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Free Art Workshops at Allegany State Park

Woodland Fairy Houses and Flower Friends, Journaling and Drawing

Whether you are a camper looking for something to do or are in the mood for a creative day trip, Allegany State Park is your imagination destination.

A series of free art workshops are available to the public as a result of a collaborative program between Allegany State Park and the Cattaraugus County Arts Council. All classes are free and open to the public, but anyone under the age of 12 must be accompanied by an adult 16 years and older.

Woodland Fairy House and Flower Friends will take place Aug. 7, 1–3 p.m. with instructor Julie Mader. Fairies are the tiniest of creatures and to see them it takes a little faith and the right habitat. In this two-hour workshop, learn how to construct a fairy house using twigs, bark, leaves, pine needles, pebbles and other gifts from nature. Participants will create a wonderful habitat for the state park fairies who will love finding a cozy spot to relax. We will also make little flower friends (fairy dolls), who will make the journey home with you from the park. This class fills extremely quickly and is very popular with the younger set. This class is for ages 8 and up (because grownups love fairies too), and ages 5–7 are eligible to come with an adult.

Park It and Draw takes place Aug. 14, noon–2 p.m. with instructor Todd Plough, and is suitable for ages 16 and up. The workshop will cover every aspect of drawing relative to making a successful drawing, as well as how to use the provided materials. The drawing will be done in both black and white charcoal on a rough surface newsprint paper. The artists will learn about composition and how to achieve atmospheric effects along with how to emphasis their subject.

On Aug. 1 and Aug. 21, sign up for Nature Journaling: Taking a Closer Look at What We See. From 10–11 a.m., Reese Peacock will instruct kids ages 8–12. Journaling is a great way to record and recreate an image or artifact from nature. In this one-hour workshop, children will be introduced to art while taking inspiration from nature and the surrounding landscape. Children will be taught how to look at an object and how to draw what they see using a variety of drawing techniques.

Classes are held at the Warming Hut at the Summit Cabin Loop, across from Art Roscoe cross-country ski trails. From I-86, take exit 21 into the park and proceed to the top of the hill. The hut will be on your right, across from the parking lot.

Register for these summer art classes by calling the Cattaraugus County Arts Council at (716) 372-7455 at least 24 hours in advance to reserve your seat. Class space is limited and requires registration.

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