With a two-day Vacation Arts Camp and a new Craft-Along, February promises to be a rich month for EAC’s youth art activities. First will be Nia Aretakis’ latest Craft-Along video on February 12—Papercraft Suncatcher Hearts—which will teach viewers a simple and fun technique for making semi-transparent decorations which glow with color. Provided as videos on the EAC site and YouTube channel, the Craft Along projects are geared toward ages 3-8, but enjoyable for crafters of all ages. Materials kits are available for the projects (info below), or supplies from home may easily be used.

Green turtle. Image: Brocken Inaglory, Wikimedia Commons.

The following week, EAC will offer Remarkable Reptiles, a Vacation Arts Camp, on Wednesday, February 17 and Thursday, February, 18, with popular instructors Sara Myrick and Ann Cannizzaro. The camp, held via Zoom from 10 to 11 am each day, will offer an array of hands-on activities, including accordion snakes, dazzling lizards and slotted turtles. Projects are designed for participants ages 6-13, and materials kits will be available through EAC.

CAMP REGISTRATIONS AND MATERIALS KITS:
Arts Camp registration must be in by February 13; please contact alison@eastportartscenter.org to register and arrange for materials pickup. Space is limited, and there is a materials fee of $5 per student.Those who’ll use their own materials should contact Alison for a supplies list; no fee will be charged.
CRAFT ALONG MATERIALS KITS:
To arrange for a Craft Along materials kit, or with inquiries about participating using supplies from home, please contact alison@eastportartscenter.org. These kits will be available starting February 8.

About the instructors:
Ann Cannizzaro is an educator with 30+ years in public education. She earned her Bachelor’s in Art Education from the University of Vermont, and holds two Masters Degrees: one in Educational Media and Design Technology and one in Literacy Education. She has taught arts and crafts in many after-school and summer programs from Michigan to Maine.
Sara Myrick teaches K-12 art full-time in the Eastport schools, and has led many workshops at the EAC. She is also owner of Coastal Whims, a home-based art business celebrating her love of nature and handcrafting.
Nia Aretakis, an art student and longtime EAC Summer Arts Camp volunteer from Pembroke, graduated in June 2020 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 postpone her college studies for one year, and has taken on the creation of KinderArts videos as an extension of her academic goals.

KinderArts instructor Nia Aretakis made these heart-shaped suncatchers while testing the technique for February’s Craft Along.

Funding for these offerings 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.