CONTACT: Jami Goldstein
(614) 221-8492
jgoldstein@gcac.org

May 18, 2010

COLUMBUS ARTS FESTIVAL OFFERS HANDS-ON ART ACTIVITIES FOR ENTIRE FAMILY

COLUMBUS, Ohio— The Columbus Arts Festival presented by Time Warner Cable, June 4, 5 and 6 announces Hands-On Arts Activities to take place during the event. Kids and parents can have fun together throwing a clay pot, making a print, glass panels, wooden boats and more! The Greater Columbus Arts Council will showcase the Children’s Gallery on Saturday and Sunday. All activities are for kids and adults.

Activities for Friday, June 4-Sunday, June 6, 11:30 a.m.-5 p.m.:

Float your boat. COSI will guide a sponge boat-making activity so you can take home your creation for fun in the sun and the backyard blow-up pool. For kids and adults.

Artfully adorn yourself. Horizon Science Academy Elementary will be on site to assist Festival-goers in creating artful adornments with jewelry making materials. For kids and adults.

Make an impression. The Columbus College of Art & Design help visitors tap into the imagination by leading a project for creating monoprints, an impression printed from a reprintable block, such as a woodblock. For kids and adults.

Make a fan. The Columbus Museum of Art invites Festival-goers of all ages to create unique watercolor flags using dowel rods, fussing paper and markers. For kids and adults.

Explore glass art.  Artists from Glass Axis will help participants learn enameling techniques and create glass panes with decals. For kids and adults.

Make a bug buddy. Join the Ohio Craft Museum in making wearable creations out of clothespins, cellophane and pipe cleaners. For kids and adults.

Create a critter. Create colorful bird window hangings with tissue paper and kangaroo cups, cute and useful vessels for holding small items, with the Columbus Zoo & Aquarium. For kids and adults.

Build a boat. Learn about boat construction and design in this activity with the Columbus Santa Maria. For kids and adults.

Individual artists Daniel Colvin and Adena Griffith will help participants make paper castings and clay pots. Artist Tara Carter will demonstrate how to throw clay on a potter’s wheel.

Festival Hours: 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Fri., Jun. 4 and Sat., Jun. 5 and 11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sun., Jun. 6.

For more information on the Columbus Arts Festival, call (614) 224-2606 or visit www.ColumbusArtsFestival.org for a complete list of artists, entertainers, stage schedules, interactive arts activities and more. The Columbus Arts Festival is produced by the Greater Columbus Arts Council.

The Columbus Arts Festival is presented by Time Warner Cable. Additional sponsors include: American Electric Power, State Auto Insurance Companies, The Motorists Insurance Group, Giant Eagle and The Westin. Media sponsors are WOSU and alive! Additional media support provided by CD101, Classic Hits 103.9/WMNI, WCBE, WBNS 10TV and Ohio Magazine.

About the Greater Columbus Arts Council: Through vision and leadership, advocacy and collaboration, the Greater Columbus Arts Council supports art and advances the culture of the region. A catalyst for excellence and innovation, we fund exemplary artists and arts organizations and provide programs, events and services of public value that educate and engage all audiences in our community. GCAC thanks the City of Columbus, Franklin County and the Ohio Arts Council for their continued support.

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