WINTER BREAK ART at the Bothwell
Brighten your winter days with a colorful pallet.
Looking for something a little brighter to chase away the winter blues? Maybe something to keep your kids busy? After the novelty of new toys wears off, and holidays have been “go, go, go,” kids are sometimes up the walls. It can be hard to find fun things to do in the cold and rainy days of winter, right? Additionally, if you are like me, the dark winter weather may get you down. If that’s the case, looking at or creating something beautiful can turn your mood around quickly! Read on to discover some winter break fun for you and your kids.
Using the Arts as a tool to help your child excel:
The winter break for Livermore school district extends through January 6th, and receiving art instruction may just be the perfect way to ease back into being in a classroom after a long break. I’m sure most of you already know that art is beneficial for children’s development, but if you need an in-depth review, read this. Art helps children in numerous areas of their development including: fine motor skills, language development, and decision making. Making evaluations and choices about art strengthens their overall decision making. Art also fosters inventiveness, cultural awareness, and visual learning. If your learner isn’t a visual thinker with strong spatial skills, there is good reason to encourage growth! Spatial skills are helpful in numerous Scientific fields, as they are useful in visualizing spatial relationships, pattern recognition, and analysis. No wonder “STEM” has lately been turning into “STEAM”!
Local classes available for the kids:
The Bothwell hosts a mini “art camp” of sorts in January called “Winter Break Art at the Bothwell“. Students will be working with multiple media types: canvas, paint, pencil, paper, and more. For friends and families, a reception will be held on Friday, January 6th to see all the masterpieces on which the little artists have been working hard! The class runs from January 4th -6th from 10 am – 4 pm. Classes are available for ages 7-10 and 11- 18. $160 is the total cost per child.
Other ongoing options are the lessons The Bothwell also hosts with local artists. Barbara Stanton teaches every Friday from 3:30 – 5pm. Students work on a variety of projects in her classes. The Avianne Academy of Arts teaches a Fine Art Class that also teaches students several techniques. They will be learning to draw and paint from real life, reference, and imagination. Art Theory and History are a part of the lessons as well. The Avianne classes are available Mondays or Tuesdays from 4-6pm. First time registration is $60 and $30 per class.
Art therapy isn’t just for the kids…
Getting out of the house and seeing some beautiful art with other admirers will give you an instant mood boost. If you are taking advantage of your wine passport in January, The Photography of Chuck and Jennie McGregor is currently showing at Wente. This exhibition is running through Saturday Januray 21st and the McGregors specialize in fine art photography of animal, landscape, and city subjects.
Alternatively, if you just want to grab a latte while you wait for art lessons to finish, there is another photography exhibit on display from January 3rd to February 27th in the Bankhead Lobby! The Freeze Frame Photo Exhibition, is an annual photo contest hosted by the Tri-Valley Conservancy. Landscapes of the Tri-Valley is the contest theme, on display January 3rd to February 27th. You can support this effort by attending the artist’s reception, held on January 14th. Wine and light refreshments will be served, and the event is free and open to the public.
Let’s get those brushes and cameras going!
So, if your child(ren) can make it to the winter break classes or ongoing lessons, that’s great! However, if art lessons aren’t in the cards, try encouraging them to sharpen their art skills at home with some fresh supplies and YouTube tutorials. Keeping them engaged creatively helps them in many ways beyond the brush, and furthermore, will keep the restless willies in check. Next, taking time out for you to enjoy some beauty is great as well, and may inspire some of your own creativity! Make sure you beat the winter blues this January with all the color our Livermore art has to offer.