the quality of the finished product. Aylin earned her degree from New England School of Photography.

Cost: MAC Members: $225 | Nonmembers: $265
Plus $50 materials fee per student
Class size: 8-12 young artists | Classes meet in the MAC Studio (downstairs) or on the MAC Lawn
Benares Angeley, Program Director

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