Orr Street Studios reaches out to kids for free art session

DOUGLASS-NORTH CENTRAL

By CATHERINE NEWHOUSE

neighborhoods@ColumbiaMissourian.com

Orr Street Studios, 106 Orr St., is inviting kids to attend a free art session on Saturday, March 12. Activities will include making stained glass and cartooning.

The art session, Second Saturday, is a monthly event for adults to make art at Orr Street Studios, which is held on the second Saturday of each month. Although kids are always welcome to attend other art sessions, this Second Saturday event is the first one to specifically reach out to kids, said Catherine Parke, Orr Street Studios working artist and Artists Guild member.

Parke said adults are encouraged to stay and create art with the kids. She said they can learn from the confidence kids have when they create art.

“Somehow adults become insecure or fearful,” Parke said. “Kids have an active and confident imagination. Somewhere along the way, adults start losing their confidence, becoming fearful they can’t do art.”

Six Orr Street Artists Guild members will lead different activities at the session. Attendees may move freely from one activity to another.

“Each activity comes from a special love the artist has for that activity,” Parke said.

Activities will include stained glass, cut-outs about the season of spring, map art, watercolor, drawing with your eyes, still life and cartooning.

Parke will lead drawing with your eyes, also known as blind drawing. In this activity, artists draw someone without glancing down at their paper.

“It’s marvelous because you don’t do any self-critiquing of yourself, any erasing,” Parke said. “It’s very relaxing and fun. It helps us break certain habits of being self-conscious and thinking, ‘I can’t do this.'”

The art session is noon to 3 p.m. and open to the public. For more information or to let Orr Street Studios know you plan to attend, contact Catherine Parke at (573) 289-0825 or ourart.cparke@gmail.com. RSVP is not required.

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