Minni SlimeShop
Jan
6
10:00 AM10:00

Minni SlimeShop

Ages 4—10

Ooey gooey fun is a goopy guarantee in this slippery slime session! Create concoctions and enjoy the experiments offered by instructor Denise in our SlimeShop workshop, as a range of ingredients are offered up to students to make the most of three different winter-themed slimey recipes. Unleash your inner scientist and relax; we’ll take care of the mess as students enjoy the rest.


About Denise 
Denise Gunter is an artist and educator creating and working in Boston, Massachusetts. Currently residing in the city, Denise originates from North Carolina and a long line of female artists. She earned her MA in Art + Design Education from the Rhode Island School of Design in June of 2018, and her BA in Art Studies from North Carolina State University in 2008. Denise's artwork involves series and explorative pieces in concrete books, print-making, drawings, and recently, installations. While making informs her teaching practice, she utilizes both to promote art as a tool for the everyday. 

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Minni PomPomShop
Jan
13
10:00 AM10:00

Minni PomPomShop

Ages 6—10

Punch up the post-holiday season with a pom pom workshop! Instructor Denise will knock holiday songs out of our heads to jumpstart January with the making of magical mini pom poms. Workshop participants will use Moon Picnic’s Donut and Macaroon Pom Makers to craft their own little pom pom creations before weaving together giant pom poms with a little imagination and a whole lot of multicolored yarns. Students will delight in taking their mini masterpieces and a Moon Picnic Pom Maker home.

About Denise 
Denise Gunter is an artist and educator creating and working in Boston, Massachusetts. Currently residing in the city, Denise originates from North Carolina and a long line of female artists. She earned her MA in Art + Design Education from the Rhode Island School of Design in June of 2018, and her BA in Art Studies from North Carolina State University in 2008. Denise's artwork involves series and explorative pieces in concrete books, print-making, drawings, and recently, installations.

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Wine + Weave - Felt Slippers
Jan
17
7:00 PM19:00

Wine + Weave - Felt Slippers

Adults

Grown-ups of all ages, artistic abilities and inclinations are welcomed to Wine + Weave – Felt Slippers, a relaxing evening of wine and sewing the simplest (and cutest) cozy craft: felt baby slippers. Instructor and skilled sewer Caroline will teach the basic buttonhole stitch and the classic cross-stitch to create tiny slippers. Each slipper will be made of 100% wool felt and cotton thread. 

About Caroline 
Caroline is a DC native who has also lived in both New York and Texas, where she studied Elementary Education and received her Montessori training before settling in Cambridge. A lifelong crafter, Caroline has been knitting, crocheting, drawing, and sewing since she was a young child, but loves to experiment with any visual arts medium. She enjoys incorporating visual arts into her classroom, from illustrating stories to mindful weaving practices. When she is not teaching elementary school, Caroline can be found designing her handmade wardrobe or creating toys for her friends. She encourages her students to take risks and use art as a form of expression.

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Minni StitchShop
Feb
10
10:00 AM10:00

Minni StitchShop

Ages 6—10

Stitch your Valentine’s Day plans together with this workshop’s new take on an old tradition, as small sewers ages 6-10 are invited and encouraged to embrace embroidery in a fun and modern way. Instructor Caroline will have the crew in stitches as she playfully teaches the fundamentals of cross stitching and coaches classmates to the creation of Valentine’s Day inspired compositions. Program participants will take their masterpieces to go, and will also enjoy bringing home Minni Cross-Stitch Kits for further practice (aka winter weekend entertainment) beyond studio walls. 

Each handmade Minni Cross-Stitch Kit includes : 
+ One circle cross-stitch board made of thick, 100% wool felt 
+ Cotton yarn in two colors 
+ One safe plastic needle 
+ Directions on how to make a single cross-stitch

About Caroline 
Caroline is a DC native who has also lived in both New York and Texas, where she studied Elementary Education and received her Montessori training before settling in Cambridge. A lifelong crafter, Caroline has been knitting, crocheting, drawing, and sewing since she was a young child, but loves to experiment with any visual arts medium. She enjoys incorporating visual arts into her classroom, from illustrating stories to mindful weaving practices. When she is not teaching elementary school, Caroline can be found designing her handmade wardrobe or creating toys for her friends. She encourages her students to take risks and use art as a form of expression.

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Minni ServiceShop
Feb
17
10:00 AM10:00

Minni ServiceShop

Ages 4—10

Be prepared for a workshop that literally speeds by, as MinniArtists ages 4-10 join local artist and teacher Eugene Zeleny for a real “crash course” into the realm of “Moving Machines”. Students will explore the actual definition of a vehicle and learn elementary manufacturing and building skills by working to both reproduce and invent their very own transportation devices. The wheels will definitely come off across the 90 minute span of this program: join the auto adventure today!

About Eugene
Eugene Zeleny grew up in Boston, graduating from Northeastern University with a BA in Mechanical Engineering and a minor in Technological Entrepreneurship. He has been a freelance woodworker since 2009, working out of his Brighton woodworking studio, and focuses on creating functional art such as furniture, fashion accessories, interior decor, and humorous novelty items. He brings a love of crafting and free-form construction in a variety of accessible materials to the classroom, hoping to inspire ever-growing heights of creative freedom in his students.

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Wine + Weave - Felt Garlands
Dec
13
7:00 PM19:00

Wine + Weave - Felt Garlands

Adults

Grown-ups of all ages, artistic abilities and inclinations are welcomed to Wine + Weave - Felt Garlands, a relaxing evening away from home all about hand felting the softest and most cheerful of holiday decorations : felt pom pom garlands. Instructor Caroline will provide gentle guidance on how to turn fiber to felt through the fundamental technique of wet felting. Wine with a dash of holiday cheer will be served for an evening of happy, cozy crafting. 

No art or weaving experience required.

About Caroline
Caroline is a DC native who has also lived in both New York and Texas, where she studied Elementary Education and received her Montessori training before settling in Cambridge. A lifelong crafter, Caroline has been knitting, crocheting, drawing, and sewing since she was a young child, but loves to experiment with any visual arts medium. She enjoys incorporating visual arts into her classroom, from illustrating stories to mindful weaving practices. When she is not teaching elementary school, Caroline can be found designing her handmade wardrobe or creating toys for her friends. She encourages her students to take risks and use art as a form of expression.

 

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Minni WashiShop
Dec
8
4:00 PM16:00

Minni WashiShop

Ages 4—10

"Stick" the kids with us at Sowa's Winter Wonderland, as we host our first-ever WashiShop in a most cheerful and colorful collaboration with renowned Japanese brand MT Washi Tape. We'll explore a suite of sticky properties as little designers ages 4-10 use a veritable rainbow of washi pieces to prance, dot, and dasher their way through holiday-themed projects and crafts. Minni instructor Denise Gunter will talk to the idea of lines, color, and repurposed materials as the children create completely original works of art. Students will take home two rolls of washi tape of their choosing in addition to their finished projects.

*Note: This is a drop-off event timed to allow for Winter Wonderland shopping and Sowa exploration. We know it can be hard to "tear yourself away;" as such, adults are welcome to stay as well.

About Denise 
Denise Gunter is an artist and educator creating and working in Boston, Massachusetts. Currently residing in the city, Denise originates from North Carolina and a long line of female artists. She earned her MA in Art + Design Education from the Rhode Island School of Design in June of 2018, and her BA in Art Studies from North Carolina State University in 2008. Denise's artwork involves series and explorative pieces in concrete books, print-making, drawings, and recently, installations. While making informs her teaching practice, she utilizes both to promote art as a tool for the everyday. 

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Minni WashiShop
Dec
8
2:00 PM14:00

Minni WashiShop

Ages 4—10

"Stick" the kids with us at Sowa's Winter Wonderland, as we host our first-ever WashiShop in a most cheerful and colorful collaboration with renowned Japanese brand MT Washi Tape. We'll explore a suite of sticky properties as little designers ages 4-10 use a veritable rainbow of washi pieces to prance, dot, and dasher their way through holiday-themed projects and crafts. Minni instructor Denise Gunter will talk to the idea of lines, color, and repurposed materials as the children create completely original works of art. Students will take home two rolls of washi tape of their choosing in addition to the projects included in the workshop cost.

*Note: This is a drop-off event timed to allow for Winter Wonderland shopping and Sowa exploration. We know it can be hard to "tear yourself away;" as such, adults are welcome to stay as well.

About Denise 
Denise Gunter is an artist and educator creating and working in Boston, Massachusetts. Currently residing in the city, Denise originates from North Carolina and a long line of female artists. She earned her MA in Art + Design Education from the Rhode Island School of Design in June of 2018, and her BA in Art Studies from North Carolina State University in 2008. Denise's artwork involves series and explorative pieces in concrete books, print-making, drawings, and recently, installations. While making informs her teaching practice, she utilizes both to promote art as a tool for the everyday. 

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Minni WashiShop
Dec
1
4:00 PM16:00

Minni WashiShop

Ages 4—10

"Stick" the kids with us at Sowa's Winter Wonderland, as we host our first-ever WashiShop in a most cheerful and colorful collaboration with renowned Japanese brand MT Washi Tape. We'll explore a suite of sticky properties as little designers ages 4-10 use a veritable rainbow of washi pieces to prance, dot, and dasher their way through holiday-themed projects and crafts. Minni instructor Denise Gunter will talk to the idea of lines, color, and repurposed materials as the children create completely original works of art. Students will take home two rolls of washi tape of their choosing in addition to their finished project.

*Note: This is a drop-off event timed to allow for Winter Wonderland shopping and Sowa exploration. We know it can be hard to "tear yourself away;" as such, adults are welcome to stay as well.

About Denise 
Denise Gunter is an artist and educator creating and working in Boston, Massachusetts. Currently residing in the city, Denise originates from North Carolina and a long line of female artists. She earned her MA in Art + Design Education from the Rhode Island School of Design in June of 2018, and her BA in Art Studies from North Carolina State University in 2008. Denise's artwork involves series and explorative pieces in concrete books, print-making, drawings, and recently, installations. While making informs her teaching practice, she utilizes both to promote art as a tool for the everyday. 

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Minni WashiShop
Dec
1
2:00 PM14:00

Minni WashiShop

Ages 4—10

"Stick" the kids with us at Sowa's Winter Wonderland, as we host our first-ever WashiShop in a most cheerful and colorful collaboration with renowned Japanese brand MT Washi Tape. We'll explore a suite of sticky properties as little designers ages 4-10 use a veritable rainbow of washi pieces to prance, dot, and dasher their way through holiday-themed projects and crafts. Minni instructor Denise Gunter will talk to the idea of lines, color, and repurposed materials as the children create completely original works of art. Students will take home two rolls of washi tape of their choosing in addition to their finished project.

*Note: This is a drop-off event timed to allow for Winter Wonderland shopping and Sowa exploration. We know it can be hard to "tear yourself away;" as such, adults are welcome to stay as well.

About Denise 
Denise Gunter is an artist and educator creating and working in Boston, Massachusetts. Currently residing in the city, Denise originates from North Carolina and a long line of female artists. She earned her MA in Art + Design Education from the Rhode Island School of Design in June of 2018, and her BA in Art Studies from North Carolina State University in 2008. Denise's artwork involves series and explorative pieces in concrete books, print-making, drawings, and recently, installations. While making informs her teaching practice, she utilizes both to promote art as a tool for the everyday. 

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Wine + Weave - Circle Looms
Nov
15
7:00 PM19:00

Wine + Weave - Circle Looms

Minni is maxing out with the studio's first-ever adult workshop! 

Grown ups of all ages, artistic abilities and inclinations are welcomed to Wine + Weave - Circle Looms, an evening of sips and summer camp throwbacks in the form of well-guided instruction on a rather relaxing craft project: weaving with embroidery hoops. We’ll begin with the basics and – using an assortment of recycled and reclaimed materials – take a mini hand-woven work from start to finish. All steps of the process will be clearly explained; all participants will be encouraged to unwind and enjoy. 

No art or weaving experience is required.

About Caroline
Caroline is a DC native who has also lived in both New York and Texas, where she studied Elementary Education and received her Montessori training before settling in Cambridge. A lifelong crafter, Caroline has been knitting, crocheting, drawing, and sewing since she was a young child, but loves to experiment with any visual arts medium. She enjoys incorporating visual arts into her classroom, from illustrating stories to mindful weaving practices. When she is not teaching elementary school, Caroline can be found designing her handmade wardrobe or creating toys for her friends. She encourages her students to take risks and use art as a form of expression.

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Minni StitchShop
Nov
11
10:00 AM10:00

Minni StitchShop

Ages 6—10

Stitch your weekend together with this workshop’s new take on an old tradition, as small sewers ages 6-10 are invited and encouraged to embrace embroidery in a fun and modern way. Instructor Caroline will have the crew in stitches as she playfully teaches the fundamentals of cross stitching and coaches classmates to the creation of colorful compositions and dynamic designs. Program participants will take their masterpieces to go, and will also enjoy bringing home Minni Cross-Stitch Kits for further practice (aka winter weekend entertainment) beyond studio walls. 

Each handmade Minni Cross-Stitch Kit includes : 

  • One circle cross-stitch board made of thick, 100% wool felt 

  • Cotton yarn in two colors 

  • One safe plastic needle 

  • Directions on how to make a single cross-stitch

About Caroline
Caroline is a DC native who has also lived in both New York and Texas, where she studied Elementary Education and received her Montessori training before settling in Cambridge. A lifelong crafter, Caroline has been knitting, crocheting, drawing, and sewing since she was a young child, but loves to experiment with any visual arts medium. She enjoys incorporating visual arts into her classroom, from illustrating stories to mindful weaving practices. When she is not teaching elementary school, Caroline can be found designing her handmade wardrobe or creating toys for her friends. She encourages her students to take risks and use art as a form of expression.

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Minni CollageShop
Nov
4
10:00 AM10:00

Minni CollageShop

Ages 4—10

Little designers will be “lining up” for our newest workshop offering a lively look at Piet Mondrian's key influences on modern painting, architecture, and design. Local artist and teacher Liliana Marquez will guide students through an exploration of the bright art of Mondrian, who used the most basic forms and colors to create colored collages of lines and shapes. Minni Artists will be encouraged to identify the distinct elements of Mondrian's work, including his use of primary colors and horizontal, vertical, and diagonal lines, and will then use recycled and repurposed materials to produce their own collaged creations.

About Liliana
Liliana Marquez, aka. "lilimarq," has been a resident of Boston MA since 1998. Born and raised in Caracas, Venezuela, her family encouraged her to express herself through art in a fun, creative, and multicultural environment full of music, dance, literature, film, photography, sculpture, and painting.

She has a BA in Art and Graphic Design from the prestigious Caracas Institute of Design in Venezuela.

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Minni BotShop
Oct
28
10:00 AM10:00

Minni BotShop

Ages 4—10

Gears will be turning for students in our BotShop WorkShop, geared to offer an approachable exploration of engineering and mechanics. Workshop instructor Eugene will guide participants through the process of designing and constructing their own robots, using a range of recycled materials including wood and rope. Participants will be anything but on autopilot as this program gets the creative wheels whirring.

About Eugene
Eugene Zeleny grew up in Boston, graduating from Northeastern University with a BA in Mechanical Engineering and a minor in Technological Entrepreneurship. He has been a freelance woodworker since 2009, working out of his Brighton woodworking studio, and focuses on creating functional art such as furniture, fashion accessories, interior decor, and humorous novelty items. He brings a love of crafting and free-form construction in a variety of accessible materials to the classroom, hoping to inspire ever-growing heights of creative freedom in his students.

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Minni ComicShop
Oct
14
10:00 AM10:00

Minni ComicShop

Minni ComicShop
Ages 4–10
October 14, 10:00am–11:30am

Add some animation to your day with our ComicShop WorkShop, an all-call for cartoonists young and younger alike. Bring original heroes and villains to life under the illustrative expertise of instructor Zoe; students will be guided through the process of storytelling and paneling to the ultimate creation of their own mini-comics. Even the looniest participants will delight in the transformation of simple white boxes into colorful, suspenseful and visual stories.

About Zoe
Zoe Schein is a freelance illustrator, writer, and educator hailing from Central Illinois and living and working in Boston, Massachusetts. She earned her MA in Art + Design Education from the Rhode Island School of Design in 2017, and her BA in Gender, Women's, and Sexuality Studies from Grinnell College in 2012. Schein's artistic work emphasizes visual storytelling and narrative, with particular emphasis on comics, integrated graphic essays, pen-and-ink illustration, and printmaking. She delights in teaching

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Minni ServiceShop
Sep
23
10:00 AM10:00

Minni ServiceShop

Minni ServiceShop
Ages 4–10
September 23, 10:00am–11:30am

Be prepared for a workshop that literally speeds by, as MinniArtists ages 4–10 join local artist and teacher Eugene Zeleny for a real “crash course” into the realm of “Moving Machines”. Students will explore the actual definition of a vehicle and learn elementary manufacturing and building skills by working to both reproduce and invent their very own transportation devices. The wheels will definitely come off across the 90 minute span of this program: join the auto adventure today!

About Eugene
ServiceShop teacher Eugene Zeleny grew up in Boston, graduating from Northeastern University with a BA in Mechanical Engineering and a minor in Technological Entrepreneurship.  He has been a freelance woodworker since 2009, working out of his Brighton woodworking studio, and focuses on creating functional art such as furniture, fashion accessories, interior decor, and humorous novelty items. He brings a love of crafting and free-form construction in a variety of accessible materials to the classroom, hoping to inspire ever-growing heights of creative freedom in his students.

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Minni SlimeShop
Sep
16
10:00 AM10:00

Minni SlimeShop

Minni SlimeShop
Ages 4–10
September 16, 10:00am–11:30am

Ooey gooey fun is a goopy guarantee in this slippery slime session! Create concoctions and enjoy the experiments offered by instructor Christa in our SlimeShop WorkShop, as a range of ingredients are offered up to students to make the most of three different slimey recipes. Unleash your inner scientist and relax; we’ll take care of the mess as students enjoy the rest.

About Christa
Christa Tausney is a theatre artist specializing in Scenic Design, skilled in set construction, set painting, and hand props. Christa is a newer member of the Boston art community, joining our creative scene just this last year from Detroit to work towards her Master’s Degree in Scenic Design at Boston University. Her passions: to inspire, to educate, and to do art all day.

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