Arts and Crafts Fun Activities for Kids in the Triangle

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Beat the heat by getting creative this summer and exploring various arts and crafts activities.

Classes at Southern Charm Gift Boutique
Throughout July – Classes for ages 12 or 14 and older throughout July cover activities such as rock painting, dip painting, clay work and more. Visit the website for dates and times. Southern Charm Gift Boutique, Cary Town Center, 1105 Walnut St., Cary. 919-467-7514. etsy.com/shop/c3etsy.

Michaels Passport to Imagination Classes
Through Aug. 2 – Triangle Michaels locations offer crafting classes for ages 5 and older that explore the landmarks and icons from seven continents. Mondays, Wednesday and Fridays, 10 a.m.-noon. $2/child. Space is limited. michaels.com.

A.C. Moore Arts and Craft Summer Fun Wednesdays
Through Aug. 14 – Summer craft program for ages 4-12 every Wednesday, 1-3 p.m., featuring projects involving canvas bags, stickers, Model Magic, frames, puzzles and more. Free. acmoore.com.

Parent and Child Clay Workshop: Thrown From the Wheel.
July 2 – Learn to throw from the wheel and complete a clay piece that will be dipped in glaze and fired. Ages 2-12. Registration required. $15/child. 4-5:30 p.m. Durham Arts Council, Northgate Mall, 1058 W. Club Blvd., Durham. 919-560-2726. durhamarts.org.

First Friday at Marbles: Build It!
July 5 – Figure out fun design challenges as a family and get hands-on with the Imagination Playground. All ages. $5 ages 1-adult. 5-8 p.m. Marbles Kids Museum, 201 E. Hargett St., Raleigh. 919-834-4040. bn.com.

Painting as a Place
July 6 – Look at artworks that capture a place then paint a place that is important to you. Ages 6-9. Register online. Free for members, $5 nonmembers. 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m or 1-2:30 p.m. Ackland Art Museum, 101 S. Columbia St., Chapel Hill. 919-962-3342. ackland.web.unc.edu/family-programs/art-adventures.

Summer Drop-in Studio
July 10, 17, 24 and 31 – Kids make art. Free. Noon-3 p.m. N.C. Museum of Art, 2110 Blue Ridge Rd., Raleigh. 919-839-6262. ncartmuseum.org.

Sad Rags to Glad Rags
July 11 – Transform an old T-shirt into a new fashion using upcycled materials. Ages 12 and older. Registration required. $15. 5:30-7:30 p.m. Cary Creative Center, 155 Wilkinson Ave., Cary. etsy.com/shop/c3etsy.

Artspace’s Awesome Action Painting Class
July 13 – Create your own artwork based on artist Jackson Pollock’s action painting techniques. Throw, flick, drip, splatter and spray paint. Wear clothes that can get messy. Take a snack or lunch. For rising grades 3-5. Registration required. $35 nonmembers, $30 members plus $12 registration fee. 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Artspace, 201 E. Davie St., Raleigh. 919-821-2787. artspacenc.org.

Family Fun Saturday: Portraits in Your Pocket
July 13 – Design your own currency and examine the portrait on the $5 bill. Ages 5-11 with family. Registration required. $3 members, $5 nonmembers. 10 a.m., 1 p.m. N.C. Museum of Art, 2110 Blue Ridge Rd., Raleigh. 919-715-5923. ncartmuseum.org/calendar.

Sculpey Clay Basics
July 17 – Learn about clay and make an item. Ages 6 and older. Registration required. $15. 11-12:30 p.m. Cary Creative Center, 155 Wilkinson Ave., Cary. etsy.com/shop/c3etsy.

Make a Wind Chime
July 25 – Make a wind chime from old objects. Ages 7 and older. Registration required. $5. 5:30-7 p.m. Cary Creative Center, 155 Wilkinson Ave., Cary. 919-463-0883. etsy.com/shop/c3etsy.

Summer Family Craft Night
July 26 – Make jellyfish lanterns and shimmer shells. Younger children can enjoy seashell play dough and beach coloring sheets. $5/person. 4-6 p.m. Bull City Craft, 2501 University Dr., Durham. 919-419-0800. bullcitycraft.com.

Artspace’s Screenprinting Class
July 27 – Make one-of-a-kind T-shirts, wall hangings and personalized cards using thermal screenprinting. Take a snack or lunch. For rising grades 6-8. Registration required. $35 nonmembers, $30 members plus $12 registration fee. 10:30am-1:30 p.m. Artspace, 201E. Davie St., Raleigh. 919-821-2787. artspacenc.org.

Family Fun Saturday: Art of the Silhouette
July 27 – Make a silhouette and discover how an artist used this traditional art form to create a revolutionary painting. Ages 5-11 with family. Registration required. $3 members, $5 nonmembers. 10 a.m., 1 p.m. N.C. Museum of Art, 2110 Blue Ridge Rd., Raleigh. 919-715-5923. ncartmuseum.org/calendar.

Upcycled Jewelry Class
July 31 – Learn basic jewelry-making techniques. Ages 8 and older. Registration required. $15. 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Cary Creative Center, 155 Wilkinson Ave., Cary. 919-463-0883. etsy.com/shop/c3etsy.

Storytelling through Art
Aug. 3 – Listen to a story from another culture and create your own illustrated storybook. Ages 6-9. Register online. Free for members, $5 nonmembers. 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m or 1-2:30 p.m. Ackland Art Museum, 101 S. Columbia St., Chapel Hill. 919-962-3342. ackland.web.unc.edu/family-programs/art-adventures.

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