Nia Aretakis, instructor of EAC’s KinderArts Craft-Along video series, presents her latest—Winter Owl Art. Viewers’ curiosity about owls will be piqued as they’re inspired to make their own wee owls of cardboard, felt and paint.

Geared towards children 3-8 years of age, though fun for all ages, EAC’s KinderArts Craft-Along videos (this is our 7th in the series!) are easy to follow and when originally released, featured free materials kits for local participants. The projects are easily made with supplies from home: this session requires two paper tubes, small pieces of felt or colored paper (yellow, white, gray and black are shown), black and white paint, a small and a larger paint brush and liquid glue.

Funding for this series has been provided by Belvedere Traditional Handcrafts Fund of the Maine Community Foundation. Donations will be gratefully accepted via the EAC site. Participants are encouraged to send photos of their projects to alison@eastportartscenter.org.

Nia Aretakis, EAC’s online KinderArts instructor, has now recorded 7 Craft Along videos! Which one is your favorite?

This month’s video, alongside camerawork and instruction by Nia Aretakis, features original music by another young Pembroke resident—Nikoh Nickerson. Nikoh and Nia live just under two miles apart, as the owl flies; each produced their contribution to this month’s craft-along from home.
Nikoh, known to the EAC community from his many theatrical roles at the center, including Marie Antoinette in The Curse of the Mona Lisa, Pepicek in Brundibár, MacDuff in Macbeth and the Black Knight, a Peasant, and others in Of Kings & Coconuts, plays drums, bass, guitar and keyboard in this recording. A junior, Nikoh just wrapped up the fall semester at Shead High School and heads next to Cobscook Institute. He hopes to find a career in the music industry, and plans to release his first album in August.
For her part, 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 decided to delay her college studies, and has taken on the creation of the KinderArts videos as an extension of her academic goals.

Nikoh Nickerson’s musical aspirations go way back!