Out of the Box!

PENLAND KIDS: OUT OF THE BOX! KITS

Hands-On Art Experiences at Home

Out of the Box! kits provide a week’s worth of activities, similar to a half-day camp. Mini-kits are a shorter version, providing about two day’s worth of activities. Kits include everything you’ll need, with the exception of common household items such as a cup of water or paper towel. Kits can be picked up at Penland or shipped via priority mail. Shipping costs are actual USPS charges and are listed with each camp in the registration screen. Scholarships are available for residents of Yancey, Mitchell, and Avery Counties.

Mirrah Johnson and her natural dyeing kids camp group

Full 5-Day Kits

Creative Play with Clay
With Anna Early

Ages: 3–6
Kits available February 15
Cost: $100, tax and shipping will be charged when applicable.

Explore possibilities, discover backyard wonders, and let imaginations run wild while gaining handbuilding skills with clay. For this age group, the joy of playing and creating is the primary focus, so clay pieces will not be fired. On the shelf they’ll last forever, but they won’t be for functional use. The kit contains a wealth of materials, tools, and instructions for making small pots, buttons and beads, ornaments, miniature fantasy lands, nests with birds and eggs, and tiles. Parental supervision is required.

Anna teaches at Spruce Pine Montessori School. She has enjoyed sharing a love of arts and crafts with children at camps and classes for many years.

 

Around the World Through Stories
With Preeti Happer

Ages: 6–9
Kits available April 1
Cost: $80, tax and shipping will be charged when applicable.

This kit will take children through five countries in five days: India, Tanzania, Mexico, China, and Bali, Indonesia. They’ll be introduced to each country through images and a tale and will make a traditional craft from that country. At the end of each day, children will get to stamp their “passport.” The kit contains written and video instructions and all the supplies needed to create a traditional Indian rangoli using radial symmetry, a Tanzanian recycled bead necklace, a Mexican papel picado banner, a Chinese paper lantern, and a Balinese Barong mask.

Preeti has been an international educator for over 20 years. She was born in Tanzania and is currently residing in Bali, Indonesia. She is passionate about bringing awareness of other cultures to children.

 

Wonderful, Colorful Artists
With Selma Neel

Ages: 6–9
Kits available February 15th
Cost: $90, tax and shipping will be charged when applicable.

Learn about inspiring artists who have painted the world with vibrant color! Explore the basics of working with acrylic paint as you get to know five artists who will provide you with inspiration for fun, colorful, and exciting paintings: Yayoi Kusama, Frida Kahlo, Alma Thomas, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Rafael López. Together we’ll capture the joy and magic of color through our art! This kit contains video and written instructions and all the supplies you’ll need to complete the projects. Parental supervision is suggested.

Selma is a licensed elementary teacher at Odyssey Community School in Asheville where she designed an integral arts unit incorporating history, culture, personal exploration, and art.

 

Sensational Snakes
With Jeff Menzer

Ages: 9–12
Kits available April 1
Cost: $115, tax and shipping will be charged when applicable.

Snakes are powerful, no doubt about it. Explore both art and biology as you make, draw, sand, and paint a variety of legless, armless wonders. You’ll explore snake facts and fiction, learn why Western North Carolina native snakes are such a vital part of Southeastern ecology and folk history, and brush up on the basics of field identification. The kit contains written and video instructions, and all the tools and supplies needed to create bottle cap snakes, folk art stick snakes, and intertwining snake drawings.

Jeff has taught art to children through the WNC Nature Center, Campbell Folk School, and Arts in the Schools programs in rural Western North Carolina since 1996.

 

Wooden Toys, Tall Tales, and Traditional Tunes
With Sam Maren

Ages: 9–12
Kits available February 15th
Cost: $115, tax and shipping will be charged when applicable.

Using hand woodworking tools, students will explore the rich tradition of creating simple, functional, and often very clever wooden toys for a fun week of learning about this Appalachian tradition. Make one of the toy projects each day using precut wooden pieces, then enjoy a video of traditional storytelling and songs with Sam. The kit contains written and video instructions and everything you’ll need to make a spinning top, flying whirligig, racing car, tug boat, and stump fiddle.

Sam is a folk musician and woodworker. He has worked with Toe River Arts in the Enhanced Arts for Preschool program, as a resident artist in Mitchell County Schools, and with Penland’s children’s programs for many years.

Out of the Box! Mini

Printmaking 101
With Cassie Floan

Ages: 13–18
Kits available April 1
Cost: $55, tax and shipping will be charged when applicable.

This kit is a fun introduction to a variety of processes, materials, and printmaking methods. Learn about the basics of printmaking, looking at traditional methods and incorporating contemporary techniques. The kit contains written and video instructions, and everything you’ll need to try out monoprinting, packing-tape transfers, and linoleum cuts. It’s a blend of concepts for all abilities; be ready with a creative spark and a cleared table!

Cassie is an educator, photographer, and artist. She teaches at Spruce Pine Montessori and has worked as an artist-in-residence through Toe River Arts and taught Penland Kids Camp for many years.

 

Questions? Email:
communityeducation@penland.org