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Creative Learning (on-line)

Kennedy Center Education Artist-in-Residence at Home

Mo Willems invites YOU into his studio every day for his LUNCH DOODLE. Learners worldwide can draw, doodle and explore new ways of writing by visiting Mo’s studio virtually once a day for the next few weeks. Grab some paper and pencils, pens, or crayons and join Mo to explore ways of writing and making together. If you post your art to social media, be sure to hashtag it with #MoLunchDoodles!

New episodes will be posted each weekday at 10am PST and then remain online to be streamed afterwards.  Check back each weekday for new LUNCH DOODLES! Click here to start doodling with Mo!!

Music Class – Fridays at 11am – Kalimba!!

(Starts 5/22/2020)
Fridays at 11am – Kalimba!! Aharon is an exerienced music teacher and is excited to teach anyone who wants to develop skills on the thumb piano. “Kalimba”.
Class is Fridays at 11am. Aharon is also planning to do a weekend class for families with kids who are busy with school during the week.
We will start simple, getting the rhythmic basics going for how to utilized all the potential of this delightful instrument! we will also explore how to play chords and harmonies ergonomically!
donations accepted at my paypal pool…
No one turned away for lack of funds, but plz consider chipping in the price of your favorite espresso drink or smoothie, or maybe even a movie or theater show!
listen to what is possible with the Kalimba in various tunings:…/kalimba-improv-piece
FRIDAY 11am!
Aharon Wheels Bolsta is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.
Topic: Kalimba (Thumb Piano) class with Aharon WB!
Time: May 22, 2020 11:00 AM Pacific Time (US and Canada)
Every week on Fri, until Jun 26, 2020
May 22, 2020 11:00 AM
May 29, 2020 11:00 AM
Jun 5, 2020 11:00 AM
Jun 12, 2020 11:00 AM
Jun 19, 2020 11:00 AM
Jun 26, 2020 11:00 AM
Join Zoom Meeting…
Meeting ID: 892 7136 5654
Password: allThumbs1


Free Art Classes

ONLINE Art of Play on Fridays!

Amy Davison
Fridays @ 1pm

Check in with Amy Davison, Fridays at 1pm for a Facebook Live project.

4/16/2020 – University Art Classes on-line (FREE):

Interested in mastering a new, hands-on creative skill? You can learn to draw your own comics or capture artful digital photographs. Wish you could brush up on Art History 101? There are courses exploring the art and archaeology of ancient Egypt and the development of the artistic avant-garde. Below, we’ve rounded up 10 of our favorite art and design classes offered by colleges and universities across the globe.

Thanks to Gorge Currents!

4/16/2020 – The Monologue Project with Ira Pettle

Theater folks! You can practice and prepare a monologue at home and get ready for the stage. The Monologue Project, an at-home performing arts education and production experience for kids, teens, and adults! Here are links to the FB Page

Register: Contact Ira Pettle  –

More info:

4/16/2020 – Cardboard Play Dome

Make a play house for the kids, for free!

For this project all you need is:
box cutter
pen or pencil
hot glue
white school glue
clear spray primer and top coat
white spray paint
metallic spray paint (in two colors I happened to have)
black and white acrylic paint
metal powder mixed with white glue (use metallic paint if you have it)
chopstick, napkin, and tape (use a round brush if you have one)
small paintbrush
large crappy paintbrush



Writing through the Darkness: Nurturing creativity in troubled times

Facilitated by Eileen Garvin

4 week class, on-line, starts Tuesday, March 31, 2020

“Language is limited, it’s a faulty tool. But how high it lights the dark.” — Aimee Bender

Our lives as humans are dynamic, varied and constantly changing. Our days might be difficult, commonplace or extraordinarily beautiful. Writing is one way to find footing and maintain balance, especially during troubled times.

During this free, four-week class, students will receive writing prompts three days per week by email and will discuss their work during a once-weekly group video conference. Students can submit up to three pages of work for written instructor feedback at any time during the course.

Participation will be limited to 10 people and class starts Tuesday, March 31. The class is full. If you are interested in future classes, please contact the teaching artist:

Eileen Garvin

About the instructor: Eileen Garvin is the author of the memoir How to be a Sister: A Love Story With a Twist of Autism. Her novel, Bee Music, is forthcoming from Dutton. She blogs at at “Sister on the Edge of Autism.” Her writing has appeared with Introvert Dear, Alaska Airlines Magazine and Travel Oregon and is forthcoming from Creative Nonfiction MagazineEileen is one of the producers of Rooted: Gorge Stories of Community, Creativity and Innovation.


Theatre Classes and Video’s with Northwest Children’s Theatre

Wednesdays at 1pm Starting April 1st

New free on-line program “How Do You Do?” by NWCT Associate Artistic Director, actor, maker of puppets, props, and sets, master chef, and all around creative mastermind John Ellingson will be entertaining us with his expertise on social media.

From make-up tutorials and magic tricks to puppets and pasta, be sure to tune in to NWCT’s Facebook and Instagram weekdays at 1pm for the video of the day.

Videos will also be posted to NWCT’s YouTube for viewing
any time!

Puppetry with Kelly Campbell

“Puppet Interview” and videos:

New videos available weekly!
Professional Puppeteer, Kelly Campbell, presents daily entertaining videos featuring “How To” puppet-making tutorials on shadow puppetry, rod puppets, marionettes, and puppets you can make out of ordinary recycled objects found at home. Also featured are delightful cut-paper Stop Motion Animation videos and fun interactive puppet interviews.

See more, find classes and fun at

Columbia Center for the Arts

215 Cascade Avenue
PO Box 1543
Hood River, OR 97031
(541) 387-8877
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Center Hours

Tuesday-Saturday, 11am-5pm
Sunday 11am-4pm
(Closed during installations
each month the week before
First Friday.)

We are committed to proper
COVID precautions. We require
everyone visiting the gallery to
wear a mask and observe
social distancing procedures.
We look forward to seeing you.

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