Family Art Day Explores Machines and Art

Bristle bots, pantographs, markers hooked up to pulleys, colored pencils turned into spinning tops. These are just some of the art-making machines that children (and their accompanying adults) will have the opportunity to experiment with at Peninsula School of Art’s Family Art Day on March 19.

Offered one Saturday a month, March-May, the free program is available to families with children ages 3-17 and provides hands-on opportunities to explore and make art. 

“We believe, as an organization, that every child should have access to quality art opportunities,” said Crystal Chesnik, director of public programs and exhibitions, so the goal of each program is to introduce youth to a new art technique or material. In March, that technique is using machines to make art.

“We have vibrating bristle bots that scoot powdered graphite around the page, a pantograph that enlarges your drawing, markers hooked up to two pulleys so that two people need to work collaboratively to draw, colored pencils turned into spinning tops, pendulum paintings and markers that turn on a crank,” Chesnik said.

Kids can also make their own machines using wooden spools, rubber bands, clothespins, washers and markers.

Drop in anytime between 9 am and 12 pm. Learn more about this workshop and the Family Art Days coming up in April and May at

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