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Art in the Park

June 9, 2022, 3:00 PM5:00 PM

|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every week that begins at 3:00 PM on Thursday, repeating until August 11, 2022


Art in the Park is back! Once again, Waterville Creates has joined forces with the Waterville Public Library and the Colby College Museum of Art to offer dynamic, creative summer programming to provide arts experiences for all. This season will kick off with a new summer reading series and will have lots of engaging arts activities each week. Special guests will include practicing artists, local musicians, and area teachers!

Each Thursday participants at Art in the Park will create works based on a book or community theme. Watch a “how to” project demonstration, then make your own creation at Head of Falls, the large, open, green space located in downtown Waterville adjacent to the historic Kennebec River.

Each week, a book will be read aloud to participants as they build and create. Bring a blanket or chair to get comfortable while listening and creating. This program is free and open to all ages and levels of experience.

We will reschedule or cancel in the event of rain.

Scroll down for this summer's schedule:

June 9, 2022: Create Your Own Seed Paper / Book: “Sonya’s Chickens” by Phoebe Wahl

Paper that blooms! Inspired by Ticonic Gallery’s Exhibition, The Farm Tools Project, learn the process of making eco-friendly paper, made with plants, and wildflower seeds. Planting instructions will be included. Special thanks to Fedco Seeds, Clinton, Maine.


June 16, 2022: Seed Mosaics / Book: “Before We Eat, From Farm to Table” by Pat Brisson

Make a mosaic with seeds, beans, and grains- inspired by Ticonic Gallery’s exhibition, The Farm Tools Project. In the spirit of recycling, each seed mosaic will use seeds that are older and no longer viable to plant. Special thanks to Fedco Seeds, Clinton, Maine.


June 23, 2022: Fun with Photography / Book: “Take a Picture of Me, James Van Der Zee!” by Andrea J. Loney


June 30, 2022: Ashley Bryan: An Inspiration / Book: “Ashley Bryan’s ABC of African American Poetry”


July 7, 2022: Common Threads Art Tent / Book “Maybe Something Beautiful: How Art Transformed a Neighborhood” by Isabel Campoy and Theresa Howell

Come one, come all! Make art! Tell your story!  Create hand-printed flags, posters, and story totems with stamping, relief printing, and collage with artists Elizabeth Jabar and Colleen Kinsella from Future Mothers artist collective!


July 14, 2022: Fun with Flip Books / Book: “Lights! Camera! Alice” by Mara Rockliff

Explore animation with the magic of flip books! In celebration of the Maine International Film Festival, learn the classic technique of creating a flip book—combining hand-drawn art and the science of optical illusion. This delightful activity is fun for all ages.


July 21, 2022: Fish Prints / Book: “Beneath the Waves” by Lily Murray

Dive in and print with us! Originally used by Japanese fisherman to record their catches, discover the time-honored printmaking technique called Gyotaku. Try out this celebrated form of art and nature printing by using a life-sized rubber fish to create your own aquatic-themed prints.


July 28, 2022: Ocean Creature Sun Catcher / Book: “Swashby and the Sea” by Beth Ferry

Celebrate ocean animals! Pay homage to your favorite sea creature by creating a colorful tissue paper sun catcher. This art-making technique mimics the beautiful, light catching, qualities of stained glass. A joyful artform for all ages, your creation will be the perfect way to brighten your favorite space.


Aug 4, 2022: Create your own Mini Painting / Book: “Hello, Lighthouse” by Sophie Blackall

Art for small hands, art for all hands! Gather with us to paint your own mini painting! Based on the illustrations in Sophie Blackall’s book, “Hello, Lighthouse”, we will explore her gorgeous coastal color palette of sea-greens, ocean-blues, whites, and reds. All painting styles and abilities are welcome at this family-friendly paint-party.


Aug 11, 2022: Kennebec River Collage / “Wonder Walkers” by Micha Archer

Flow river, flow! Join the Children’s Discovery Museum and special guest, Melissa Bastien to discover the wonders of the Kennebec River. In honor of our beautiful river, we will create colorful, textured, paper and paint collages.


June 9, 2022
3:00 PM – 5:00 PM


Head of Falls
Temple Street at Front Street
Waterville, ME 04901 United States
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