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A Day of Creativity at Lillstreet Art Center

Monday, December 14, 2015 Kandace McVickar

This past Saturday Lillstreet Art Center had their annual Holiday Open House to give the public the opportunity to explore their gallery, visit the Lillstreet Studios, and to take a workshop, or two. Ok, I have to admit I did go a little over board and took part in almost every workshop offered that day.


The workshops appealed to all different age groups from kids to adults including ceramics, printmaking, digital art, textiles and metals.

Kidstreet is Lillstreet's segment of children's activities. The had a fun Cookie and Ornament Decorating Workshop. The teachers were excellent at teaching the children about the terracotta clay that was used to make the ornaments and the difference between acrylic and non acrylic paint, which they had stations for both.


The Digital Arts program offered a 3D Printed Ornament Workshop. It was cool to see, but unfortunately I did not get the chance to make an ornament due to the amount of time it takes to print one. A flat ornament that is about a quarter inch in size takes about a half hour to print, not including all of the CAD work to make a design. It was still amazing to see spools of thread-like plastic getting printed into layers creating an ornament.


The Printmaking Workshop included creating a holiday card using a traditional letterpress. 


There were a few workshops for ceramics, which included  Wheel Throwing, Artist-In-Residence at Work, and a Holiday Plate Decorating.  The Wheel Throwing Workshop gave the opportunity to try  their hand at spinning the wheel to make a pot. Artist-in-Residence workshop was all about watching two of the artists in residency at Lillstreet make, alter, and decorate hand built and wheel thrown works while taking part in a Q&A session. My favorite ceramics workshop was the Holiday Plate Decorating Workshop. The workshop included shaping, sculpting, and glazing terracotta plates to inspire creativity along with teaching beginner ceramic methods.


The Metals Workshop consisted of learning to texture, stamp, file, and finish a bass or copper key chain.  


A Silk Painting Workshop introduced participants to the world of dyes and textiles, particularly silk painting.

Last but not least, the final workshop was a Sewing workshop. Many people get intimidated by the word "sewing", but this was a nice introduction to using a sewing machine. The workshop taught participants how to thread a sewing machine, sew a straight line and pivot corners, and how to press a seam open. Plus the end result was a cute little screen printed drawstring bag, which came in handy to hold all of the goodies I made throughout the day.


Throughout the 2nd and 3rd floors are the Lillstreet studios, which is a unique community of 40+ artists, both in and out of the community. Just walking through every studio will take a day alone, there is so much work to admire.

This was my first time at Lillstreet and in my opinion it was better than going to Disney World. I did not want to leave at the end of the day, but unfortunately they would not let me live there. Believe me I tried. I am planning on going back and taking a few classes, as well as some more workshops.

Searching and registering for classes at Lillstreet is quick and easy, you can do it all on their website.

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