Free open art studio held monthly in Newhall

ARTree volunteer, Emma Winter leads a sponge art activity as Sage Coleman, age 7, right, listens eagerly with her mother Jessica. February 01, 2020. Bobby Block / The Signal.
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When children and their parents visit the ARTree Community Arts Center’s free monthly art workshop, they only have to bring one thing:

Their creativity.

“Everyone has creativity,” said Michael Powell, chair and instructor of the program. “It is a passion of mine to create and ARTree gives me the opportunity to do that and share.” 

On the first Saturday of each month, ARTree hosts the free art workshop from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., giving children and their parents an opportunity to participate in different art projects. Every month, the center creates three new art projects in their “Flutterby Art Studio,” so the community can explore art, said Sheri Carlson, education chair of the center. 

“Parents can sit next to their children and make something,” said Carlson. “It’s a chance to do something together.”

Iris Arnold paints a Valentine’s Day card at the ARTree studio in Newhall Saturday morning as part of a community art event. February 01, 2020. Bobby Block / The Signal.

Carlson said Powell is the “father of the program” and has been with the program since its start. 

Powell was first drawn to ARTree after observing teachers with their students at the center and Powell said the teachers looked like they were having fun with the students. 

Saturday’s workshop had a Valentine’s Day theme where guests could paint Valentine’s cards along with other love-related projects. Parents helped their children with their projects, and others were seen completing ones of their own.

Residents complete craft activities at the ARTree Community Arts Center in Newhall Saturday morning. February 02, 2020. Bobby Block / The Signal.

Washable markers, Sharpies, paints and other art supplies covered the workshop as children utilized each one in their projects. Children worked diligently on their crafts, and once they completed them, they were sure to share their art with the group. 

“Eventually, we would like to expand the program on another night to be more geared towards adults,” said Carlson. “People don’t get enough chances to just create something.” 

ARTree volunteers helped at the event by guiding children through their crafts while others greeted families into the workshop.

Residents complete craft activities at the ARTree Community Arts Center in Newhall Saturday morning. February 02, 2020. Bobby Block / The Signal.

“Creativity is No. 1 in my life,” said ARTree volunteer Rick Rickson. “I think (this workshop) is wonderful for everyone and it doesn’t matter what age you are.” 

The Flutterby open art studio is appropriate for all ages and is supported, in part, by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors and the city of Santa Clarita. 

“I think art is vital for the community because it gives people the opportunity to be creative,” said Carlson. 

For more information, email Michael Powell at [email protected]. The next session is scheduled March 7, at 22508 6th St., in the ARTree Community Arts Center.

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