Kids Culture 02.14.13

Write Your Heart Out
    Spots are still available in a creative writing workshop for teens to be held next week at Stony Brook Southampton. Run by the Young American Writers Project and connected to Stony Brook Southampton’s master of fine arts program in creative writing and literature, the workshop gives teen writers a chance to work intensively with professional writers on their fiction, poetry, and personal essays. Classes will meet Monday through Friday, Feb. 22, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The cost is $525, with some partial scholarships available.

    A second workshop for teens will be offered between March 25 and March 29. Registration details can be found online at or by e-mailing

African-American Heritage

    Kids of all ages can make their own paper masks and paper quilt squares during an African-American heritage family craft program on Sunday at the Hampton Library in Bridgehampton. Those who attend will learn the story of the Underground Railroad and how codes were stitched into quilts to aid people as they escaped from slavery into freedom. The program will run from 2 to 3 p.m.

Nature Songs

    Ever watch a wave break on shore and want to burst into song? Plenty of music has been inspired by nature, and on Saturday, Tyler Armstrong will help kids 8 to 14 turn their ideas into music during a nature songwriting class at the South Fork Natural History Museum in Bridgehampton.

    The class begins at 1 p.m. Advance registration is required. Participants have been invited to take their own guitar or other stringed instrument, binoculars, or anything else that helps them “get excited about the natural world.”

Golden Eagle Art Offerings

    Only boring people are bored, or so the saying goes. But sometimes, we need a little nudge to leave boredom behind. Kids might find that at the Golden Eagle art store in East Hampton, which will offer art classes for kids 6 to 11 each day next week from 10 to 11 a.m. Participants will make clay animals, watercolors, grassy field paintings, abstract landscape collages, and mixed-media landscapes. The cost is $20 per class.

    An introduction to drawing for children 8 to 14 will be offered each day from 11:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Students will learn the fundamentals of shape, form, and perspective while drawing in pencil, with a new project each day. The classes can be taken individually, however, those who sign up for all five days will be able to advance throughout the week along with the lessons. Children have been asked to take a sketchbook. Other materials will be provided. The cost is $140 for the full week or $30 per class. Advance registration has been requested for both classes.

    The Golden Eagle is on Gingerbread Lane.

Pasta, Muffins, Silly Putty

    Each day next week will bring a different project for younger children at the Children’s Museum of the East End in Bridgehampton. Monday, kids will make a pasta salad. They’ll create their own stretchy putty on Tuesday, and “make a beach” in a Mason jar on Wednesday. Banana muffins are in store next Thursday, and on Friday, Feb. 22, kids will learn to make their own finger paints.

    Classes begin at 11 a.m. The cost is $22 including admission, $10 for members. Registration in advance has been suggested.

Vacation Week Classes

    As a reminder to those who may not have been reading this column in recent weeks, there are also vacation week workshops on tap from Monday through Friday, Feb. 22, at Guild Hall in East Hampton and the Parrish Art Museum in Water Mill, although some classes may be filled by press time.

    Guild Hall will have classes Monday through Friday, Feb. 22, from 10 a.m. to noon for kids 6 to 9, with a different theme each day. The cost is $125 for the full week, or $115 for members. Individual classes cost $25, or $23 for members.

    At the Parrish, there will be classes for kids 4 to 6 from 10 a.m. to noon Monday through Friday, Feb. 22, and from 1 to 3 p.m. for kids 7 and older. The cost is $40 per class, $30 for museum members.

    Advance registration has been requested for classes at both places.