MARQUETTE – “Artworks for Me,” an after-school program sponsored by Northern Michigan University, will hold activities during the month of March 27-April 29 from 2:30-4:30 p.m. at Father Marquette Middle School.
The activities are designed for grades 5-8 and will be taught by NMU art education students with supervision NMU and Father Marquette faculty. There is a $5 fee for each activity. The schedule is as follows:
- Monday, March 27: Ojibwa Dream Catchers
Explore the culture of the Upper Peninsula’s Native Americans while creating a traditional dream catcher with natural materials. Please bring a small personal item such as a charm, earring, button, pin, etc.
- Wednesday, March 29: Tapa Cloth
Experience the Polynesian culture while participating in the printing and papermaking process used to create tapa cloth cover for personal journals.
- Monday, April 10: Folk Art of the Ex-Voto
Explore the Mexican Ex-Voto (a miniature painting on tin) to commemorate a personal event. Participants may want to bring a small photograph for reference.
- Wednesday, April 12: Celtic Contact
Participants will decorate their initials using the old Celtic style on parchment paper, and explore the elaborate calligraphy used to decorate the Book of Kells.
- Tuesday, April 18: Persian Miniatures
Participants will decorate a personal story/event or poetry in the old style of the Persian Miniatures and explore the design used to decorate the Book of Kings.
- Wednesday, April 19: Sumi-e Painting
Find how Zen Buddhist monks used haiku poetry and sumi-e ink scrolls to express the beauty and simplicity of nature. Participants will also create their own scrolls.
- Monday, April 24: A Quilt Square
Learn about the history and use of quilts in the Underground Railroad. Participants will also create their own symbols of freedom on quilt squares.
- Wednesday, April 29: Pastel Self-portrait
The one subject that all people share is the self. Self-portraits are not just a reflection but also an interpretation. Participants will create their own self-portraits, and may want to bring a small mirror.
For more information, contact Father Marquette at 226-7912.