Wee Wonders Workshops set to begin Saturday as part of Festival of the Arts

CREATING SHAPES: Adriana Mallett (center) demonstrates during one of last year's Wee Wonders art workshop to children and their parents at the Big Rapids Department of Public Safety. This year's four-week workshop series begins at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 4, at DPS. (Pioneer file photo)

CREATING SHAPES: Adriana Mallett (center) demonstrates during one of last year’s Wee Wonders art workshop to children and their parents at the Big Rapids Department of Public Safety. This year’s four-week workshop series begins at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 4, at DPS. (Pioneer file photo)

BIG RAPIDS — The month of February will have four chances for youngsters and families to dive right into art and science thanks to Wee Wonders workshops taught by Adriana Mallett.

As part of Festival of the Arts 2017, Mallett will lead the four-week workshop series for young children and their parents, all while encouraging creativity and learning.

“I love it when I can give tools to parents so they can take the knowledge back to their homes and learn alongside their children,” she said. “This is about getting parents to encourage their children in exploration and artistic expression.”

Wee Wonders will meet from 10 to 11 a.m. on four consecutive Saturdays starting this week, Feb. 4, and ending Feb. 25. The classes are at the Big Rapids Department of Public Safety, 435 N. Michigan Ave. Wee Wonders Workshops are open to children ages 3 to 5 and their parents or guardians. At least one adult must accompany all young participants.

There is a limit of 30 students per class due to space and materials required for participation. Classes are free, but parents need to register by emailing Mallett at eamallett@gmail.com. There are still a few slots available.

Each class has a different theme and activities change each week. For Feb. 4, the class will be “Light, Rainbows and Reflections.” On Feb. 11, Mallett will focus on “Drippers, Droppers, Floaters and Sinkers,” and the Feb. 18 session will be “Things that Stick, Stack and Roll.” The series will conclude on Feb. 25 with the topic “Seeds and the Natural World.”

Attendees are asked to bring an adult-size button-down shirt with short or cut-off sleeves to be used as a smock. Mallett encourages participation in all four sessions.

“It’s not required, but I think it’s great to have nice, consistent fun for the children to look forward to each week,” she said.

Most of the class will be experiential, but there will be some projects to take home once completed. Mallett has taught the workshops for 13 years, developing the class when her children were younger.

“I love the class because I learn, too,” she said. “I very rarely do the same thing. I’m constantly trying to find new things and ways to create art and science. It’s a huge joy to get kids and families excited about art.”

Mallett stresses art is for everyone. She hopes parents will leave their inhibitions behind to enjoy the workshops with their little ones.

“It just takes a little bit of creativity and you can have an awesome time,” she said.

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Posted by Emily Grove

Emily is the Pioneer and Herald Review crime and court reporter, covering crime in both Mecosta and Osceola counties. She can be reached by e-mail at emily@pioneergroup.com or by phone at (231) 592-8362.

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