Edmonds Kind of Play: Art projects done remotely — all the fun, no cleanup

Jen Marx
Jen Marx

The theme of this week is art, art that happens on someone else’s watch. The mythical mother I was going to be had a house with happy kids who do wonderful art projects. It was going to be magic — sitcom or margarine commercial magic. While we do have fun things we do each year, like tissue ghosts for Halloween, I don’t offer messy art projects as much as the version of me I dreamed up when I was pregnant did. I did have sharpie on my counter tops, ball point pen on the back door, and crayon on about every wall despite my deciding I was above becoming the harried Mom shot in black and white during a commercial for detergent or a cup that carries a drink AND snacks. While my kids have free reign over the “art drawer,” I am still a huge fan of messy art projects done remotely. We have a lot of options coming up right here in Edmonds.

Next Tuesday, Oct. 7, Glazed and Amazed has Starving Student Day. High School and college students can head to the shop, 514 Main Street, and receive $2 off with valid student ID. You can contact Glazed and Amazed at 425-673-5474

I called Debbie at Edmonds Parks and Recreation to make sure all of the following weekly art classes still have space and as of Thursday, they do. Each class is held at Frances Anderson Center, 700 Main Street. You can register by calling 425-771-0230 or visiting reczone.org.

The Joy of Art is a class for kids ages 5 to 8 and starts Oct. 11. Saturdays starting at 9:30 a.m., kids will “learn fundamental art elements: color theory, line and shape” — all kinds of fun projects like painting, printmaking, sculpture, paper mache, movable art, mixed media, and collage.

Those 9 to 13 years old can join a painting class Saturdays at 11 a.m.. Kids will create art to build skills and confidence. They will also “learn composition and color theory while experimenting with water soluble media such as acrylic, pastels and watercolors.”

Starting Monday, Oct. 13, kids ages 6 to 12 can take Adventures in Drawing. Debbie told me this one fills up fast. The classes, which start at 6:30 p.m., have new drawing projects each week that “expose students to a variety of artistic styles, cultural interpretations and mediums.” The class is designed for fun as well as confidence in self-expression.

I wanted to add one more event, even though it’s not exactly art related. This Saturday, Oct. 4is the 6th annual Celebrate Schools 5K Run/Walk. The event, sponsored by the Foundation for Edmonds School District, was a big hit last year and promises to be a great time again. There is a Children’s Fun Run, the 5k, and a Battle of the Bands. I saw video from this last year and it was really amazing. The event will again be emceed by my friend Maury Eskenazi from Fox Sports 1380 and this year he will be joined by Lynnwood Mayor Nicola Smith. You can register here and packet pick up is at 7 a.m. on Saturday

– By Jennifer Marx

Jen Marx, an Edmonds Mom of two young boys, is a traffic reporter by dawn and writer and PBJ maker by day. She is always looking for a fun place to take the kids that makes them tired enough to go to bed on time. You can find her trying to make sense of begging kids to ” just eat the mac n cheese” at SnackMomSyndrome.com. If you have a kid-friendly event you’d like to share, email her at [email protected].

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