Wednesday, February 5, 2014

A new year, a fresh take

A new year, a fresh take
by Rachel K

Another new year has rolled by! Each day is so exciting, so inspiring to see what folks decide to put together. I'm glad to have been taking pictures, otherwise I would have a hard time explaining it to anyone.

Yet, it's more than the finished products that make Sticky so special. It's having the space and time to be together, shoulder to shoulder, knee deep in corks and cardboard! It reminds me to slow down and enjoy even the simplest of things. Take some paper, tear it into strips, cut pictures from magazines, and as I am gluing it reminds me of a story which inspires the art. Add some fun folks around the table, some good music, and there's no other place I'd rather be.

I have learned, however, that it's not everyone who can see random scrappy arts materials and feel comfortable using them. A little structure goes a long way, so I am adding a Family Class to the weekday early mornings. I will change the theme every week, based on materials from our reuse collection. The projects will be simple and inspire us to do more art together at home, too. As we learn the properties of things, we will become skilled crafters and build on successes-- with lots of room for mistakes!

Open Lab times will concentrate into the weekday afternoons and Saturday mornings for Coffee & Crafts. These times have less structure, and more time for you to explore and try something new. I am also adding a monthly Last Saturday Workshop in the afternoon. These will be more focused on skill-building with more specific materials, and with a local artist who has a talent to share. For kids a little older, teens and grown-ups, too.

Dig around in the new website, sign up for something! Let's remember what it's like to play intuitively, and use our hands and brains to tackle a design challenge. We will learn to trust ourselves more, to trust each other, and find a new freedom we didn't know was there before.

Warm wishes for this fresh new year!

Saturday, December 21, 2013

One last day at Sticky Art Lab's PopUp!

Thank you for supporting the artists and crafters that live right here in the Bay Area-- often repurposing materials to keep more out of the waste stream. Less packaging, made from the heart. You get a big Sticky thumb's up for buying local!

Saturday, Dec 21st is our last day of our 3-week PopUp Craft Market.
We are offering 15% OFF of all remaining items on the shelf.
Today Only! Extended retail hours: 10AM- 7PM

Friday, November 22, 2013

A Little Serendipity

Building silly contraptions after school
A bird's nest, a tree and a rocket
Tape then paint-- peel and wow!

A Little Serendipity

We've been having all kinds of fun at Sticky lately. Between our Open Family Lab, the After School Program and Workshops on Fridays, we are continually amazed at what folks come up with-- just by playing with materials and figuring out how different things go together. There is important learning going on here!

Visited by you-know-who the other morning

That slope doesn't let the rubber band snap high enough... 
That kind of glue didn't work to make the leaf stick...
This tape doesn't peel right...
My figure keeps falling over...

Sometimes things don't go how we planned. But with a little patience and serendipity we figure something else out, often exceeding our original expectations. We won't know till we try! 

We hope you can visit us soon-- to explore new materials, to make mistakes, to let go and try again, to trust yourself, to be spontaneous. The results might surprise you.

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Comedic Arts at the Lab

Comedic Arts at the Lab: 

COMICS DRAWING WORKSHOP in 2 parts, Oct 25 & Nov 1
ONE DAY CLOWN Camp Day, Nov 8

COMIC ARTS (2 parts)
Instructor: Damon Guthrie
Fridays, October 25 & Nov 1, 3:30-5:30pm
$35/session, or $70/two-part series
Sketch your own characters and put them in a comic world while learning vital techniques and secrets of comic art.  We will use pencil, pen and watercolor in our practice utilizing professional instruments of the industry.  Each child leaves with a heightened sense of their own comic-artistic ability, their character drawings/developments/storyboards, a comic-art booklet created by Damon for future discipline and guidance and a SameTeam.Us greeting card! Let’s Draw!

For full list of our Fall Friday Workshop Series, click HERE
To REGISTER for classes, click HERE

ALSO, more clowning around:

Instructor: Mariah Castle  
Friday, November 8, 9am -5pm, ages 8-12*
$65 per student

Join Malcolm X Elementary School Drama teacher, Mariah Castle, for a one-day physical comedy acting camp. We'll be exploring the theater disciplines of Improv and Clown. Come tickle your funny bone! Kids will have a chance for making crafts before and after the clowning around.
*younger kids and siblings are welcome to join a Puppet and Theater camp simultaneously, same hours, $65 per child.

Friday, October 18, 2013

Mini Maker Faire

Come see us at the Mini Maker Faire this Sunday from 10-5pm.  We'll be making Monster Dream Pillows and selling our new ArtKits.

Saturday, September 7, 2013

After School Art Program


After School Program & Friday Workshop Series

Friday Workshop Series
Fridays 3:30-- 5:30pm, $35, ages 6-12
Pick a Friday, or a few! Our series of Fall Workshops focus on gift-making for the holidays, and Spring Workshops explore science themes. See list of descriptions and register HERE

“Design & Build” After School Program
Tues-Wed-Thurs 2:30 pm-- 5:30 pm​, $25 per child per day, ages 6 - 12
Experiment with arts and scraps materials and bring home a unique handmade project​!​ ​They will enjoy the “Project of the Day” and then self-directed but guided and supported studio time.​ We can also make time for homework, reading and snack.

You can SIGN UP FOR 1- 3 DAYS PER WEEK (plus add Friday workshops if you wish). Invoices are sent at end of each month. Call to register: 510-981-1148

SCHOOL BUS? We coordinate with the Berkeley Unified School District transportation system. Or why not start a neighborhood walking bus with friends? A parent shuttle?

Also, DROP OFF your kiddos on the spur of the moment! Need that extra coffee or work time? ​During the school year, you can drop off ​kids ages 6 - 12 at Sticky ​for $15 per hour​, 2:30 to 5:30 pm, Tues-Thurs. Whew! (Limited capacity, call ahead.)

Bay Area parents agree that Sticky Art Lab is a Totally Awesome resource for kids art classes and creative play. We won the 2013 Red Tricycle Totally Awesome Award for “Most Awesome Art Classes for Kids!”

All classes at:
Sticky Art Lab
1682 University Ave @ McGee/Jefferson
plant a fairy garden
build a fort!

try wool felting

Monday, July 8, 2013

Summer Stick-to-it-tive-ness

SUMMER, we are off to a Sticky start, and we're sticking with it.

What a blast so far! Campers are rolling up their sleeves and blending paper pulp to make artsy paper; mixing up the paste for paper mache animals; trying a hand at throwing a bowl on the pottery wheel; folding modular origami creations; planning and building table-top cities and forests.

In small camp groups, the kids get plenty of social time, tell jokes, and have a chance to share ideas and create together. This makes for lively studio time! Drop in and see what the kids are doing-- come in for Family Lab time and share in the fun. Check out the website calendar or summer camp page, you can see the themes or the week. We can often extend the materials onto the family tables-- just ask us.
See our new expanded studio space!

We are enjoying a little Grown-up time, too! We are adding more programs for adults, and have ideas for so many more. Share your ideas also, drop us a line. We want to try a weekday evening, and a weekend afternoon. Let us know your preferences and let's see if we can't start up some lasting programs-- for all members of the family.

Finally, we have a new artist in the Storefront Gallery. Help us welcome Erin Garcia and her Feed the Fish co. paper and felt crafts. You will love her very clean style and crisp presentation, not to mention her super adorable designs. Grab a handmade card, felt pin, or special event banner.

Hope your summer is full of warm sun and smiles, and a little crafting time with your family.

Save the date! Sticky 2-year birthday party, Sunday July 21, starts at 1pm.

See you soon at Sticky!
--Rachel K