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Alabama Baby & Child

Interactive art workshops for kids using the observation of nature as a launching point for creative projects.


Above Image: “Recycled Robot” 


Artists and Workshops

Bob Carr: Nature-Inspired Self Portraits
Capture the beauty of you with the beauty of nature! In this project, kids are invited to create a self portrait using natural and recycled materials. They will have their choice of many items to create with, such as twigs, leaves, paper, buttons, etc. After it dries, take your masterpiece home and hang it on the wall!

David Presley: Eco’s the Word
Come help us bring the word “ECO” to life! We will work together to cover huge, 3-D letters in recycled newspaper which the kids are invited to color and draw on. By the end of the weekend, this collaborative art project will be seen and enjoyed from all over the park!

Becca Munkachy: Parrot Printing
In this project, kids will work together to create a huge parrot painting! After stopping by to see the real parrots, families can come work together to give our parrot back its feathers! Using leaves and paint, the kids will print the leaves onto the parrot in a “paint by number” style. Together, we will work on a beautiful tribute to our beautiful bird friends.

Willow ScottMascaras
Come one! Come all to help create a collage of moveable masks. These recycled milk jugs will be transform into face masks full of expression! These African and Spanish inspired masks will be sure to leave you with laughter in your hearts!

Sycamore ToffelMovement in Nature
Kids are invited to become one with nature! Paying attention to the sounds and movements in the trees, kids will connect with nature using language, movement, and stories.

Brodie WhetstoneMush that Matters
Expanding a child’s idea of materials, repurposed paper is shredded, blended, and dried to create beautifully textured handmade paper. Individualize with natural elements such as leaves, acorns, foliage, or whatever is at hand to create a unique eco-friendly and autumnal masterpiece!

Cherish RoodhouseDay of the Dead Papel Picado Banners”
Papel picado, meaning “perforated paper,” is a beautiful Mexican folk art mostly displayed in celebration of holidays. For this project, kids are invited to make their own banners inspired by Day of the Dead using recycled newspapers, scissors, paint, and string.

Virginia Phillips “Bottle Buddies”
Using recycled plastic bottles, paint, tape, and other supplies, everyone is invited to make their own “Bottle Buddy.” From people and animals to monsters and aliens, the possibilities are endless! Who will be your buddy?

Plus these great partner features:

McWane Science Center

Alabama Waldorf School

Alabama Waldorf School (formerly The Redmont School) is committed to providing a rich and balanced educational experience which actively engages the whole child. Waldorf education is grounded in strong academics, enlivened by the arts, and made concrete by practical experience. Our faculty draws on the child’s innate sense of wonder and thirst for meaningful values to nurture a reverence for life and an eagerness to learn. We honor each child’s individuality while building responsible citizenship within a multicultural and developmentally appropriate curriculum.

Our school serves children ages 2 ½ through the 8th grade.  We offer year round enrollment and are accepting applications for our 2010 – 2011 academic year. For more information or to schedule a tour please contact Opal South at 205-592-0541 or visit our website at

Young Rembrandts 

Founded in 1988 by Bette Fetter, Young Rembrandts has become a recognized leader in art education. What began as one person, working with children in her home, has developed into an international business that teaches drawing to thousands of students every week. Research and education experts say what Young Rembrandts has always delivered: there is a significant correlation between involvement in the arts and achievement in the classroom. Children who learn to draw using the Young Rembrandts method develop spatial reasoning and fine motor skills, order and sequencing abilities, visualization, and self-discipline as well as fundamental art skills. Our original curriculum introduces concrete ideas and techniques that enlarge their visual vocabularies, enrich their imaginations and their minds. Today, Young Rembrandts partners with pre-schools, elementary schools and community centers to either augment or supply their art education programs.