Craft fairs are a great place for kids to learn about different art mediums and creativity, talk to the artists, and have fun with art.
This summer we visited the spring CRAFT PHILA Liberty Bell Fair. It’s a small street-side artist (craft) fair with food trucks, but has a little bit of everything. Craft fairs are a great place for kids to learn about different art mediums and creativity, talk to the artists, and have fun with art. It’s also a great place to pick up one-of-a-kind art, home decor, and gifts. My kids loved the food and the Young Rembrandts art class the most.
Young Rembrandts, Inc. is a company that goes to area schools and holds after-school art programs. The Young Rembrandt after-school art program runs 8 weeks. Each class is an hour long, parent funded, and held at the child’s school. Each week budding artists go home with a new piece of art.
My kids had so much fun sitting outside in this popup art studio and my daughter chose to learn how to draw an ice cream sundae. The art instructor took them through the process of creating their masterpieces and then the kids colored them with markers or colored pencils.
We also learned a little about glass and metal sculptures, where the artist takes glass dust and applies it to copper, silver, or gold and heats it to a liquid then fires it to the sculpture. The artist then adds layer upon layer until the piece is finished. The patience and detail that is required for making these beautiful pieces is quite obvious when you look at the quality of each sculpture and we each had a favorite piece.
One of my daughter’s favorite booths was one that carried handmade gift boxes, most notably the pink pig boxes. What piglet wouldn’t want one? I definitely see my little crafter trying to make these someday.
Another favorite booth was the shrinky dink style jewelry that is made using the artist’s drawings. If you are looking for affordable eclectic jewelry they have some really cool pieces and it is a fun thing to show the kids that crafty things they do as kids could turn into a hobby or living in the future.
Check out a craft fair near you and take the time to wander through and see what great things can inspire your kids and all the fun things they can learn about artistry outside the books. There were so many ways to reinforce things they learned through this school year and to refresh their memory. You might even find some good food (and chocolate) as an extra bonus. You can check out the fall CRAFT PHILA Liberty Bell Fair on October 3 and 4.
Plan to take a trip across the street to The Independence Hall Visitor’s Center, Liberty Bell, and Independence Hall – all great free historical sites.