Community Art Studio

Come relax and be creative in our Community Art Studio!  Every Saturday, from 10am-12pm, we will provide the space and supplies for you and your family and friends to enjoy a making activity. Directions and an example will be provided for each activity, as well as a staff member to answer questions. Please plan on staying with your children, as this is not a drop-off class. These activities are free, suitable for all ages, and come and go. The projects will change monthly. 

June 2024:
Join us for June's Community Art Studio project! Learn how to make DIY scratch paper and scratch something beautiful when you're done. As always, this activity is free and all supplies are included.

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May 2024:
It's snail season! Come see us this month for our Community Art Studio project and make one of these adorable magnolia leaf and oil pastel snails. This activity is offered each Saturday in May from 10am-noon and all supplies (including the leaves) are provided.

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April 2024:
Join us for April's Community Art Studio and make a kaleidoscope of coffee filter butterflies to bring spring inside! This classic craft is great for all ages, including the very small. Little ones will love to watch the watercolors blend and swirl. You can construct them with a clothespin so they clip or without, for a lighter, hanging butterfly. As always, this activity is free and all supplies are included.


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March 2024:
Join us for March's Community Art Studio and practice your stop motion animation skills! We will provide table top tripods, background paper, and plenty of bits and baubles from the studio to photograph and  sequence. You can use your own smart phone with a free stop motion animation app to make your movies or you may use one of our iPads with iMotion pre-loaded. As always, the activity is free and all skill levels are welcome. We will have a staff member on hand to assist you!

February 2024:
This month we will be joined by local fiber artist Vicky Berry!  Inspired by the work of quilter, Maria Shell, Berry is inviting community members to participate by making a block for the quilt with imagery from their own Stillwater story- a favorite place, a memory, a symbol of meaning. These brightly colored blocks will be joined together by Berry and volunteers from the Cimarron Valley Quilter’s Guild to form a large quilt with the word STILLWATER surrounded by 76 community squares. Participation does not require sewing experience, only the desire to be creative in community and contribute individual memories and meaning to the collective!

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January 2024:
This month, help us clear space for new projects by using prepped up materials for past projects! Expect the unexpected with January's Community Art Studio mystery mix of art projects. As always, the activity is FREE and open to all ages and skill levels. 

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December:
For December's Community Art Studio, we will be laying out all of our holiday/winter themed supplies for you and your friends and family to use. Come in and create some unique, handmade holiday cards in community with others!  This activity is FREE and open to all ages and skill levels.

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November:
Back by popular demand, November's Community Art Studio project is ink and watercolor "I am Thankful" postcards. We have added to our fall inspired stamp collection too, so you can skip the paint and just print if you'd like. This activity is FREE and open to all ages and skill levels. Come have fun and make some art that acknowledges what is good in your life!

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October:
October's Community Art Studio will make a fine and funny addition to your Halloween home decor. Join us each Saturday from 10-noon this month to make a peek-a-boo black cat banner. You can stop by the Stillwater Farmers' Market while you're at it for your pumpkin and squash supply!

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September:
Join us for September's Community Art Studio to create a personalized keychain for your back-to-school look. We will have a variety of beads for your making pleasure!

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August:
Come inside and beat the heat with August's Community Art Studio project! This month, we'll be making tissue paper suncatchers. Design your own or use our stencils to make a beautiful window decoration to celebrate the summer sun!

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July:
Join us for July's Community Art Studio and make a mask for summer play! You can use the circular cardboard template to make a lion, a sun, a flower or a creature of your own imagining. These sweet creations would also make fun wall hangings.

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June:
June's Community Art Studio project would make a whimsical and crafty Father's Day gift. Come help us trim down our egg carton supply and make a beautiful, colorful fish on a string for Dad or Grandpa. This craft is suitable for all ages, though count on helping younger hands with the carton cutting. If you want to see how it's done before you come in, here's a link to our instructional Creative Classroom video.

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May
May's Community Art Studio project would make a great Mother's Day gift! Come and explore our beautiful wallpaper samples to make a paper vase for a Mother's Day (or May Day) bouquet. We will have embroidery thread and ribbon for embellishment. *You'll need to use your own plastic or glass bottle to slip inside your vase to make it functional.

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April
For April's Community Art Studio we are putting out our growing collection of student-made foam stamps for some free wheelin' design play. Join us and print your own custom wrapping paper, greeting card, or frame-able art piece!
 
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March
February's Community Art Studio project is an ode to springtime. Come and make a decorative block with blooms and bees made of felt and foam and beads and baubles! This little treasure could be placed on a bookshelf or hung on the wall.
 
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February
February's Community Art Studio project is a positive/negative space stencil painting inspired by Robert Indiana's iconic LOVE sculpture series. Your painting could be turned into a Valentine's Day card or gift, or kept and treasured for your own home. It's also just a fun process to experience with your art-loving loved ones.
 
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January
January's Community Art Studio project is matchbox dream shrines. You can make it a place for treasure or for a miniature book of dreams. Turn it into a magnet for the fridge! Use magazine clippings, old maps, buttons, and bling to make this sweet shrine for your 2023 dreams. 

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December
December's Community Art Studio project is a holiday card-making extravaganza! Come in and use our collection of holiday papers and rubber stamps to make some special, one-of-a-kind holiday cards to send to friends and family.

November
November's Community Art Studio project is I AM THANKFUL FOR ink and watercolor postcards. Come make some artwork that celebrates what you love and care about! You can keep the postcards as a reminder or send them off to loved ones.

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October
October's Community Art Studio project is spooky shadow puppets! Come make creatures that will cast big shadows just in time for Halloween, Samhain, and Day of the Dead storytelling!
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September
September's Community Art Studio project is whimsical paper tube characters! Come make an owl, a cactus, an elephant, or a lion! A monkey, a pig, a person, or a frog! These little creations can be turned into ornaments, a mobile, or even strung together to make a banner.

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