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Adult Arts: Hi Kits! Haiku!

Our art kits are new! Supplies are red, green, and blue. Boxes, bags for you. Check out some of our Virtual Course Offerings with Kits!   In Alternative Adornment with Carly Kimbrough Learn how to make jewelry from home using found objects, paper, natural materials and a few basic supplies. A $40 fee for a … [more]

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Adult Arts Teacher Feature: Amy Fowler

The Lawrence Arts Center welcomes our newest writing teacher, Amy Fowler! Amy Fowler is a writer living in Lawrence. They share their home with their partner, sometimes his two children, and always one surly Boston Terrier and one Scruffy Mutt. Amy makes a living as an American Sign Language – English interpreter and Cued Language transliterator. They … [more]

Adult Visual Arts Teacher Feature: Jessica Belangee

Lawrence Arts Center welcomes our newest teacher, Jessica Belangee! Jessica Belangee is an artist from rural Illinois, where she spent her days exploring forests, fields, and winding creeks, gathering various organic elements to examine and collect. She obtained her Bachelor of Fine Arts from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville in 2014 and received her Master of … [more]

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Dear Lawrence: Week 3 Stories, Accentuate the Positive

Dear Lawrence, Here are your Week 3 stories. Thank you to all the writers who have sent in their work. And remember, it is never too late to share your story! We will keep adding them as they come in. See our Dear Lawrence blog for the Week 4 prompt…   My Strategies for Coping … [more]

Bunker Crafts: Embroidery Basics

Above, detail from “Catastrophe Sampler,”  Anne Luben Last week on Freesearch Friday I wrote about Woolies, or Wool Works, nautical embroideries produced by sailors beginning in the mid 1800s. As a forever-fan of employing overly dramatic metaphors, I’d describe my current state as feeling pretty lost at sea. As a forever-fan of employing overly dramatic … [more]

KPR Presents: Quarantine Stories, Tell Us Your Story | KPR

How are YOU coping with the COVID pandemic? Whether you’re sheltering at home or an essential worker, Kansas Public Radio wants to hear from you! KPR is collecting your self-recorded stories of living through this challenging time, in partnership with the Kansas Historical Society, the Watkins Museum, the Lawrence Arts Center and the Lawrence Public … [more]

Freesearch Friday: The Curious History of Nautical Embroidery

Flowers, fruit baskets, doe-eyed animals, cross stitched literary verses, decorative alphabets, the British Royal Navy’s 120 gun HMS Trafalgar?  Above, a wooly depicting the convict transport ship Mermaid, from the collection of the Australian National Maritime Museum.  In the spirit of our Experimental Embroidery class, today I want to discuss a curious point in needlework … [more]

Poetry in Place with Mercedes Lucero

Writing instructor Mercedes Lucero put together a video to help you #LACStayCreative. Mercedes recently hosted a citywide public writing workshop for Earth Day. Although Earth Day has passed, her techniques can help inspire your next piece of work. For more writing opportunities, check out “Dear Lawrence,” use our weekly prompts, and share your story!

Bunker Crafts: Paper Piecing Pt. III

Adhering to the zone of consideration, I’ve started Necrofancy for you! A free crafting video channel where the work happens in front of you like magic!  If you’ve been following Bunker Crafts the last few weeks, you’ve assembled a stack of patches and potentially impatience. “What do I do now, weirdo?” you may be thinking. … [more]

Freesearch Friday: Livingroom Life Science with KU Natural History Museum

above: Maria Sibylla Merian, detail from Metamorphosis insectorum Surinamensium I’m going to say something that will surprise no one: I’ve always been an indoor kid. I’m pale and itchy, with a level of paleness and itchiness that no amount of SPF or hydrocortisone can combat. I hate swimming. I hate your barbecue. I hate summer. … [more]