By Desirée Chesebro-Moeller, artist and volunteer at the Idaho Art Lab (a not for profit organization)
Change is in the air, school days have come to a close, families are beginning to plan for vacations, and family reunions. Parents are gearing up for the inevitable “mom, I’m bored”.
Living in a rural area parents are sometimes hard pressed to find activities that are not only fun, but educational and cost effective, especially if they have several children of various ages.
When I was a child, we didn’t have the technological gadgets that children have nowadays. Our days were spent outside playing cowboy’s and Indians, kick the can, and playing in the sand box, creating our own entertainment.
I remember a highlight of my summer was searching for treasure, my mom would give me small bucket and I would collect rocks, certain that I had found priceless jewels.
We are so fortunate to have a jewel in our area called the Idaho Art Lab, children and adults alike can schedule a workshop, or drop in and choose from a variety of fun and educational activities, for a reasonable price.
A favorite of adults and children alike is paint your own pottery. This is ready to glaze or paint ceramic bisque. The lab has thousands of molds and we pour on a regular basis. You can choose from hundreds that have been poured and are ready to buy, or ask one of our volunteers to search through our database of molds for a specific one. I really enjoy helping families discover the joy of creating.
The Art Lab has weekly art classes for kids six through seventeen, and workshops for adults upon request. A very popular workshop is Lapidary. Cutting and polishing a rock to a smooth finish, bringing out all the hidden colors. There is such a wondrous feeling taking a raw slab of rock and bringing out the true beauty of the stone.
There is always something fun happening at the lab, beginning July 1 is our new Art Show, Dunes and Cartoons. Opening nights are great. A chance to meet the artists, find out the stories behind their artwork, mingle with friends and enjoy light refreshments. This is a free event and family friendly.
On July 23 & 24 is the Nature Art Expo at the Flat Ranch Preserve in Island Park. This is a great opportunity to see and purchase original works of art from many acclaimed artists in the region.
So while you’re scheduling your summer of activities, think about all that the Idaho Art Lab has to offer. We have talented, trained teachers ready to assist you. Volunteers eager to help you get the most out of your summer.
Check out our complete list of workshops and classes online atwww.idahoartlab.org, or give us a call at 208-932-0893. We look forward to hearing from you.
See you at the lab!