Children's Summer Creative Workshops

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Join us for the best part of summer!  Thanks again to the Bozeman Public Library Foundation, the Library presents the August 2019 Creative Workshops!

Special thanks to our generous sponsors and donors to the Bozeman Public Library Foundation.

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  • All classes are free!
  • Workshops are for kids ages 6-12 (age range for each workshop denoted in class description) with the exception of World Drumming on Aug. 20 & 22, which accepts kids 5 years and up.
  • Kids can be signed up for only TWO workshops
  • Registration begins July 1 and is based on first-come first-served basis

Registration for workshops here.

(Workshops listed chronologically)

OUT OF THIS WORLD CARTOONING! with Illustrator Sharon Glick
Thursday, August 1, 10:30 AM -12:00 PM (for 6-8 year-olds)
What do aliens think of life on earth when they look in their telescopes? How do you make things look super far away? The universe will be our theme for this cosmic class – from spaceships to astronauts, UFOs to extra-terrestrials, with plenty of supersonic and fiery special effects. No experience necessary (but seasoned cartoonists welcome), just enthusiasm for drawing and an imagination willing to travel to infinity and beyond!

SLINKY LIZZIES! with Illustrator Sharon Glick
Thursday, August 1, 1:30 PM - 3:00 PM (for 9-12 year-olds)
This project is part design/drawing, part cutting, part folding –– with the end result being a beautiful, large, 3D paper lizard friend that you can drape over your shoulder and take home. There will be lots of opportunity to personalize your lizard inside and out with skin, teeth, eyes, feet – even guts – using all your creative powers.  

FROSTING A PAINTING with Chelsea from Art Splot
Friday, August 2, 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM (for 6-8 year-olds) and 1:30 PM - 3:00 PM (for 9-12 year-olds)
Use brushes for familiarity and palette knives for something new. It IS like frosting a painting. Participants will render mountain landscapes, plants, flowers, and trees with acrylic paint on canvas resulting in richly textured and very pleasing paintings! You'll love it AND be surprised.

GYOTAKU FISH PRINTING with Montana Outdoor Science School (MOSS)                                                          Monday, August 5, 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM (for 6-8 year-olds)  Join Montana Outdoor Science School to learn the traditional Japanese method of fish printing and create your own! Gyotaku helped fishermen record the unique characteristics and size of their catch.  What will your fish look like?

SCAT AND TRACKS with Montana Outdoor Science School (MOSS)                                                                       Monday, August 5, 1:30 PM - 3:00 PM (for 9-12 year-olds)  Meet up with Montana Outdoor Science School to discover how animals are specially adapted to their environments by looking at their tracks and scat.  Dig into the art of scatology to investigate the difference between herbivores, carnivores and omnivores. Explore how mountain goats are designed to scale cliffs while bobcats have special adaptations to walk across deep snow!

SWEET STILL LIFE with Art Educator Melissa Summerfield                                                                                      Tuesday, August 6, 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM (for 9-12 year olds)
Who doesn’t love dessert first? Join Melissa Summerfield to create a delightfully delicious ice cream float. This project is inspired by artist Wayne Thiebaud; we will explore his art, the basics of still-life techniques, and shadowing in pastel and marker.

LEARN TO FLY! Aerial Arts Workshop with Mountain Air Dance
Tuesday, August 6, 1:30 PM - 3:00 PM (for 6-8 year-olds)
Friday, August 9, 1:30 PM - 3:00 PM (for 9-12 year-olds)
Students will explore moving upside-down, swinging, spinning, and balancing in this one-of-a-kind class. Build full-body strength with exercises on and off the aerial hammock. Challenge yourself, have fun, and learn to FLY!

WATERCOLOR JUNGLE ANIMALS with Jennifer from Kindred Art                                                         Wednesday, August 7, 1:30 PM - 3:00 PM (for 6-8 year-olds)                                                                    Thursday, August 8, 1:30 PM - 3:00 PM (for 9-12 year-olds)                                                                                  Jennifer Matheson will teach children step-by-step how to draw birds, frogs and leopards from the jungle!  Each child will have their choice of the beautiful jungle leaves, flowers, and vines they will glue to their colorful and lively collage of animals.

PICASSO PORTRAITS with art educator, Melissa Summerfield                                                                               Thursday, August 8, 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM (for 6-8 year-olds)                                                                                 Dive into a vintage costume box and create your own Picasso-inspired self-portrait with Melissa Summerfield. We will learn about Picasso’s life and the basics of Cubism and portraiture. Please bring a dress-up item or two!

SURVIVAL SCHOOL with Western MT Search Dogs (Gallatin County Search & Rescue)                                      Monday, August 12, 1:30 PM - 3:00 PM (for 9-12 year-olds)                                                                            Have you ever wondered about how our local search & rescue does their jobs?  Meet with representatives from Gallatin County Search and Rescue, learn about the equipment they use and the types of searches and rescues they perform, and learn what to do if you find yourself lost.

MOVING PANORAMA STORY SONGS with Marla Goodman of Good Werks Creative
Tuesday, August 13, 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM (for 6-8 year-olds) and 1:30 PM - 3:00 PM (for 9-12 year-olds) 
Experience the magic of story songs performed live with pictures shown on a turn-crank “Crankie Theater,” then draw your own part of a moving panorama that we’ll make and perform as a group.

  with Bozeman Art Museum                                                                                                    Wednesday, August 14, 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM (for 6-8 year-olds) and 1:30 PM - 3:00 PM (for 9-12 year-olds)                                                                                                                                                                                     Join Bozeman Art Museum instructors to craft a sculpture based on the works of Alexander Calder.  Using simple materials and your imagination, you will create a 3D sculpture that is one-of-a-kind and truly you. 

HUG-A-TREE with Western MT Search Dogs (Gallatin County Search & Rescue)
Thursday August 15, 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM (for 6-8 year-olds)
This interactive program was designed to help children understand what to do if they should become lost, and how to make it easier for Search and Rescue personnel to find them quickly. The program includes fun and interactive discussions, as well as chance to meet some of the County’s Search and Rescue Dogs and participate in “getting found” by these friendly and energetic dogs.

AERIAL SILKS AND ACROSPORT with Aerial Arts of Bozeman
Friday, August 16, 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM (for 6-8 year-olds) and 1:30 PM - 3:00 PM (for 9-12 year-olds)
Join the instructors from Aerial Arts of Bozeman for Aerial Silks and Acrosport! Kids will spend the class posing, spinning, flowing, and learning skills on the aerial silks, plus use concentration, coordination, communication, and balance to create safe acrosport poses.

with Gallatin Valley Farm to School
Monday, August 19, 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM (for 6-8 year-olds) and 1:30 PM - 3:00 PM for (9-12 year-olds)
Gallatin Valley Farm to School is returning with the flourishing Bozone Ozone Bus (BOB), a greenhouse on wheels! We will explore the bus and harvest some of BOB’s bountiful yield to make a healthy and scrumptious garden treat. Learn about plants, growing a garden at home, and the bugs that make the magic happen!

CREATIVE WRITING with award-winning authors Michele Corriel and Janet Fox
Tuesday, August 20, 1:30 PM - 3:00 PM (for 9-12 year-olds)
Every story needs a beginning, middle and an end -- but it also needs great characters, a plot, and inviting descriptions of where the story takes place. With hands-on exercises, this workshop will get your young novelist started on a path to creative writing.  

with Chet Leach of Rhythm Drums
Tuesday, August 20 and Thursday, August 22 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM (for 5 year-olds and up)             
Bozeman’s favorite drummer, Chet Leach, takes us on a trip around the world to Africa, Brazil, Cuba, and Egypt.  We will learn about world culture through storytelling, games, and of course, lots of DRUMMING!  Adult must accompany children under the age of 5 for drumming workshops.

NAVIGATING EARTH WITH A COMPASS with 5th grade teacher, Clint Pike
Thursday, August 22, 1:30 PM - 3:00 PM (for 9-12 year-olds)
Technology, animal migration, navigation, and life on earth are all made possible by activity happening deep within the earth’s core.  In this class we will learn about the earth’s magnetic field and explore navigation using a compass through activities and games in the field.  

LEGO ROBOTICS AROUND TOWN with Heather Watson, Robotics Coach
Friday, August 23, 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM (for 6-8 year-olds) and 1:30 PM - 3:00 PM (for 9-12 year-olds)
Lego Robotics expert Heather Watson is all about helping kids learn about robotics, coding and more with everyone's favorite building set.  Participants will build a Lego rover, then code it to move, race and help out around our Lego town!