My name is Sara Little, or Sam to most who know me. In 2013 I retired after 38 years of teaching art in the public school system, but I continue to teach art to children and adults of all ages and abilities. My passion is helping people to find an outlet of exploring their creativity, with all the life-changing benefits that bestows. I now have a vision for broadening the impact of my teaching. I have teamed up with Art of Recycle in Ephrata, PA to open a community center in Hanover.
We are thrilled that we were able to open the Art Bank in October of 2019.
We are grateful to have community art instructor, Marlo Sell, with 20 years teaching experience, she's able to present a variety of mediums to our program participants allowing them to explore their creative talents. Marlo holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the Maryland Institute College of Art. She enjoys working in the community and together they will transform our Services area into an Art Studio/ Gallery, displaying many wonderful assortments of artistic expressions.
Her creative works within the community reaches beyond our own doors. Through her “outreach” community participation program with Jessica and Friends Community and The Markets of Hanover, she brings along a strong following of various constituents from in and around the Hanover Area.
*Class registration can be by call in to the LAB during business hours, via email / stop in the LAB. Before the class season begins classes can be paid for online, After the class season starts quite often you can still join the class but call us to sign up!
*Payment must be done either prior to or at the first class.
Crafty Kids! A new arts and crafts workshop series based on recycled items from our store. Geared towards our younger artists from ages 6-9 years old and will run for approximately 1 hour. Taught by retired teacher and LAB volunteer Liz Sheaffer and crafter extraordinaire Candice Gollem. Take one or all of the classes, classes are 5.00 each. Sign ups required in advance, space is limited.
CK1: February 22, 2020: 10:30-11:30 Fuzzy Bird Marionette
CK2: March 7,2020: 10:30-11:30 Origami
CK3: March 21, 2020: 10:30-11:30 Fairy Teacup Garden
CK4: April 4, 2020: 10:30-11:30 Easter Spool Bunnies
Create Your Own UNIQUE VALENTINE’S DAY card
Bring personal memorabilia/ photos and or use our VAST supply of supplies and embellishments to create a ONE-of a kind card for that special someone.
LAB Rat, Sue, a professional calligrapher will be on hand to help!
$5 for members, $10 non-members.
Supplies are included to make your unique piece of art card BUT if you would like to add anything from our LAB store a discount will be given.
During this event, Members with ticket will receive 50% discount in retail area from and non-members get a 25% discount on our already low prices.
Register on line or stop by the LAB
Registered participants will receive their ticket upon arrival and check in.
VAL1Mem: Saturday Feb 1, from 1-2
Val1Non: Saturday Feb 1, from 1-2
Val2Mem: Saturday Feb 1, from 2-3
Val2Non: Saturday Feb 1, from 2-3
Monthly WELLNESS workshop series!
This once monthly, 2 hour class will focus on YOU! The REAL you that maybe wants to have more fun, feel more creative, laugh more, feel more connected and explore other ways of life enlightenment (not religion based).Community Therapeutic Art Instructor, Marlo Sell, teams up with Soul Coach, Sandi Laratonda of Healing Realms, LLC to bring you a wellness series designed to reconnect you with your creativity while expanding your spiritual level. Space is limited in all classes so sign up early to reserve your space, you can take one class or all of them!
Before each workshop there will be an exercise in cleaning energies and a setting of intentions. The techniques will vary and teach the participants ways that they can incorporate such exercises in their own lives. The Spring schedule is as follows and more classes will be added throughout the year. Supplies are included for these workshops to complete these projects, BUT if you would like to purchase other supplies from our thrifty craft store, a discount will be applied.
SP001 February 9, 2020 1-3PM Art Journal Activities. Art journals are like normal journaling, but you explore the art making process to make the pages, different techniques of painting, drawing, collage as well as verbiage. Allows access to the art materials and processes to make journal pages including paper making. $20/ member and $25/ nonmember.
SP002 March 8, 2020 1-3PM Journal Cover Creations and Binding. The journal workshop is more like a part one, two and three... one being making the pages, part two is binding the pages together and then creating a cover for it. It’s an all-encompassing process. $20/ member and $25/nonmember.
SP003 April 19, 2020 1-3PM Intention Collages, these personal collages are used to project intent to achieve in our lives. These collages help us to define our present so that we can create our future. They keep us focused on our goals and they dare us to fulfill our dreams. The reality is that each year, with each collage is a step closer to making your life positively unfold. Includes all art materials and processes. $20/ member and $25/ nonmember.
SP004 May 17, 2020 1-3PM. Fairy Gardens-create a one of a kind fairy garden using ordinary objects and up-cycled items. Watch your creation turn into a magical land before your eyes. Includes all art materials and processes. $20/ member and $25/ nonmember.
Wire Jewelry—Instructor Marge Erickson
With some good wire and a few basic tools you can create countless pieces of unique jewelry and other wire items. In this class you will learn to make a “perfect” simple loop, add beads, and create numerous shapes with wire. These skills will enable you to create earrings at least two pair of earrings.
Materials supplied by instructor: Wire, beads, findings, tools for use in class. Cost: $45 for the class, includes materials and use of tools.
ME01;Date: Tues. March 31 6:30- 8:30
If you have the following bring your own tools: Round nose pliers, smooth chain nose pliers and wire cutters designed for jewelry making. You may also bring your own beads. Also helpful: Good fine motor skills and patience and a sense of humor
Interested in registering stop in, call, register online or email us to sign up!
Spring 2020 Classes
********The Cool Reading & Creative Writing Club*********
Classes will be held on Mondays, beginning February 17, 2020 ending on March 23, 2020.
SP005 Ages 10-12, 6:30- 7:30 pm
SP006 Ages 13-15, 7:30- 8:30 pm
Cost for members 25$/Non members 30$ and includes novel and journal.
This course will be a collaborative weekly book and journaling club. Each session will consist of a discussion on that week’s reading and a journaling workshop. This course is perfect for people who are looking to learn and build friendships through reading and sharing stories.
The course will be led by Zac Sheaffer, an avid reader and writer with a passion for youth development. Zac is an accomplished graduate of Hanover High School (‘14) and McDaniel College (‘18). He is a lover of sports, nature, and travel. His favorite book is Friday Night Lights, and his favorite book character is Curious George.
Warp & Weave on a Small Rigid Heddle Loom—Instructor: Marge Erickson
Create a one of a kind woven band to use for a hat, belt, pet collar, leash, bookmark or musical instrument. You can also weave narrow bands for key fobs, pet collars, bracelets, lanyard, or add to clothing or pillows.
Students will learn basic rigid heddle weaving techniques to create woven bands using cotton, rayon/linen, or wool. After completing the woven band you will have the skills needed to make more. If you want to create more bands after taking the class consider purchasing the loom kit. Optional Purchase Loom Kit (paid to the instructor)– Loom, rigid heddle, shuttle, warping peg - $54
Two classes – each 2.5 hours
Class fee - $65/Materials fee - $5
ME02-Thursdays, March 12 & 19 – 6:30-9
Classes taught by Sara (Sam) Little
Full S.T.E.A.M. Ahead = Inter-disciplinary classes for children who are artistically and intellectually thirsty. Designed Based learning that blends Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math. If you are bored of rote learning or copycat art and want to engage your entire brain, please join us for fun activities that will challenge your creativity. Not only will you learn new skills but you will be encouraged and hopefully inspired to produce your own unique work.
Ages; 8-11 or with prior approval of instructor
SL01 Mondays 1-2:30 PM March 2,16,23 April 6,20,27 May 4,18,25
SL02 Thursdays 5:00-6:30 PM March 5, 19, 26 April, 2, 23, 30 May 7, 21, 28
SL03 Saturdays 12:15- 1:45 PM March 7, 21, 28 April 4, 18, 25 May 2 , 23 & 30
Cost $35 per month for members $40/ month non members
OR all 3 months Mar-May $96 members /$110 non-members
These classes are designed for young teens with a passion for developing their skills and who can not make our week day sessions,
Sam will work with each student to develop an individualized program to match their needs. This is also a time when those in any other class can make up a session missed for any reason. For those interested in pursuing a career in an art related field, Sam will assist in portfolio prep and offer suggestions to assist in reaching your goals.
Ages 12 and up or with prior approval of instructor
SL04 Saturdays 2-4 March 7, 21, 28 April 4, 18, 25 May 2, 23 & 30
Cost $50 per month members All 3 months $135
Cost $60 per month, non-members All 3 months $150
My FAVORITE class to teach because of the visible growth of each student!
Novice students will be given a strong foundation in drawing. Students will work with pencil, charcoal, felt tip and permanent markers, while learning to use line, value, gesture, proportion and perspective. By accessing their right hemisphere students will develop an ability “to see” through a variety of subject matter.
Recommended for all regardless of your drawing abilities.
Suggested age 12 and Up or with prior approval from instructor
SL05 Wednesdays 6:30-8:30 March 3, 17, 24 April 7, 21, 28 May 5, 18, 26
Cost $125 member, (includes materials that become possession of participant)
$140 non-member, (includes materials that become possession of participant)
For anyone who has completed Sam’s Drawing Essentials and Draw & Color classes or any member who is looking for a place to create while networking with other like minded individuals. Most of our participants work independently with their own supplies. Supplies will be available for a small cost if needed. Younger students will need prior approval by Sam. This class is a great time for sharing, critiques and camaraderie, in addition to creating some wonderful pieces of work. Some of our Studio Session artists have sold pieces and have also acquired commissions.
SL06 Mondays 6:00-8:00 March 2, 9, 6, 23 April 6, 20, 27 May 4, 11, 18
SL07 Thursdays 7-9 March 5, 12, 19, 26 April 2, 23, 30 May 7, 21, 28
SL08 Fridays 12:30-2:30 March 6, 13, 20, 27 April 3, 17, 24 May 8, 22 & 29
Cost $100 Members/$125 Non-members
Draw and Color
The objectives of this class are to introduce students to a variety of color media and give them time to explore and test the boundaries of each medium. From the list cited below it can take three- 9 week sessions to cover all the material. Students will develop skills and techniques while exploring a variety of color media. During D&C I students will learn to mix all their colors from the primaries starting with Tempera. They will demonstrate their paint mixing skills by producing a small still life using only primary acrylic and Open Acrylic on canvas
For the first D & C session at the LAB we will work with students who may have already taken I & II with Sam. Prerequisite: Drawing Essentials.
SL09 Wednesdays 6:30-8:30 March 4, 18, 25 April 1,22, 29 May 6, 20 & 27
Cost: $110 members, $126 non-members
Art For Young Teens
This class is designed for students who are interested in Anime. Students will be instructed on human proportions and then how to exaggerate these proportions to develop their own characters. We will also explore a variety of color mediums to enhance their drawings. Our goal is to work towards three dimensional figurines and perhaps Cosplay.
SL10 Thursdays 6-8 March 5, 19, 26 April 2, 23, 30 May 7, 21, 28
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