Free and Fun

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


SOUTHWEST MICHIGAN MINI MAKER FAIRE

JUNE 2, 10 AM-4 PM
WHIRLPOOL CENTENNIAL PARK ST. JOSEPH, MI
FREE & OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

The Krasl Art Center is thrilled to participate again in the Southwest Michigan Mini Maker Faire! In collaboration with Berrien RESA, KAC teaching artists will create large-scale woodcuts printed with a steamroller! Learn about the fascinating process of relief printmaking as you watch artists ink up their woodblocks, align their paper, and get steamrolled! Young spectators will also have an opportunity to try printmaking on a smaller scale.


FAMILY DAYS @ THE MAUD PRESTON PALENSKE MEMORIAL LIBRARY

500 MARKET ST, ST JOSEPH, MI 49085
SATURDAYS, 11 AM-12:30 PM
FREE & OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

While Krasl grounds are under construction, Family Days are moving next door to the Maud Preston Palenske Memorial Library! Join us for coffee, snacks, and art activities.


JUNE 16: DIY PAPER KITES

Design, build, decorate and fly your own kite using paper, bamboo sticks, markers and string.


JULY 21: BLOCK BUILDING CHALLENGE

Build small and build large using our Big Blue Blocks set, Architecture LEGO kits, and more! Builders will work in teams to complete timed challenges to win small prizes and bragging rights


AUGUST 18: PUBLIC SCULPTURE BIKE RIDE

11 AM-12 PM: Registration, snacks and helmet decorating
12 PM: ART & BIKES FAMILY FUN RIDE (approx. 8 miles)
Join us for a bike ride through St. Joseph and Benton Harbor to see the new locations of public sculptures in the KAC permanent collection. Prepare for art and exercise by enjoying snacks and decorating your helmet to look like a public sculpture beforehand.


FAMILY NIGHTS @ THE BENTON HARBOR PUBLIC LIBRARY

213 E WALL ST, BENTON HARBOR, MI 49022
WEDNESDAYS, 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.


JUNE 13: AFRICAN ADINKRA CLOTH

Taking inspiration from the Wandering Spirit exhibition on view at the Krasl Art Center, participants will create patterned scarves based on traditional Adinkra cloth.


JUNE 27: 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.


JULY18: DREAM VACATION POSTCARDS

You can go anywhere in your imagination! Draw and paint a scene from an imaginary vacation on a postcard, and mail it to a loved one.


AUGUST 1: DIY PAPER KITES

Design, build, and decorate your own kite using paper, bamboo sticks, markers and string. Take it outside the next day and see it fly in the wind!


AUGUST 15: MONOGRAM RELIEF PRINTMAKING

Renaissance printmaker Albrecht Durer signed all of his work with a monogram, a symbol made out of his initials. Design and carve your own monogram into a special foam plate and print multiple copies onto paper.


STUDIO OPEN HOUSE: MICHIGAN WILDLIFE

FREE & OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 15, 2-4 PM
PRESENTATION BY SARETT NATURE CENTER NATURALIST @ 3 PM

Create art inspired by a different Michigan animal in every studio at the Studio Open House! Learn about our upcoming Fall art classes, meet our teaching artists and enjoy snacks and beverages as you try drawing, painting, animation, ceramics and more! Visitors will also have a chance to see live animals and learn from a Sarett Nature Center naturalist. All ages are welcome.


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