HAT: Create! Sprout Sunday

  Sprout Sunday 2012 with author Deb Faircloth at Pastry Moon

Back for it's 3rd year, NCLAC is happy to present Sprout Sunday on November 24. From 1-4pm, three Ruston studios will offer free children's activities as part of our 16th annual Holiday Arts Tour. NCLAC's mission includes fostering opportunities for creative expression, and with so many talented artists in our region, we are pleased they are willing to share their talents with our youngsters.

Pastry Moon, in its new location at 203 West Alabama Suite 2, will show sprouts how to design and create doll clothes and armor. Bonnie Ferguson, owner and artist at the shop,  is talented and has her hands in many things. Soap-making, knitting, repurposing jewelry, store-running and more keep Bonnie busy, and your children will love working on a project with her.

Sprout Sunday 2012 at Follette Pottery

At Allie Bennett's Stitchville, 207 North Trenton, Sprouts will be using raw wool fibers for "felting" in order to create an ornament. Allie held drop-spindle spinning at the first Sprout Sunday in 2011, and participants enjoyed seeing how raw wool can be turned into yarn. I'm certain everyone will enjoy participating in the felting process as well, as there seems to be an element of magic to it.

At Brush Hour Studio, with Christiane Drieling, children will be able to hand-paint and decorate a wooden fairytale character that can be used as a Christmas ornament. Christiane teaches art at M0ntessori School of Ruston, as well as holds classes at her Brush Hour Studio. The results of the projects in her children's classes are lovely, and of course her own work is amazing. Be sure to drive over to her space for this special project.

Directions to Brush Hour (803 Glendale Drive) from the Dixie Center for the Arts (212 North Vienna):

Sprout Sunday 2011 with Allie Bennett at Stitchville

Drive north on North Vienna toward Interstate 20. Cross over the interstate; pass Super One Foods; turn left onto South Chatauqua Road; take first left onto Ridge Drive; turn right onto Glendale Drive and your destination will be on the right.

Sprout Sunday activities are free, hand-on projects for children. Please take advantage of this wonderful opportunity to share interesting art processes with your children! Be sure to go to each location and experience the wonder of creating with your kids.

These activities, and the Holiday Arts Tour as a whole, are supported in part by a grant from the Louisiana Division of the Arts, Office of Cultural Development, Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism in cooperation with the Louisiana State Arts Council as administered by the Shreveport Regional Arts Council.