OURAY COUNTY – Weehawken Creative Arts continues its Best-Summer-Ever programs for kids with plenty to do for all ages in the coming days. Kids can make flower collages, dance, make tie dye creations, create their own hummingbird feeder, act, enjoy chamber music, sculpt, and more.
The fun starts Friday, July 31 from 10 am until noon with Make a Framed, Pressed Flower Collage" as part of the Fun in the Sun Ridgway Community Garden outdoor class series. This project will take students back to the Victorian era of the late 19th Century, when making picture art with pressed flowers was very popular. Join teacher Jessica Hines and create unique framed collages while using natural found objects and presses summer flowers. Cost is $13-$15.
Aug. 3-8, kids ages 9 to 15 can enroll in Weehawken's Summer Dance Camp at Weehawken Ridgway, 9 a.m.-noon daily. Students will learn jazz, ballet, modern, hip-hop, Celtic, and Broadway-style dance. In addition students will have fun learning to choreograph their own pieces, and learn to improvise. Dancers will also learn about strengthening and stretching techniques for dancers, injury prevention, rhythm and coordination, and dance terminology. Cost is $140-$150.
On Tuesday, Aug. 4, kids ages 5 and up will love "Why.....It's Tie Dye," a tie-dying class with Melissa McKay at Weehawken Ridgway as part of the Terrific Tuesdays arts class series. From 1 to 3 p.m., kids can go wild designing their very own groovy tie-dye clothing, learning several techniques to create bright and colorful wearable art. Cost is $20-$22.
Kids can come to the Ridgway Community Garden on Friday, Aug. 7 from 10 a.m.-noon to "Make a Hummingbird Feeder" out of recycled glass. Hummingbirds are delightful visitors to any backyard and now your child can learn how to attract them. Cost is $13-$15.
Over the weekend of Aug. 8 and 9, be sure to bring the kids to the Ridgway Arts and Crafts Rendezvous. There, Weehawken will be providing some great arts and crafts workshops throughout each day, as well as fun on giant inflatables, face painting, family creativity contests, free balloons and more.
The world-famous Missoula Children's Theatre will come to town the week of Aug.10 to present Pinocchio with 50-60 local children set for Saturday, Aug. 15.Auditions will take place Monday, Aug. 10 at 1 p.m. at Wright Opera House, available to children in first through eighth grades.
Weehawken's second session of regular summer dance classes begins the week of the 10, featuring Adult Ballet, Celtic 1, Celtic 2, Boys Dance, Kids Tap Dance, Belly Dance, Pre-Ballet, Ballet 1, Ballet 2, Adult Tap, Hip Hop, Jazz 1, Jazz 2, Jazz 3, Ballet Technique and Pointe. A complete dance class schedule is available at HYPERLINK "http://www.weehawekenarts.org/"www.weehawekenarts.org .
On Tuesday, Aug. 11, students can choose from two different classes as part of the Terrific Tuesday series. Sculpting Your Story with Rose Walsh is a sculpture class for ages 9 and up from 1 - 4 p.m. “Make Paper Mosaics” with Danelle Hughes Norman will be offered from 1- 3:30 p.m. at Weehawken Ridgway for ages 4 - 9. Cost is $20-$22.
Kids and their parents are encouraged to head to the Ouray School Auditorium on Friday, Aug. 14 at 10:30 a.m. for the Lolipop Concert with the San Juan Chamber Music Festival. It is an informal opportunity for young kids to hear, see and learn about classical music instruments like the concept grand piano, violin, cello and viola with world-famous musicians including Max Levinson, Allison Eledredge and Catherine Leonard.
After the demonstrations and interaction there the kids are invited up onto the stage and given a treat. This function is put on as part of the San Juan ChamberMusicfest sponsored by the Ouray County Performing Arts Guild in conjunction with Weehawken Creative Arts.
Finally, on August 14, students ages 4 and up will get a kick out of exploring “Art in Nature, Nature in Art” with Melissa McKay as the grand finale of the Fun in the Sun Fridays series. In this class students will get down and dirty exploring our natural surroundings to create works of art. Sticks, stones, leaves, bones, berries and seeds are just some of the found objects that may be incorporated into their creations. Cost is $13-$15.
For more information or to register for any class, call Ashley King with Weehawken Creative Arts at 970/318-0150 or visit www.weehawkenarts.org.