Free and Fun

You don’t have to spend money to create and learn about art at Krasl Art Center! These educational events are free and open to the public.


MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. CELEBRATION

MONDAY, JANUARY 20, 11 AM – 12:30 PM

FREE & OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

In collaboration with Maud Preston Memorial Library and Curious Kids’ Museum, KAC is excited to offer a fun-filled afternoon celebrating the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Read stories, create art, and play games as you learn about the Civil Rights Movement with the whole family. Light snacks and beverages will be provided.


FAMILY NIGHTS @ THE BENTON HARBOR PUBLIC LIBRARY

213 E WALL ST, BENTON HARBOR, MI 49022
FIRST WEDNESDAYS OF THE MONTH, 5-6:30 PM
FREE & OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

KAC is excited to continue partnering with the Benton Harbor Public Library to present free and fun art activities for families.

JANUARY 8: PAPER MARBLING 

Start off the year with a session of DIY paper marbling: a fun & easy process for all ages! Turn your marbled paper into a postcard, paper marbled garland, or a new piece of wall art.

FEBRUARY 12: MAKE YOUR OWN BUTTON(S) 

Spruce up your bookbags and jackets with buttons you design! Bring in your own photograph, cut up magazines or use drawing materials to create images from scratch. The circumference of the button is 2 1/4″. 

MARCH 11: CALDER MOBILES

Alexander Calder is best known for his mobile sculptures designed to hang from the ceiling and move with air currents. Learn to use wire and other simple materials to create your own Calder inspired mobile.

APRIL 8: WAX RESIST WATERCOLOR EXPERIMENTS

Did you know there are many ways to experiment with watercolor painting? Create works of art with watercolor paint, wax, crayons and lots of different textures. It’s practically like performing magic tricks while you’re painting! 


FAMILY DAYS @ KRASL ART CENTER

707 LAKE BLVD., ST JOSEPH, MI 49085
SECOND SATURDAYS OF THE MONTH, 11 AM-12:30 PM
FREE & OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

Adults and children learn and create side-by-side in these mini art activities.

JANUARY 11: SKI SLOPE RACING

Create your own snowboarder out of popsicle sticks, paper, and mixed media to race down the giant icy ski slope from the 2nd floor to the KAC lobby! Toboggans, skis and sliding penguins are also eligible for racing.

FEBRUARY 8: CARTOONING IN THE GALLERIES

Take inspiration from the art on view, Lines with Power & Purpose: Editorial Cartoons, and learn to develop your own cartoon character or create your own comic strip. There’s no better place to make art than in front of it..

MARCH 14: CALDER WIRE DRAWING

Alexander Calder is known for his sculptures and mobiles (See March 11: Family Night), but did you know he also used wire as a 3-dimensional drawing tool? Learn to bend wire with simple tools to create your own sculptures inspired by Calder.

APRIL 11: CHINESE PAPER LANTERNS

Create colorful paper lanterns using simple materials like paper, scissors, glue and markers. Participants can draw their own designs with markers or combine patterned paper and add embellishments.


10th ANNUAL COASTLINE CHILDREN’S FILM FESTIVAL

March 13-22

Krasl Art Center is thrilled to be a venue for the 2020 Coastline Children’s Film Festival! Join us for screenings throughout this two-week festival, including the premiere and the grand finale screenings with live music by Dr. Larry Schanker! Donations are appreciated. Visit www.coastlinechildrensfilmfestival.com for film descriptions, age recommendations and the full schedule and partner screening locations.

SCREENINGS AT KRASL ART CENTER:

(ALL TITLES ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE)

FRIDAY, MARCH 13 

6 PM Opening Night Costume Contest & Party with music by Brandon Mattson- come dressed as your favorite animated character!

7 PM Kid Flix 1, (60 min)

SATURDAY, MARCH 14

2:30 PM TBA

MONDAY, MARCH 16

6:30 PM The Case of Hana & Alice, (100 min)

THURSDAY, MARCH 19

6:30 PM Everybody Knows Elizabeth Murray, (60 min)

SATURDAY, MARCH 21

1:00 PM Dutch Animation Celebration (74 min) 

SUNDAY, MARCH 22

4 PM Finale Silent Films with Buster Keaton One Week (25 min) and Go West!, (70 min) with piano accompaniment by Dr. Larry Schanker


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