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Artists Will Teach Kids Traditional Arts and Crafts From Around the World at Hennepin County Library’s Free ‘Paint It Green’ Workshops
Kids can learn how to make traditional arts and crafts from around the world at 20 new, free, “Paint It Green” workshops taught by art educators from ArtStart Dec. 1-Feb. 16 at Hennepin County libraries. Advance registration is required.
For kids in kindergarten-grade six, the workshops are “Journey to India,” “Spirits of the Arctic Circle,” “Japanese Chirimen Art,” “Frame Ups,” “Gourd Art,” “Penguins on Parade” and “The African Gris Gris.”
ArtStart is an award-winning nonprofit organization dedicated to “engaging artists, children, families and communities in quality art education experiences.” Instructors are professional artists as well as artist educators who teach in schools and community programs.
“The ‘Paint It Green’ series combines hands-on art projects with environmental issues to provide a fun, positive learning experience for children and parents,” said Johannah Genett, Hennepin County Library program librarian.
ArtStart Executive Director Carol Sirrine said, ArtStart is collaborating with Hennepin County Library, a natural gathering place for families and youth, as a way to make accessible its many exciting and unique arts programs. All of ArtStart's programming is designed to inspire creativity, problem-solving and skill development through active engagement in creating art.”
“The international-themed workshops that ArtStart is offering are inspired by our summer interdisciplinary cultural arts immersion camps in which youth explore the music, art, dance, stories, ecology and culture of a specific place on earth,” Sirrine added. “As a result of 22 years of implementing these camps, ArtStart has a wealth of cultural programming and a cadre of artists from these cultures who teach the classes. Our environmental and reuse programming is inspired by our Creative Materials Center, ArtScraps, where everything and anything is turned into art as a way to keep it out of the waste stream.”
All workshops are presented in collaboration with ArtStart and funded by Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.
Following are December workshops; for the complete schedule, call the libraries or go to www.hclib.org. Programs are listed on the website 12 weeks in advance.
Paint It Green: Journey to India
Hennepin County Library - Southdale
Saturday, Dec. 1, 2–3 p.m.
Register online or call 612-543-5900.
K-grade 6. Explore the customs and traditions of Indian culture, look at clothing, and learn words and phrases in Hindi. Create a drawing or painting using traditional Indian designs. Materials provided. 

Paint It Green: Spirits of the Arctic Circle
K-grade 6. The Yup’ik people of Western Alaska make masks that represent the spirits of mammals, fish, birds, insects, plants, ice and everyday objects. Create a modern version of this traditional mask representing your favorite animal of the Arctic. Materials provided. 

Hennepin County Library - Webber Park
Tuesday, Dec. 4, 4–5 p.m.
Register online or call 612-543-6750.
Hennepin County Library - Maple Grove
Wednesday, Dec. 12, 6:30–7:30 p.m. time changed to 7-8 p.m.
Register Online or call 612-543-6450.
Hennepin County Library - Brookdale
Thursday, Dec. 27, 2–3 p.m.
Register Online or call 612-543-5600.

Paint It Green: Japanese Chirimen Art
K-grade 6. Chirimen is a traditional Japanese weaving technique developed during the Edo period. You'll create a variety of miniature animals using this technique. Materials provided. 

Hennepin County Library - St. Louis Park
Friday, Dec. 7, 2–3 p.m.
Register online or call 612-543-6125.
Hennepin County Library - Sumner
Thursday, Dec. 27, 3–4 p.m.
Register Online or call 612-543-6875.

Paint It Green: Frame Ups
Hennepin County Library - Linden Hills
Thursday, Dec. 13, 6:30–7:30 p.m.
Register Online or call 612-543-6825.
K-grade 6. Create a fun picture frame using discarded mat board and a variety of materials such as seashells and beads. Materials provided. 

Paint It Green: Gourd Art
Hennepin County Library - Rogers
Thursday, Dec. 27, 1–2 p.m.
Register Online or call 612-543-6050.
K-grade 6. Gourds come in many shapes, sizes, colors and textures. Choose your favorite to decorate with paint, markers and more. Materials provided. 

Paint It Green: Penguins on Parade
K-grade 6. Create penguin headpieces and footwear while learning about the many species of penguins and the challenges they face with the melting of icebergs. Then we’ll have a parade! Materials provided. 

Hennepin County Library - Golden Valley
Thursday, Dec. 27, 1:30–2:30 p.m.
Register Online or call 612-543-6375.
Hennepin County Library - St. Anthony
Friday, Dec. 28, 2–3 p.m.
Register Online or call 612-543-6075.


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