With kids and families beginning to head back to school and work outside the home, many of our pets are suffering the boredom of having less entertainment. Rather than see your best friend sink into the creative abyss, consider signing them up for one of the Arts Center’s new Animal Artistry classes!
Classes will include painting, drawing, ceramics, found-object sculpture and video editing! Sessions are available online or, in limited capacity, in person at the Arts Center. You are welcome to join your pet as they hone their creativity, or simply drop them off with our staff members.
Director and film editing class instructor Marlo Angell said she was looking forward helping local pets find the essence of their interests as they piece together favorite family videos, or look online to put together short vignettes of birds and squirrels.
“I have a puppy at home, so I know how important it is to keep our friends engaged in creative activities,” she said. “Once you identify each animal’s particular interest, it’s a fast, fun process to put together a great video that the whole family can enjoy!”
Classes will include one-hour weekly sessions and day camps for flexibility in adapting to each pet’s attention span. Most classes are interspecial, but there also will be a few cat-only classes to accommodate finicky felines whose creative process might be inhibited by Border Collies and other more enthusiastic artists.
“Our cat-only classes cater to those who need a quieter space to work,” said Katie Alldritt, who will be leading the Cartooning for Cats Camp. “This camp will include what I like to call “creative stations” where cats will seek inspiration from everything from rye grass to catnip. You’d be amazed at the level of abstract interpretation those kitties come up with!”
Animals must be fully vaccinated and yard/box trained in order to participate. Kibble will be provided, but if your pet has special needs please be sure to fill out dietary information or other details on the enrollment form linked below.
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