Workshops for Children and Adults

First Night workshops are a fun way to let your creative juices flow. Age is no barrier to participating—we have workshops for children and adults! What better time is there to learn to write a song, to shake your booty (and belly!) learning to belly dance, or make some cool upcycled craft projects. Come on out and join the fun—you will be surprised at how creative you are!

A First Night State College button is required for all workshops.

Resolution Mugs

11:00 am – 9:00 pm; 2000 Degrees, 202 West College Avenue

Decorate a bisque mug that you’ll treasure long after your New Year’s resolutions are forgotten. 2000 Degrees provides almost everything you need to immortalize your new year’s resolution in ceramics. You provide the missing piece–the creativity!

After you add the creativity, the staff will fire your work and in a couple of days you’ll have a beautiful hand-painted reminder to fill with your morning beverage of choice.

In addition to a First Night button, this workshop costs $7 per person. The activity is not appropriate for unsupervised and small children. The last seating is at 8:00 pm.

Art and Craft Workshops for Children

These workshops are designed so that parents can children with a simple craft project. The projects should take less than an hour to complete.

Radiant Reminder:
A Glass Votive Workshop

Where: The Makery, 209 W. Calder Way
When: 1:00 – 3:00 pm
Led by Amy Frank and the creative crew at The Makery

First Night Mufflers
with Jill and Jan

Where: Social Hall, State College Presbyterian Church, 132 W. Beaver Ave.
When: 2:00 – 4:00 pm
Led by Jill Lillie & Jan Becker

Upcycled Totes and Bracelets
with Kim and Anna

Where: Social Hall, State College Presbyterian Church, 132 W. Beaver Ave.
When: 2:00 – 4:00 pm
Led by Kim and Anna Hunziker

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

Black Cat Belly Dance Workshop

1:00 pm; The Attic, State Theatre

This workshop is a great introduction to Improvisational Style Belly Dance with Shannon Bishop, the leader of Black Cat Belly Dance. 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!

First Night Button is required for this workshop.

Black Cat Workshop
Jim Colbert

Songwriting Workshop with Jim Colbert

3:00 pm; The Attic, State Theatre

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 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.

First Night Button is required for this workshop.

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