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Free Events for Kids at the Northern Virginia Fine Arts Festival Children’s Art Tent

May 16, 2012

The Northern Virginia Fine Arts Festival is one of the largest art festivals on the East Coast and brings thousands of people to the Reston Town Center over the weekend. During the Festival GreaterRestonArtsCenter hosts a Children’s Art Tent where kids work on a variety of projects. The dates and times for this year’s event are Saturday, May 19 from 10a-5p and Sunday, May 20 from 10a-4p. Children must be accompanied by an adult. The tent is located in Reston Town Square Park and admission is FREE.

Art and Music in harmony in the Children’s Art Tent

Children will have fun creating music related art projects inspired by the International Contemporary Ensemble and will also get a preview of the many children’s educational programs offered by Greater Reston Arts Center (GRACE) in the Children’s Art Tent. Enjoy the Festival then come back to GRACE later to enjoy these programs – GRACE Art, Explore More!, Summer Art Camp, Scout Badge Program and more. GRACE staff and volunteers will be available to give you more information about all of GRACE’s educational programs.

2012 art activities include: Explore More! Art Buckets, GRACE Art Artist Trading Cards, Summer Art Camp Musical Monsters, Festival Paper Bag Hats, Scout Badge Program Musical Instruments, and the Community Mural and Chalk Walk.

Inside the Tent:

Explore More! Art Buckets – Explore More! is our educational program tied to the exhibitions in the GRACE gallery aimed at younger children. Try out an Art Bucket that was designed specifically for this year’s Festival which includes a musical egg shaker, tambourine and play dough.*

GRACE Art Artist Trading Cards – GRACE Art is our art education outreach program in area schools that reaches over 22,000 area children. Create your very own Artist Trading Cards. Keep them for yourself or trade with others. Learn more about bringing this great program to your child’s school.

Summer Art Camp Musical Monsters – GRACE offers 4 weeks of summer art camp taught by Doug Moulden followed by an afternoon of Yoga, Art & Nature from Beloved Yoga. Create musical monsters using recycled CDs. *

Festival Paper Bag Hats – Make a paper bag hat that will be the talk of the Festival.*

Scout Badge Program Musical Instruments – GRACE offers programs for scouts to earn various art badges. Create your own instrument – strum, chime or shake – play it or teach someone else to play it.

Outside the Tent
Community Mural and Chalk Walk – Everyone is welcome to add their artistic mark to the community mural and Chalk Walk located just outside the Children’s Art Tent.*

* denotes projects good for younger children

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