The advent of a New Year brings with it hopes, dreams, and plans to live a better life. If your plans for 2019 include the desire for more creativity in your world, we humbly suggest that we have wonderful ways for you do so, in the company of others who desire the same. Our Art in the Parks series of creative experiences offers everyone—not only those who call themselves artists—the opportunity to immerse themselves in a variety of creative pursuits. If you’ve been wishing there was a way to try out a technique without the expense of purchasing all of the supplies and equipment, we’ve solved that for you. If you’ve been wanting to explore new ways to express yourself, we’ll provide that, too. If you’ve been thinking of venturing into a new area of endeavor, and have always fancied yourself a creative soul, then our Art in the Parks series could be exactly what you’ve been searching for! We have assembled projects and techniques which we hope will pique your interest and get your creative juices flowing. But, if you need help in the creative juice area, we, or your fellow creative explorers will gladly assist—it’s all about making creative connections (that is our name, after all!). Take a look at what we have to offer for your creative enjoyment over the coming months here in Raleigh, NC.
All events run from 1pm to 4pm, tickets are $50 each, all supplies, light refreshments, and surprises included:
Saturday, January 19th: Touchstones: What’s Your Word?
Marsh Creek Community Center
Many of us choose a word which serves as a guide as we embark upon the journey into the New Year. Even if you have never done this before, this event offers a colorful approach to the practice. We’ll create a beautiful background for your chosen word or words, then preserve them under glass, creating keepsake touchstones to cherish for years to come.
Saturday February 16th: Notan: The Japanese Art of Light and Dark
Halifax Community Center
Notan is a Japanese design concept involving the play and placement of light and dark elements as they are placed next to the other in the composition of art and imagery. Explore this simple yet visually stunning artform with us and discover its secrets (it’s not nearly as mind-bending as it looks!).
Saturday, March 23rd: Make Your Mark: Ready, Get Set, Stamp!
Sertoma Art Center
Making your work uniquely yours can be a challenge, and it’s often difficult to find the perfect image to make a project truly sing. Why not create your own? Join us to experience the “Zen of carving”, and try your hand at other methods of stamp-making using a variety of materials, many of which you may already have on hand.
Saturday, April 27th: Folded Book Magic: From Flat to Fabulous
Hill Street Community Center
Whether you like to write poetry, compile lists, sketch on the go, or have a beautiful place to store your photos, this even is for you! We will construct a lovely concertina book with customized covers that will be a perfect reflection of you and your creative voice. You will leave with a completed book and all of the know-how needed to build your own library of folded tomes.
Are your creative wheels turning? Do you see projects which speak to your creative soul? Great! Spaces are limited, so be sure to register early. And, because more is truly merrier, grab a friend, or your whole group; we’d love for you all to join us!
Register for January-February here.
Register for March-April here.
See you there, and Happy New Year!