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Workshops

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Children’s Art and Craft Workshops

While we welcome folks of all ages at our children’s art and craft workshops, participants should be under 12 years old. Crafts are completed on site so that participants can take inspiration and share results with each other.

Fab Crafts at The Makery
The Makery
209 West Calder Way
B 1 to 3 p.m.
Join Amy Frank and crew as they craft their way into the New Year.

New Year’s Fun with Danielle Fulmer; New Year Lanterns with Jill Lillie and Jan Becker
Social Hall, State College Presbyterian Church
132 W. Beaver Avenue
B 2 to 4 p.m.

Bring in the New Year with homemade crafts and light up the night (and winter afternoons, too!) with a New Year’s lantern.

Wall to Wall: A Community Drawing Project
Woskob Family Gallery
146 S. Allen Street
1 to 10 p.m.

Take part in a community art making event! You can contribute a drawing with New Year’s Resolutions and have some fun with an art-themed photo booth. The mural will remain on view through January 10, 2017.

Performer Workshops

Penn State Health is sponsoring all activities at the State Theatre

Pepper Lotus Belly Dance
The Attic, State Theatre
B 1:30 p.m.
This workshop is a great introduction to Improvisational Style Belly Dance with Shannon Bishop, the leader of Pepper Lotus Belly Dance Troupe. No experience in Middle Eastern Dance is necessary. You’ll shake and shimmy and wonder why you didn’t take up this popular art form sooner!

Songwriting Workshop with Jim Colbert
The Attic, State Theatre
B 3:00 p.m.
Have you always wanted to write a song, and didn’t know how to start? Join award-winning songwriter Jim Colbert (and maybe a special guest or two) for tips on jump starting your creativity, turning poems into songs, and finding your muse. Bring a pen, paper and an instrument if you like. We’ll provide handouts, work through some exercises together and get your songwriting motor running! The tips and techniques we’ll share are applicable to all genres. Bring a song to share if you want advice, or just to share!

Bellefonte singer/songwriter Jim Colbert has won the Pennsylvania Heritage Songwriting and Susquehanna Folk Music Society Songwriting competitions and has performed at festivals, coffeehouses and venues from New England to Texas. He is a board member of Acoustic Brew Concert Series, a DJ for WPSU-FM, and is a fixture in the Central Pennsylvania folk music scene.

Ukulele Workshop
Location to be determined
B 4:30 p.m.
The best way to learn to play the ukulele is to come jam with the Allegheny Ukulele Kollective! This workshop will convince you to add “Learn to Play the Ukulele” to the top of your resolutions list for 2016. Playing the uke is fun, but playing with others is even more fun! If you have your own instrument, please bring it, but a limited number of instruments will be available for the uke-less.