Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Kids Discover Art At The Stirling Club

Every month, The Stirling Club extends a benefit exclusively to kids, ages 5-12, in a very unique and memorable way. Art Classes for Kids, which is a privately owned art institute for children, hosts a private workshop for Stirling Club family members in the Verandah Room. The classes typically sell out weeks in advance.

Last March 13, more than 25 enthusiastic children, ages 5-12, joined the workshop to complete their choice of three "green" themed acrylic paintings on canvas. The paintings, which were selected from the works of famous artists for inspiration, included a flower, abstract design, or landscape.

One of the paintings, inspired by renowned artist Emily Wood, went a long way in capturing the philosophy of her art as well as the work. Painting is about discovery of techniques and ideas, but wonderfully about self-discovery, she says in her statement.

Under the direction of Kim Crisostomo, owner and principal instructor, Art Classes for Kids delivers. For two hours, young artists follow the step-by-step strokes until completing their masterpieces. Occasionally, they break long enough to enjoy refreshments and fresh baked cookies provided by the Charlie Palmer executive chef team.

All of the materials are provided, including T-shirts for cover up. Additional instructors answer questions and work one-on-one with the artists as needed.

The next workshop hosted at The Stirling Club will be from noon to 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 3. Given the class will be held one day before Easter, Art Classes for Kids will focus on rabbit illustrations, with a choice of three different compositions and styles. The medium will include chalk pastels.

To reserve space, call The Stirling Club special events coordinator Diedra Smith at 702-784-4637. The workshop is $25 per child. Parents who are members are welcome to time their spa and salon appointments to coincide with the class.

Art Classes for Kids also offers art camps, art parties, and private instruction. The instruction specializes in drawing, painting, and sculpting with creative projects inspired by famous artists and historical art movements. Most projects can be completed in a class, allowing the children to take something home the same day.

Members looking for an unrelated excursion may consider attending a special "locals only" art exhibition featuring the work of local artists from the CENTERpiece Gallery, which is located in the porte-cochere of the Mandarin Oriental. The first exhibition will feature the work of photographer Shawn Hummel from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on April 8. Hors d'oeuvres will be provided by SIMON. Reservations are required by April 5. 702-739-7563.
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Anonymous said...

Very cool program. I didn't know Stirling did activities for members' kids. Good to know!

The Courtier said...

Thank you. We host this program once a month and allow nonmember kids to join as well, especially those who are friends of Art Classes for Kids.

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