February Fun!

by | Apr 3, 2023 | Blog

We offered a Saturday workshop and two weeks of February Vacation programs! Read on to learn more about all of the fun that was had this past FebruAIRy.


We visited the MONA (Museum of New Art) to make some awesome assemblage! Our day started with a private gallery tour of the the contemporary art museum in downtown Portsmouth. We took in the work of assemblage artist Judy Pfaff who MONA’s describes as “a pioneer of installation-art.” We learned about the art of assemblage while our guide showed us some of Pfaff’s site-specific exhibit smokkfiskur: a tale.

After our gallery tour, AIR’s Program Director, Cara Cabral taught a workshop where we experienced assemblage firsthand by making our own pieces. We used popsicle sticks, fake flowers, used mugs, old toys, and a lot of hot glue to make funky sculptures. These creations would make Judy Pfaff proud!

Crafting Characters

Our costumes and laughter spread through the rooms and across the stage of Garrison Players Arts Center in Rollinsford, NH as we kicked off February Vacation programs! AIR’s Program Coordinator Liliana Mangan taught us how to do stage combat with foam swords, fall safely, and write monologues. We also explored scenes from Hamlet and crafted our own original characters like Giggles The Clown and Chad the Weightlifter!

Plus, this program was the debut of Charlie, the ageless being who went to Wizard School! He looks ah-maz-ing in these costumes 🤩

Creation Station

The February Fun continued the following week for Rockingham County’s Vacation Program at Community Campus in Portsmouth, NH! Led by AIR program staff (who all happen to be artists), we tried a plethora of art forms. We created accordion books, frankensteined beads and metal findings, and sewed tote bags. Check out some of the artists and their finished pieces!

Want to join in on the fun? We are still accepting registrations for our April Vacation program Class Clown Class! It will be taught by returning AIR Teaching Artist Gemma Soldati.