Children will explore their creativity through artist-led workshops in pottery, poetry, cartooning, eco-sculpture, theater and music.
We want to offer children the chance to express their creativity through a variety of different arts.
On May 12, up to 90 youngsters ages 6 to 13 will rotate through workshops led by regional artists in cartooning, drama, poetry, pottery, eco-sculpture and music during a Children's Day of Art in Morristown, New Jersey. They'll have a chance to dabble in some edible art with Chef Melody of The Main Event during lunch, and the day will end with a reception for the young artists, their parents and the instructors.
The Children's Day of Art is part of a two-week community arts festival hosted by St. Peter's Episcopal Church, which has a long history of supporting music and the arts. The festival will include an art show sponsored by MorristownGreen.com and open to preschool through high school artists in the community; a jazz coffeehouse featuring the Peter Moffitt Medicine Show, composed of New York area musicians; and a poetry night for poets of all ages.
The Family Success Center of Morris County will sponsor an art contest and lead hands-on art activities for children during the art show's opening on April 27. The May 6 Morristown Arts Walk, sponsored by the Arts Council of the Morris Area and ArtSpace Studio, will feature the kids art show plus exhibits by nearly 50 Morris County artists in public spaces around town.
Your support will help us pay for quality art supplies, artist fees, food and scholarships for children who can’t afford to pay the $20 registration fee for the Day of Art. And you will have the chance to receive gifts created using the artwork of our participants as well as some items unique to St. Peter’s, such as touring the bell tower and requesting a song to be played on the 49-bell carillon or playing our historic Skinner organ.
Here are the bios for our instructors:
• The Rev. Janet Broderick, St. Peter’s rector, ran her own pottery shop in the East Village of New York before becoming a priest. Broderick Pottery sold to businesses including Tiffany & Co., Barneys and Neiman Marcus. She has taught poetry classes for children and adults and periodically demonstrates pottery during sermons.
• Solange De Santis writes about theater for many publications, including www. theatermania.com and her blog, Solange on Theater. She has directed, stage managed and developed plays and designed sound for community and school productions. In May 2001, she earned a master’s degree from New York University in educational theater.
• Morristown cartoonist Paul Laud is the author of Laughing Out Laud: Tripping Over Party Lines and a featured weekly cartoonist for MorristownGreen.com and other publications. In May, he was a featured artist in MG’s community workshop “Cartooning 101: Doodling with a Message!”
• Darryl Roland is music director at St. Peter’s, where he conducts an intergenerational choir. He recently received an honorary fellow award from the Guild of Church Musicians in a presentation in London by the archbishop of Canterbury for his work directing the choir school at the Episcopal cathedral in Delaware.
• Festival coordinator Sharon Sheridan is a lifelong poet, an award-winning journalist and author of Pages of Faith: The Art of Spiritual Scrapbooking. In May 2011, she was among the feature poets in MorristownGreen.com’s “Wordplay: Fun with Words.” She edits Morristown Green’s “MG Kids” department, which showcases children and youth’s writing and artwork.
• Myndi Smithers, who will lead the eco-sculpture workshop recycling “trash” into art, is artist in residence a Fairleigh Dickinson University and a teaching assistant to Professor Judy Moonelis in the ceramics studio. During the summers, she is head of the ceramic studio at Camp Horizons at Newark Academy. She exhibits paintings and ceramics at juried and invitational art shows in New York and New Jersey.
• Morristown’s celebrity chef Melody McGinley Whitelaw, “caterer to the stars” from the Main Event, introduces children to the basics of nutrition and cooking and being “green” through her Kids’ Green Kitchen program. She regularly gives cooking demonstrations at Macy’s Herald Square and WOR Radio events.
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