Worcester Think Tank takes over LACI for a day!

Tuesday, January 13, the first day of our 8-week session, will be a special collaboration between Worcester Think Tank and LACI. Lauren Monroe and Adam Zelny will be taking over LACI for the day and working with kids of all ages on a multidisciplinary, hands-on project.

Our study groups will run for 7 weeks, starting on January 20. All LACI members and students enrolled in one study group are invited to participate for the full day on January 13.

Keep an eye on this announcement for updates with more details about the project. Without giving anything away yet, we can say that every idea that came out of our brainstorming meeting was thrilling to one and all!

Bookmaking Arts

Winter 2015
11:00 – 12:00
Instructor: Jen Swan

Ancient art and more modern art can be very different — even in the same country! You’ll make four book projects in this study group that prove it. You’ll learn about the Four Noble Ones from ancient Japan and create a book with Japanese ink painting. Then, fast-forward to a more modern Japan and create a quirky book with anime and manga. Illuminated manuscripts dominated medieval England, so you’ll learn about that and create your own book of illumination. Then, you’ll make a Steampunk-inspired book, complete with metal gears. You’ll have an enlightened understanding of ancient and modern art from two different cultures by the end of this study group … not to mention four beautiful handmade books!

In this workshop, we will focus on the ancient and modern cultures of Japan and England as we create one of a kind artist books.

Book one: The Four Noble Ones
Format: Accordion fold with paper wrapped hard cover

We will learn the skills needed to paint the four noble ones (bamboo, orchid, plum blossom and chrysanthemum) in traditional style using bamboo brushes, sumi ink and sumi paper. These will then be presented in an accordion fold book using decorative papers and signature stamps.

Book two: Manga madness
Format: Meander book with comic book style boxes and thought bubbles

In this fun book style, we will learn how to draw characters in manga style as well as creating a storyline.

Book three: Illuminated manuscript
Format: Gilded dowel scroll with ribbon closure

Focusing on the art of illuminated letters, this manuscript scroll with be painted on parchment with decorative design work, lettering and golden illumination.

Book four: Victorian Steam Punk
Format: Hardcover Scrapbook with duct tape hinge and drilled screw posts

This book will incorporate the industrial and edgy qualities of steam punk style with the old Europe feel of luxury. This hard cover assemblage will include bits of fabric, metal and gears in addition to collaged and drawn imagery.

Open House on Tuesday, September 9 at First Congregational Church in Shrewsbury

Please join us for an Open House before the fall session of LACI begins (our start date is September 30) on Tuesday, September 9 from 11:00 -12:00 in our rented space at the First Congregational Church in Shrewsbury. Come see our beautiful art studio, classroom space and more, meet the founders, members and kids and find out more about what LACI can offer your family.

There will be activities for the kids, so be sure to bring them!

Our deadline for registering for the fall 8-week session will be September 16 (if you want to avoid a late fee), so the open house is the perfect time to sign up!

Then, join us at Dean Park’s North Pavilion for a bring-your-own picnic and playtime.


Introduction to Anatomy and Physiology: Dissection Lab (ages 11+)

Fall 2014
11:00 – 12:00

This study group will focus on introducing anatomy and physiology through the study of the worm, grasshopper, fish, and frog. During the course of this study group, we will work on our lab skills and learn dissection technique. We’ll learn about the central nervous system, the circulatory system, muscles and bones, and more. With the grasshopper, we’ll also take an up-close look at what makes insects such fascinating and unique creatures. This study group will also serve as a pre-cursor for a more advanced anatomy class to be offered in the winter session.

Materials fee will be approximately $20.

Hispanic Heritage (ages 9+)

Fall 2014
1:00 – 2:00

Hispanic Heritage month runs from September 15th to October 15th when Independence days in Mexico and Central America are observed. This year, we’re going to celebrate at LACI as well. This study group will learn about the hispanic culture through folk tales, craft, food, cooking, and games. Each week, we’ll explore Spanish-speaking countries and see how they have influenced our lives here in America through language, cuisine, and culture. Leave your passport at home – we’ll travel the world without leaving Shrewsbury!

Materials fee will be approximately $25.

Science Art: Optics (ages 8+)

Fall 2014
1:00 – 2:00

Explore the world of light and sight with art. Together, we’ll create geometric stained glass windows, fancy tessellations, and fun optical illusions to trick your friends and family. We’ll take a slightly more sophisticated take on optical illusions, reflection/refraction, transparency/opaqueness while combining science, math and optics. We’re going to get messy and create some art!

Other activities may include:

Materials fee will be approximately $10.

Color Art (ages 5+)

Fall 2014
1:00 – 2:00

Color is one ingredient in a recipe for beautiful artwork, and certain artists lend themselves to the study of this. We’ll look at Mondrian’s work and study primary colors, and we’ll paint in gold while studying Klimt. Andy Warhol’s lesser known flower prints are a great example of color usage, and we’ll make prints like his. There will be lots of books and pictures to help us learn about the artists and of course we’ll create our own colorful artwork using professional materials.

Other activities may include:

  • creating Fauvist self-portraits
  • exploring the sound of color through Kandinsky’s modern art
  • making stained glass ornaments

Materials fee will be approximately $10.

LACI How to Train Your Dragon (ages 8+)

Fall 2014
11:00 – 12:00

Based on the wildly fun book series, How to Train Your Dragon by Cressida Cowell, this study group will combine all that is fun about the books with studying Viking history, Norse Mythology, dragons in myth and reality, languages and more. One week, we might make a schedule for training a Gila monster while learning about the Norse contributions to the calendar. Another week, we might learn why Hiccup is so different from the stereotypical Viking and whether or not they deserve the fierce reputation they’ve acquired. Perhaps we’ll create our own Viking shields or learn to write Dragonese, too.

Other activities may include:

  •  planning a Viking meal
  • creating our own “A Hero’s Guide to Deadly Dragons” book
  • choosing the Norse god that would best fit with different dragons
  • making Viking crafts

Materials fee will be approximately $10.

Getting Ready for Winter: Cooking (ages 5+)

Fall 2014
11:00 – 12:00

How do people, plants and animals get ready for winter? In this study group, we’ll look at how people from different cultures and different time periods harvest their food and make some of their staple autumn recipes. We’ll also study how animals get ready for winter, and compare and contrast animal and human harvest habits. This study group will be a wonderful mix of history, cultural study, plant and animal study and of course, cooking!

Some other activities may include:

  • Comparing seed dormancy with animal hibernation
  • Learning how different animals prepare for winter in different ways
  • Contrasting how people from long ago prepared for winter with how we prepare for winter
  • Making recipes with staple harvest ingredients from history, different cultures and now

Materials fee will be approximately $25