November & December Workshops

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IMG_0510-smallNovember and December workshops listed below are now open.IMG_0461-small

The first session of Autumn Constellations, a science and creative writing workshop, continues into the second week of November. The second session will follow, please see below.

October’s Nature Art and Poetry workshop ends Oct 31. The new Winter Notebook art and poetry workshop follows, please see below.

November’s Journal to Essay workshop is scheduled for mid-morning on Saturdays, please see below. 

Please send an email to register, for all workshops.

Drop-in Art for recently or currently enrolled families continues, with some changes: Moms, if you’d like to come paint, with or without your child/ren, Saturday afternoons between 2 pm – 5 pm, please drop by. Not open Oct 26; open Saturdays Nov 2, 16, and 30. Please drop a note any given week if you plan to come–thanks!

Art  & Art/Poetry Workshops Weekend Creative Writing Workshops
Winter Notebook (Nov/Dec) From Journal to Essay, Non-Fiction (Nov/Dec)
Science Workshops  
Autumn Constellations II (Nov/Dec)  

Fall 2013 Schedule Is Here

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September 5, 2013

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From the Nature Notebook workshop

The fall schedule is complete, and all workshops scheduled are listed on the Fall 2013 page–please take a look! Art, poetry, creative non-fiction, and fiction workshops for kids aged 7 to 13. This age range is already expanding!

Please note, the September painting workshop now starts Sep 12, Thursday. Altered (lower) rates on the schedule page. Thank you immensely for waiting,  and it’s not too late to sign up. Please email to register. 

ALSO: New Wednesday Morning Workshop in October for Home-Schooled Children: Nature Printing, Painting, Sketching, Art and Poetry. 

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Writing haiku and sketching sea creatures

We’re open for registration–please contact us by email or fill in the form on the Register page.  If you like the look of a workshop, signing up early will ensure a space. These workshops tend to fill abruptly and overnight!

NOTE ON FALL PRICING:  Please note, these fall workshops are being priced at a slightly higher rate than spring and summer workshops to allow for acquiring of new and better materials and equipment to enhance our workshop space. We do plan to keep all workshops at this affordable level for all families, so no changes beyond this are anticipated. Thank you for understanding.

August Poetry and Painting Still Open

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Summer’s flying by at The Wishing Well and we don’t want you to miss out on summer art and poetry! Next week’s Transforming Medusa: Recreating Stories from Mythology camp filled up overnight and is now FULL. Registration for this camp is closed. 

However a few spots remain in both August camps, two in New England Poetry and four in Painting Water.  Please sign up now if you are interested!

Last week was a full one of nature art, nature poetry, and nature prose at Create a Nature Notebook in the Milton Art Center–a packed and very inspiring workshop which has spawned all sorts of new ideas for workshops, journals, blogs…this workshop runs again at The Wishing Well the last week of July (currently full/closed), and will return in the fall. It is designed to inspire kids to get closer to nature, to create and recreate from observing the flora and fauna around them, and to write poetry and prose out of their real-life and imaginative encounters with the natural world. Judging from the prodigious flow of poems that came out of this workshop, and the tangible joy the kids expressed in all the art projects we embarked on, the plan worked!

I hope to expand this web space to include story-writing, poetry, science, and art resources and links for children and parents who read and write and paint and draw, stay tuned!  I am also working on the photo gallery, soon to be unveiled!

The schedule for Fall art, science, and writing workshops and camps will be posted shortly.  

Summer Camps Filling Fast

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Two upcoming camps in July have filled up fast–Write a Story (July 8-12) and Create a Nature Notebook (July 28-Aug 2) workshops are currently FULL. Registration for these 2 is closed.

However, a  few spaces remain in the camps for mid-July and August. Because these spaces are filling quickly, please call or email to reserve your space now. 

Registration for the following summer camps remains open:

Transforming Medusa: Recreating Stories from Mythology, July 22-26

New England Poetry: “Easy Wind and Downy Flake,” August 5-9

Painting Water: Beach, River, Lake Scapes, August 12-14

As always, participants are signed in on a first-come, first-served basis. 

Painters and Storytellers

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artgroup2So the first Seven Colors of Spring workshop drew to a close this evening. June’s workshop opens next week and several of the young artists in May’s workshop will continue next month–yay!

I will keep with me many moments from this workshop, but mostly I love that each and every one threw herself into her art with passion and vigor. Even the one not-so-sure artist from the start consented to extend himself more fully into his art, using blending techniques and choosing complementary colors today on his Matisse collage. The youngest in the group showed an astounding facility with pure color.

Each week we focused on one or two new artists and learned a few new techniques artgroup3with acrylics or oil pastels. Copying a Monet waterlily painting with oil pastels and an Impressionist Van Gogh landscape proved to be especially popular. This week’s focus on Matisse and Klimt also yielded some exquisite and imaginative collages and dazzling Adeles in ball gowns of various glowing colors with various symbolic creatures and patterns imprinted.

Some pics from the first day, finally, and I’ll set up the Gallery shortly, with many more examples of the truly extravagant and amazing work that this workshop elicited. artgroupThank you, all, in this very special first group, for helping create this first, most, vast, everything workshop! I wish you all Much Art always, and hope you will Paint Forever!

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Art & Creative Writing Workshops on Boston’s South Shore

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How exciting to note The Wishing Well opened last week with a painting workshop–Seven Colors of Spring: Painting in Vibrant Color. This is the first run of Seven Colors which will also run during summer camp in June and will be offered at the Milton Art Center in July.  Ten children in the general age-group 7-10 came to play with color wheels, learn about Georgia O’ Keefe, view her extravagantly beautiful flower paintings, talk about how she uses color and form, and experiment with painting flowers in her style, using blending techniques and painting from real-life–real flowers, that is–deep red carnations, vibrantly yellow sunflowers, delicate white and yellow fleabane, impossibly fragrant pink lilies, wild berries, pink roses, and an exquisite purple orchid. It was a rainy, thundery evening, which precluded our viewing rainbows through prisms as planned, but after our discussions of primary and secondary colors, cool and warm colors, and Georgia O’ Keefe’s sweeping shapes and forms and lines, all the kids broke open their paint boxes, chose vibrant colors, and painted sunflowers and orchids and lilies with abandon.

The Wishing Well opens this spring in Quincy, Massachusetts for art and creative writing BostonMamas.comworkshops (science-, art-, and humanities-themed) for the general age-group 7-12.  Our aim is to provide creative art and writing workshops for children eager to learn, with a passion to grow in the visual or language arts. Visit our About page for a sense of who we are and what we are trying to accomplish.

For a list of ongoing and summer camp workshops, please visit Current Workshops. 

Because this is our first year, all workshops are very modestly priced. Register today for summer workshops!