Desert Christ Park

Have you ever been to Desert Christ Park and walked through the statues? It’s very pretty even if you aren’t a Christian. I recommend checking it out. Also, they have a few events there each year. On December 3rd, there is a Christmas Treasure Hunt. Sounds like fun!

Free EBooks?!

No. Really! Free EBooks! A friend shared a post about a site with a list of places to get free drawing books online and I love to draw so, of course, I checked it out! It looks great! This is a great way for a homeschooler to take a drawing class at home. All you have to do is pick one out, grab a sketch pad and pencil, and start learning! Have a high school age kid? Be sure to add Art 1 or Drawing 1 to their transcripts and keep a few samples if you want to have  a nice portfolio of high school work. You’ll want to keep a few samples with dates to show your progress.

The article is called “18 Sites with Free Drawing EBooks”. I clicked back to the main page and found lots of other lists of free books and where to find them. I could be here for days! Enjoy!

“Step Into Art” at the Hi-Desert Nature Museum

This looks exciting! The Hi-Desert Nature Museum in Yucca Valley opened its latest art exhibition on June 9th and it runs through September 24!

“Experience art like never before in Framed: Step into Art™. This engaging exhibit transports visitors into a world where paintings leap off the canvas and invite children inside the art experience.”

They have a lot of other exciting things for kids this summer. Youth Summer Camp starts tomorrow and runs through the first week of July. And don’t forget the Brown Bag Lunch Lectures. This week the talk is about rattlesnakes!

These are the kinds of things I built my sons’ elementary education around. I’d look into it and see if there was anything we could read or watch before we went. That way they’d have an idea of what they were seeing and experiencing. For the “Step into Art” exhibit, there is a video about it here. And of course there are always books and shows about snakes! Knowing a little about it before you go helps you get more out of it. You’ll have more questions to ask and things to think about.

After an adventure like this, sometimes kids are ready to build on what they discovered. They might want to put on a show of their own, build or draw their own art installation, or go for a hike and find likely places to watch for snakes and other creatures. Lots of fun all inspired by something right in our own backyard. Have fun!

 

29 Palms Art Gallery – Summer Camp

Summer 2016 – Clay Camp is coming up in July! It looks like there are morning and afternoon sessions. Check their website for details and registration.

29 Palms Art Gallery

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29 Palms Creative Center & Art Gallery

There’s all kind of art going on out at the 29 Palms Creative Center & Art Gallery!

“The Creative Center offers a wide variety of art activities for children, adults and groups to celebrate birthdays, ladies-night-out and school field trips.”