By Christina Calloway
PNT senior writer
Eastern New Mexico University and the Portales Arts Council want families in Portales to share a new summer experience.
Inspired by an art workshop last year at ENMU, the two entities decided to create an eight-day workshop the next two weeks that would incorporate family-time with a hands-on environment to learn about visual art.
“This is an opportunity to bring together parent and child,” said Bryan Hahn, organizer of the workshop and ENMU’s Runnels Gallery Manager. “I think above all, they’ll have an experience together. It’s a summer memory that’s going to actively involve their parents.”
Children and parents will share with each other their fondest summer memories, according to Hahn. That element of storytelling will be coupled with beginner level exercises in visual art and will result in a body of artwork both child and parent have created together.
“At the end, all the projects will lead up to a larger group project,” Hahn said. “This whole group will be creating a show for the Runnels Gallery.”
Hahn also feels the workshop is unique because it’s a summer program that goes beyond parents dropping off their children for a couple of hours. Hahn says since the program is in the evening, it will allow parents who work during the day to spend time with their children at night. It’s also ideal for parents who want to commute from Clovis.
“It’s a perfect time to bond with your kids and do something different,” said president of the Portales Arts Council Jon Barr. “For the art council, we want to increase appreciation for art and to create a stronger art community in Portales and we felt that in the summer it would be an excellent time for families to spend extra time together.”
Time, date and location of the workshop:
The eight-day workshop will be held from 6-8 p.m., from July 15-18 and July 22-25 in ENMU’s Art and Anthropology Building.
Who can participate:
The workshop is open to all types of families. Open to children who will be in first to eighth grade in the fall. Legal guardians or older siblings (Ninth grade or higher) can participate in place of a parent. Any family member with permission from a child’s legal guardian can also take the place of a child’s parent.
- $25 for one parent and one child.
- $40 for one parent and two children.
The cost covers all art supplies used for the workshop.
What to bring:
- A snack and water
- Comfortable clothing.
Activities and mediums to be used:
- Mosaic work.
- Acrylic paints.
To register for the Family Art Time workshop, contact Bryan Hahn at 562-2778 or e-mail him at Bryan.Hahn@enmu.edu. The deadline to register is Friday.