Parents and young’uns, rejoice! There are lots of opportunities to keep busy and stay creative at Eckford Street Studio (70 Eckford St.) this fall. See below for a pair of classes that appeal to artists of many ages and skillsets. Sharpen those pencils and get crafty!
Art After School: Portfolio Prepis a semester-long course for fifth to eighth grade students on Monday afternoons, 3:30–5:30 PM
The class is a chance for older students to experiment and explore while working towards a portfolio that can be used for specialized high school applications. Student-driven classes balance open studio time with guided explorations in a variety of media, and are co-planned by students and a professional Teaching Artist in accordance with the class’ interests. Possible units of study include drawing from observation, painting with acrylic, relief printing, and sculpture using both traditional and found materials. Semesters include visits from working artists, field trips to local arts organizations and cultural institutions, and an end-of-semester student-curated exhibition.
Essentials of Acrylic Painting is a five-class series for adults on Wednesdays from 7–9:30 PM, starting on October 16
In this class, students will learn color mixing and theory, composition, brush technique, and other skills associated with acrylic painting through hands-on activities and looking at work by historical and contemporary artists. The class will include various projects such as still life, portraiture, painting from photographs, and more according to student interest. Appropriate for all levels — experienced painters and absolute beginners welcome!
Beat the April showers at our Flower Power Spring Market! Amble around the stunning Greenpoint Loft from 1 to 7 PM this Sunday. Rarely open to the public, our markets offer the unique chance to see the inside of the gorgeous space where local vendors will be showing off their goods for the thousands of neighbors and visitors who flock to this upscale, DIY market.
Sure, you can go trick-or-treating in the neighborhood this year to local mom-and-pop businesses, but there’s also some cool events happening this Halloween for tiny Greenpoint witches, pirates, zombies, and other spooky kidlets.
So make or thrift that costume and load up the kids for The Greenpoint Halloween Parade. The parade itself is free, but other spooktacular events for your supernatural sprogs start at $15. Kids can enjoy a Halloween party with crafts, music, games, face painting, and enjoy a Nerf war. Prices for the party or the Nerf War start $15 a piece, but there are combo special available – so get on it! (Note: The zombie Nerf war is marked on the Eventbrite listing for “older kids.” )
The proceeds of the Halloween parade and party will benefit Town Square, local Brooklyn Boy Scout Troop 26, and local Brooklyn Pack 7.
WHEN: 12 noon, Saturday October 28th WHERE: 176 Java Street
Whether you’re a local parent or a way hip aunt/uncle (or whatever title you prefer), there’s a bunch of local, fun, and creative classes for Greenpoint kidlets to explore. Check out some of our picks below. Get learning, crafting, or exploring.
1. Brooklyn Craft Company. Is there a craft kiddo in your life? Well, look no further than Brooklyn Craft Company’s ballin’ after school program. All kids benefit from hands-on engagement and tactile, experiential learning. So, sign your sprog up for a sewing or fiber art class. Who knows, they’ll put a bird on something in no time.
Prices start at $495 for a ten week course. (Bonus: This class series can include an after school pick up for busy parents!)
2. Teacup Music. Music education is something sorely looked over in our contemporary school system and it’s an artistic outlet that has one of the most profound effects on kids. With Concetta at Teacup Music, kids can learn the art of the violin and gain priceless life skills.
The class costs $660 a semester (12 sessions) and includes a recital and instrument rental. Pick up on Wednesdays from PS 110 is also available.
3. Fairy School. Every kid benefits from having more magic and joy in their life. Children will learn and engage with a “curriculum of healing arts, creative play, and studies in ecological awareness.” That sounds pretty damn neat to me. If anything, I’d love to enroll in fairy school for myself. Adults need magic, too.
A full 9 week term costs $360 (plus $20 supply/snack fee). Fairy School will return in Spring 2019.
The last FREE family-centric Summer Sunday of the season is happening this Sunday (Sept 9th) at McGolrick Park, from 11am-1pm. The kid friendly event will feature Rock’n’LoLo and her Spanish singalong and Eckford Street Studio (70 Eckford St) hosting arts and crafts. All are welcome!
Tonight, watch the Pixar hit Inside Out outdoors on the waterfront at Transmitter Park. Tonight’s film is part of their FREE Summer Starz series, bringing family-friendly flicks to Greenpoint. All screenings start around sunset (8pm-ish). Bring blankets, chairs and snacks for your little ones!
From 11am-1pm this Sunday (7/15) when you swing by the farmers market in McGolrick to pick up those oh-so-perfect summer cherries, you and your kids can enjoy lots of family-friendly activities. Part of a summer series that goes through September, this Sunday’s event will feature live music, watercolor crafts, a hula hooping workshop and face painting.
WHAT: Summer Popsicle Pop-Up
WHEN: Weds June 13th | 2:30pm-4pm
WHERE: McGolrick Park (rain location: inside Park Church Co-Op 129 Russell St)
INFO: After school fun and sweet treats for kids! Come by, cool off and learn about Park Church Co-Op’s community events and events for kids and families.
Hosh Yoga’s 10 week Children’s Yoga Series is back for another semester and Greenpointers get 20% off with Discount code “Namaste”! Your little yogis will work on their strength and flexibility while improving their body coordination with music and games throughout class.
Classes are offered in a 10 class series because little ones are more successful in yoga when they can get into a rhythm with the routines. When students of this age come regularly, they get a chance to play more games because the group dynamic becomes consistent and sweet friendships are formed.
Schedule and details:
Tuesday’s May 15 – July 31, 2018
Ages 2-4: 4:00-4:45 pm
Ages 5-8: 5:00-5:45 pm
Price: $145 for all 10 Classes
Greenpointers Readers Special Discount: “Namaste” for 20% off 10 Kids Yoga Classes.