Minni Make + Play - Mixing Rainbows
Mar
23
10:00 AM10:00

Minni Make + Play - Mixing Rainbows

Ages 1.5–3

Minni Make + Play workshops are designed just for the littlest mess makers (and players!) ages 1.5 - 3 years to attend with their caregivers. Each uniquely-themed workshop focuses on skill development, materials exploration and irresistible sensory stations under the guidance of a supportive Minni instructor.

In our Minni Make + Play – Mixing Rainbows workshop, color-loving kiddos will work on identifying all the colors of the rainbow, and then turn to creating bright rainbows of their very own. Instructor Denise will guide the group through a variety of vibrant activities including the mixing and matching of a host of hues, fun with fluffy rainbow cloud dough, and the ultimate production of fuzzy rainbow sculptures! This workshop is highly recommended for a rainy (or snowy, or sunny!) day.

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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Minni WoodShop
Mar
24
10:00 AM10:00

Minni WoodShop

Ages 6–10

Little builders are welcome to Minni WoodShop, a workshop all about foundational woodworking skills and designing the best birdhouses on the block. Minni Instructor and skilled woodworker Eugene will guide students through the approachable process of designing and constructing their own birdhouses using kid tested tools. Students will accumulate a working knowledge of woodworking techniques, including measuring, sanding, setting screws, and hammering. WoodShop will be wrapped up with a little bit of color, as students paint and personalize their finished houses. 

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 Design + Wine - Leather Tassels
Mar
28
7:00 PM19:00

Minni Design + Wine - Leather Tassels

Grown-ups of all ages, artistic abilities, and inclinations are welcomed to Minni Design + Wine – Leather Tassels, a calm evening of wine sipping and designing the most colorful accessories to brighten up March. Instructor Caroline will guide participants through the simple process of tassel making to create accessories of all kinds, including keychains, earrings, and unique invented creations. Participants will delight in selecting from a variety of dyed Italian leathers in a full spectrum of colors. 

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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GluedTogether - Collaborative Collages with Silvia López Chavez
Apr
6
3:00 PM15:00

GluedTogether - Collaborative Collages with Silvia López Chavez

Ages 3+

Adults and little ones ages 3 and up are welcomed to GluedTogether, a workshop all about community, collaboration, and of course, collaging! Led by local artist and muralist Silvia López Chavez, caregivers and children will team up to create unique, collaborative collage pieces made with layered patterned paper, fabrics, buttons, and recycled + repurposed materials. Program participants will learn all the ways color, creativity, and teamwork give meaning to our lives.Participants are encouraged to bring along a special object from home to add to their masterpiece, such as a piece of yarn, a t-shirt remnant, or a found coin. 

As each participant will bring home a masterpiece of their own, each family member must register separately.

About Silvia 
Artist Silvia López Chavez believes in the power of the creative process as an agent for positive change. She enjoys making art with others, which has led her to collaborative works and public art commissions including murals with Google, Now and There, Punto Urban Art Museum, Northeastern University, and Barr Foundation. Her work has received recognition through grants and residencies including the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Boston Children’s Museum, New England Foundation for the Arts, and Boston Children’s Hospital. As a graduate of the Massachusetts College of Art & Design, Silvia is also an award-winning graphic design professional, continuing her studio and design practice at the Boston Center for the Arts in the South End.

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Minni PaperShop with Yeiou Paper Objects
Apr
13
2:00 PM14:00

Minni PaperShop with Yeiou Paper Objects

Ages 4–10

Avoid April showers with handmade paper flowers at Minni! Local artist, paper engineer, and owner of Yeiou Paper Objects Abigail will guide students ages 4–10 through the process of folding and bunching spring flowers using a variety of techniques and colored tissue paper. Students will learn how to craft origami flowers before moving on to making bright paper pom pom blooms, adding contrasting petals and colors along the way. Spring is sure to unfold as program participants make mini gardens of their own. 

About Abigail of Yeiou Paper Objects
Abigail grew up in Illinois, folding origami boxes from every available scrap of paper, and spending long hours curating a collection of paper dolls. Now in the Boston area, with a BFA in Graphic Design and Sculpture to reinforce those interests, she creates paper craft projects, kits, and architectural paper sculptures. In the classroom, Abigail cultivates an environment of experimentation and exploration. She hopes that each of her students can see the potential for beauty in the everyday items around them.

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Minni Design + Wine - Color Swatches with Mia Cross
Apr
25
7:00 PM19:00

Minni Design + Wine - Color Swatches with Mia Cross

Break out of your routine for a vibrant evening of art-making with local modern artist Mia Cross. Mia will welcome grown-ups of all ages and artistic abilities to this refreshing take on a traditional paint night; her contemporary works will in turn welcome innovation and inspiration across the evening. Participants will explore painting still life scenes and mixing color as they study Mia's unique, shape-and-color saturated styles. Sip and paint or paint and sip - there's no wrong answer to this workshop.

About Mia
Mia Cross is a Boston-based artist who concentrates in oil painting, mural work, and sculpture. She graduated from Boston University in 2014 with a double major in painting and sculpture. Since that time Mia has participated in multiple residences, has exhibited in solo and group shows throughout New England and New York, and has sold her work to patrons throughout the United States and Europe. Recently she was honored to create murals on the Rose Kennedy Greenway of Boston, throughout Tender Greens restaurant in the Copley Mall, and in the Facebook headquarters in Cambridge. Mia exhibits her work in her studio at 450 Harrison Ave and at Fountain Street Gallery of SoWa.

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Minni Make + Play - Blue Hues
Apr
27
10:00 AM10:00

Minni Make + Play - Blue Hues

Ages 1.5–3

Minni Make + Play workshops are designed just for the littlest mess makers (and players!) ages 1.5 - 3 years to attend with their caregivers. Each uniquely-themed workshop focuses on skill development, materials exploration and irresistible sensory stations under the guidance of a supportive Minni instructor.

In our Minni Make + Play – Blue Hues workshop cool crafting kiddos will learn all about the big blue sky and its many shades and hues. Instructor Denise will guide the group through a variety of activities including the mixing of blue hues, creating wind with watercolors and fun with fluffy cloud painting! This workshop is perfect for any spring morning, rain or shine.

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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Minni ColorShop with Mia Cross
Apr
28
10:00 AM10:00

Minni ColorShop with Mia Cross

Ages 6–10

Color us excited to have local painter and skilled colorist Mia Cross leading this most vibrant of workshops. Students will follow an engaging process on their colorful course, first painting from observation, and then working with Mia to name and mix the colors seen in their own art. Through this process participants will learn to identify and recreate a full spectrum of shades, including primary and tertiary colors. Mia's own paintings will be on hand as (colorful) inspiration. 

About Mia
Mia Cross is a Boston-based artist who concentrates in oil painting, mural work, and sculpture. She graduated from Boston University in 2014 with a double major in painting and sculpture. Since that time Mia has participated in multiple residences, has exhibited in solo and group shows throughout New England and New York, and has sold her work to patrons throughout the United States and Europe. Recently she was honored to create murals on the Rose Kennedy Greenway of Boston, throughout Tender Greens restaurant in the Copley Mall, and in the Facebook headquarters in Cambridge. Mia exhibits her work in her studio at 450 Harrison Ave and at Fountain Street Gallery of SoWa.

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Minni ComicShop with Raúl the Third
May
5
10:00 AM10:00

Minni ComicShop with Raúl the Third

Ages 4–10

Calling all comic connoisseurs, aspiring cartoonists and little story tellers! With the guidance of award-winning graphic novelist and illustrator Raúl the Third students will become professional writers and colorists to bring their own original stories to life. Raúl will kick off the workshop with a reading of his newest book ¡Vamos! Let's Go to the Market! before showing students how the most colorful of characters can be created with simple Bic ballpoint pens. Students will learn all about character development and story-telling to transform white boxes into unique mini-comics and suspenseful storylines. Get ready to blast off into the colorful world of graphic novels! 

This workshop coincides with Minni’s current exhibition “Low + Slow” by Raúl the Third. 

About Raúl the Third 
Raúl the Third is an award-winning illustrator and author living in Boston, MA. His work centers around the contemporary Mexican-American experience and his memories of growing up in El Paso, Texas and Ciudad Juarez, Mexico. Using only Bic ballpoint pens Raúl has created four graphic novels with author Cathy Camper for their award winning Lowriders series which includes Lowriders in Space, Lowriders to the Center of the Earth, Lowriders Blast from the Past and the forthcoming Lowriders to the Rescue. Most recently Raúl completed his first authorial project ¡Vamos! Let's Go to the Market! colored by Elaine Bay. In 2017 Raúl the Third was awarded the prestigious Pura Belpre award which is presented to a Latino/Latina writer and illustrator whose work best portrays, affirms and celebrates the Latino cultural experience in an outstanding work of literature for children and youth.

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Minni BeadShop with Larissa Callahan
May
11
10:00 AM10:00

Minni BeadShop with Larissa Callahan

Ages 4–10

Little jewelry designers ages 4–10 are welcomed to an accessories adventure all about winding, looping and stringing together unique beaded creations just in time for Mother’s Day. Owner of South End’s Bead + Fiber Larissa will guide participants through the basics of beading with wire as kiddos create matching bracelets made with a selection of wooden beads and personalized silver charms. Each student will leave with a bracelet of their own and a special gift for mom. 

About Larissa 
Larissa Callahan is a fiber artist and small business owner at Bead + Fiber in Boston's SoWa district. She received a BFA in Fashion Design from Syracuse University in 2013, and has worked in the retail world ever since. In June 2017 Larissa took over B+F from the previous owner and decided to keep the business alive. She teaches workshops in various techniques for jewelry making and knitting, and is most excited to share her love for handcrafts with younger generations.

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Minni Design + Wine - Shibori Scarves
May
16
7:00 PM19:00

Minni Design + Wine - Shibori Scarves

Grown-ups of all ages, artistic abilities and inclinations are welcomed to Minni Design + Wine – Shibori Scarves, an evening of wine sipping and hand-dyeing spring scarves using indigo dye and the ancient Japanese Shibori technique. Instructor Margaret will show participants how to skillfully bind cotton scarves to create a range of unique bright blue + white patterns perfect for spring and summer. All steps of the dyeing process will be clearly explained; all participants will be encouraged to unwind and enjoy. 

About Margaret 
Margaret is an artist, educator and arts administrator creating in Boston, Massachusetts. She earned her BA in Studio Art and Art History from Wheaton College before settling in Boston as Minni’s Program Manager. Margaret has always been driven to spread the same joy she felt while crafting with her mother at the dining room table as a young child. Forever a dedicated advocate of the arts, it’s her mission to inspire joy and facilitate meaningful experiences in the studio. 

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Minni DesignShop
May
19
10:00 AM10:00

Minni DesignShop

Ages 6–10

In this workshop budding decorators and designers ages 6–10 will take on the tiny homes trend as Minni instructor Caroline guides participants through the miniature doors of dollhouses. Students will learn all about basic interior design principles to take control of their own homes as they craft patterned + printed wallpaper, fuzzy rugs, furniture, and even the littlest of light fixtures. Each student will be provided with a pre-made tiny house to decorate and transform into a world of their own.

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 SlimeShop
Mar
16
4:00 PM16:00

Minni SlimeShop

Ages 4–10

Ooey gooey fun is a goopy guarantee in this slippery slime session! Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with gooey green 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 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.

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Minni SlimeShop
Mar
16
2:00 PM14:00

Minni SlimeShop

Ages 4–10

Ooey gooey fun is a goopy guarantee in this slippery slime session! Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with gooey green 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 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.

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Minni KnitShop with Larissa Callahan
Mar
10
10:00 AM10:00

Minni KnitShop with Larissa Callahan

Ages 6–10

Wrap up the weekend with a workshop all about wrapping and winding yarn to make slithery snakes or the softest of scarves. Knowledgeable knitter and owner of South End based Bead + Fiber Larissa will guide aspiring fiber artists ages 6–10 through the process of knitting with a loom, a kid tested handheld device perfect for easy knitting projects. Participants will leave with fundamental knitting knowledge, a loom for later exploration, and a handmade creation of their own. 

About Larissa 
Larissa Callahan is a fiber artist and small business owner at Bead + Fiber in Boston's SoWa district. She received a BFA in Fashion Design from Syracuse University in 2013, and has worked in the retail world ever since. In June 2017 Larissa took over B+F from the previous owner and decided to keep the business alive. She teaches workshops in various techniques for jewelry making and knitting, and is most excited to share her love for handcrafts with younger generations.

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Minni DesignShop
Feb
24
10:00 AM10:00

Minni DesignShop

Ages 6–10

In this workshop budding decorators and designers ages 6–10 will take on the tiny homes trend as Minni instructor Caroline guides participants through the miniature doors of dollhouses. Students will learn all about basic interior design principles to take control of their own homes as they craft patterned + printed wallpaper, fuzzy rugs, furniture, and even the littlest of light fixtures. Each student will be provided with a pre-made tiny house to decorate and transform into a world of their own.

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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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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Wine + Weave - Circle Looms
Feb
7
7:00 PM19:00

Wine + Weave - Circle Looms

Grown ups of all ages, artistic abilities and inclinations are welcomed to Wine + Weave, 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 WashiShop - Valentine's Edition
Feb
3
10:00 AM10:00

Minni WashiShop - Valentine's Edition

Ages 4–10

“Stick” the kids with us at our next WashiShop, 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 create unique Valentine's Day cards for special loved ones. Minni instructor Denise 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.

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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Minni BotShop
Jan
27
10:00 AM10:00

Minni BotShop

Ages 4–10

Gears will be turning for students in our Minni 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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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 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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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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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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