EAC’s KinderArts program, which launched a ‘craft-along’ video series last month, continues with ‘Finger Print Art’, set to be released on November 13 (and viewable at any time ever after). Geared towards children 3-8 years of age, the project lets kids have a little messy fun using their fingerprints as the basis of some easy drawings. Free materials kits are available from EAC, or participants can easily assemble the necessary supplies at home. 
“Drawing from their thumbprint is a great way to inspire kids to become more artistic,” notes Alison Brennan, EAC’s Education and Outreach Director. 

Our sneak peek for next week’s Finger Print Art Craft-along features instructor Nia’s creative designs alongside original music by Bill Johnson.

“This art project is fun to do because I can give kids ideas of shapes and designs they can make, so then they can use what they learned to make their own paintings,” adds Nia Aretakis, instructor. An art student from Pembroke, Aretakis graduated last spring from Washington Academy, and will begin her college studies at the New Brunswick College of Craft and Design next year.

Materials kits include paints (in primary colors), paper and a styrofoam ‘thumbprint’ stamp for youngest participants whose fingertips are still very small. Children will also need a table prepared for painting, a pen and pencil, and some paper towels or wipes for cleaning fingers or the stamp between colors. Those assembling their own kit from home may use any color paints; washable finger paint or tempera are recommended.

The craft-along video will be viewable here on our site and on our EAC YouTube channel, where a KinderArts playlist (also featuring last month’s four-part series!) may be found.

The free materials kits are available by emailing Brennan at alison@eastportartscenter.org; arrangements will be made for pick-up or delivery. 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 via the email address above.