EAC’s KinderArts program is thrilled to announce our latest project—free video workshops for kids! All may view the tutorial videos, which will be shared via our website and YouTube channel; materials kits will be provided free of charge by EAC, but supplies from home may easily be used as well if preferred. The sessions are geared towards children ages 3-8, but participants of any age are sure to have fun watching the colorful videos and following along at home.
Our instructor is Nia Aretakis, an art student and longtime EAC Summer Arts Camp volunteer from Pembroke. Nia graduated this past June from Washington Academy (and received EAC’s fine arts award at graduation), and has been accepted to the New Brunswick College of Craft and Design. Due to Covid restrictions, she has decided to begin her college studies next year, and has taken on the creation of the workshop videos as an extension of her academic goals.

“Our lucky local children will benefit from her great ideas and thoughtful instruction,” said EAC’s Education & Outreach Coordinator, Alison Brennan. “I was very impressed with her fun and easy to follow directions.”

Nia’s fun teaching style will engage crafters of all ages in the spooky-sweet activity.

To kick off the KinderArts workshop series, Nia begins with Halloween-themed decorations—the perfect blend of spooky and sweet! “Growing up I always loved making Halloween art crafts in school, so now I’m very excited to teach a class myself!” said Nia. Participants will be guided in creating four decorations—a jack ‘o’ lantern, a witch, Frankenstein’s monster and a ghost scene—using simple materials. Video tutorials for the four-part project will be posted on October 23.
Those interested in picking up a free materials kit at Eastport Arts Center should email alison@eastportartscenter.org by Saturday, October 24. Kits will be available for pickup on Sunday, October 25 from 11 am to noon at the arts center, 36 Washington Street in Eastport, or by making other pickup arrangements directly with Alison. All Covid-19 precautions will be followed in the preparation of the materials kits, which will include: orange, black and green paint, large and small paint brushes, paper plates, construction paper (green, black, orange, white and purple) and 2 pairs of googly eyes. * Participants will need to gather the following supplies from home: a pen and pencil, scissors, Elmers or craft glue, newspaper or protective cloth for your work surface and old clothes or smock.
Funding for this series has been provided by Belvedere Traditional Handcrafts Fund of the Maine Community Foundation. Donations will be gratefully accepted as well—either in the coffee can provided at materials pickup or via the EAC’s website. Participants are encouraged to send photos of their projects to Alison.

*If you aren’t local or wish for other reasons to provide your own materials, please do drop us a line, send a picture of what you’ve created, and feel free to write with questions. If you don’t have googly eyes, feel free to make eyes from cut paper or markers/paint on paper, etc.