Kids get creative at Richmond Art Center’s Spring Family Day

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By Zach Chouteau

The ‘Rich Life’ segment always enjoys dropping by the Richmond Art Center (RAC) on Barrett Avenue, particularly when the vital venue is hosting one of their free family fiestas.

That was the case on Saturday, when the RAC’s Spring Family Day presented plenty of art-making options for the little ones indoors and out, ranging from button-making to screen-printing and paper flower creation. Some new elements this year included food booths from Kim’s Louisiana Fried Turkey and Botanas Poblanos—serving up some roasted corn on a stick that appeared to be a big hit; another fresh offering was a blown-glass demonstration by Ralph McCaskey that totally transfixed kids as well as adults.

My Kindergartener son Logan had a great time, not only encountering some of his Mira Vista Elementary schoolmates but making some awesome art to take home for mom for Mother’s Day. Among the DIY takeaway were wearable pins, a screen-printed tote bag, paper box and cool cards.

Some DJ music added to the fun, and a shout-out is well-deserved to the helpful staff on hand, including Dance Doyle assisting with paper flowers, Jocelyn Jones assisting with some lovely leaf prints and Lisa DiPrima—who has also taught art at my son’s school—helping kids construct colorful paper birds and boxes.

Another highlight was an artsy scavenger hunt guided by a project booklet that prompted kids to explore the amazing artwork made by local Richmond youth in the RAC’s long entrance gallery. The clever concept had children sketching their favorite mask from a colorful display among other objectives, with crayons and stickers given to successful participants.

The ‘Rich Life’ also learned that the RAC has a robust Summer Art Camp coming up teaching a variety of subjects and mediums to artistically inspired youngsters.

To find out more, just visit www.richmondartcenter.org.

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